We’re iced in here in Texas, so yesterday I spent the day designing a dress. I’ve made plenty of 50s era dresses from patterns before, as well as several skirts and a few blouses. I’ve also designed my own skirt pattern using How to Make Sewing Patterns by Donald H. McCunn. In my opinion, the book is a little complicated. I think I prefer altering existing patterns to creating my own from scratch.
Using the peplum blouse pattern from Simplicity 1590, I made a princess seam bodice with buttons in the back. You can read more about the altering process on my blog. Let me add that I have never done anything like that before!
Here is the dress so far. The skirt is basted onto the bodice, and the “belt” is actually my husband’s tie. There are mostly-invisible pockets on either side of these skirt. My torso is about 4 inches longer than the dress form’s, so the proportions are not quite right. I also realize the skirt is not sewed on straight. But something seems to be missing. I am not sure where to go from here. Any suggestions?
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