mono dress & faux film noir

by ooobop on May 28, 2014 · 7 comments

in 1940s,1950s,Dresses,Mad Men Inspired,Pattern Drafting,Vintage Sewing

self drafted dress film noir

This dress is my second attempt at pattern drafting. I re-drafted my bodice block and made further alterations but still I need to take some volume from the back.

This was apparent when I came to draft the skirt. There was precious little difference between the back hip and waist measurements!

But I went with it after checking the measurements of the bodice.

It all works reasonably well but the side seams sit a little bit too forward for my liking and I’m sure by taking out the excess at the back it will make them sit properly. And will also give the back skirt a better shape at the waist!

self drafted wiggle dress

Hoping to prove myself right with the next version.

The design is based on a general 50s shape but I really like the angular necklines of the 40s. I’m not sure of the fabric content. It could be upholstery material! About 6 meters was given to me so I figured I could use it for this test dress and have plenty left over if I messed up!

As for the crazy  photos, Mr Ooobop was determined to practice with his new camera flash and who am I to argue?! A little wave of the Photoshop wand and abracadabra, all sorts of crazy faux film noir was achieved!

self drafted wiggle dress

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Jet Set Sewing May 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

The whole thing’s a lot of fun!

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ooobop! May 29, 2014 at 1:20 am

Thank you Julie. It sure was!

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Lauriana May 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I love those pictures!
It’s hard to judge the fit of your dress from them though. That said, I know all from all my slopers that the larger amount of darting for the waist is done at the back. So if yours is hardly showing any difference between waist and hip there, it’s worth pinching in some back waist darts (or have somebody else do it. Much easier anatomically…)

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ooobop! May 30, 2014 at 6:02 am

Thank you Lauriana. That makes a lot of sense. I will certainly give that a go! :-)

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Fabstract May 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Super cute!! LOVE the high contrast print!

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ooobop! May 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

Thank you, Fabstract :-)

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Mother of Reinvention May 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Your dress looks lovely. I really like the fabric too.

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