Well I loved the first dress so much, that I decided to make it again.
This time in a seasonal Liberty tana lawn called Becky Jane. I love this dress – it’s just perfect for spring!
As with my first version of this dress, the bodice was made with Simplicity 3461 and the skirt from Simplicity 4841, both from the 1960s.
I love the the kimono sleeves and really love the shape of the skirt. The two pleats at the front add a little interest, but all the darts shape it nicely. I think next time I’ll shorten the bodice to the petite size as it does sit just a fraction below my waist. I also inserted the zipper on the side this time, just because the fabric is so lovely I didn’t want a nasty zipper to break up the design. Other than moving the zipper and shortening the hem, this dress is very true to the original design.
More sewing adventures can be found on my blog.
I had so much fun making this dress! My boys are having a Halloween party for their friends and as Mom-hostess, wanted to make something fun AND appropriate!
The skirt is from a Halloween cotton, “Bellknobs and Broomsticks” by Alexander Henry. The bodice is dupioni silk, embellished with decorative stitching and black glass beads at the neckline. I wore a petticoat that I made several years ago to give the skirt the correct fullness. The bodice is underlined in silk organza.
This was a great and easy pattern to make. The only thing I didn’t personally like is that the styling on the midriff. It’s designed to sit 1″ above the natural waistline… that isn’t the best style for me because my small waist is one of my better features that I usually like to make the most of.
Anyway, Happy Halloween!
It seems early to be thinking about Fall, but it has rained here all night and drizzled the best part of today. When I look up on the Mesa it is covered in snow. How did October already get here?
The fabric is vintage and was from my stash. The fabric has that stylized brushstroke thing going on that makes me believe it is 50′s fabric (also was 35″ wide).