BeataKhaidurova

Belle of the Ball

by BeataKhaidurova on September 16, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1950s,Dresses

This weekend, my dance club had their annual ball, and the theme was animated characters. Of course, I had to go as a Disney princess, and decided on Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” since her colouring is most similar to mine! However, I’ve never been a fan of her iconic yellow ballgown, so I decided to recreate her everyday outfit:

Screenshot from YouTube, click for clip

I made the dress and apron, but the blouse was just something I already had. Unfortunately I was running late so didn’t get too many pictures!!

Here are the facts:

Fabric: 2 second hand bed sheets (~$1)
Pattern: Dress pattern 8736 from March 1956 Australian Home Journal. No pattern for apron.
Features: The dress has back, waist and bust darts, a round neckline, a gathered skirt and a side zip. The apron is simply a gathered piece on a waistband.
Alterations: The dress pattern was for a 36″ bust. I cut it out without adding seam allowances, but added around an inch to the bodice, and cut the straps super long, so I could adjust them before sewing to the right length. I sewed the straps together instead of making the button closure. I ended up taking in the side seams about 2 inches at the bust, tapering to an inch at the waist.
Notions: 1 zipper (~10c)
Total price: ~$1.10

Yes, I am wearing slippers……

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I recently finished this dress from a 1970′s pattern and some vintage fabric, after starting it MONTHS ago! I’m happy it’s finally done!!

I even managed to get some photos of it on me! Here’s what you need to know:

 

Fabric: Some sort of slinky synthetic, from an op-shop in Canberra ($4.50)

Pattern: Butterick 6730 from the 1970′s, View B (50c)

Features: Faux-wrap front, gathers at shoulder seams, elastic waist, and, most importantly, pockets!

Alterations: I chopped off about 6 inches from the skirt length. Next time, I’d add a couple inches to the bodice length.

Notions: Elastic for the waist (cut from an old fitted sheet!)

Total price: $5.00

 

Overall I’m pretty happy. It is not perfect! The fabric is static-y and cling-y, the gathering on the shoulders is not even, and the bodice is a bit short, so every time I lift my arms up the elastic waist jumps up onto my ribcage, and I’m forever pulling it down again. I’m happy with the pattern though, it is a very simple dress to make, with no closures, and the wrap part doesn’t even gape! (Maybe because of the shortness of the bodice though!!)

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I have recently started collecting Australian Home Journal magazines, which contain some great vintage patterns and inspiration! Today I posted the August, 1950 issue on my blog. Here are some of the images of fashions from the issue:

I even had some fun imagining how the patterns from the cover might look if I made them up! Hopefully there will be a finished project from one of these patterns to post sometime in the future!

 

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