Here are the patterns:
This is Vogue 8956, from 1956. It is my new go-to dress for dancing at wedding receptions! It’s comfy and very twirly! Making it was a little tedious, but totally worth it. (All those released pleats! Ack!)
This dress included many firsts for me: Underlining, horsehair braid hem, contour belt, and more.
I should have used one of the crisp fabrics recommended on the pattern envelope so I wouldn’t need to underline, but I wanted to use the five yards of loosely woven silk pique my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day. I had a major disaster trying to fuse the edges of my underlining to my dress fabric with the wrong fusible product. It was very bad, requiring me to recut pieces and rush order extra fabric. Thank goodness it all worked out in time for the wedding! Details at Chronically Uncool…
The biggest lesson from this project was that it’s not too difficult to neatly attach a bodice with front and back darts and CB and CF seams to an eight gore skirt. All my darts and seams matched perfectly at the waist without much hassle! I will definitely be thinking about frankenstein-ing more fantastic retro bodices to wearable modernish skirts. I love the full skirts and the fluffer, but it’s a bit much for work most days.
More details on my blog, Chronically Uncool.
Pardon the lack of ironing and the lumpiness (and the obvious dangling bra strap) – it’s been a real challenge to keep up with sewing, photographing and blogging my projects with a 5-month old baby in the house. If I waited until everything was perfect I’d never get anything posted!
Also, don’t forget that you can add your pictures of completed projects to a pattern’s page, and then tag it for the gallery! I know that more than four people have made the Walk-Away Dress – where are your pictures?
Does anyone know what women of the 1950’s and early 1960’s did to facilitate breastfeeding while wearing fabulous dresses? Surely some women must have done it. Have you ever seen any patterns or old magazines that offer tips on modifying the dresses of the era for nursing access? Care to share with a mom-to-be?
I’ll be home for maternity leave all summer (due May 15!), and I intend to spend my days wearing swishy retro sundresses, pushing the stroller, and having picnics in the park. I can’t wear my Fluffy Cloud Dress every day, so I’m trying to find other vintage/retro patterns that I can modify for nursing. I think that free pattern from the Victoria & Albert Museum (pictured a few posts earlier) might work as a nursing dress by making the upper bodice piece an overlay that can be lifted up for nursing. Otherwise, I guess I’ll be making dresses with front buttons and hiding my hungry baby under a blanket.
And tips or suggestions for patterns that might work?