Hi, this is a dress with rather fab coffee pots and tea cups on! I drafted the pattern using an Enid Gilchrist book. I lurve these books and have made a few things using them.
I decided to add a gathered skirt to the bodice because I had a large piece of fabric and only have one seam on the left side where the invisible zip is. I managed to match the pattern on this seam too so it is almost invisible too. For an extra detail I added blue ric rac to the waist seam and along the edges of the sleeves and neck edge. The sleeves are ‘grown on’ sleeves with a little gusset under the arm. This pattern appealed to me for that so that I wouldn’t cut up any of the pots and cups on the fabric.
In this photo I’m wearing a cotton cardigan I made last year from a Rowan pattern. The pattern had a peplum but I chose to start from the waist edge instead so that I could wear it with full skirts and you can still see my waist.
Retro styled wiggle dress , V back neck, based on Burda Style 7178
This time, i use a 60s double knit fabric. Green and white stripes make me choose again the simplest design , model C : sleeveless , without collar .
( same model with diamond pattern )
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!
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!
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