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!
More over on the blog
Last year I made a dress inspired by Megan Draper from Mad Men and this year I did the same. What can I say, I think she’s awesome!
I used fabric from Mood and the Colette Patterns Laurel dress pattern with the bell sleeves. The construction for Laurel is so straightforward and great for those days when you want a dress by the end of the day. It’s my third version and has become a TNT pattern in my sewing life. It’s also cool because it’s a good base for making adjustments or additions to end up with a different look. I chose to do a simpler version because my fabric choice is so wild! For more photos please check out my newly revamped blog.
Happy Monday! xo
50′s Retro styled wiggle dress , V back neck, based on Burda Style 7178
I use a thick linen fabric .
The diamond pattern makes me choose the simplest design , model C : sleeveless , without collar .
For Julia’s third Mad Men challenge, and my first, I tried my first ever knit dress. I was after a look inspired by Joan. Joan wears many gorgeous figure hugging frocks and often some amazing long necklaces to complement her look.
I used Simplicity 1653 which is a mock-wrap style with wool modal knit. It was a steep learning curve sewing knit for the first time. I have more info over on my blog. Thanks for reading and happy sewing.