I was hoping to get some advice on a project I’ve been working on. I’m making a dress to wear to a Christmas party at the end of the year, and will be drafting the pattern myself. I wanted a simple design to show off a beautiful silk brocade fabric I bought on a trip a few years ago, and when I flicked through my old pattern catalogues for some inspiration I was immediately drawn to this design (Style A, the short version):
I love the demure neckline at the front and the dramatic V-back. Of course, though, with a backless design comes the bra dilemma: I’d like a bit of support, but a normal bra isn’t going to work!
I was wondering if anyone has any advice or recommendations about backless dresses.
- has anyone made a similar dress (or owns a vintage one) and has tips about how they are constructed on the inside?
- I know that backless evening/wedding gowns usually have a built in foundation with bra cups/boning etc. Would such a foundation be appropriate for a simple dress style like this, or will it be too much/too bulky?
- If a foundation is recommended, how would you attach it on the inside, given the dress has a high neck at the front?
- what materials would you recommend to make the foundation from in a light dress like this?
The easy option of course is to just find a backless bra, but since the fabric is really special I don’t mind putting in the extra effort to make a foundation if that would be the best option.
Thank you in advance for your help!
I got a plaid skirt years ago in a charity shop. The colours and fabric were / are gorgeous but everything I ever thought to make from it fell by the way side and I was at a loss, until I figured on an overblouse. They are brilliant – this is the first one I have ever made and I am a convert, I always like a slight tailored look, but it also has to be as comfortable as a sweater and this is. I should have been a bit more generous when I graded up, but other than that this pattern will be used again! I tried the collar and didnt like it as its a lie flat collar, the next one I make I am thinking of a roll top collar. The long sleeve T was also an upcycle/refashion.
Has anyone here ever sewn a Marfy pattern? I found them via Butterick and am in LOVE. I am, however, a bit intimidated by them. There are apparently no instructions, and they don’t have seam or hem allowances. They are pre-cut and single-sized. I really want to try, but don’t want to waste money on fabric or the pattern and end up failing like I did with the German coat of doom.
Here is a picture of the pattern I want to get:
I really want to make a winter coat this winter, one that I can wear with a petticoat and 50s dress. This is the best pattern I have found so far. But it scares me! The only reviews of Marfy patterns I can find are of blouses, which would be a lot easier than a coat.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Help, please! I’m in love with this coat and just can’t stand it!
Cleaning up my mac I found some scans I’d taken from a 1952 edition of Woman magazine from England and thought you might enjoy this one. Click on the image below to enlarge.
I have sewn up a toile for a pair of pants from Vogue 6098 and I’d really like some opinions on fit. The fit feels as if the front is really flat and looks odd. What alterations should I be making for a good fit? I have had such a disaster with jeans and slacks in the past ! rtw is just no good:-)
I was also hoping to add a fly zipper and perhaps a shaped waistband if it all goes ok!
p.s sorry the photos are a bit blurry.
PJ cutting layout- shows how F. & B. pants pieces are almost identical & the continuos placket
The modern make and Weldons pattern cover
Take a late 40′s or early 50s Weldons pj pattern add a fun flamingo cotton border print bought yesterday and hey presto- pjs. It’s an unprinted pattern but the original seamstress very helpfully pencil labeled each pattern piece. I joined the two pants pattern pieces together down the sides so there is no side seam on my version… but as the top of the pants has pleats and a tailored waistband I still had to make a slash placket on the left hip to get them on and off. I also left 2 of the back pleats unpleated, which gave me about 3 inches extra in the waist. I cut a longer waistband and slotted in a bit of elastic into the centre back to create some ‘give’. I had bought 2 and a half metres of fabric with no particular usage in mind but looking through my pattern stash this one seemed perfect. Unfortunately the fabric was only 45″ wide and so I had to lose 3″ off the length of the top to fit all the pieces in. The crotch is very low and almost comes to a point rather than the scooped out shape modern trousers have. However this makes them seem really comfy. I still need to add buttons and buttonholes and will be sleep testing properly tonight. But so far I’d say I will definitely be using this pattern again- easy to wear, uncomplicated to make- a relaxing project for a change.