This is my first post after pretty much stalking this site on a daily basis for a year! This is also a post about the first ever major project that i have sewn. I usually sew small things around the house such as curtains and that sewing staple- bunting! Being 4ft 11″ i have also had to become ofay with taking up hem lines.
This dress, however is my painstaking labour (sometimes laborious!) of vintage love! This was made every few stolen hours i could on and off for about 3 months. I wanted it to be as close to perfect as i could get on my skill level so took my time on every stitch (especially if i intend to wear it out).
The inspiration came from an episode of Mad Men from season 4 in which Peggy Olson wears this navy and red dress:
This pattern, i dare say, was not easy my fellow sewists! My main problem (as i’ve come to realise with most vintage patterns), was the sparse descriptions on how to sew the more complex sections. Case in point, the bib was a nightmare! The diagrams were not help whatsoever! Lucky i made a toile first before i made it for keeps but man-o-man that bit took ages! Everything else was fine but that!
Disclamer! No make-up and hair not coiffed! I am not normally this scruffy- i just took these during a lazy day at home!
And here’s the back:
I had to mimic Peggy’s flash of red in her dress so i decided to insert some red fabric in the kickpleat.
Some might say the inside looks better than the outside! All in all, i think it was a pretty good first attempt at making a dress and i have worn it out
and got nice comments about it so on that basis it was a success.
If anyone can give any tips on how to solve back gape- i’d appreciated it!
Now time to start a new pattern!