1950s | 1960s | Dresses

Brocade Wiggle Dress

December 3, 2014

The holidays are upon us, and that means it’s time for party dress sewing! The wiggle dress that was so popular in the 1950s and 60s makes for a superbĀ va-va voom party dress, and with the right fabric, perfect for this time of year. The pattern for this one is fromĀ Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, and the fabric is a silk brocade from Britex in San Francisco.
Rosie Wednesday Wiggle Dress

Rosie Wednesday Wiggle Dress

The dress has princess seams on the front bodice, and a side dart to provide extra shaping. The sleeves are kimono in style, so there are also underarm gussets. A necessity if you want to be able to move your arms while you wiggle! There’s also a vent at the back to allow extra movement. I love the deep V in the back especially.

Rosie Wednesday Wiggle Dress

Rosie Wednesday Wiggle Dress

I feel like such a movie star in this dress! I think it’s such a testament to how wonderful sewing is. I would have never considered wearing something like this until I started sewing. But when you can make it to measure just right for your figure, it’s comfortable and glamorous!

You can see more details on fit and construction on my blog. Happy holiday sewing to you all!

  1. Looks amazing!! Have been looking at that pattern but never got around to make it (mainly due to the gussets looking slightly difficult to make …:)) But definetly think I should give it a go! Beautiful dress you’ve made!

    1. You should! The gussets aren’t too bad if you go slow. Plus, if you do a muslin and a lining, you will have 2 practice opportunities before you get to the bit that shows on the outside!

  2. Very attractive. You did a great job. The kick pleat looks perfect. And I like the length. So many are wearing dresses that are way too short. Knees are generally not a person’s most attractive feature :).

  3. Wow, this dress is so beautiful, you look superb!
    Perfect pattern and fabric choice, can completely understand that you feel like a movie star, I definitely would, too.

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