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elijor
« on: April 03, 2008 01:18:57 PM »


A student of mine found this pattern while looking for a prom dress. It was on a vintage pattern site but it said it was already sold. I checked Ebay and did a few searches but it doesn't look like we will be able to get the pattern. Well - unless one of you has it laying around  Wink. She is thinking the white or black dress in the shorter length. I think they are all the same and just tied differently, well the blue one obviously has extra straps.

So I check the big four companies along with Burda and Kwik Sew - including their "out of print" selections. The closest I found was the Vogue pattern below.

I think this pattern will work for us if we make the strap/drawstring thinner and cut the back straight across. The line drawing on the right is from a different pattern - I added it to show her what I meant. I do think the back needs to be full like the front not close fitting like the line drawing.

Other than making a sample and picking the right fabric (slinky knit that drapes well) does anyone have any helpful tips or advice?
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Veghead
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2008 03:08:13 PM »

simplicity 5112 has a similar top section on view E. It would not be one complete piece of fabric in the front as the vintage pattern, but if she attaches a gathered skirt it may give her the same feel. I personally like the more fitted style in the back of the vogue. I feel if she makes the back as unfitted as the front she will not be happy in the end. It will not give her any shape and we all know how fussy teenagers can be about their figure  Wink Good luck--cute pattern, thanks for sharing.
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elijor
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2008 04:29:12 PM »

simplicity 5112 has a similar top section on view E. It would not be one complete piece of fabric in the front as the vintage pattern, but if she attaches a gathered skirt it may give her the same feel. I personally like the more fitted style in the back of the vogue. I feel if she makes the back as unfitted as the front she will not be happy in the end. It will not give her any shape and we all know how fussy teenagers can be about their figure  Wink Good luck--cute pattern, thanks for sharing.

Thanks - that Simplicity is one I looked at a couple of times and even have on my list to show her.

That fitted back picture is from a totally different pattern. I don't think we would be able to have a body hugging back and a loose free flowing front. Also I'm pretty sure the fact that it was so loose is what she liked about the dress. All of the other options she showed me were very loose. I think with a slinky knit enough of her figure will show - and the boys will have to use their imagination for the rest  Wink.

Thanks again for the input.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008 11:55:03 AM »

I'd just search vintage 70's dress patterns all together. That style of dress was wildly popular and I know my mom has one in her stash, I'm pretty sure hers is a Vogue pattern (I'm afraid she's not ready to start selling them off though). Yes, it's just one dress with several ways to tie it.
There are lots of patterns on Etsy as well as ebay I'd just search "70's patterns".
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