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« on: May 28, 2009 06:40:12 PM »

Back in January my boyfriend got me a 1956 Singer 99k, and I thought it'd be cool to make a 1950s style dress on my new machine, so I picked up this Vintage Vogue pattern while it was on sale:

And promptly put it in a pattern box to be forgotten for a few months.

Then college graduation came sneaking up around the corner and I decided to dig it up again, because I needed a pretty dress for the occasion, and I'm dirt poor, so I can't afford to buy a really nice dress.
I set myself a $50 materials limit and started a mock-up. I decided to change the skirt to a fitted wiggle skirt, because I think they're classier.

Here's the result:

In my living room... Hopefully I can coerce my boyfriend into taking some photos for me so I can get a better full body shot than the one above.

In the end, I spent $51 (I had to go back to the store to buy more seam binding) and three days (including a day for sewing the mock-up and drafting the skirt). The dress is silk dupioni with little pearl buttons. I took this dress with me on a couple outings to friends' houses and finished sewing on the buttons while waiting in line for Star Trek.


I think it's pretty hilarious now how damned pleased with myself I looked.

And a couple in progress (though unfortunately, I didn't take many):

The bodice front, with tucks sewn, and none of the tailor's tacks removed.

The other half of the bodice front: all pressed and clean and pretty.

I'm now quite a fan of 1950s dress, but still not a fan of the full skirt. I'm tempted to make more... perhaps something a bit more neutral. But this was the perfect dress for standing out at a Theatre Arts Department ceremony. I finished and thought to myself, "I made a lime green dress. Huh."
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2009 06:45:42 PM »

That looks quite glamorous.  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009 07:01:36 PM »

you should look pleased with yourself. that dress is gorgeous! i'd wear it with glee in an instant.
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009 08:09:20 PM »

beautiful dress! i agree, you should be pleased, it looks great on you!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009 09:55:57 PM »

Beautiful, I love the details!
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2009 11:05:01 PM »

Cute! Cute! Cute!!!
I love that color! It looks really great with your skin and hair color too. Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2009 03:53:39 AM »

This dress is magnificent!! 
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2009 06:29:54 AM »

What a great job you did!  Sewing with Duiponi can be a PITA depending on how much it frays, and it looks like you did such a great job on it.  Did you line it at all?  You should be pleased...it looks great on you!
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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2009 06:59:41 AM »

That is a wonderful dress.  You did a great job and I love the color.  The skirt change looks awesome.
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I can make that...
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2009 08:36:04 AM »

The dress is unlined. The yoke is faced, and to prevent fraying all the seams are bound.
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What a great job you did!  Sewing with Duiponi can be a PITA depending on how much it frays, and it looks like you did such a great job on it.  Did you line it at all?  You should be pleased...it looks great on you!
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