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« on: April 12, 2012 05:07:05 AM »

Here is a 1950s dress made from Kona cotton bought at Joanne Fabrics. The print is a cute blue background with 50s ladies, made from quilting cotton bought at a craft fair. It believe it is out of print now.
I am holding a matching clutch purse made with the print and heavy interfacing. It has a magnetic closure and I pinned a brooch from my Grandmother on the front.
This is the second dress I made with this vintage pattern, but the first time I made the pockets. I am in love with the shape of them. It really stands out in a crowd.
I used a sloper to resize this pattern. For more information about working with slopers, click here http://sew-misunderstood.blogspot.com/2012/04/ever-wonder-how-to-make-your-own.html.
The skirt is a princess cut, and I made it about knee length. I always get comments about how I should make skirts shorter. While this may work for some girls, shorter skirts are not the best for me, because I have a big butt. If you have a big butt and you sit down, a short skirt will hike up so far that you are sitting on bare chair. EWWWWW. So this is where my hemline stays, ladies!
The front is button closed. There are bust gathers instead of a side dart. It's quite a comfy dress, and I am very proud of how it turned out! I actually think it's the perfect pattern for me!
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012 06:40:54 AM »

You make just the darn cutest stuff! That clutch is just darling too (a clutch is my next project; could you recommend what kind of interfacing to use? I'm terrible at anything vaguely technical). Also, I LOVE the length. I think that hitting just around the knee is totally flattering on pretty much anyone. It's elegant and lady like, but still short enough to be playful and fun.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012 06:43:34 AM »

The interfacing was a heavy weight stuff bought from the bolt. It should be able to stand up on it's own. It's not fusible though. I use wonder under to iron mine to the pattern pieces until they are sewed together.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2012 07:37:30 AM »

You have the coolest style and the clothes you make are amazing. You look so nice in this dress, and the matching clutch too cute. Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2012 07:58:11 AM »

I always look forward to your posts as you always look great in your latest creation and so darn happy too  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012 08:57:02 AM »

I always look forward to your posts as you always look great in your latest creation and so darn happy too  Grin
You have the coolest style and the clothes you make are amazing. You look so nice in this dress, and the matching clutch too cute. Thanks for sharing

Thanks very much Kiss
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2012 11:10:08 AM »

Again, a great mix of fabrics! Tailored and slightly cute, while maintaining the rockabilly vibe. Love it.
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« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2012 06:53:28 AM »

...I think that hitting just around the knee is totally flattering on pretty much anyone. It's elegant and lady like, but still short enough to be playful and fun.

Definitely. Just below the kneecap is the universally flattering skirt length. Many women look good in longer lengths, some can pull off shorter ones, but everybody looks good in knee length.

Psycho Sue always makes fun stuff, and I'm impressed by her ability to modify vintage patterns.
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2012 10:20:17 PM »

Great dress. I love that fabric!
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