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Title: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: jagough 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."


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: IndigoCharm on May 28, 2009 06:45:42 PM
That looks quite glamorous.  :P


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: skaborsk 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.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: savage pixie on May 28, 2009 08:09:20 PM
beautiful dress! i agree, you should be pleased, it looks great on you!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: gouge on May 28, 2009 09:55:57 PM
Beautiful, I love the details!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: Scarlet_Grace 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!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: carmencrafter on May 29, 2009 03:53:39 AM
This dress is magnificent!! 


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: StacyCK 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!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: Feywalker 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.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: jagough 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.
Thanks!
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!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: Kalanit on May 29, 2009 09:55:48 AM
Beautiful! What a great idea for standing out in a theater crowd..but in a good way! (I am a theater major too!) I love the change in the skirt that you made. It makes it look wearable, where the full skirt may have looked too costumey.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: cute_anarchy on May 29, 2009 09:27:56 PM
Wow, absolutely gorgeous!  The color and fabric make it look so classy, and all the tucks and details - I am so impressed.  It looks really professional and just beautiful on you!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: craftygrace on May 30, 2009 11:00:38 AM
You ought to look pleased! I need a fantastic dress like that!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: MissJessica on May 30, 2009 11:18:08 AM
This is gorgeous! You should be pleased with yourself. You look so elegant.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: McJulie-O on May 30, 2009 12:07:56 PM
Simply wonderful! You have a good eye for design, and fantastic perseverence to get it "just so"! Congrats!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: ScandalousWench on May 30, 2009 03:52:24 PM
Gorgeous. The fifties are my favourite style era and you definately do it justice!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: shesxautomatic on May 30, 2009 08:20:59 PM
that is just gorgeous. i love the color your chose and the fact that it's silk duiponi!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: cknaus65 on May 30, 2009 09:06:50 PM
Love the fabric and love the dress design. I think what you did with it is wonderful.
You look like Kathrine Heprun, Very classy.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: caeebe on May 31, 2009 02:49:31 PM
So Pretty!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: Elphelba on May 31, 2009 03:19:23 PM
Wow, that's really beautiful. I like the color choice and the changes you made to the skirt. It's a very good and flattering fit.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: PassionFaerie on June 01, 2009 05:22:12 PM
love it... gorgeous color!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: samiam4321 on June 01, 2009 05:33:22 PM
Gorgeous! Wish I had your sewing skills!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: sm12689 on June 02, 2009 09:41:47 PM
Three things:
1-I LOVE vintage patterns! Is this a re-issue or did you buy it used?
2-The fabric is so pretty!
3-YAY theatre arts! Are you a costumer, like me?


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: caitlinagogo on June 03, 2009 02:30:34 PM
you did a great job of channeling Joan from Mad Men. it's beautiful.


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: jagough on June 03, 2009 06:20:01 PM
The pattern is a re-issue. Vogue's re-issues tend to be pretty simplified and a little dull, but I was rather fond of this one, and it saved me tons of time.
Yeah, I've now got a degree in costume design. Next step is taking more construction classes before I try grad school. I'm more of an artist than an artisan.

Three things:
1-I LOVE vintage patterns! Is this a re-issue or did you buy it used?
2-The fabric is so pretty!
3-YAY theatre arts! Are you a costumer, like me?


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: BirdieSays on June 03, 2009 06:49:39 PM
That is stunning and gorgeous in every possible way. I am just sitting here, dripping with envy. Seriously. The color is amazing on you, and the closeups of the fabric... wow. I couldn't imagine a cuter dress than the pattern drawing, but I really love the change you made on the skirt.
Can I bother you for the pattern number? I just love the bodice and could use some more super poufy skirted dresses in my wardrobe...


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: jagough on June 04, 2009 09:21:30 AM
The pattern is a re-issue, and thus readily available at most fabric stores: V1044, from the Vintage Vogue" line. Most of the Vintage Vogue patterns are 1950s, poofy skirt designs.
That is stunning and gorgeous in every possible way. I am just sitting here, dripping with envy. Seriously. The color is amazing on you, and the closeups of the fabric... wow. I couldn't imagine a cuter dress than the pattern drawing, but I really love the change you made on the skirt.
Can I bother you for the pattern number? I just love the bodice and could use some more super poufy skirted dresses in my wardrobe...


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: Angelicus on June 04, 2009 10:06:08 AM
Thats very glamorous - I love the colour as well....it looks perfect on you!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: wrenyarn on June 04, 2009 07:02:55 PM
It looks gorgeous! I dress all 40s-50s, and circle skirts are great! If you don't want it to be dramatic, just don't wear a crinoline. ;)


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: quimera on June 09, 2009 10:53:35 AM
I loved your dress... the color, the fabric... and you did right changing the skirt, it looks more modern.
Very well done!!!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: anneland22 on June 09, 2009 11:14:53 AM
I too have this pattern waiting to be made up. I love your change to the skirt!


Title: Re: 1950s style wiggle dress
Post by: BettyBravo on June 09, 2009 04:46:44 PM
I would be looking pleased as well!!! I think you did a marvelous job! And I love the way the Duppioni looks as a dress. I can never get myself to think of it as anything other than for interiors, but like I said, LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!