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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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« 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.
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!
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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #11 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!
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2009 11:00:38 AM »

You ought to look pleased! I need a fantastic dress like that!
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2009 11:18:08 AM »

This is gorgeous! You should be pleased with yourself. You look so elegant.
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« Reply #14 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!
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2009 03:52:24 PM »

Gorgeous. The fifties are my favourite style era and you definately do it justice!
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« Reply #16 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!
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« Reply #17 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.
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« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2009 02:49:31 PM »

So Pretty!
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« Reply #19 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.
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« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2009 05:22:12 PM »

love it... gorgeous color!
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« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2009 05:33:22 PM »

Gorgeous! Wish I had your sewing skills!
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« Reply #22 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?
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« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2009 02:30:34 PM »

you did a great job of channeling Joan from Mad Men. it's beautiful.
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« Reply #24 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.

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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?
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« Reply #25 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...
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« Reply #26 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...
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« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2009 10:06:08 AM »

Thats very glamorous - I love the colour as well....it looks perfect on you!
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« Reply #28 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. Wink
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« Reply #29 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!!!
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« Reply #30 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!
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« Reply #31 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!!!!!
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