Finished! 50’s Inspired dress.

Let me start by saying this is not a historically accurate dress.  I wanted to take a breather from the heavy lifting of research for my Edwardian projects and just make something pretty that’s fun to wear.

I still managed to make this into a learning experience.  I wanted to try combining and altering patterns to make a whole new outfit and this was the first time I’ve used a compete toile to adjust the fit.  Having something to mess around with to get the fit I wanted made a huge difference, though I still need a lot of practice.  Even though a mock-up can more than double the time it takes to make a project,  I think this is a practice I’m going to keep up with.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the nitty-gritty work in progress,  but I managed to snap a few pictures of the construction towards the end.

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Here are the three patterns I mooshed together.  I used the one on the left more for inspiration.  I made a mock-up, but the neckline was sitting on my collarbone and looked absolutely ridiculous.  I kept moving it further and further down, each time thinking I had gone too far until I finally had it where I wanted it.  I had to scrap that first mock-up because the dress is one of those old-fashioned fold over patterns that use a lot more material then is practical, all just to save the effort of putting in a zipper or buttons.  I used the skirt from the middle pattern and the bodice of the pattern on the right.  I’ve made that one recently and had no issue with the fit, so I just slapped a different neckline on it.

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The world’s most problematic bodice.  It’s not perfect, but the waist detail was worth it, in my opinion.  That is by far my favorite part of this dress.

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So. Much. Gathering!

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Yeah, there are a few things I could have done better, but I don’t think I could be happier with this dress.  Fight me.  All I wanted was something silly and comfortable and fun to wear and I succeeded.  I learned a lot making this dress, and I love to just throw it on when I have to run errands, it helps to put a little spring in my step!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Emily Kitsch says:

    Oh wow! I love it!!! That waist band just kills me, it’s so gorgeous!! Well done!! ❤

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    1. Thank you so much!

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