Monday, December 29, 2014

A 1950s dress

The wool that I initially had gotten for the riding habit ended up being a lycra blend, so I didn't want to use it for 18th century.  Now I probably have enough wool blend for the rest of my life.
One of my favorite vintage dresses is a plaid 1950s dress that I got in mint condition with the tags still on it, and I feel irresponsible for wearing it instead of preserving it for posterity.  So - I made a similar dress so I could wear it without guilt.

These are not very good quality, sorry!
Just the Basics:

Year: 1950s, I presume

Pattern:  My bodice block

Notions:  Wool blend from fashionfabrics.com, zipper from the costume shop

Time: About a week even.

Verdict?: I should have lined it because it's a little bit itchy, but I can always wear a camisole under it.  One of the arms is not placed well in the armscythe, so it pitches the back forward; the zipper is also, true to my form, not very well set in.  But it is very cute and does its job well!  I hope to one day put some more trim on it, I think it looks a little plain.  Maybe some thin black velvet to head the tucks and eyelets on the neck and sleeves, like the original.


I've recently gotten my hands on some of B&T's new printed fabric (they're absolutely lovely folks! wow!) as well as some silk organza, which is going to be a few new caps and ruffles.  So that ought to give you all a pretty good idea of what's coming down the pike!  I hope you all have a lovely new years.

5 comments:

  1. Very very pretty! I love the pintucks!

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  2. So pretty!
    I love your blog; all your sewing things are inspiring to a teenage reenactor who has only begun the historical sewing part of life.
    This is just an idea, but one suggestion I have for your blog is to put labels on some of your posts, so it is easier to access the older ones easier.

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    1. Gosh, thank you! I'm glad you enjoy it. I really am going to have to go through and clean out my cache at some point, so I will see what I can do about tagging projects, probably by decade. Thanks for the rec!

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  3. AWWW Your dress is just perfect! I am so in love with it now too. Great post btw! xx

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