I saw this inspirational pintrest picture from an etsy store. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/161887437/24-hour-hold-vintage-1950s-dress-pink)
I had to make it. I actually purchased it intending to copy Closet Case Files After Dinner Mint dress. Have you seen it? It’s so pretty, but I chickened out. Instead I saved it for just the right dress. Well, this was it.
I started out with the bodice of Simplicity 2176. I used the width and length of the bodice bands, but not the actual pattern, since the originals were curved and I wanted straight lines at the center front. I added stay tape also, and gathered slightly at the center front, to hopefully not have gaping.
I had a limited amount of fabric. I think I purchased 3 yards, maybe 4, probably 4. I did some measuring, but it was late at night and I did things wrong, oh so wrong. Long story short, I ended up short on fabric, so I had to use tiny pieces of fabric and join them together.
Picture these joins on too many parts of the dress. Thankfully, the skirt is so big, and there are so many distracting lines going everywhere, that you don’t notice too much… unless you sew and stare and the slightly crooked lines are like little knives that slowly cut at you.
So.. many.. things.. went wrong though. The fabric was not printed on grain. I started tearing and the stripes were off. I decided to go in the direction of the stripes. Maybe that’s why this dress is so shifty. I forgot to add pockets. Must have pockets, unpicked serged seams and reserged. Serged and cut the skirt…. eek. Went back and attempted to fix it. At this point I was all blah, whatever, you lines here, will not match. I refuse to let you beat me skirt. I would have had to unpick the skirt and re gather it. Anyway, the lines don’t match. I guess the skirt wins. Ugh.
The bodice somehow ended up a little large. I would love to make this again, but lower the waist a little more and add some boning, and a waist stay. It tends to shift around a bit, especially since I left a bit too much ease. Oh well. I’m still pretty proud.
If you notice, the hem on the picture below, you can see I used a muslin hem facing. I wanted to keep the length and in my late night wackiness, I forgot to add a hem allowance. It worked out though. It’s not a big deal.
So, I didn’t have enough for the bow. Sure, I could have used a part of the skirt for the bow, since there is so much of it. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a gigantic dramatic skirt.