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1950's Themed Dresses
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Date: 6/13/12 9:42 AM

My gal pals and I designed these three dresses based on our comic characters of choice: Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy. The girl in green and myself (in red/black) did all the sewing and designwork, and we each took care of our own accessories and styling.

(Photo was taken by my friend, Pat Gavin.)


On my Harley Quinn dress, I used two patterns: Butterick 6582 and 5748. I liked the darts on the former and the neckline on the latter, so I spliced the bodice patterns together. The skirt is a two-circle skirt gathered on the waist. Initially I had trouble with the waist of the dress making me feel larger than I actually am, but I dropped the waist by about two inches and it fixed that problem entirely. The skirt has a super narrow hem. I folded it up once and measured all the way around to make sure I had the same length, sewed, and trimmed the excess down to about 1/32" away from the stitching. I folded it up once more and did a 1/8" hem to finish it off. It really made a lovely difference, and I didn't have any of the traditional bunching or gathering issues I usually face when I hem circle skirts. The entire bodice is lined. It made me feel clever, so I lined the red part with red lining and the black part with black lining. I folded it under and tacked it in place on the seam allowance of the skirt and bodice so that no raw edges would be hanging in that area. I didn't line the skirt because I felt like it was too much material to do a lining for. There are three diamonds on the front and three on the back; I ran a long hand running stitch around the edges once I placed them, then did a very small, tight zig-zag around the edges. It looks really beautiful and I'm so proud of it. xD

Other details: I made three petticoats and a slip to wear underneath the dress. Oh my goodness petticoats are ridiculous @__@;; It's just so tedious to make them...very glad I did, but it was tough! The collar is white silk with a hand rolled hem. The gloves are vintage 1950's white kid leather, but my grandmother gave me a pair of my great-grandmother's wrist length gloves that I will likely wear next time instead.

The green dress was made by the wearer herself; she used a McCalls pattern, I think, and just made some design changes.

The black dress was made by the redhead and I together; we lined the bodice with silver (another classic color for Catwoman) so you see the pop when the sleeves are rolled up. The collar actually stands straight up, but the girl wearing it preferred to keep it down.

I think for next time, I want to make a tiny pillbox hat with netting on it, rather than wearing the headband. The headband was cute, but I didn't feel like it was quite period appropriate enough.

Anyway, I think I am the most proud of this costume than of anything I have every sewn. I hope you all enjoy it! <3

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!!
In: 68.5 yards
Sewn: 19 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 6/13/12 9:47 AM


YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON THAT DRESS. DID YOU SEW THE OTHERS TWO?
What a cute picture of you and your buddies gril friends.
Just beautiful!!!!!!!

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Date: 6/13/12 12:57 PM

I don't often come out of lurkdom, but for this I just HAD too.

Holy smokes, Batman!!!

*fans myself*

Those dresses are amazing.

We're going to see 'Batman Live' in October and now I want something like that to wear.

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Date: 6/13/12 1:10 PM

What fun!! You all did a great job and the accessories are perfect...love the one red one black shoes and the green gal had nice ones also..just perfect..

Where will you be wearing these?? I'm betting that some of your other friends are wishing that they could sew!

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Date: 6/13/12 3:15 PM

What a GAS! You are Da Bomb!

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Date: 6/13/12 6:34 PM

FUN FUN FUN! These are great

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Subject: 1950s Themed Dresses Date: 6/13/12 7:11 PM

Love them!

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Date: 6/14/12 0:55 AM

What fun! The three of you look amazing.

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Subject: 1950s Themed Dresses Date: 6/14/12 2:01 PM

too cute!

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Subject: 1950s Themed Dresses Date: 6/18/12 2:10 PM

Thank you all so much!! <3

Skae: I sewed the red and black dress myself. The girl in green sewed her own dress. The two of us sewed the black dress together. :)

MommaMonster: Haha I am glad to have brought you out of lurking! <3 Oh man, I hope you enjoy Batman Live; I hear it's awesome!

Jannw: We wore them to a comic convention, which was just a blast. I plan to wear my dress for when I go to see the new Batman movie that is coming out. :3 Otherwise...I am sure I will come up with some special occasions to wear it! Next time though, definitely need hose.

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!!
In: 68.5 yards
Sewn: 19 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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