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1940's dress with interior hip shaping
Where can I find a tutorial on how to make the hip pads?
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Date: 6/15/13 2:24 AM

The Colletterie blog has a lovely vintage wedding dress in this post and what's really got me excited about it is the interior details.
I had never seen or heard of hip pads inside a dress before and I'm thinking this might be a way to enhance the hip profile in a dress I starting on for my DD. DD has the inverted triangle type of figure, - busty with a boyish hip that has little definition so this might help.
Does anyone know of a online tutorial or a book that describes how to make these hip pads?
I'm also really digging the front lapped zipper in that vintage dress as an option for myself. I love the linear look of buttons down the front of a dress, but as a potbellied petite plus I dare not try it unless I want to stand up all the time. I think that lapped zipper might be a solution.
1940s Wedding Dress w interior shots

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Date: 6/15/13 11:54 AM

Maybe you could post a comment asking Sarai (sp?) for more information on the hip pads. She seems pretty responsive on her blog.

Looking at them, though, it looks like the innermost layers are just small round ruffles that act like tiny petticoats (or panniers/pocket hoops for a more extreme version of hip shaping!). If you can't find instructions, you can probably experiment a little.

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Date: 6/15/13 12:56 PM

You might want to check out this post from "Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing". She actually posted the instructions from a 1950s Vogue pattern for hip pads.
Apparently the pads aren't padding at all, but layers of hair canvas and muslin, with a fabric cover. Everything is pad stitched together to get the intended shape, much like with a tailored jacket. This would be attached to the inner waist of the dress, then you could add the additional ruffle behind it, as in the example dress.
I'd be very interested to hear if you give this method a try. Please keep us posted!
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Date: 6/19/13 1:43 AM

Thanks for the links, guys. I did ask on the Collette board, but I know there's a lot of folks here that dabble in vintage and costume so it worked. ; )
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Date: 6/20/13 5:39 PM

From making my own camisoles with padded cups I know you can also make a shaped pad by cutting ovals out of firm fiberfill, then cutting out a dart in the oval and closing it w/ either a hand stitch or a triple zigzag. Then make a smaller oval (about 1/2" less all around), do the same, nest them, join them and cover them. It works for modesty and shape for me and the same thing should work for hips. No where near as elegant as that dress, though!

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Date: 6/27/13 0:39 AM

Here's the pattern for the hip pads, Vogue 7503. Looks like there are some available on Etsy and eBay, but yikes, they're expensive.

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Date: 6/27/13 12:38 PM

That old Vogue pattern is very interesting. The hip pads just look like the top of a skirt sloper with padding inside. Shouldn't be too hard to duplicate this type.

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