|Pattern Description: |
Very loose-fitting, a-line, contrast lined coat, has collar, shoulder pads and below elbow sleeves. Straight dress, has neck tucks, cap sleeves, skirt pleats, back vent and self belt. Coat and dress are mid-knee length.
Fabrics: Linen, Pique, Cotton Broadcloth, Denim and Shantung. Unsuitable for obvious diagonals, plaids or stripes.
6-8-10, 12-14-16, 18-20-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It looked how I wanted it to look.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I had problems with figuring out exactly how the instructions have you make the tucks, but figured it out by getting the finished tuck to look like the picture.
Fabric I've had in my stash for about 15 years. It's a dark blue rayon with ecru pinstripes. It has a little bit of pique texture to it, too.
I underlined the bodice with the muslin I made, and underlined the skirt with silk lining from my stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to make a lot of alterations to the pattern to get it to fit me properly without 1956 foundation garments! Both the bodice and skirt waistline seams are gratuitously curved to get the skirt to poof out from the waist in that 50s style. I straightened (made it more parallel to the floor) the bodice waistline, and kept the curve in the back skirt waistline (to accommodate swayback fitting) and that took care of the poofiness.
I also used a lot of interfacing: very lightweight in the facings and hems; 3% tape in the shoulder seams and waistline; and rayon seam tape in the neckline and zipper seams. I wish I had interfaced the neckline tucks as they actually make the sides of the neckline and are a little difficult to get a crisp, folded edge in.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's a nice basic dress, but I'm not sure I would need another one.
I really like this dress!