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Haltertop Hussy Dress Pattern by SavageCoco Patterns© Inspired by Edith Head's designs for Grace Kelly in the movie Rear Window.
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Pattern Description: Crossover front haltertop two-tone dress with waist pleats, armscye "collar" that runs from the center back around to the front along the armscye and up to neck, invisible back zipper, with a kick pleated pencil skirt and self-belt.
Pattern Sizing: Medium, 36" bust, 37" hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing?: Yes! I used screen shots from the movie and draped the pattern on Wanda the Wonder Model. She's very patient.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Mmm, it was a bit of a challenge to figure out how this garment was made. I kept a photo record to draft instructions from. A link to these is below.
What did you like or dislike about this pattern? It's a pretty body conscience silhouette, so no eating before wearing. But I love green and white together in the summer.
Fabric used: The bodice is a white linen-look super stretchy on the cross grain only poly/lycra found in the dollar pile at last summer's ASG stash sale. The skirt portion is a 1 yard remnant poly suiting in a heathered Nile Green found at Joann's. Self-belt from a kit, also from the stash sale for a dime!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Not much. I think I got as close as possible to the original. I cut it pretty snug for both the look and the bodice fabric was seriously stretchy. I removed a bit of fullness from the side-seam high hip as I'm flat there (but left it in the pattern), and did a small sway back adjustment so the zipper would lay flat. I didn't draft the neck back as in the movie because frankly, all those buttons would get caught in my hair, so they'd probably get caught in yours as well. I modified it but think I kept the look. You be the judge.
Would you make it again? Would you recommend it to others? It's a pretty distinctive dress, I think one will be enough for me. Everyone needs a bit of Hussy in their closet, so Yes!
Conclusion: My Hussy came out great and I'm ready to make some serious seduction moves. Well, if some warm weather ever shows up, I will be. I've dug out my pearls and charm bracelet. When I modeled my Hussy for DBF, he was quiet for a bit then stuttered a few "ums" and a "cricky", so I would say I got his attention. But then he can have a short attention span, so he could have been referring to the soccer match for all I know.
Pics and far more tips and tricks can be viewed at The Heroine's Closet.
It’s just a little something discreetly racy for your inner Hussy.
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