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Posted on:5/24/07 10:07 AM
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Squeeful said... (3/18/13 8:23 PM) Reply
The skirt center front is probably cut as two rather than on the fold for three possible and not dissimilar reasons. Reason one is that fabric widths were narrower, often 36-39 inches. Reason two is that by 1944 fabric rationing had hit the US and women were making new dresses out of scavenged fabric when and where they could. A common source of unrationed fabric was flour sacks. As flour had to be shipped and sold in cloth sacks, flour companies quickly caught on that women would reuse the sacks for clothes so they competed by printing their sacks with pretty, fashionable prints. Reason three is economy and war-era law. Clothes that could be cut from a minimum of yardage with little waste was required. A skirt cut from three smaller pieces wastes less than one cut from two large ones.
Dr. Alice said... (6/2/07 8:02 PM) Reply
Spectacular fabric for a great dress! You look awesome!
crisford said... (6/1/07 10:40 AM) Reply
Fab, fab, fabulous and just gorgeous on you!
Karen6790 said... (5/31/07 10:30 PM) Reply
The Greek shipping heirs will be dropping like flies if you wear that dress. I liked the first one, but this is fabulous.
EveS said... (5/31/07 8:45 PM) Reply
Spectacular dress in a spectacular fabric!!! I just love it! I aspire to be as imaginative (and quick!!) as you! Great review as always!
CarolynGM said... (5/31/07 8:32 PM) Reply
Your changes to the new dress make it spectacular.
Marji said... (5/31/07 8:24 PM) Reply
Awesome in this silk. Love the fabric, and the pattern just sings in it.
Schnauzer said... (5/31/07 7:56 PM) Reply
I'm with everyone else on this one!........beautiful dress,beautiful model!
Heatherrique said... (5/31/07 7:46 PM) Reply
NiceGirl....How about a new moniker....RAD GIRL! Stunning fabric, outstanding fit, and an attractive and trendsetting model! Your reviews are fun, informative, INSPIRING and ADDICTIVE! Back to American Idol. As Simon Cowell would say, now that he has an interest in what the contestants are wearing in addition to their vocals, "You are a fashion designer 'master class'! "
nicegirl said... (5/31/07 4:08 PM) Reply
Oh, we'll miss each other in Greece. I leave on my birthday (August 31) and am gone for two weeks. I can't wait! Cindy-Lou--I think this would look very cute on you.
rosannec said... (5/31/07 3:41 PM) Reply
I'll be in Crete and Thessaloniki at the end of Sept to the beginning of Oct...You?
cindy-lou said... (5/31/07 3:22 PM) Reply
What an *awesome* review. What an *AWESOME* dress!! These two dresses illustrate how 'very good' becomes 'perfect' with a lot of work, and are proof of what people with skill can do with practice and self-analysis. In English: You Rock! (oh-- and so does your fabric choice-- I've been eyeing it...) ;)
twistedangel said... (5/31/07 2:38 PM) Reply
Beautiful. I love the little "touches"... they make a world of difference.
snowflake girl said... (5/31/07 2:07 PM) Reply
very nice, have a great timein greece, you should turn some heads
nicegirl said... (5/31/07 12:11 PM) Reply
Thank you for the compliments, everyone! I wore the orange version yesterday and everyone at work liked it, even if the skirt did feel a little like pannieres. RosanneC--you're going to Greece too? I wonder if we'll be in the same place at the same time? We should try to meet up.
HawkeMorningStar7 said... (5/31/07 12:10 PM) Reply
Fabulous dress. Hae a great time in Greece and may your dreams come true !
Erica B. said... (5/31/07 12:00 PM) Reply
What a pretty dress! I love the vintage styling.
moss said... (5/31/07 11:59 AM) Reply
GORGEOUS! You look HAWWT.. Stavros and Paris (boy) better hold on to their hearts! I'm sure there is an Onassis somewhere waiting for you. :) When you land your heir you must invite all of us to the wedding. And send a jet.
rosannec said... (5/31/07 11:46 AM) Reply
Your going to Greece in Sept; I'm going to greece in sept. You love this fabric; I love this fabric. You love your dress; I love your dress. Too bad that's where the similarities end or else I'd be really freaked out, but that doesn't mean we can't be friends? Maybe friends enough that I can borrow it when you're not wearing it?? What? I'm too tall you say? Drat!
Tez said... (5/31/07 11:20 AM) Reply
The silk print is such a great choice. So pretty!
Sharon M said... (5/31/07 10:49 AM) Reply
Both versions are great, but I especially like this one. They'll be falling over themselves to get close to you when you're wearing this in Greece.
Soliel said... (5/31/07 10:48 AM) Reply
Always enjoy your reviews. Thanks for showing us what happens when one is a rebel!
Bonnie O said... (5/31/07 10:34 AM) Reply
I love both versions of this dress. It's too bad that orange print is a heavy twill because it is simply adorable for a dress. Kiss kiss kiss to the Greek heirs for me!
Sew4Fun said... (5/31/07 8:42 AM) Reply
Paris Hilton has nothing on you in that dress! I'm sure the Greek shipping heirs will be lining up. :)
Sic said... (5/31/07 8:05 AM) Reply
Great alterations - the dress looks gorgeous!
JuliaS said... (5/31/07 8:05 AM) Reply
Here's to Greek shipping heirs! I LOVE this version; that fabric looks absolutely delicious and your dress is way cute.
Mary Stiefer said... (5/26/07 10:36 AM) Reply
I always enjoy your reviews and your fun poses. I like this - of course, your slim body helps make it look great too. What great retro looking fabric. The shoes are cool too
nicegirl said... (5/25/07 4:41 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for your encouragement, everyone! Marji, I'm working on the FM silk one right now. Just taking a break to check my email. Look for a picture coming to a review near you soon!
Heatherrique said... (5/25/07 3:16 PM) Reply
Wow, what an electrifying dress, NiceGirl! Despite your choice of fabric, as somebody on American Idol would say, you made it your own and better than the original or cover version!
Marji said... (5/25/07 9:02 AM) Reply
Call it a learning experience...we all have to go through it at some point - trying to force a fabric into something that it just isn't meant to be. The print is cute - but... you know, I could also see this in a jersey. It's not on suggested fabrics because there weren't any available when this pattern was drafted, but can't you see it? Love the pin at CF. Still, your sense of style and your willingness to tackle anything is fabulous and results in some great garments. I think you have the most "fun" closet of anyone on PR.
Annette1 said... (5/25/07 0:59 AM) Reply
Ha! "Luckily, I'll wear anything ..." I love it! And also the "dropped crotch" comment. :o))) Well, I THINK it looks GREAT on you, and the print easily hides any mishaps. I've made LOTS of stuff with "unsuitable" fabric; sometimes it works out great (with enough tweaking), and sometimes not, but who cares? I've got enough fabric in the ol' stash to make a few mistakes. I can't wait to see the one you make out of your Fabric Mart fabric!
Karen6790 said... (5/24/07 9:56 PM) Reply
Helpful as usual, Trena. I almost bought this one last time Vogue had a sale, I just wasn't sure the ruching wouldn't make me look waistless. Might have to risk it, though - this is a cute dress, and I'm think I have a good fabric stashed away somewhere.
EastwoodFan said... (5/24/07 8:53 PM) Reply
Really cute! I love the style & the fabric. I have occasionally used the wrong fabric on a pattern. You sure made it work though. It's great you know how to make alterations. Design on!
bunz said... (5/24/07 1:54 PM) Reply
"On you, it looks great! :-0
didda said... (5/24/07 1:24 PM) Reply
that is cute on you. i like this pattern, but like some other vintage vogue patterns, i only like the bodice. i used this one to make a top, just left off the skirt part and made a facing for the bottom. i did have to weight the point in front to make it lay down flat.
Christina Sonja said... (5/24/07 1:05 PM) Reply
Love the print and the piped sleeves.
MissCelie said... (5/24/07 12:49 PM) Reply
"I'll wear anything" that's great.
suzanrossi said... (5/24/07 12:17 PM) Reply
"Boobular"?? Love it. Your dress looks fantastic on you
moss said... (5/24/07 11:06 AM) Reply
What an adorable dress! I have been coveting that fabric too. Good to know what it is suitable for and what it is not. But, it looks FABULOUS !!
Kelly D. said... (5/24/07 11:05 AM) Reply
Thanks for the complete and helpful review. I picked up this pattern when Vogues were on sale recently and am considering it for a '40's themed costume event this fall. I will be sure to select appropriate fabric! Even with the mismatch between pattern and fabric type, the dress looks fabulous on you. Enjoy!
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