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Pattern Reviews> Advance Pattern Company> 9647 (Vintage Sub-teen Dress)

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Posted on:7/15/13 1:48 AM
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sewingcanary said... (12/1/13 9:41 PM) Reply
I did an Advance Pattern search. It’s been a while since you made this but perhaps you’ll check again. On my computer it looks more blue than gray. If you’d like it for yourself, rather than to grade the whole pattern up I see no reason why you couldn’t just copy the neck and collar, grade it up to suit your frams and join it to a bodice pattern you know fits well. Several of the “big 4” are making basic patterns that include different front pieces for cup size. Each has several styles. Simplicity are called “Amazing Fit”. They’re designed for making fitting adjustments and good basics. I see them as good investment as you’ll always have a comparison pattern, know how it fits, and the sky becomes the limit in changing out things like collars. In this particular case, if you had a good fitting princess seam blouse changing the collar would not be much work. Adding a gathered skirt would not be rocket science. Perhaps the toughest part would be to find the correct waistline. As for dating this or other patterns – the 30s were economically poor, fabric was at a premium. With WWII that carried on for some time. In the late 40s and especially 50s things had turned around financially for many. Skirts had oodles of fabric, skirts were full and often gathered and had gigantic pockets, fold-over cuffs etc. Complete circle skirts which took lots of fabric (most was woven on narrow looms) were very popular eg the “Poodle Skirt”. The 60’s toned down a bit in terms of skirts. A-lines and shift dresses became more of a norm. Another marker is hem length. My mother said hems went up and down based on the economy. I think we are fortunate to live in an era where any style is “In” and popular, particularly the older styles. Have a boo at fashion history. There’s loads of it online. Happy stitching!
madbadger said... (7/15/13 6:47 PM) Reply
very pretty & classic - love it!
Christas said... (7/15/13 9:19 AM) Reply
Your adjustments look perfect. I'm so glad your daughter decided she liked the dress!
sugarduck said... (7/15/13 8:57 AM) Reply
Lovely dress that's both elegant and age-appropriate. I'm glad she likes it!
jilly cooper said... (7/15/13 4:32 AM) Reply
I agree wonderful dress, I hear you about teenagers - phew, sewing for mine is a test of patience
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