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Hoping for some pattern recommendations
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murrrkat
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Date: 4/2/13 0:07 AM

Hi, there, all of you lovely folks! So, I am relatively new to this site, as far as usage/participation. Here is my problem..

I am attending a rockabilly-themed wedding in August. I am very excited to make a 50's style dress for the occasion, as this is the type of dress I have been wanting to make since I began sewing. But, I am having trouble finding the right pattern. I have visited Jo-Ann a few times in my quest, and every time I end up flipping through the pattern books and leaving disappointed. I have also been trying to look online, but as far as searching for patterns still in circulation, I am hitting a wall. I find blogs of people using discontinued patterns, or modifying patterns I don't desire in the first place. Using "50's style" or "vintage" is not returning direct links to what I want (obviously). So I think I am unsure of what the dress types or styles would be called, or rather how to search for these styles. I would like a) a halter-type dress with a full skirt or b) a more form-fitting style with a flattering neckline and pencil skirt, or c) a button-up A-line. If I could find a solid example of each, I would probably buy all three, as I really enjoy making dresses. I have been sewing for about 4 1/2 years, and I would prefer something considered easy, using cotton or a cotton blend. If you have any advice or go-to patterns, I would appreciate it so much! Thank you for taking the time to read this.

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Date: 4/2/13 0:34 AM

How about Gerties new Butterick pattern? It's very 50s. I can't remember the pattern number but it's in the new pattern section.

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Date: 4/2/13 2:21 AM

What about Vogue 8727? It is still in print and has a halter neckline with both a full or slim skirt.

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Date: 4/2/13 8:05 AM

I'll never understand why Butterick spreads all their retro reprint patterns all around...makes them so tough to find!
http://butterick.mccall.com/retro-pages-371.php

5209 has a halter and a full skirt

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Date: 4/2/13 12:34 PM

Thank you for all of your suggestions! I'd never really seen much of Butterick patterns for some reason. I've narrowed it down to four: Butterick's B5708 & B5603, and Vogue's V2961 & V8727. It might take me a bit to pick one of those beautiful dresses, but my decision is much easier now. Thanks again, I will post my first review once I have made it :)

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Date: 4/2/13 1:21 PM

Vogue 2961 has boning in it. I had originally looked at it when I was trying to find a different pattern when the one I was using didn't work well and required too many changes. I decided that I wasn't comfortable with making a dress with boning yet. I ended up going with Vogue 2962 (the haltertop version).

I really like Vogue 8789.

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Date: 4/2/13 9:41 PM

There's a BurdaStyle magazine with a rock-a-billy spread with the best dress ever.

I'm out of town so I can't flip to it to tell you the issue. I'll be home Friday if you want to bump this thread then.

The dress has a deep V back and V front too if I remember correctly. It was form fitting and very pretty.

Gosh now I want to find it to share ....

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Date: 4/3/13 7:52 AM

You might try Decades of Style patterns. They have a lot of vintage patterns.

http://www.decadesofstyle.com/

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Date: 4/16/13 2:28 PM

Try Looking for "bombshell" dresses (vintage or modern). Doesn't Gertie have a whole book of them? And I know there are others.

Put a petticoat under a full-skirted one and it's instant rockabilly, but the pencil skirt versions are out there, too. Just not sure about the A-line button up (I would like to find a good one of those!)

Oh, and a good part of the "vintage" feel will come from the fabric, even more than the pattern.
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