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Easy "Paris" gown?
need to make a bunch of 1960 formals
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Date: 6/24/13 9:19 PM

I might need to post this in Patterns but was thinking "Hmmm--bet some of the Bridal PRfolk make bridesmaids dresses for a variety of lasses...."

I'm looking for a pattern that looks like a fancy 1960 gown that would be some combination of that look, relatively easy, and flattering or at least not disastrous to a wide variety of body types.

Some friends and I need to make (*ahem*) 17 of them. For the number "Paris Original" in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Tall order, eh? I know most of the teens who will be wearing the dress, and they are good sports; but to the extent possible they should be comfortable and confident and able to dance.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a pattern, or a style? Thanks!!

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Date: 6/24/13 9:39 PM

I found this, and other "Paris Original" patterns by searching "Vogue Pattern 1960's" on eBay:
Paris Original
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And this one
Another Paris original

The trouble with the vintage patterns is that they only come in one size, but you could maybe find modern patterns that are multi sized and similar...

Here's a

Easy retro Burda
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Date: 6/24/13 10:00 PM

Another Burda, medium difficulty


Burda 60's gown

Super Easy, but not so Paris Original looking

Super easy 60's
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Date: 6/24/13 10:03 PM

This one has a 60's vibe
Formal dress

This Butterick looks late 50's/early 60's and is rated easy

Butterick
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Subject: Easy Paris gown? Date: 6/24/13 10:40 PM

It opened in 1962 on Broadway so I think you want a 50's look.A simple sleeveless below the knee sheath in a bright color,maybe with polka dots that can be seen from the audience,a floaty drape across the front neck falling from the middle of the back for movement.Don't forget a kick pleat or slit at the back hem so the girls can dance.Oh and a cocktail hat.The dresses really don't have to be super-fitted to each girl,just get the hips right as that was the real focus in the typical 50's fancy dress. The other look would be a very full skirt. There really wasn't much styling going on for the dress top and you could fake a look with the most basic sleeveless shell blouse tucked into a full skirt,big rented petticoats and a wide sash at the waist in a different color. Just a few thoughts. carry

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Subject: Easy Paris gown? Date: 6/24/13 11:23 PM

If you go to voguepatterns.com and look at the vintage vogues, there are quite a few choices.

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Date: 6/25/13 5:28 PM

You might take a look at costumes that have been used for this production to get ideas. Here's a fun pink-with-black-polka-dots number with a big butt bow from a costume rental place.

Here's some Utube videos (also along the sidebar are more) from some other high school productions. I think that first one is a Simplicity pattern, looks familiar.

Good luck! 17 costumes, yikes.

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Date: 6/26/13 7:12 PM

Thanks so much!!

speech girl, it's funny that there's a pattern line by that name. Makes it hard to search though. I think carry is right that I'm looking for 50s, really. The easy Butterick looks like it might be easy to fit--maybe substituting the overskirt for the skirt. Or maybe just as a guide for a different pattern--I will check out the vogues and youtube also (I've been there once but somehow missed the polka dotted one!).

ETA: Oh, the polka dot one is a different link. Cute! Love those hats. That seems to say Paris to me....didn't Holly Golightly wear hats like that?
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Date: 6/29/13 11:09 AM

An update! The costume chair has decided in the interests of sanity to go with a pattern that has essentially two pieces:
Jiffy dolman dress
It's from a few years later than the target date but no doubt we'll accessorize it into more of a 50s look. It will be purple.

Thanks again for your help! I will try to get a review up, though I still haven't gotten a review up for the duster coat from the LAST show.

ETA: mastdenman, I really enjoyed looking over the vintage vogues. I wonder whether they're mostly used for costumes or woman who just like that style. The Butterick retros are fun, too (possibly easier, or maybe I think that just because Butterick has treated me well).
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2014 yards in inventory: (to be counted)
Yards cut/sewn:58
Yards purchased: 46.3

"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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