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Date: 7/6/13 2:07 PM

I am renewing my vows next year in Vegas and have been obsessed with the 1950-1960's retro short dresses. However, I live in rural Iowa and I can't find a salon within a 500 mile range that sells anything remotely like I am looking for. And I REFUSE to spend $600+ for a dress online that I can't try on to see if I even like it. So, I am going to attempt to make my own.

I am leaning towards two different styles. Both are fairly simple, but one is strapless and the other involves sheer fabric. Both of which I have never tackled before.

My friend found a pattern at Goodwill for a quarter that I am thinking I could alter to make it work for either of these dresses. It's McCalls 6466. The pattern shows a dress featuring a tulle skirt, which I like, but I will probably add a layer of satin over the tulle.

I am going to get some sheets from my local thrift shop this afternoon to start playing around with my first try. I have just under one year (June 23rd 2014) to do this. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!


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Date: 7/6/13 2:56 PM

Why not make the strapless gown with a removable sheer overlay? That way you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Date: 7/6/13 4:11 PM

So pretty! I am in the midst of making a very similar dress, though mine is for ballroom dancing.

I will say that having the sheer or lace top will probably make your life a lot easier. Strapless has extra challenges both on the sewing and styling front, not the least of which is the bra question. Not sure which anniversary you are celebrating - if it is 20 years or more and you weren't 16 years old when you got married, strapless may not be so flattering...

I have a few hints about sewing with sheers, as do others here. They are not so intimidating as you might think and when you are doing just a small area you will usually have enough fabric to just cut another one if you mess it up.

Have fun and let us see your progress!

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Date: 7/6/13 4:25 PM

If you have intermediate level sewing skills this dress would not be at all complicated.The big 4 pattern cos. have many retro patterns to choose from. and the old pattern 's body measurements might be for less modern figures.If you love the 50's style why not get a pattern and make a wearable dress now? Its really just a full gathered skirt attached to a fitted bodice.Just because its a wedding type dress it doesn't take ages to make.

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Date: 7/6/13 11:32 PM

I would love to attempt the strapless dress, but I am very nervous about the fit and boning and all the other intricacies involved with making a perfect fitting strapless gown. Do you ladies have any ideal or places where I could reference how to accomplish this?

I am going to make a couple of mock up dresses before I dare tackle the real deal with expensive fabric.

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Date: 7/7/13 0:25 AM

Vogue 8766 is perfect for either dress. I used it last year for a retro wedding dress that was strapless and backless. I added a corselette to hold it up and the bride used a stick on bra as it was also backless but if she had been less buxom she wouldn't have needed a bra at all.

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Date: 7/7/13 9:31 AM

wow, if that is this mccall's 6466 it is perfect, and current sizing too. It's still in the McCall's catalogue. Hereboning is an article from threads on attaching boning, there's lots more help here and online..Good Luck!

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Date: 7/7/13 4:27 PM

This might be what everyone already knows but when I put in boning casing in the lining or underlining with a waist,I stop it right above the seamline This allows me to insert the boning itself after everything has been pressed and shaped.and the waistline sewn easily.I finish the bottom edge by hand and sometimes put an extra little bias cut square to cushion it.

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Date: 7/9/13 1:23 AM

Hi,
I live in Las Vegas. It is extremely hot from May on outside but inside it is often very cold from the air-conditioning. I would consider making a light wrap to go with your beautiful dress. In June, July, August and September temperatures are routinely over 100 degrees but often in the 70s indoors.
Congratulations on your vows renewal.
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Date: 7/9/13 10:16 AM

renjon - you have time to muslin both dresses, so why not give them a whirl? You would only have to make one skirt as it would work with both bodices. I am partial to the lace sleeveless top both for look and ease of sewing, but that is just me.

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