This is a vintage party dress pattern with a pleated faux wrap bodice, midriff and full skirt.
Pattern Sizing: Vintage sizing
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The dress I sewed looked exactly like the dress pictured on the envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Surprisingly, the instructions were very easy to follow. It's worth noting that I have a fair amount of experience with vintage patterns and techniques. Compared to the instructions of modern patterns, the instructions are more vague and less detailed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was immediately drawn to the pleated wrap bodice of this dress.
My fabric is a double layer-it's lace attached to a more stable opaque fabric. I got the fabric at an estate sale and would guess it's from the 80s.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did remove width from the side seams through the bust and re-contoured the amscye to adjust for that change. Also, I pleated my skirt instead of gathering it into the waistband. I omitted the facings and self-faced the bodice with Georgette.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this dress again. I sewed it in a formal fabric to wear in a friend's wedding; however, I think that it would look as lovely and be more versatile in a cotton. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a vintage party dress pattern!
I sewed this dress to wear in a friend's wedding. I got lucky and pulled both the fabric and pattern from my stash(es). The pattern is beautiful. I easily see making several more versions and look forward to experimenting with fabric and view in the future!