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2858 (Retro 40s Dress)
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5/24/07 10:07 AM
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Thanks for the complete and helpful review. I picked up this pattern when Vogues were on sale recently and am considering it for a '40's themed costume event this fall. I will be sure to select appropriate fabric! Even with the mismatch between pattern and fabric type, the dress looks fabulous on you. Enjoy!
5/24/07 11:05 AM
What an adorable dress! I have been coveting that fabric too. Good to know what it is suitable for and what it is not. But, it looks FABULOUS !!
5/24/07 11:06 AM
"Boobular"?? Love it. Your dress looks fantastic on you
5/24/07 12:17 PM
"I'll wear anything" that's great.
5/24/07 12:49 PM
Love the print and the piped sleeves.
5/24/07 1:05 PM
that is cute on you. i like this pattern, but like some other vintage vogue patterns, i only like the bodice. i used this one to make a top, just left off the skirt part and made a facing for the bottom. i did have to weight the point in front to make it lay down flat.
5/24/07 1:24 PM
"On you, it looks great! :-0
5/24/07 1:54 PM
Really cute! I love the style & the fabric. I have occasionally used the wrong fabric on a pattern. You sure made it work though. It's great you know how to make alterations. Design on!
5/24/07 8:53 PM
Helpful as usual, Trena. I almost bought this one last time Vogue had a sale, I just wasn't sure the ruching wouldn't make me look waistless. Might have to risk it, though - this is a cute dress, and I'm think I have a good fabric stashed away somewhere.
5/24/07 9:56 PM
Ha! "Luckily, I'll wear anything ..." I love it! And also the "dropped crotch" comment. :o))) Well, I THINK it looks GREAT on you, and the print easily hides any mishaps. I've made LOTS of stuff with "unsuitable" fabric; sometimes it works out great (with enough tweaking), and sometimes not, but who cares? I've got enough fabric in the ol' stash to make a few mistakes. I can't wait to see the one you make out of your Fabric Mart fabric!
5/25/07 0:59 AM
Call it a learning experience...we all have to go through it at some point - trying to force a fabric into something that it just isn't meant to be. The print is cute - but... you know, I could also see this in a jersey. It's not on suggested fabrics because there weren't any available when this pattern was drafted, but can't you see it? Love the pin at CF. Still, your sense of style and your willingness to tackle anything is fabulous and results in some great garments. I think you have the most "fun" closet of anyone on PR.
5/25/07 9:02 AM
Wow, what an electrifying dress, NiceGirl! Despite your choice of fabric, as somebody on American Idol would say, you made it your own and better than the original or cover version!
5/25/07 3:16 PM
Thanks so much for your encouragement, everyone! Marji, I'm working on the FM silk one right now. Just taking a break to check my email. Look for a picture coming to a review near you soon!
5/25/07 4:41 PM
I always enjoy your reviews and your fun poses. I like this - of course, your slim body helps make it look great too. What great retro looking fabric. The shoes are cool too
5/26/07 10:36 AM
Here's to Greek shipping heirs! I LOVE this version; that fabric looks absolutely delicious and your dress is way cute.
5/31/07 8:05 AM
Great alterations - the dress looks gorgeous!
5/31/07 8:05 AM
Paris Hilton has nothing on you in that dress! I'm sure the Greek shipping heirs will be lining up. :)
5/31/07 8:42 AM
I love both versions of this dress. It's too bad that orange print is a heavy twill because it is simply adorable for a dress. Kiss kiss kiss to the Greek heirs for me!
5/31/07 10:34 AM
Always enjoy your reviews. Thanks for showing us what happens when one is a rebel!
5/31/07 10:48 AM
Both versions are great, but I especially like this one. They'll be falling over themselves to get close to you when you're wearing this in Greece.
5/31/07 10:49 AM
The silk print is such a great choice. So pretty!
5/31/07 11:20 AM
Your going to Greece in Sept; I'm going to greece in sept. You love this fabric; I love this fabric. You love your dress; I love your dress. Too bad that's where the similarities end or else I'd be really freaked out, but that doesn't mean we can't be friends? Maybe friends enough that I can borrow it when you're not wearing it?? What? I'm too tall you say? Drat!
5/31/07 11:46 AM
GORGEOUS! You look HAWWT.. Stavros and Paris (boy) better hold on to their hearts! I'm sure there is an Onassis somewhere waiting for you. :) When you land your heir you must invite all of us to the wedding. And send a jet.
5/31/07 11:59 AM
What a pretty dress! I love the vintage styling.
5/31/07 12:00 PM
Fabulous dress. Hae a great time in Greece and may your dreams come true !
5/31/07 12:10 PM
Thank you for the compliments, everyone! I wore the orange version yesterday and everyone at work liked it, even if the skirt did feel a little like pannieres. RosanneC--you're going to Greece too? I wonder if we'll be in the same place at the same time? We should try to meet up.
5/31/07 12:11 PM
very nice, have a great timein greece, you should turn some heads
5/31/07 2:07 PM
Beautiful. I love the little "touches"... they make a world of difference.
5/31/07 2:38 PM
What an *awesome* review. What an *AWESOME* dress!! These two dresses illustrate how 'very good' becomes 'perfect' with a lot of work, and are proof of what people with skill can do with practice and self-analysis. In English: You Rock! (oh-- and so does your fabric choice-- I've been eyeing it...) ;)
5/31/07 3:22 PM
I'll be in Crete and Thessaloniki at the end of Sept to the beginning of Oct...You?
5/31/07 3:41 PM
Oh, we'll miss each other in Greece. I leave on my birthday (August 31) and am gone for two weeks. I can't wait! Cindy-Lou--I think this would look very cute on you.
5/31/07 4:08 PM
NiceGirl....How about a new moniker....RAD GIRL! Stunning fabric, outstanding fit, and an attractive and trendsetting model! Your reviews are fun, informative, INSPIRING and ADDICTIVE! Back to American Idol. As Simon Cowell would say, now that he has an interest in what the contestants are wearing in addition to their vocals, "You are a fashion designer 'master class'! "
5/31/07 7:46 PM
I'm with everyone else on this one!........beautiful dress,beautiful model!
5/31/07 7:56 PM
Awesome in this silk. Love the fabric, and the pattern just sings in it.
5/31/07 8:24 PM
Your changes to the new dress make it spectacular.
5/31/07 8:32 PM
Spectacular dress in a spectacular fabric!!! I just love it! I aspire to be as imaginative (and quick!!) as you! Great review as always!
5/31/07 8:45 PM
The Greek shipping heirs will be dropping like flies if you wear that dress. I liked the first one, but this is fabulous.
5/31/07 10:30 PM
Fab, fab, fabulous and just gorgeous on you!
6/1/07 10:40 AM
Spectacular fabric for a great dress! You look awesome!
6/2/07 8:02 PM
The skirt center front is probably cut as two rather than on the fold for three possible and not dissimilar reasons. Reason one is that fabric widths were narrower, often 36-39 inches. Reason two is that by 1944 fabric rationing had hit the US and women were making new dresses out of scavenged fabric when and where they could. A common source of unrationed fabric was flour sacks. As flour had to be shipped and sold in cloth sacks, flour companies quickly caught on that women would reuse the sacks for clothes so they competed by printing their sacks with pretty, fashionable prints. Reason three is economy and war-era law. Clothes that could be cut from a minimum of yardage with little waste was required. A skirt cut from three smaller pieces wastes less than one cut from two large ones.
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