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|Vintage Pattern Lending Library: T5918 (1930 Evening Gown With Deep Ba) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||3/23/13 10:30 AM |
|Last Updated:||6/24/13 10:59 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Petite |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Stretch Satin [See other projects in this fabric]|
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From website: "Ladies Evening Gown with plunging back, and deep V-inset skirt. Shoulder straps are twisted for decorative effect. Designed for petite or short-waisted woman." The pattern is taken from an original dress pattern c. 1930.
In 2011 I had an upcoming formal event for university and I didn't really want to spend a lot of money or wear one of the dresses I already owned. I love, love, love the evening dresses from the 1930s - the sleek lines, flowing fabrics and figure hugging silhouettes are so flattering and I really wanted to have a dress like that for my upcoming event. I loved the deep red colour of the 1930s inspired dress that Keira Knightly wore in her Coco Mademoiselle commercial for Chanel, as well as the cut of the back.
I found this pattern and thought it would be perfect.
Pattern Sizing: One size - 34" bust
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part they were, however at points they can be unclear - probably because they are transcribed directly from the original.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
All in all I found this pattern pretty easy to use even with the original instructions from the 1930s. The only real problems I had with it were working with stretch satin, as I'd never used it before (I found a great tip about sewing the seams using baking paper as a backing to stop the material from pulling which worked wonders), and the V insets of the skirt as again I'd never done those before and the pieces can be quite hard to fit together!
The main problem I had with putting together the v shaped seams was due to the pattern. I don't know if it had been missed when transcribing the pattern or if the original pattern had also lacked them, but some of the 'v' notches were missing on the pattern. So it made it very, very hard to line up the pieces for the v inserts, which in turn led to lots of fumbling and mucking around and refitting of the bodice.
All together the gown took me about 2 days to make (as usual I left it until the last minute!), so I probably could have done a better job of it than I did but it was good enough.
Stretch satin. Plain satin would be much better and I would recommend using this if you want to make the gown. The reason I used stretch satin was because I fell in love with the colour, however the stretch in the satin makes it a nightmare to sew!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Well firstly the dress is a bit too short when I wear it with heels - but this was my mistake really I didn't buy enough material and allow for extra length when cutting. However I feel that the fact this is a very early 1930s pattern and cut lets me get away with the fact that it's a bit short. I also added little 'cuffs' at the start of the straps just for decorative effect and to try and anchor the twisting of them a bit more.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I love the way the dress worked out. Apart from a bit of puckering at some of the seams due to the stretch satin, it looks really good. I've worn it on a number of occasions and the best thing about this dress is that if you pull it up to below the knee/mid calf and fasten it with a brooch it looks like a 1920s flapper dress. So really this pattern gives you a vintage-cut gown that you can wear to modern events and one that can be worn to 1920s costume parties which is neat!
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