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|Decades of Style: 4003 (1948 Siren Sundress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||11/2/13 8:32 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
|Fabric:||Linen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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A vintage sundress from 1948. Bodice is backless with straps that cross in the back, wrap around the front waist and meet in the back again for a tie. The skirt is quite full but there is no gathering at the waist for a flattering silhouette. Bodice is lined, but the straps are only one layer so the wrong side of the fabric will show. Waistline has inside belt of grosgrain ribbon.
Bust size 30 - 46
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty close.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions were easy to follow, but I needed to make some significant changes to get my dress to fit right.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the style of the pattern. Great to wear in California on a hot summer day!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a muslin first to check the fit and thank goodness I did. I needed to completely change the positioning of the bodice pieces in relation to the skirt.
-I raised the sides at the waist about an inch, tapering to the original center front line. This eliminated some major bunching I had at the sides and the skirt laid much nicer.
- For the front bodice pieces, I ended up sewing in bust cups - as wearing a bra with this dress is impossible unless you have a low back one. Funny, the pattern doesn't suggest sewing in cups anywhere.
- Also for the front, I needed to hand sew the two pieces together to eliminate some gapping.
- The last step in the construction process is to make the pleats (if needed it says) at the shoulder seams. I think this should be done much sooner as it changes the fit of the bodice. I ended up making very deep pleats in my shoulder seams.
- I need to twist the ties together at the back as well. If I just cross them over like the picture on the pattern envelope, the ties wiggle all over the place. Twisting them together helps to eliminate that.
- Didn't add the pocket because I thought it just looked a bit cheesy.
- I like the use of the grosgrain ribbon for the waist stay. This is a very comfortable feature.
- The dress wraps and ties at the back so if you wear it on a windy day - beware! See blog for windy photo in action!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won't sew this again, however if we have another hot, hot summer, who knows!
A nicely styled dress, but I would definitely recommend making a muslin first!
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