Zemelda (no back story, I just put her on and that’s her name), from Advance 2599. I want one of those hats.
Made of inheritance rayon (a stash that outlived the stasher), a long zipper and a little thread. No lining in this one.
First, the pattern alterations:
Front Bodice piece, I laid the original paper pattern over my FBA-ed front to show the difference. I did a 2″ FBA, to add a total of 4″ across the front. When you do one of these pattern alterations, it creates a dart under the arm, where my dress didn’t have a dart. I could have left it, but thought I should rotate out some of the fullness to the shoulder dart and the gathers. If I make another dress from the pattern, I’ll leave the underarm dart and see what happens.
I also had to add 3/4″ to each side seam tapering to 1″ at the hips. I didn’t add to the bodice side seams, figuring it would come out of the gathering. I’d like to see how it looks if I actually add to the side seams on the bodice, too.
Why so much tweaking? Why not go up a size? The back. A 32″ bust fits my back perfectly. I’ve spent enough time playing with back pieces to know I’d rather not adjust a back/shoulders/neck area.
I really like the back.
Back kick pleat, hanging straight and smooth. I under stitched the folds on the pleat, makes all the difference.
Pleat in action. Shall we play guess the age of the rayon? I think it might be from the late 60’s, early 70’s based on the design, but I’m not sure. Any other guesses?
Lila took a few pictures of me. Movement shot. Also, I like these shoes but I think to wear them with this dress, I should wear dark stockings. Something about them looks a little off, like the dirt farmer’s wife in her Sunday-go-meeting frock.
Another Lila shot. Can you tell I was talking to my little girl when she went paparazzi on me?
About these pockets- I tried first the stripey fushia; my misgivings proved well-founded. I tried to make a belt the same color, it was hideous.
What to do? I had barely enough of the fabric left to cut the squares for self-fabric pockets. As happens, I cut one of them a little too small, so they all had to be cut smaller. I tried everything else, I think I don’t have a choice but to go naked or use the slightly too small self-pockets. Any ideas greatly appreciated.
The zippered front is so fun, and it’s really easy to dress. Many, many of my old-pattern dresses must be wriggled into, nearly impossible when girdled up, and excessively difficult on hot mornings. This difficulty necessitates Husbandly assistance- I can dress myself, but often it is easier if he helps.
I like the dress- it has great details like darted sleeve heads, the entire back of the dress and the pockets. I want to make this in a soft stripey cotton, perhaps making the long sleeves and using the button placket. This is a great basic dress pattern for those who love the early 40’s.
What do you think? Can I add a long sleeved, tonal stripey cotton version of this dress to my Before New Years list? Please?
The jerkin has some possibilities as a button-up-the-back shell.
In other news, I wore my Model T out the other day; when I took it off I noticed these holes. I didn’t notice them when I put the dress on, they’re towards the back hem. Luckily, I wore my coat all evening because it was cold. How embarrassing! Where could the holes have come from? It’s a puzzle and now I have yet another over-engineered house dress.