Chip's Projects, Creativity

50’s Dress Conundrum

Hi all!

My last post talked about the mess I made of a 50s dress. I am perhaps a little put out with myself about it, but nothing serious.  However, I do have some pictures of it to share with you (even though the print direction does make me look a little stouter than I am).

So, without further ado, here it is:

Anyway, I had decided to be adventurous and stray away from the pattern instructions by cutting the bodice on the bias (or diagonal to the grain).  This did make things a little interesting, because alone, the bodice would not support the skirt, so I had to fully line it with the lining cut on the grain so that it wouldn’t stretch.  I thought it would look cool to have the bodice on the bias, and it does, when it’s not on me. 😛   I don’t mind this experience too much, although I am still trying to figure out how to make the dress look good on me.

Here’s a closeup of the sash that I spent hours ironing and hand sewing:
Only to discover it was too short:
However, since the dress pattern makes me look a little stout, the sash is no longer a huge problem — the whole dress is.  I do have to say that I enjoyed making it — and I look forward to seeing whether my brain can come up with a solution to the problem or if I take it apart and use the fabric for something else. I’m going to let it set for a while and work on another project in the meantime.
I don’t regret making this dress — you live and learn, and often you learn the hard way — but at least this was an enjoyed process.

4 thoughts on “50’s Dress Conundrum”

  1. I think your sash is lovely! And an idea for lengthening it, is to add some design..say, a medallion with tucking on it…that is big enough to fill in the gap. Also, what about a large belt buckle sewed onto a scrap piece of your sash material? Whatever holds it on need not be fancy, since it would be hidden.


  2. Thanks Celine & Atlanta.

    I had thought about a different belt. . . but not black – more a really dark navy color. I was also wondering if it would help to have it wider than the current one. It's definitely a thought and it helps that you suggested it as well, Atlanta.

    Thanks for the encouragement.


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