Em of RetroGlam sent me the book for fun and I thought I’d have a go. I like a challenge.
Let no one say that I only show the successes….it’s ok but not really wearable. So what happenned?
The dress on the cover looks as if it’s made of lovely soft fabric but the advice is to use “medium firm” fabric – which this is. I would say that you could not get the drape with it but if you used soft, drapey fabric most sewers couldn’t make it in an hour or even two.
I am probably not the shape (or age) of woman envisaged in the book – I don’t really think straight up and down clothes are the thing for me. Of course, I knew that before I started but the idea that I might be able to make a dress that quickly spurred me on.
And the sash? I do have a photo taken wearing the sash but I couldn’t face showing it to everyone.
What makes it so fast?
The fabric is torn rather than cut and it’s all rectangles so that saves a lot of time. There’s no real shaping to worry about.
I think the seams were left unfinished or the selvedges were used in places.
The fabric for the bodice is one piece back & front with a hole cut for the neck.
How long did it take? Two hours! Why?
The pattern on the back of the bodice would have been upside down if I’d followed the book’s plan, so I had to make shoulder seams. In fairness, the author did point out that it wouldn’t work with a one way design but I didn’t have anything else suitable.
I don’t like raw edges so I zigzagged them.
I pintucked the fabric for the skirt to narrow the waist. The book suggests side plaits (pleats) but I thought they would look awful on me.
I had to feed the hens and walk the dogs part way through so I lost track of where I was.
The bobbin thread ran out & I hadn’t thought of preparing a spare beforehand.
I am not a fast sewer.
So, what to do?
A skirt and top. An improvement???
I split the dress at the waist, took a bit of the skirt’s fullness out and added buttons along one seam so I can still get into it.
There’s also a knee high split so I can walk. I’m thinking of making a black cotton petticoat to flash a bit of lace as I walk along.
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The red skirt is my latest version of the 1934 skirt – for everyday wear.
The black teeshirt is me made – I traced a favourite shop bought teeshirt to get the pattern. Tracing existing clothes is one of the ways I get patterns I like.
What did I learn?
That a sewing challenge can be fun even if you’re pretty sure you won’t want to wear the result.
That with a few modifications I could get a dress I would like out of this. I would add darts to create shaping, add fastenings because it would be hard to get in and out without the loose shape and use a soft fabric. I would also make my own bias binding to match the dress because I think it would look classier.
I’d like to say a big “Thank you” to Em for sending me the book. I enjoyed the challenge and I’ve learned from it.
Thanks for dropping by,