Added Aug 10, 2010
This dress was made from a reproduction of a 1930s day dress pattern. I bought the pattern from New Vintage Lady on etsy (http://newvintagelady.etsy.com/).
I made the dress out of red polka dot cotton and faked the button band (I used snaps instead). I also shortened the dress by several inches. It’s still about mid calf.
The pattern has a lot of great detailing. There are tucks along the front bodice, and coordinating tucks on the pockets. There is an inverted pleat at the yoke back, pleats on skirt front and back, and both short and long sleeve options. Oh and a bitching fold back cuff.
The pattern does look like the cover image, and like the dresses NVL has made. My issue is that the bodice was too boxy for me. I’m not sure if it’s the style, or if I need to cut the pattern down some. I also need to try it belted. Also I need to re-do the buttons so they’re centered.
This dress was made from a reproduction of a 1930s day dress pattern. I bought the pattern from New Vintage Lady on etsy (:http://newvintagelady.etsy.com/). The pattern is traced and printed on heavy paper. This is an unprinted pattern, meaning there is no text on the pattern tissue. The way markings are clustered or shaped lets you know if something is supposed to be on the fold, etc. The entire original directions fit on one 8×11 piece of paper. While this project wasn’t difficult, you need to have confidence since the pattern directions assume you’re an experienced sewist.
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