Added Sep 12, 2011
I used a polished stretch cotton that I found at the Remnants Warehouse for $4 dollars a metre. It was delightful soft and so so easy to work with. However, I wanted the bodice to be very fitted and structured, so to achieve that 50’s “nipped” waist look I lined it in a thick red cotton drill, which more than does the job. I’m not going to lie, the waist is tight, but all in the name of fashion right?
I have made this dress a few times already before, So I know the pattern like the back of my hand. Its Retro Butterick B4792, with a basic boat neck bodice front. It’s such a simple shape, so it’s really easy to wear and manages to get me through all the seasons.
Instead of gathering the skirt onto the bodice as I have in the past, I used small pleats; the centre front pleat being inverted to “conveniently” hide my mismatched check.
I am very happy with the finish of this dress. I used all french seams and for the first time I used a sink stitch along the seam where the bodice and skirt meet. Its barely noticeable! and leaves the lining looking to clean and neat.
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Polished stretch cotton
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