Added Jul 12, 2010
when my grandmother died when i was a teenager, my mum and i discovered some old fabric and yarn when we went through her things. seeing as we’re the only two females in the family, we took it home with us. among it was this cotton in a rich purple with red and pink flowers.
i didn’t do anything with this fabric for a decade, and then started to get more into sewing. i’m not certain when the fabric is from, but it seemed suited to a 1950s-style dress (it definitely isn’t that old, though). the skirt is actually three trapezoids so it has three longer sections – the longest part of the skirt is centre-back. i originally made this a few years ago so can’t remember why i decided to make it that way, but it adds a point of difference. the dress has three sections: the skirt, a mid-bodice (starts just below the waist and ends just below the bust) and a top bodice. the top bodice piece originally was v-necked with straps, but the straps didn’t sit right so late last year i cut the straps off and added a halter, which suits it much better.
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