Added Feb 15, 2013
This classic Halston pattern has been in my stash since, like, forever. Of course I was waiting for the ‘perfect’ fabric to walk by.
I bought this navy velour fabric from a Korean seller on Etsy, and oh boy does it feel wonderful! Soft, furry, and as drapey as a velour can get. It is a true navy blue, and the little gold dogs on it are printed on in some kind of semi-sparkly ink. Not sprinkles, not foil – they stay on really firmly in the wash! You’d think it’d be a touch thick for tropical weather, but I’m fine wearing it at my air-conditioned workplace. The colour is particularly difficult to photograph in any sort of lighting – this looks so much more yummy in person!
I’m still not fully convinced that this is the perfect fabric for this particular pattern, but since I have my pattern all graded and re-cut (plus I was a good girl and made a muslin – I find I should always make a muslin for vintage patterns) I will probably be making more of this.
I am especially proud of my machined invisible hem – finally got it going! Though I suspect the thickness of the material contributed a large part to the ‘invisible-ness’.
I made quite a few modifications to the original.
Added a inch to each bust gather, not because I’m particularly endowed, but because there was almost no gather effect at all in the toile.
Took in the bodice sides nearly 1.5in at each armhole to make it less batwing-y.
Let out the bottom of the waist insert for comfort over the jelly belly.
Sewed up the armholes a little way so my underwear wouldn’t be visible when I lifted my arms.
Did a regular skirt instead of the wrapover effect, since the fabric was so thick.
1.8 yards of 44in velour
1 yard of purple pompom trim
1 recycled zipper
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