Added Dec 28, 2012
This is pattern 107 from BWOF November 2007.
When my friend Sarah told me she was having a MadMen-themed cocktail party for her b-day, it was just the perfect excuse to sew up a party dress,
Although pretty simple in shape, the bodice has interesting lines, thanks to a center front seam and bust darts originating from the center seam as opposed to the side seams. It creates a “cross” effect that I haven’t seen often.
The skirt has wide inverted pleats and hidden pockets in the side seams.
I love that it has a retro 50’s vibe while still being quite modern.
The main design adjustements I made, aside from fitting adjustments:
-lower neckline by 1.5cm all around
-extended shoulderseams 2cm to cover a bit more of my shoulders
-added a full lining – the pattern only includes neckline and armhole facing.
I really love this dress! More photos and details on my blog
Silk Dupioni for the dress
bemberg for the lining
black tulle for the crinoline
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