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Reception Dress Prototype

Added Apr 3, 2010

by eugeniaofthe...

San Diego, Calif...






I bought a vintage pattern from a 1958 Eva Dress to use as a possible dress for my wedding reception. I wanted to make a prototype of it to see how the fit was and whether or not it would actually work. Let me just say what a pain in the arse the pattern was. Actually it was the bodice, specifically. It just wouldn’t line up the way I wanted. It was also telling me to add elastic in the armholes to keep the front of the blouse from gaping in an unsightly manner. There were no clear directions on where exactly to put the elastic and really only had never given any other directions other than that one particular instruction. I ended up just tacking the contrasting piece to the inside of the bodice. I think it seemed to work, but I don’t love it. If I make this dress again, I will change the interior of the bodice again. The instructions overall in the pattern were fairly confusing at times. I just kind of sewed it together willy-nilly. I also shortened the dress considerably, as summer is around the corner here in San Diego.

So If I do make this as a reception dress, then I will be making it in white dupioni silk, with red dupioni contrast. I will possibly add some other fabric to the dress to give it a more bridal look,. It will also be left closer to the original length, which is about calf length.

Material Notes

Debbie Mumm quilting fabric (cotton)




Garment Type
Casual, Vintage

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    Jun 6, 2010, 04.29 PMby marloncosta

    This design would look very elegant on dupione silk. I hope you post the pic of it for us to see. Your prototype came out beautiful as well, in despite of the problems you ha with it while sewing.

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    Apr 3, 2010, 03.06 PMby rebexy

    love that fabric! the bodice definitely needs something, not sure where that elastic would go either… but adorable fit, and definitely fun for a party dress!

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    Apr 3, 2010, 01.05 PMby mlssfshn

    It’s funny how we think old patterns were perfect, until we cut into one and see that they were written just as badly written as most modern ones! You did a nice job, despite the problems. I see where the elastic was needed between the shoulder and the modesty piece they added easy there by opening the dart to that seam line. The elastic would have pulled the fabric back towards the body so it wouldn’t hang away as it is in the photos. You may want to walk the bodice pieces as well to make sure all the seams match up, if you haven’t already.

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    Apr 3, 2010, 09.30 AMby zenica

    Oh, but I really like it. This looks like a fab summer dress. Just love the decoltee. The only thing that I would alter is the contrasting band, lower it by a couple of centimeters. Can definitely see this work as a reception dress… Have I already mentioned that it flatters your figure? ;-)

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