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Retro 1951

Added May 6, 2014

by katensew

Nr Blackpool, Un...






Using pattern Butterick B5880 ( marked on the reverse EASY ) It was not ! It is fully lined with a side zip ( longer than stated as I couldn’t get into it !) and I had to stitch it in by hand as it was difficult to get inside it with the machine. Around the neck I used a double layer of interfacing at the front and single at the back ( only the front was interfaced in the instructions) I had to shorten it – fine with the lengthen/shorten line on the front and back skirt pieces – BUT not given on the overwrap – so that was shortened at the side edge and then tapered to the original line so as not to disrupt the trailing waterfall on the left side. I made a hidden slit under the wrap so that I can wear it-for dancing. Actually it took 3 hours to make the pattern alterations and cut out all the pieces!!
The bolero top (and lining) goes with an earlier project from last summer .

Material Notes

Polyester " silky " bought from a charity shop and lined with fabric left from a previous dress.




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    May 10, 2014, 02.12 AMby nrobson

    Lively detailing pattern and fabric x

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      May 10, 2014, 07.33 AMby katensew

      Thank you for your comments – I love your cat – mine passed away 2 weeks ago – very sad.

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      May 11, 2014, 09.52 PMby nrobson

      Sorry to hear about your cat, they are part of the family aren’t they :((

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    May 8, 2014, 07.59 PMby Lindsay Hodgson

    Wow! This is fab!

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      May 9, 2014, 10.39 AMby katensew

      Thank you for your comment.

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    May 7, 2014, 10.17 PMby DonnaH21

    Very Dorothy L’Amour! Hope it feels as good to wear as it looks.

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      May 8, 2014, 11.24 AMby katensew

      It is a lovely feeling fabric – sort of silky polyester that doesn’t crease- bought as a sari length from a charity shop – and of course the Asian ladies choose fabrics that do not crease.

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    May 7, 2014, 05.13 PMby maggieg5

    lovely style dress and the top looks great with it :0)

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      May 8, 2014, 11.24 AMby katensew

      Thank you for your comments

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    May 7, 2014, 06.28 AMby cathysews

    Great dress….bet you’re glad you persevered? It looks great on you.

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      May 7, 2014, 09.30 AMby katensew

      Thank you for your comments

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      May 8, 2014, 11.25 AMby katensew

      It was much admired – thank you

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    May 6, 2014, 09.51 PMby Mary Athey

    This is a lovely dress, i know what you mean about the easy bit!! I made this as well and its anything but easy, mine still is’nt finished as i was’nt happy with the wrap section or the neck. Maybe i should’ve used double interfacing? Your fabric is lovely and the dress looks great on you. Maybe i’ll finish mine one of these days lol x

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      May 7, 2014, 09.30 AMby katensew

      The wrap was a problem – even though I marked each pleat with a different coloured tailor tack I still had a job matching them at the angles given — I think I just did my best to make it look reasonable ! Yes the neck would have been inclined to droop at the front. also I’ve had to put bra “catches” inside the neck edge to keep the straps out of view – as the neckline is rather boat shaped.

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    May 6, 2014, 07.48 PMby abiewan

    Great JOB! , I know what you mean EASY means Not EASY haha ;)

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      May 7, 2014, 09.31 AMby katensew

      Thank you for your comments.

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