Added Jan 29, 2012
Vogue 1172, Original 1957 Design: MISSES’/MISSES’ PETITE DRESS AND BELT: Below mid-calf length, sleeveless dresses A, B have close-fitting V-neck bodice with princess seams and extended shoulders, flared skirt with godets, side zipper and inside belt. Self-fabric or purchased belt. Purchased petticoat.
The instructions are very well written. However, the tissue is missing quite a few marks that had me thinking I was connecting the wrong pattern pieces. (No one mark is difficult to figure out, but it is something to keep in mind.)
Thanks to The Sew Weekly, I pulled this pattern out of the stash. On first inspection, I did not think it was anything to write home about. Obviously, I liked it enough to purchase, but it certainly wasn’t a pattern that I was clamoring to recreate.
Thanks to a little inspiration from this dress, I made quite a few grain changes to the pattern. The skirt pattern with its godets is obviously nothing like the dirndl on the original vintage piece. I decided to go for it, and see how the pattern would work with a stripe.
And instead of the centered zipper, I hand-picked a lapped version. I was concerned that this would look funny with the skirt facing (the side skirt piece has to be cut to insert the zipper) and create an obvious fold, but with all the stripes it is not noticeable.
I would highly recommend wearing a crinoline with this dress as is. The godets can hang funny on the body without one. In fact, the first time I tried the dress on for fitting, I thought it was going to be a very disappointing project. First impressions can be deceiving!
I may have to sew this up in a print at some point that requires no matching of stripes! I would highly recommend it if you like a super full skirt, and have a lot of yardage to work with. And if you cannot find sufficient yardage, I would highly recommend using the bodice pieces with a less-full skirt attached (I think a pencil skirt would also look very nice).
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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