Added Feb 15, 2013
This dress uses the Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress pattern twice – once to make a modified version of the dress and a second time to make a crinoline petticoat (using the skirt pattern as instructed by the book) to wear with the dress.
This entry is using Option 3, making my own variation on a master pattern from the book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern.
I love the full skirts of dresses from the 1950s. I don’t usually wear petticoats but I thought it would be fun to make one to go with this dress. And now I can wear that crinoline with another dress I made from a 1953 Vogue pattern.
To make this dress, I made a few changes to the Elizabeth pattern:
1.) I changed the neckline from a square neck to a boat neck;
2.) I made the skirt a little longer;
3.) I made a lining for the bodice using bemberg lining fabric, hand sewing it to the seamline at the waist and handsewing the it around the invisible zipper. I attached the facing to the lining to give the sleeves a little more stiffness. It makes the dress appear as if it has cap sleeves.
I found some very helpful tips on lining a sleeveless dress from Blithe Stitches.
Additional Construction details (see photos):
1.) bra strap holders at the shoulders using twill tape and plastic snaps (very useful to keep bra straps in place!).
2.) a waist stay using Petersham ribbon and eye hooks.
3.) seam tape to finish the hem edges before hand-sewing the hem to the dress.
Here are a few of the posts I’ve written about the making of this dress, finding a photographer, and modeling the dress:
Making a Dress from the Book: BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern
Nitty Gritty Dress Details
Finding a Photographer to Shoot Your Outfit
Preparing for a Fashion Photo Shoot
My First Fashion Photo Shoot for a Dress
Dress: Cotton sateen, fusible interfacing, bemberg lining, 22-inch invisible zipper, petersham ribbon, snaps, hook & eye, seam tape, coordinating thread
Petticoat: Crinoline (nylon), bias tape, coordinating thread
Tailoring a Jacket for the Perfect Fit and a Professional Finish
Pattern of the Week
Show a little leg in this sexy skirt with a thigh high slit!
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The kids are sure to steal the show in this charming collection of classic, elegant pieces.
Member Project of the Week
She made this dress for her high school graduation, and it looks fab!
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