Tea-Length 1950s Dress - BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Co...
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