The not-so-retro dress

Added Sep 17, 2013

by joannesmolka

Netherlands

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Description

A dress to wear to my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Originally I was going to make it from a printed poplin fabric, but it turned out I didn’t have enough so I had to go fabric shopping (darn!).

There is an invisible zip in the side seam and the neck and sleeves are finished with bias tape. The construction was relatively easy. I made a muslin first, and had to lengthen the bodice by 4cm and take in the darts in the back. Unfortunately, I forgot to reflect these changes in the skirt pattern, so I had to recalculate the pleats in the back (after a good nights sleep).

I used all kinds of techniques for finishing the seams. Pinking, seam binding, french seams. I don’t think there’s a seam that’s the same on this dress!

I finished off the hem with lace binding the morning of the party.

More info on my blog

Material Notes

100% cotton

Difficulty

Intermediate

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Categories

Season
Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Material
Cotton

Credits

Dress Pattern
Photography: Natasha Ivanco

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    Sep 21, 2013, 01.22 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Stylish look and stylish photos:)

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    Sep 19, 2013, 07.50 AMby SassyT

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    Sep 18, 2013, 10.40 AMby liliv-1

    Amazing dress and photos!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 05.33 AMby bethmaryharley

    Beautiful dress! A good night’s sleep is definitely the best way to work out problems! I love your hat too!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 07.43 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress, gorgeous fabric and its gorgeous on you x

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    Sep 17, 2013, 07.32 PMby mokosha

    love the dress.. and amazing photos too!

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