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Stripes, Chevrons, and Crinolines, oh my!

Added Jan 29, 2012

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






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.

Material Notes

Quilting Cotton




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Feb 7, 2012, 12.10 AMby Andrea Delesdernier


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    Feb 7, 2012, 12.09 AMby Andrea Delesdernier


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    Feb 1, 2012, 11.01 AMby Vanessa Leigh

    I adore it absolutely gorgeous! I was just eyeballing this pattern it would work well as a wiggle dress too with the front and back panels. I am working on V1084 Original 1956 Design for a friend now. It’s really just a beautiful job you’ve done and I DO love a Chevron! :)) well done!

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    Jan 30, 2012, 11.24 AMby libra-s

    I love the way you worked with stripes!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 05.23 PMby martinK

    adorable! I stil dreaming to make such a dress one day. I only have to find a woman to wear it :-)

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    Jan 29, 2012, 04.30 PMby tirrs

    I think I almost favored all your projects, because they look so good! This one is also very lovely!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 01.44 PMby MissHickory

    Wow! I love it.

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    Jan 29, 2012, 01.00 PMby loulourosa

    It’s lovely how you used the stripes, very well done!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 12.26 PMby ronnielee

    I had hummed and harred over buying this pattern, but looking at your fabulous creation, I’m sold!! You have done it again Lauramae, another winner! Love those shoes as well!!!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 12.00 PMby claudinka

    This is adorable! Beautiful work.

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    Jan 29, 2012, 11.11 AMby katensew

    I love the use of the stripes to such effect, It is startling

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    Jan 29, 2012, 08.01 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    what a piece of art again! i love love love your style. it is so feminine, stylish and sexy at the same time! BRAVO!!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 06.40 AMby Andrew Tanardi

    Really beautiful

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    Jan 29, 2012, 04.21 AMby sala22

    It’s such a beautiful fairytale dress! Great job!

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    Jan 29, 2012, 02.12 AMby blueartisan

    I actually have this pattern and I am so happy to see it made up into something. Yes it does require a huge amount of fabric, but I can see it is worth it! Well done on your stripe matching, it’s stunning! Now to go shopping to find the perfect fabric lol

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