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VintageModern Design Challenge: Modern Day/Vintage feel

Added Mar 12, 2012

by Suzanne Arfuso

Medford, New Jer...






I chose the vintage Slip-On Jumper Dress for my inspiration! As soon as I printed the page with the pattern, it hit me as to what I needed to do:) I love Dior’s ‘New Look’. He was my inspiration for this outfit. I have always admired his defining waistline and flared skirts or peplums and the femine look he created.

I followed the exact directions for measuring my body and transferred all of the markings to musllin first, adding 6" to the bottom measurments. I then cut both the front and back pieces at 4 " below the hip measurements.

I prettty much followed the pattern but used inverted pleats on the top at the wasitline instead of a belt. I also chose to use buttons instead of a front seam and I went without the sleeve so the jacket had to be lined.

As for the bottom of the pattern, I reversed the ‘skirt’ and used the seam up the back with an invisible zipper and used pleats along the front of the skirt (as I did in the Jacket) as well as darts for a fitted design. I did use an interfacing to stabilize the waist and I lined the skirt as well for comfort.

I enjoyed this project as it allowed me to use a very simple pattern and turn it into a very modern design including my favorite come-back the peplum hem! With the fitted and slightly shorter cut jacket lining, I was able to give the peplum a bit of flounce, yet I used vintage buttons and a lace cami to keep to a ‘vintage age’ look. I was thrilled to add a waist defining midsection and will definitely be making more variations of this design. Next a flat A-frame peplum and skirt just like Dior’s 1947 "New look’ suit. Can’t wait to get started!!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic, Victorian, Vintage
Cotton, Linen, Organza, Silk, Taffeta


Indigo Junction: Slip_On Dress


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