A brief review of how this dress came to be:
- I decided to draft this kimono sleeve bodice myself out of necessity. I had zero money to spend on a new pattern but I did have a lot of free time. I explored my vintage pattern stash and discovered a '50s Simplicity dress pattern with a pleated skirt that fit with just a little bit of downgrading as well as a '50's kimono sleeve topper jacket pattern. I used my Colette Peony bodice pattern as a kind of sloper which I traced and drafted muslin #1.
- The next day I reworked the fit and attempted underarm gussets to help alleviate some of the shoulder wrinkling. I wound up with a pretty good muslin #2. If you follow my instagram you may have seen me hyperventilating over the magical alignment of my bodice darts with the skirt pleats and seams. I still cannot believe that a self-drafted bodice just magically aligned with my skirt pattern!
- For my final garment I used a red and green Pendleton cotton. I nixed the underarm gussets because I couldn't figure out how to create a lining (though I didn't end up lining the dress) and because I was generally afraid of a plaid disaster. I rushed on the construction of my mandarin colar and there are a few imperfections, but all in all I adore this dress! It's such a classic '60s style yet it fits more like a '50s housewife dress.
My Peggy Dress won 4th in a costume contest at The Gypsy!
They made all the finalists dance for a whole song in front of the entire bar. Good thing the twist is an easy dance move! Plus the 3 old-fashioneds helped.
I loved that lady's teal dress and her hair. I had my hair done up as well, but didn't get a good shot.
Doesn't that lady's dress remind you of the picture in Roger Sterling's office??
I went with a side zipper but then couldn't figure out how to fit my head through the mandarin collar. I decided not to cut the bodice front on the fold as I had done with my muslins, that way I could create an opening that could be hidden with the bib. This is the same bodice construction as My Martha Dress.
I made a backing out of a silk/cotton blend with lovely drape, then hand sewed a polyester ribbon on, working my way up from the bottom.
There is a hook and eye closure and a snap. I feel like this was pretty ingenious if I do say so myself! I mean, Peggy's is better but I did what I could.
Bias Tape finish on hemline and sleeves:
Plaid Matching and Dart Matching:
Ya win some ya lose some, am I right? I think I'd like a thin black belt to wear with this in the future.
The Final Product:
I love the back even more than the front! Is that weird?
Thanks for the excuse to smoke!
Seriously, I don't feel this pretty very often so I'm just gonna post these vanity shots. Sorry if it is self-indulgent but... its my blog! I do what I want!
Twist and Shout!
Ok, NOW I can get to work on some contemporary patterns. Phew!