It's got some wonderful elements, like a peter-pan collar and pleating around the neckline. The only thing I wasn't happy with was the pleated wiggle skirt - I had a suspicion it wasn't going to be flattering on anyone with a tummy!
And here's my version with the standard 1950s pose...
The pattern itself is really straight forward (I didn't do bound buttonholes though, I find them too fiddly). I admit to cheating a little bit - I used a stretch cotton sateen from my stash! I just wanted something quick and easy, and didnt want to mess around with making two or three muslins to get the fit perfect.
I'm not normally a fan of polka-dots, as they just feel over-used in the Rockabilly scene.
This black and pink one from my stash was just crying out to be used on something, and I think I can cope with polka-dot trim.
I'm planning on making a belt out of the leftovers as well. Eventually.
- used stretch fabric (zero to negative 1 inch ease all over).
- self covered buttons.
- normal sewn button holes
- self drafted circle skirt instead of pleated wiggle skirt in the pattern.
- cut the bodice shorter by half an inch (I'm short waisted).
- cut the bodice shorter (1 inch in total) still a bit long.
- very light shoulder pads might be nice.
Yes! Perfect transition dress for work to dinner plans. Really, really happy. The blouse is going to be my go-to pattern for stretch fabrics (there's some amazing mid-century-inspired stretch sateen in Spotlight at the moment) and I really want to try it with a fitted skirt next.
I was trying to get my cat, Calamity, to give it her seal of approval but she was more interested in bugs.
Shoes - Miss L Fire Boardwalk
Telephone Cord Bag - Belmont Army Vintage
Belt - ASOS
Scarf - Opshop
Earrings - Etsy