Now, you all probably know my feelings about sewing with patterns later than the mid-1950s, but that crossed neckline really spoke to me.
The fabric is an aboriginal design called 'Fish Traps', another Babbarra Women's Centre print from Spotlight. Thank goodness I got it for $7 a meter on sale, as this sucker took five meters! (The fabric was originally $20/m).
I think it looks really 1950s/tiki!
This one was a lot easier to pattern match than the mock-Shaheen dress I made a few months ago. Check out the pattern matching - it's definitely getting easier to match those seams!
- Enlarged pattern from a size 36 bust, to a 40 bust (just added an inch to each side)
- Added an extra dart above the bust to make the top fit really tight across my boobs.
- Side boning
- Changed skirt to box pleat as the original would be impossible to pattern match
- Completely lined the bodice
- Self fabric belt, using a belt kit
Now, I ALWAYS wear a bra. Always.
But with the extra bodice lining, side boning and shaped dart I am bra-less in all these photos.
I did of course sew little bra-strap clips into the bodice of the dress to attach a strapless bra, the same as my mock-Shaheen.
While I'm excited about the possibility of being able to go bra-less, I do not trust this dress to continue it's support while I'm rockabilly dancing!
And that's it!
I hope all your sewing projects have been successful too!
This pattern can also be downloaded as a print-at-home pattern right here in my Etsy store if you'd like to make it as well!
- Shoes - Miss L Fire Tijuana
- Jewellery - Bakelite, Etsy
- Bamboo Handbag - Southern Antiques Centre
- 1950s Sunglasses - Vintage Allsorts
- Hairclip - Mimco