After seeing the horror that was the back of my Burda 10-2011-123 wrap dress (left), I decided to devote some time to rescuing it. To me, going back to a project that is done is like mending: soooo much worse than just starting from scratch. So it took a lot of self-prodding to get back into it.
As drafted, the dress has released darts in front and back. To improve the back fit, I made the darts wider and closed them up at top and bottom. I experimented with closing the front darts as well, but it didn't add anything. Adjusting the side seams wasn't effective either. I also wore my silk slip to ensure it flowed smoothly over my tights. The back fit is vastly improved, as you can see above, although it still does not look 100% great with a belt.
I also hand-stitched the two ends of the removed ties together to make a self belt. The bow looks much better when tied on the same side as the flounce, though I opted for the obi when I wore it yesterday. Although I was so sad to see it, the return of cool weather did allow me to wear this dress, giving me a more immediate return on my labors than expected.
Have I learned my lesson about sewing dresses without waist seams yet?
It's Vintage Pattern Contest time at Pattern Review! This one is always fun.
I've had this 1973 blouse on my list for quite a while and was glad to have a reason to finally get started on it. It's going together more quickly than I thought--at this point all I have left is the buttons/buttonholes and hem.
Check out the goggles on Khaki Girl on the right. She was Steampunk before Steampunk was cool! Of course, she's got nothing on Turban Girl.
How great did pattern envelopes used to be? Showing the pattern pieces is awesome for seeing at a glance how the pattern is put together and whether it is going to be beyond your skill level.
Who else is sewing vintage??? The contest doesn't end until April 15 so there is still time! Patterns must be from 1977 or earlier (the contest rules say "before 1978"; I believe there has been an interpretation allowing 1978 patterns--double check if you're considering a 1978 pattern).
Janice asked on my Burda 11-2011-120 ruffle front dress post how I did my hair. There is a pin on Pinterest that is a better explanation but of course I didn't "like" or repin it so I couldn't find it, but this is a good explanation. Just make a ponytail and then tuck the ponytail in. Now, I have (1) short hair and (2) super, super fine hair. So my teeny ponytail just tucks right in--the only trick is getting it to stay there (by the end of the photo shoot my little ponytail was sticking straight up, which was quite amusing and required a re-shoot of the back). If you have longer/thicker hair you may have to pull it through twice.