Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Underbody to the 1933 EvaDress Pattern

Have you ever wondered how exactly this pattern worked (I know I did)?

You can't really see from the pattern, but there is an underbody camisole which is attached to the skirt.  The 'jacket' is completely separate from the dress.  I finished up the underbody and skirt this weekend and here's what it looks like:

If the bodice wasn't so low cut, I would contemplate just wearing this on it's own.  The v-point is very flattering.  Though it is definitely making me think about buying another EvaDress reproduction pattern with very similar lines (a 1938 McCall pattern):
The underbody material is some cheap satin that I picked up at a charity shop and it frays very easily!  So I decided to use my vintage rayon seam binding to bind the seams instead of overcasting or pinking them:

I wrapped each seam edge with the seam binding like such:

The inside seams look like this:
It took a bit longer but I feel better knowing my seam edges won't unravel--plus I've had the seam binding for awhile so it's really nice to use it!

Phew! And that's just the underbody and skirt....now to the jacket!

23 comments:

  1. Wow I can't wait to see the jacket!

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  2. Great use of the seam binding! hope it's not too bulky underneath the thin satin? I worry about that myself. This is a supah-cool pattern.

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  3. Looks great so far!
    Gotta love seam binding. I have a big roll I picked up at an estate sale, too. Handy stuff!
    Dang. You're really tempting me to finally buy this pattern ;)

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  4. Actually, I was totally wondering. That under camisole thing is actually really cute. Can't wait to see this dress (skirt?) finished!

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  5. It is looking good love the colour cant wait to see finished results.

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  6. I really can't wait to see this when it's finished! I love that Hug Snug, it's awesome. I'm usually stuck with the corse bias tape for seam binding. It's a really great detail that actually probably better than overcasting.

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  7. Surely this is one of those times to use the run and fell seam for the camisole, then you would have a much smoother and more comfortable fit. By the way did you complete making the 1935 cap outfit you started before the move. Just longing to see it finished.

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  8. Looking good! I was eying that 1938 pattern too earlier today, looks really tempting! :-)

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  9. This looks great already, but the jacket is what's going to give this piece that edge. Can't wait to see it! I've actually alo got my eye on the 1938 McCall repro pattern...yum!

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  10. I love this pattern and can't wait to see your dress!

    At an open house this weekend I saw a 60s coat dress with an underbody. Interesting concept. My favorite part of the day was seeing two vintage suits!

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  11. That is one crazy pattern! Good luck babes, I wouldn't usually be daring that kinda thing, but this year because of the Sew Weekly I'm going to extend myself! Perhaps I should go to etsy and look for tricky patterns! Ha ha!

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  12. Great pattern. I recently found some iron on seam binding from the 60s on ebay. I think it would be great for light fabrics like satin.

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  13. Debi, this is going to look so stunning when it's finished, I can't WAIT to see the jacket. Love the dress and the bound seams, so elegant. x

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  14. Looks great so far!! Every time I read your blog I just feel so inspired to carry on learning to sew, it is a dream of mine to learn to sew vintage patterns.
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  15. Looks beautiful so far, love the colours and really looking fwd to seeing the jacket!

    I've just found a sudden use for bias tape in solving a sewing dilemma too, will reveal what very soon!

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  16. Great minds- I just bought the second pattern you posted and received it in the mail this very day!

    Can't wait to see your finished dress!

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  17. You have solved one of life's great mysteries for me! I've always wondered how that style of pattern worked (and admired it immensely.) I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  18. Ok, I can't explain to you how much I want that jacket!!!

    ... oh, the dress is nice too. ;) good job with the seam binding! :)

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  19. Oh I see! So it can still be worn as a dress without the jacket? I thought you might have to always keep the jacket on. This outfit is so far out of my comfort zone - I am in awe!

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  20. Loving how this is looking so far--I can't wait to see the entire ensemble. :) And hooray for seam binding! I picked up a bunch of it at thrift stores over the years, but am running a bit low right now... Here's hoping the Thrifting Fates will allow me to find some soon. hehe!

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  21. And the interior is quite luxurious, I can not wait to see your progress on the jacket ...

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  22. This is so lovely, Debi!! I cannot wait to see the finished jacket!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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