Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My 1950's wiggle dress...

YAY! This last weekend I finished my 1950's wiggle dress...
You may remember that I used a very loose weave tweed fabric from Croft Mill.  I ended up following the advice of both Pin Queen to underline the dress and Steph from 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World to take a scrap of fabric and try out different stitches, interfacings, etc.

I'm quite happy with how it came out!

This was my first time doing a pleat in the back and I really love the feature!  I can't wait to make the jacket for this pattern.  Here's the pattern cover again so you can see what the jacket looks like:
 The dress has a side zipper and one button at the top followed by several concealed snaps.  With the fit of the dress, there is no way you could get it on without the opening in the front!

You may remember I posted the inspiration picture for this outfit of my mom in her pink suit in 1964 with her matching hat, bag and shoes:

Well, I did find a lovely black hat to wear with the dress:
  I love it! I'm really glad I stuck with this fabric as it is so soft and comfortable to wear!  With the jacket I think this will be a staple outfit.

What about you?  Have you ever made a wiggle dress?  What about a 50's/60's Jackie-O type suit?

42 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! It fits beautifully as well.

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  2. Hi Debi. Oh Its lovely and will be a great inspiration to the pattern I won this weekend !xx

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  3. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous. Your hair looks really awesome, too.

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  4. It's gorgeous, you look amazing! :)
    Ashley x

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  5. This looks fabulous on you! Great job!

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  6. Wow its stunning, just love the colour of the fabric!
    I have made Butterick 5032 which I really love, those 50s/60s styles are very figure flattering!

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  7. I really like this one. It was a challenge but I love that you both took advice from one of your fellow sewing bloggers and that you learned some new techniques. The dress looks great on you (preeow!) and I can't wait to see the jacket. You just keep getting better and better - I'm so proud of you!

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  8. Oh my god, it's gorgeous. I love it in that fabric. What an inspired choice. You should be on Mad Men!

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  9. Very sassy! And I love this colour on you too!

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  10. HOT! I dare say it looks better than the pattern envelope.

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  11. I really love this. Funny thing is I totally have this fabric in the bottom of the stash somewhere ready for winter sewing. I think I may have to go for a wiggle dress too! It looks great.
    x

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  12. Really chic and charming!
    Great work Debi! ^_^

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  13. I love those early 60s wiggle dresses! It looks great - I'm looking forward to seeing the jacket!

    xx Charlotte
    Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

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  14. That's amazing, and you look stunning in it, I only hope one day I'm able to produce something as wonderful ;0))

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  15. Wow-weeeeeeeeeee!!! This is beautiful! Perfect fit and looks fab with the black accessories!

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  16. I made and wore a number of dresses in the 1950s and 1960s, some by patterns very similar to the pattern you show. None of them were anything like as tight as yours.
    Lana from Illinois

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  17. Beautiful! The dress looks so good on you. I would make a few more in different colors, You are totally work'in it.

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  18. Olé! This is the most incredibly beautiful dress I've seen here!! You're perfect for it! It's perfect for your body type! Beautiful! I can not wait to see the suit jacket.

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  19. I'm so glad you stuck with that fabric to, it's adorable! You have done such a good job, amazing effort!

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  20. Love! Hope the jacket comes out great too!

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  21. Oh my goodness, this is SO much nicer than the pattern picture and it looks really good on you Debi, the colour is great!
    I'm pleased you took the trouble to underline it too as the dress will last for years. Perhaps, one day, you will show your grandchildren your pictures and be able to show them the dress too?

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  22. I love it -- I'm quite partial to tweed!

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  23. That is exceptionally lovely...and a very good color/style for you!

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  24. That is so fabulous - what an amazing job you have done. The dress is so elegant, the fabric is lovely and you look stunning in it. Perfect Mad Men style!

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  25. gorgeous!! i love everything about it - the color, the fit, the FABRIC! i can't wait to see it with the matching jacket!

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  26. Gorgeous with your coloring !

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  27. I love the fabric choice. What a gorgeous suit. Hopefully I can get my hands on some jacket patterns soon. As a newbie my pattern stack is looow.

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  28. This fabric really is lovely. What a pretty dress. Straight skirts on dresses do not flatter me so much, so no wiggle dresses for me! Bur very cute on you.

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous! Love, love, love the colour! And it looks fabulous on you.

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  30. gorgeoussss! love that the hat too!

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  31. It's fabulous - beautiful fabric too.

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  32. It looks lovely and your hair looks really pretty like that too. The colour of the fabric is one I would never have thought to use but it looks amazing sewn up. I have sewn a couple of wiggle dresses but I tend to go for fuller skirts because there is so much less fitting involved.

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  33. I love this dress more and more everytime I see it! Too stunning!

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  34. Fantastic job, and a stunning style on you!

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  35. Wow, it is amazing! so beautiful!

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  36. Debi, this is so beautiful! It fits you like a dream!!!

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  37. I love this dress on you, it fits so well and you look gorgeous. I daresay is one of my favourites!

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  38. It's gorgeous, Debi!! I have a loose weave tweed style fabric that I plan to use to make a shift dress..fully lined of course. Hopefully, I can get it done for Me Made June. I am so looking forward to that challenge!!

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  39. I saw you posted this on Sew Retro and I had to 'pop round' to tell you how amazing it is!!!! LOVE wiggle dresses hard and this is a beaut. Did you have to make any changes at all, like lowering the bust darts and stuff?

    Zoe xxx

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  40. Oh this is so so great!!!  I'm 'sew' glad I started my sewing classes! haha

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