This dress was originally planed to be one of two options for my friends wedding mid July, but as you might expect – it wasn’t finished by then (so I wore a different dress instead).
(who knew you would get so little time for sewing whit a newborn in your lap…)
The pattern is an original I won at an online auction about a year ago.
The fabric is 1,5 m of soft Viscose in a lovely turquoise, I had in my stash, from which I barely managed to irk all the pattern pieces from.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any in progress photos, but the construction was really simple – basically a darted slim skirt sewn to a slightly larger/ lose T-shirt bodice. No zipper or clouser, just interfacing to the neckline and bust darts. A quick hemming and it was done (probably took me less then 4 hours, all and all).
Simple as it was, I did however made two pretty classic mistakes.
1. When enlarging the pattern for the bodice I added a bit to much center front/back which made the neckline to wide. It doesn’t show but it feels when worn.
2. I didn’t took the time to go into town to get more interfacing, but used what I had, which of course was way to stiff for the soft fabric, thous making the neckline facings to hard and adding to the weird look/feel of the neckline.
It does not look like much on the hanger…
What: A 1950s summer dress
Pattern: Simplicity 2963
Fabric & Notions: 1,5 m turquoise viscose, Thread and pieces of interfacing for the neck-facings.
Time & cost: about 100 Sek (16 Usd) and less then 4 hours (although I worked on it in 10 minute portions for 3 weeks, so it’s hard to tell exactly).
Final Thoughts: I do love the idea of this dress, but sadly I’m not a fan o it in real life. The lose bodice make my upper body look huge and the slim skirt only enhances that feeling. On a slimmer person, or at least someone with hm.. les bobbage (Did I mention I’m currently breastfeeding…) it would probably look great. But I don’t think I will ever wear it again.
6 thoughts on “1950s Turquoise Slim Dress”
Super fun!! I love the color against the color of your hair as well as the cut/style of your hair.
Thanks! Dark Turquoise are actually one of my favorite colors 🙂
The colour suits you so well! I think that the wider belt is a better look with the dress, as it is pictured on the pattern envelope…
Thanks! Yeah, I did feel more confident in the wide belt 🙂
I love the coulour. I don’t think the bodice is too loose at all, and it needs a bit of ‘boobage’. This style requires a bit of curves to look good.
Yeah I definetly got the curves😉