I REALLY love the retro look…. especially rockabilly. I contemplated this pattern for a long time, and finally had the nerve to try it! I was visiting London, Ontario for a week of work related training about 2 years ago and there was a humongous Fabricland that I happened upon one evening. I found some fabric (some kind of a polyester/crepe) on the 70% off table and it was an additional 90% off. I knew this fabric would probably make a good retro dress, but it took some time to build up my confidence and courage to actually do it.
Here is the pattern I chose I made size 22 in View C:
The full skirt version: View C
The pattern was extremely easy to read and the instructions were awesome. The only thing I didn’t really like was that I had to trace and cut out additional pattern pieces for the skirt. I saved them though, and I will be ready for the next project No Problem!!! As I was working on my project, I posted myself with the unfinished dress once I had the top and bottom constructed. I stated that I would make the belt. Most people on the sewing site said to avoid it and that it was necessary. I chose to make the belt anyways since I had never made a belt before and it seemed complicated. So, I avoided making the belt until last. The project was at a standstill because I was afraid that I may not be able to do it well. This week, after over a month of avoidance I quickly made the belt and WOW was it ever easy to do. I highly recommend that everyone try making a belt. Fun Fun Fun!!! The only thing I could say that was bad about my belt was that I did not use stiff enough support so the belt ended up crinkling. I believe I need something stronger than interfacing. I’ll try it again.
Here is a detail of my belt:
I try to make outfits that I can wear anywhere, so I wore my dress to work. It was comfortable and suitable for my work environment. It’s so exciting to wear something to work that I have made. Anyways, here are a couple of pics of me at work. I really feel special when I wear something I made and it looks acceptable to be seen wearing in public. haha!
I guess that photo is a bit blurry. I guess the guy taking the photo didn’t let it auto focus…. oh well, you get the gist of the whole outfit. I am now waiting for Simplicity to have a sale so I can buy a pattern for a petticoat. I want to make a ruffly underside for the skirt so that it looks fuller. I think that would give the dress more of a fun factor as well.
I hope you all enjoy my latest creation.