Saturday, August 29, 2015
Vintage Sewing Project | 1950s Halter Sundress
Let's see here, the story behind the design of this dress has been a long one in the making. I came up with the basic idea of these two fabrics paired together for a sundress last summer, but the design was never really clear in my mind so I pushed the idea to the back of my head. Fast forward to last week, I was working my shift at work when the design for this dress popped into my head -- in-between helping out guests I sketched out the design onto the back of a receipt.
I knew I was going to be having two days off in a row this week, so I scheduled into my calendar to sew this dress on Friday [yesterday]. Especially since I needed to take the time to create something with my hands to refresh my creativity, also I've been suffering with a stiff knee this week so resting was big in my book, and nothing relaxes me more than sewing something for myself.
It took me a couple of hours to decided how exactly I was going to sew my dress, especially since I've never made a halter style dress before [and I really didn't own any strapless dress patterns or halter style patterns for that matter]. After pouring over my sewing books and researching the internet I finally decided on adapting Marie-Madeline Studio's Summer Shade jumper pattern as my basic bodice base, and just winging everything else as I went along.
In the end I ended up doing the following changes to the bodice pattern: rising the neckline slightly, lowering the waist line, and dropping the bodice back piece. I cut out two lengths of fabrics 30" long each for the skirt [cutting one of them in half], used a skirt scrap piece for the halter strap [pleated slightly into place onto the bodice], tacked the front of the bodice down to create a sweetheart shape, lined the entire bodice with muslin, pleated the skirt to fit, put in an invisible zipper down the center back, and machine sewed a simi-deep hem.
I'm in love with my new sundress, especially since I've never worn a halter style dress before. Bathing suits, yes. I can't wait to wear it to church tomorrow with perhaps a jean jacket or cardigan.