Friday, June 22, 2012

Retro Redo?

Butterick 5152
A couple of weeks ago I bought this fabulous black and white floral rayon print with the intention of making Butterick's 1940s wrap dress (for next years Ladies' Tipsy Tea), and that's exactly what I did (minus the shoulder pads - I still need to sew those in). 

Last night, I threw the dress on my dummy and it looked super. Then, I threw the dress on me, and I'm not sure it looks so good - lol! The dress fits well and it is comfortable, but there is a lot of print in that fabric and I'm afraid I've disappeared behind it (Where's Angie?). And, trying to get a flattering picture from the starkness of a digital photograph was quite challenging (I'm still not sure I succeeded here).

Anyway, what do you think? Is this a case of a retro redo? Same dress, another fabric?











Blessings and happy sewing!

8 comments:

  1. Actually I think it looks great on you. If you put the shoulder pads in - make them not to thick they will lift the bodice up and give it the crisp look of the pattern image. I often think I can go without the pads but really it is what makes it the look. Also, black is always flattering to any figure. You look great!

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    1. Thank you, Angela - :)

      I agree with you that the look of the dress will be enhanced once I get the shoulder pads sewn in. It always helps to get another perspective when one is too close to a project! :)

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  2. I think it fits you very well, is well made and is a beautiful dress, but I am not so sure about the fabric choice either. In particular, I don't think the print works with the ruffle. If it had no ruffle I think it would be ok, but the flowers bunching together look odd to me since the print is so bold. Hope this is helpful. I wish I could make myself a dress that beautiful! I feel I'm picking on such a minor thing.

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    1. Oh no, you are not picking! lol! I actually questioned the ruffle myself. I don't dislike the dress, I just think that I should have been a little more thoughtful regarding the print and how it was used in relation to this particular garment. The dress will remain a part of my '40s wardrobe, though. I think I can offset the boldness of the pattern a bit with some good accessories - :)

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  3. I like it! I agree with Angela, though, that shoulder pads will help a lot to get the right "look" for the period. I've done 1940s vintage for a long time and as much as I instinctive dislike shoulder pads (growing up in the 80s and 90s!), I'm *still* startled by how much a 1940s dress or blouse is improved by shoulder pads. And honestly, don't go too small - they were small in the late 1930s and c. 1941, but progressively got larger. I think they were the largest about 1947, and the pattern you've used is maybe about 1944.

    Also, and here's a personal opinion - you might consider shortening the skirt an inch or two. Until the end of the war in 1945, skirts were just long enough to hide the knee itself, but no longer. IMHO it makes a huge difference in getting the proportions right for early 1940s as opposed to late 1940s. I've sewn with a lot of vintage patterns and although I'm tall (5'9"), I always end up with enough or too much for the skirt length. Crazy!

    The ruffle might be a bit busy for this material, especially since it's busier than the printed option on the envelope, but I still like it. Nothing says early 1940s like big ruffles! The early-to-mid 1940s were not subtle. ;)

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    1. I agree with both you and Angela - shoulder pads are needed, and thank you for mentioning the size (because I would have bought smaller ones - lol!) - I do want an accurate look for the period. I thought the skirt might have been too long (it looks a little too granny-like to me). I know very little about 1940s fashion and I am very thankful for the guidance - :)

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    2. Oh, I'm so glad! I just found your blog and am enjoying it so far, but I'm shy that I might be stepping on toes with too much advice. Good luck - I think this will be a lovely outfit!

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