July 30, 2010

A new dress!

I just finished this: another 50's inspired dress, but this time, I tried to go for the 'shelf-bust' effect. I think it sort of worked, although the print doesn't exactly make it stand out. Unfortunately, I must have nudged the camera after setting it up for the self-timer shots, because all my pictures were quite seriously out of focus. I'm showing you one of them anyway, just because it could have been very nice.


This is the technical drawing (just one error: there is a center back seam in the skirt, I put the zipper in there). The bodice is lined in plain cotton, with the outside cups actually set into the lining. I also put poly boning in. We'll see how comfortable those straps will be. They might slide down too easily. I had planned for a halter strap at first, but when I tried that on the bodice muslin, I decided against it. Not a good look for a girl with a small bust and comparatively square shoulders.
For the pictures, I put on a moderately full petticoat underneath and decided it was a good time to play around with accesoiries both vintage and costume. I already put the camera away in its bag, and all those goodies in their usual resting places, so I didn't feel like getting it all out once more, straight away. This weekend. I promise.

19 comments:

  1. Very nice!
    you are such an inspiration!

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  2. Your blog makes me want to get out my sewing machine (1967 Bernina)....perhaps this autumn.

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  3. Love it! You're very "Mad Men"-inspired!

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  4. Your dress looks great! And very glamourous with your accessories!
    I know what you mean about a halter strap and square shoulders - I have a similar shape! I find a deep V neck halter is more flattering for me.

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  5. My goodness, that is beautiful! The print is so fitting. Wonderful!

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  8. Gorgeous! You look ready for a very elegant occasion out on the town! A very beautiful dress, and the accessories you've chosen are just right.
    Ummm, those two comments just above me are kinda hilarious, no? Is this the kind of spam you were referring to in an earlier post?? Weird...

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  9. Lauriana, It's a somptuous dress!

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  10. Thank you all! Oh, and I'm deleting the Chinese spam right now, this is another weird version of it though, usually it's just a dotted line-link or with some Chinese writing... odd messages are something new.

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  11. Oh, love love love. Delicious! So inspiring!

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  12. ooo i love it, it reminds me of louis vuitton and prada

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  13. Beautiful. Both the dress and the material (and the material is perfect for the dress).
    I like the picture too!

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  14. Incredible!!! What pattern did you use?
    Thank you!

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  15. Nice dress. Shelf bust - just a blessing for small busted women like me, i have been thinking about drafting one for self, u have urged me on further. thanks

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