Dress Parade {Coral Rose}

10 April 2012 | by Jen in Sewing

My little 1930s dress is done after much tweaking!  I don’t have a lot of experience with bias and I guess if you don’t cut it perfectly on grain there will be a bit of wonkiness to be dealt with.

At first I hesitated to use such a busy print with this dress because you wouldn’t be able to see the that mid-section detail.  But I really wanted this fabric in the same silhouette so I just went for it.

Originally the dress was the same length as pictured on the envelope but after photographing it I thought the proportions would be better if it hit above the knee; because otherwise it kind of pulled me down (does that makes sense?).  I also decided to go with a more simple sleeve that was also bound at the hem.  I had to make the front of the armscye much deeper so there was some trial and error there.  The collar turned out way too short and I didn’t have enough fabric to cut out a newly drafted one so I made do; I turned the collar around (it just fit better that way) and left a gap on the front.  The fabric is actually more rosy than pictured but to get a closer match in the photo my skin turns out too pink for some reason.

In the first view I fashioned a bow by safety pinning 2 pieces of ribbon to the shoulder seams underneath the collar.  But I can wear it unadorned too.

And belt it!  There was not enough fabric to make a belt (unless I piece it together) so a skinny leather one it is.

I would totally make this again though next time I’ll take out about an 1″ in the midsection, horizontally, to raise the hipline up, and use a solid fabric or one with a more simple print.  Maybe something slightly sheer with a lower hem.

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10 Comments

  • At 2012.04.10 15:53, Elizabeth said:

    That is so pretty! Love the color with the black accent. It turned out great!

    • At 2012.04.10 19:36, Jen said:

      Thanks, Elizabeth!

    • At 2012.04.12 09:28, lsaspacey said:

      Again, another fabulous dress, Jen. I love how the collar turned out, especially with the bow. 1920s-30s are definitely the style of dress for you, and this fabric even gives this one a Dust Bowl feel. Great documentary on the 1930s Dust Bowl at this link.

      • At 2012.04.18 22:05, Jen said:

        Thank you, Lisa! And thanks for the link–I’ve been wanting to learn more about the Dust Bowl’s history. I love costumes from Carnivale (HBO), btw, have you seen it?

        • At 2012.04.18 22:06, Jen said:

          Thank you, Lisa! And thanks for the link–I’ve been wanting to learn more about the Dust Bowl’s history. I love costumes from Carnivale (HBO), btw, have you seen it?

        • At 2012.04.13 18:14, Nancy said:

          This print is so pretty and the dress is flattering.
          Nice work

          • At 2012.04.18 22:07, Jen said:

            Thanks, Nancy!

          • At 2012.04.17 22:10, Anna Lin said:

            The dress is awesome,I like the design very much!

            • At 2013.03.30 15:15, Patti said:

              Just stumbled across your blog, this dress is just absolutely gorgeous! What wonderful handiwork! Bookmarking your blog!

              • At 2013.12.18 10:51, Angela said:

                So so sweet! great job, I really love the print!

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