1950s Wrap Dress: Lyrical Reveal

 

1950s Wrap and Crinoline

Tie and Facing

 

My ties were done sew wrong.  Again, I simply misread/didn’t see the instructions.  After I found them they were quite easy to understand.

Other Tie

 

 

An aside:  The big four pattern companies have ruined what could have been a great sewist I tell ya.

With their pattern instructions all in order and even numbered.  Oh, and we won’t even talk about the lightweight tissue paper pieces all marked and notched telling sewist wanna-bes exactly where pieces are supposed to meet.  The nerve of them.

pdf patternIn printing my pdf I used photocopy paper . . . thick as all get out (which I kinda thought was good, kinda sorta); though a tad cumbersome.  When I printed the first set of instructions I didn’t think about it being coloured and I did not want to deplete her ink, then the printer jammed a bit.  So, I wound up printing elsewhere.  Additionally, I found separate skirt instructions on Loran’s site that I didn’t realize existed and needed to print.  Duh!

Some of the instructions I printed were double-sided, others were not.  Some were coloured, others were black and white.  Now, while that is probably not a big deal, remember, you’re reading Lyric’s blog.  The lady born feet first who does many things “bass ackwards” as my mamma used to say.  When it comes to the sew-a-long I will reprint the instructions, one-sided, thank you very much.

Moving on from bodice construction to the skirt . . . if you think the bodice was a comedy of errors, wait till you hear what happened while putting together  the skirt.  Now mind you, I stand by the fact that this project is easey peasey, LOL.

3.5 inches too long

There is 3.5″ of fabric beyond the edge of the bodice!  On both sides!  Shoot, I am simply going to fold the whole shebang back and keep it moving!  I did measure the  waist area of the skirt pattern piece.  It dawned on me that I did NOT fold the darts in and measure the paper pattern bodice pieces before cutting them out or I would have seen the discrepancy.  I did measure the waist area of the skirt section and it was perfect for my waist.

Too Big Facing
3.5″ folded back

opposide too long facing

FYI, I was sent the size 36/38 pattern.  The cutting lines between the two sizes is negligible, IMHO.  So, I’m still scratching my head at the waist/facing discrepancy.  The only thing I am coming up with is that the bodice is/was not as long as the skirt’s waist.   For I did measure the skirt but did not measure the bodice.  Again, I’m cracking up at all my faux pas (er ah, did I spell that correctly?)

two pattern sizes

For the sew-a-long I’ll trace the bodice onto tissue paper, elongate the ends, and deepen the armscyce.

Armscyce
Armscyce too tight!

Polka-dot-dress

 

Try as I might I can’t seem to get away from wanting a red and white polka dot dress like the original.  Not so much because I don’t have imagination but by golly ’cause they are two of my favourite color combinations!

Maybe between now and the sew-a-long something else will catch my eye, but for now my name is written all over a correctly done version.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me during this dress construction.  Now, what I need from you in an honest critique.  It won’t hurt my feelings.  I’d rather now than when I get my fashion fabric of choice!  Plus, I’m trying to grow as a sewist.

Wrap Dress Back View

1950s Wrap Rev

Project Wrap-Up:

In General:  The pattern has only three pieces –  a dream to make up quickly.  I would venture to say this dress may be made in one afternoon.  The biggest thing I would possibly change is making the instructions into one file (which will probably be done for the SAL).  The pro tips Loran added were on point.  I am grateful for them.

For Me:  The bodice will have to be lengthened to match the skirt and wrap around my waist properly.  The armscyce will be deepened as I do not want to tie the shoulder ties differently thereby making the girls covered less; i.e., adjusting the ties may lower the armscyce but that effects how much my bust is covered (or not).  Also, I am thinking of lengthening the skirt.  For this project I only did a 1″ hem, the instructions called for 1.5″ and I believe I would like that better, but I do not want to lose length in the process.

See you all at the sew-a-long!  Oh, and don’t forget to write your comments and constructive criticisms below.  Thanks again for visiting and hanging in there with me.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

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9 thoughts on “1950s Wrap Dress: Lyrical Reveal

  1. I love that shape on you, its really lovely, and I would not have noticed anything much arwy until I read your post. Its a flattering dress on you, so worth fixing if it makes it more comfortable for you. Really gorgeous, congratulations on your perseverance……. I made a pair of trews last month and I didnt mark some notches correctly and kept putting the pockets onto the crotch…………….

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  2. bookwerme

    I think your dress looks terrific on you. I confess, I didn’t follow all your explanation stuff, but so long as YOU understand what you are doing…that is all that counts. And every seamstress learns stuff the hard way. I made one child’s dress that was SO cute, however I hadn’t realized that the pattern didn’t include the seam allowance, so the beautiful little dress was….well, little. Like doll clothes little! One good thing about most mistakes is that we remember them..and that helps us not keep repeating. We learn.

    Lovely dress. Hope you find the fabric you want for that red and white polka dot number!

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  3. The dress is cute on you–it’s a great shape and it look lovely. I can’t tell you had any problems with it. If you are like me, you will know and see every flaw, and most people couldn’t find it even if you point it out to them. The red and white will look fantastic on you.

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