Friday, August 29, 2014

Wedgewood Swallow

My mom recently gave me a box of fabric she'd purchased long ago including fabrics from the 60s through the 80s.  I've been doing my best to sew it all up which has resulted in a dearth of posts.  

So busy SEWING!

This is one of the prints she gave me from, I think, the 70s or maybe the 80s.

It is based on a Wedgewood china pattern called "Swalllow."
 

To make the bodice, I used Simplicity 4347 from the early 1960s.

The skirt is a simple 4 yard dirndl.

I liked the idea of having the stripes both horizontal and vertical.  
Unfortunately, I was so focused on getting the layout right that some mistakes were made.

I neglected to shorten the bodice length and so it hits just below my natural waist.

The longer bodice means the skirt is an inch or so longer than I typically prefer.

 I made cute little bow accents for the front and the back neckline, but they blend right in!  Oh well!

It's still a pretty great dress.

These transitional 50s to 60s patterns are always my favorites.