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From: Bama
Date: 06-08-2007, 12:48 PM (1 of 13)
I like this pattern. :up: I saw some dresses on the internet that was made with it and thought they turned out cute. Of course they looked a little different than the drawing on the pattern envelope. The skirt was not as full and the waist not as tiny.
It would probably make me look too thick around the waist, but the pattern is cute. My size 1 dd would look adorable. :up:
Anyone made anything like this before?

I put vintage pattern, I should have said retro pattern.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 06-08-2007, 05:11 PM (2 of 13)
Nobody's waist really looks like this except for Barbie dolls. To carry off this style IMO it's more about having a contrast between waistline and bust.

BTW I wouldn't worry about the size of your waist at all (I've seen your photos)

I haven't made it but I've seen it made up by somebody (I think on craftster).
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 06-08-2007, 05:41 PM (3 of 13)
It's darling. Give it a try. I'd love to see how it turns out.
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From: Patty22
Date: 06-08-2007, 06:07 PM (4 of 13)
My mother wore these kind of dresses and she had a 19"/20" waist. I could never in my life wear this kind of dress :shock:

I think the biggest thing with this style Bama is if your daughter does have some kind of curve....
to make sure you do the neck to waist measurement and if your daughter is long waisted to add in extra length.

Nothing is more uncomfortable than having a fitted bodice and skirt and the waistline not fitting exactly at the waist (especially in this type of pattern with so much definition).
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From: SummersEchos
Date: 06-08-2007, 07:53 PM (5 of 13)
I made this dress and it is cute. I made it out of a vintage type of dress material and everyone liked it. I even have the open toed platform heels to go with the dress. Go for it Bama you will like it.

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From: Magot
Date: 06-09-2007, 07:07 AM (6 of 13)
I have one word


It's the only way.

Looks fun!
love and kisses, Jan
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 06-09-2007, 10:59 AM (7 of 13)
That pattern looks like some I have in my pattern box.. Mine have prices like 75 cents and $ 1.00 on them, though.. Back in those days (BC, meaning before children) My measurements were 34, 24, and 38.. I could wear from a size 10 to a size 14 according to how fitted the hip area was.. We wore the fitted waists and wider skirts to give the illusion of a smaller waist and it worked as long as you did not wear a skirt gathered at the waist..LOL..:bg: :bg:
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From: Bama
Date: 06-09-2007, 12:08 PM (8 of 13)
I showed the pattern to dd and she said, "It's okay, I guess." I'm not going to that much trouble for it's okay. She probably wouldn't wear it more than once. I remember when I had fun sewing dresses for her. :bluesad: Now she'd rather wear old jeans and her high top Converse sneakers.
At least she asked for a new dress for her brother's graduation. It was a retro looking navy and white polka dot dress that I bought for her and she liked it, so I thought she might like this one too. She even wore her pearls.
I'll have to show it to my niece and see if she likes it. Now at 20, she likes when I make her things.

I found another vintage wrap style dress pattern that I might use for myself. There's not as much fabric around the waistline on it.
User: Bama
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From: DorothyL
Date: 06-09-2007, 12:19 PM (9 of 13)
Bama --
My girls were like that in high school and now they want me to make them things and I won't. When I make them something it is entirely my idea (the one exception being when one got married).
I do like to make shirts for my oldest daughter's husband. I make the kind that make her say, "Oh Mom, please don't. He'll wear it in public, you know."
Sometimes she is a bit more conservative than her mom and husband and we both love color.
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From: MartySews2
Date: 06-30-2007, 09:04 PM (10 of 13)
My 19yo DD loves the retro patterns. She is always picking out patterns for suits and dresses for me to make for her. Even though she now has her own sewing machines and knows how to sew, she still wants me to sew for her. I will for special occasions but prefer to sew for myself. If I'm constantly working on new outfits for her, I'd never have any clothes to wear. Now, wouldn't that be a shame.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-02-2007, 05:23 PM (11 of 13)
My favorite style is back this year, right from the 50's and 60's.. It is the sleeveless v-neck with the vee parts overlapping to a seamline right under the bust and then the inset gathered cumberbund goes all the way from there to the natural waistline.. This atop an a-line skirt any length you like.. We made that as a floor length for formal wear as well as all lengths in between for everyday wear..Also used same top as a top of a jumpsuit in dressy materials and made the legs wider at the bottom ..(formal wear, also) That top is so flattering to almost anyone..
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From: blackie
Date: 07-03-2007, 10:31 AM (12 of 13)
Libby, that top is very flattering but can also run to cleavage-y and enhances the bust (or at least mine... I'm a D / DD). I've never been comfortable accentuating my bust and so I stay away from tons of great styles.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 07-03-2007, 06:23 PM (13 of 13)
Blackie, Being a B , that has never been a problem for me.. LOL..Yesterday , on another thread someone showed a pattern and it had that very top on it.. Maybe it was Lennie, I cannot remember.. If you see it, the pink one on the pattern is the top I was referring to.. Top only, tho, ending right under the bust..I just looked .. It was Andrea, talking on the pattern thread..
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