Polka Dots and Crinolines

comments (2) July 16th, 2010 in gallery     

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Laura_Mae Laura_Mae, member
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This picture is from a Mad Men themed photo shoot.
Crinoline attached to skirt lining.
Purchased belt with self-fabric covered d-ring closure.
This picture is from a Mad Men themed photo shoot.

This picture is from a Mad Men themed photo shoot.

This dress combines some of my favorite design elements: 1950s-style, full skirt, dropped waist, and, of course, polka dots. 

I added a net crinoline to my skirt lining using construction elements from another 1950s repro pattern, Butterick 4792.  I love the way this creates a poof at the lower hip, which I think is a more flattering line than starting at the waist, especially with this pattern's drop-waist construction.  Be warned, this does take up a lot of closet space!

The Vogue pattern does not include a belt as a design element, but after constructing the dress, I thought it would be even more flattering with a nipped in waist accent.  However, I knew that a self-fabric belt would be lost with all the dots.  After searching high and low for an appropriate white belt, the only thing I could come up with was a woven belt with gold toned d-rings.  Because I did not like the look of the gold contrast, I used bias strips of my fashion fabric to wrap away the gold.

Pattern or design used: Vogue Vintage Model 1094
posted in: gallery, retro, 50s, polka dots

Comments (2)

cloudyhn writes: I like this style. Lovely.
Posted: 4:07 pm on July 27th
UnfinishedProjects writes: I love your dress! I think we should all dress like this all the time? Don't you?
Posted: 6:40 am on July 20th
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