Hello dearies! Hallelujah! I have a “Sewn” What I Made to share with you all! It seems that for the whole month of January my sewing “mojo”, as they put it, was gone! Just flat out gone! All I wanted to do was knit. Finally in February I had enough, and pushed myself to sew a dress from some lovely brown ponte knit which Mom and Dad had bought me for Christmas. There were quite a few tweaks and twists, but I finally have a finished product to share with you all, which I am actually quite pleased with. Presenting: The Chocolate Pudding Dress!
Fabric: Chocolate Brown Ponte de Roma from Girl Charlee-Gift | Pattern: Vintage 1950’s Simplicity 4830 (with some major alterations)-Estate Sale | Buttons: Vintage-stash | Thread-Gutermann | Zipper-stash
As I said, the dress is made from brown Ponte de Roma knit from Girl Charlee. The pattern is Simplicity 4830, a kimono sleeved design with a full skirt and collar (no, I didn’t make the collar. Read on to find out about that). Now, if you clicked through that link to see the original pattern, I know what you’re thinking: “But Brigid, in that illustration, the waistline seam is supposed to be sitting at your waist, not 2 inches below!” Yes, yes, I know my dears, but that is the wondrous result you get when you combine rather heavy Ponte knit with a very full, gathered skirt (even though I did take in the waist a whole inch). But! You know what? I rather like it this way, rather than all the pouf sitting at my waist. It sort of reminds me of Dior’s New Look from 1947.
So, as I said, the original pattern had a very high collar. I originally was making the dress with said collar, but when I went to try it on, there was no way that collar was going to button on me. Sure, it “fit”, but for some reason, I just do. not. like high collars that fit my neck within an inch of my life. They make me feel claustrophobic. So, what’s a girl to do when she has just sewn on a collar that she doesn’t care for? Chop it off and make a cowl instead of course! I had just enough fabric to cut a 22×9 inch rectangle to sew into a cowl for the neckline. In order to remove the original collar, I just chopped about 1.5-2 inches down from the seam-line and then sewed on the new cowl with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a space for the button tab decoration to go through. Just as a note, I did lengthen the original button tab decoration to make it long enough to loop around and hold down the cowl. I think the whole thing turned out pretty swell, don’t you?
My ugly zipper. Enough said. I don’t like centered zips in knit. Bleh! But, it’s a day dress, so who cares! After all, it’s chocolate pudding, and no one minds a few lumps here and there, do they?
Seams: Combination of straight and zig-zag stitches | Alterations: Made a cowl instead of a collar, lengthened the button tab, and took in the waist about an inch | Hem: Blind-stitched | Zipper: Centered Application
Have you ever made a dress from Ponte de Roma?
What do you think of my new dress?
Do you like high collars or not?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer