Hello, hello again, lovelies! I am so very excited to show off the most recent item which I have checked off my “Vintage Capsule Wardrobe” list: a wool Christmas dress! I am super excited with how this lovely frock turned out! Let’s dig into the details, shall we?
My original sketch is to the left, and the final creation displayed on the right. I made very few changes to the original design, the main one being adding a little scallop in the front neckline. And once again, I was a little off in my color selection when drawing up the design 😉 It’s been a desire of mine to have a wool dress for the wintertime ever since I laid eyes on the lovely Mrs. Pomeranz dresses (swoon!), so this frock was a dream come true to make and wear 🙂
The dress is made out of a wool blend suiting that was quite lovely to work with. I interlined the bodice with cotton voile, which made fitting & sewing an absolute dream. It provides such a smooth, tailored look to the bodice that I would not have been able to achieve otherwise. I think that I am officially hooked on the interlining technique. 🙂
The pattern I used was my favorite 1958 Party Dress Pattern from Sense & Sensibility Patterns. Man, but I love that pattern. It’s such a classic silhouette, with so many possibilities to alter & customize: plus it’s a cinch to fit and sew up! For you ladies out their looking for a super-duper easy vintage pattern to follow, this frock design is the way to go!
I hodge-podged the sizing a bit to fit my figure, going from a size 12-ish in the sleeves to provide a bit more room (my previous renditions of this pattern have always been too tight in the sleeves), down to a 10 for the waist. I also lengthened the sleeves to a 3/4 length for winter. I created the scalloped neckline on my own, and once again improvised the pleats on the skirt. It was like sewing my Coco skirt all over again, only with more knowledge & confidence, and much less taking out & starting over 😉
See what I mean about how tailored the bodice looks with that interlining? Sheesh, I just love it. Sorry, sorry, I know I’m gloating… Just… let me gloat a little 😉
I was so thrilled to find that my favorite vintage pink crinoline worked perfectly with the length & fullness of the skirt! I wore this ensemble to our Church’s Yuletide Ball, and let me tell you: there’s nothing like dancing in a crinoline this full. I got to dance the Ländler, and it was an absolute dream twirling about in all that pink fluff 🙂
All in all, I am quite pleased with my Christmas frock. It is a staple that I know I will be going back to again and again.
Well, it looks like my next big project will be burying myself in yards and yards of pink chiffon for a very special, dream-come-true sort of project, so I’ll catch you later 🙂
What do you think of my dress?
Have you tried the Sense & Sensibility 1958 Party Dress Pattern?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer