Hello dears! I am so excited to kick off this week with something all of us have been eagerly anticipating: my finished Liesl Dress! Oh, but this truly is a dream come true for me. Like I said in my progress post, ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always dreamed of having a matching dress to Liesl’s impeccable pink chiffon frock. Well, this year was the year, and my dreams became reality!
The dress, as a whole, took around 3 weeks total to complete,with all the ruching, hand-sewing, fitting, and little detail work that went into every inch of this gown. Looking at the comparison collage above, I am pretty well satisfied with how it turned out 😉
Here are a few of the details that went into my Liesl Dress:
- The pattern is a hodgepodge of my 1940s playsuit pattern c/o Lady Marlowe patterns (made into a 1940s formal last year), that I divided into three pieces: yoke, middle, and lower sections. To achieve the ruching effect I simply “stretched out” the bodice pattern pieces on the chiffon and gathered them to fit. The sleeves are based off of Brigid’s 1930s blouse (McCalls 9053 c/o Lady Marlowe) which I altered to create the billowing effect. The arm-scyes are very shallow, so I can move and dance freely in them, which is one of my favorite features about this dress 🙂 The skirt was drafted based off of this tutorial. I knew that if I wanted to do a full circle skirt like in the original dress I would have to use a huge amount of fabric, so I decided on a more subdued 3/4 circle skirt. It was better for modesty as well, since the skirt doesn’t fly completely parallel to the ground when I twirl too fast 😉
- The “piping” and bows on the front were made from the chiffon material, and are hand-sewn in place.
- I lined the yoke in cotton voile for modesty & extra stability.
- The zipper is hand-picked and begins at the bottom of the yoke, and the top of the yoke is then hooked with a hook-and-eye just like the original dress.
- The skirt is composed of 4 layers: 3 of chiffon, one of the white lining material. I finished them with a lettuce hem just like Liesl’s original dress. I was originally going to add a ruffle to the lining layer of the skirt since the original frock had such a feature, but the combined skirts were so heavy I thought it would be wisest not to attempt to add even more fabric to that part of the dress. This is definitely the heaviest dress I have ever made! All that chiffon added up quickly, I must say 😉 Though it’s a good weight, and one that is very fun to wear, since there is such body to it.
I finished off the look with my American Duchess Tissot pumps which are quite similar to Liesl’s original footwear. Like I mentioned in my progress post, I made this gown for a movie-themed ball we were going to. Boy, but was this dress fun to dance in! All my expectations were met, and it was an absolute dream being able to twirl about in layers of chiffon. You know how you feel when the clothing you wear fits you perfectly, and suits your personality to the T? It sort of becomes a part of you, and you act and walk with your head held high and a spring of confidence in every step; with no need to fuss about with anything or worry that this or that might go wrong. You just feel right. That’s how I felt in this dress. However much this may have been a Liesl dress, I definitely feel it is just as much a Charlotte dress 😉
What do you think of my Liesl dress?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister & singer