Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Tuppence Ha'penny

Wishing all my dear, lovely readers a very merry Christmas time!

My Christmas dress for this year was inspired by one I pinned a little while ago - I fell in love with the sweetheart neckline and fitted midriff. The vintage gold lamé fabric I picked up recently on ebay for about a fiver, having decided that what my wardrobe lacked was a gold dress. I don't know how old it is - it could easily be anything from 50s-70s, but it works perfectly for the early 60s vibe of the dress I had in mind.




Dress & matching headband, made by me (details below); 1950s pearls, belonged to my grandmother; Gloves, can't remember; Earrings, Primark (I know!); Shoes, Marks & Spencer (an early Christmas present from Matin).


The bow is detachable, so I can wear it on the back or the front. I made another matching bow to wear as a headband - again in keeping with the late 50s / early 60s look.


The Facts:

Pattern and adjustments: I used Butterick 8933, an early 60s pattern, for the bodice, giving the neckline a sweetheart shape. I thought getting the fit right would be reasonably straightforward but sadly it was not to be - I really struggled with the bust - the original pattern didn't have enough room, then when I did a full bust adjustment it suddenly got really loose around the neckline. I nearly considered abandoning the whole thing, but continued doggedly on even though I thought the best I could hope for was a passable fit. But my persistance paid off, and I managed to solve the entire fit issue by adjusting the shoulder seam - yay!

Techniques: The skirt pattern I used didn't have a side seam, so I had to do a slash opening for the side zip. As this meant I couldn't do my usual lapped zipper insertion, I did a hand-picked installation instead. The dress is also fully lined - a first for me.

Make again? Having cracked the fit, I definitely intend to make another version. The only changes I might make would be to do a centre back zip, and possibly 3/4 length sleeves.

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful dress, I love it! You are one talented lady! Merry Christmas! :)

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  2. Persistence certainly paid off - your dress is beautiful. I love the idea of the detachable bow too. Merry Christmas! :)

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  3. You look lovely. Waw, what a gold!

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  4. You look fabulous! I'm so happy you decided to push forward despite the fitting issues because it turned out great!

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  5. Absolutly beautiful! You are very talented!!

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  6. Wow, that dress is amazing and you look fab! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Perfect and beautiful! Everybody should have a gold brocade Christmas dress! I love yours!

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  8. You look absolutely gorgeous! Hope you have a very merry Christmas!

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  9. My stars, you look sublimely lovely, dear Charlotte. So chic, gorgeous and festively fashionable.

    Merriest Christmas wishes! May your holiday season sparkle with joy and merriment, dear gal.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. Oh, my! What a knockout dress. You look like a movie star!

    I hope you and yours have a happy, blessed Christmas.

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  11. Beautiful! I absolutely love it! It's perfect for the festive season!

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  12. Hot cakes, Charlotte! Such a fun dress, it looks wonderful on you. Have a happy new year!

    http://eviestearoom.blogspot.com/
    Ivy

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  13. Oh my gosh! This dress is absolutely period perfect!!! It's just amazing! And I totally agree with RobinH you look like a movie star!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  14. What a beautiful outfit. Very impressed with your dressmaking skills. Love the bow headband.

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  15. You look lovely. We love the dresses you sew up for yourself. We would like to nominate you for being a Very Inspiring Blogger!

    http://brentwoodlane.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-plesant-surprise.html

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  16. Very Inspiring Blogger Award: http://lovebirdsvintage.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/very-inspiring-blogger-award-and.html
    Happy New Year! x

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  17. That is a va-voom dress for sure, you look just wonderful in it!

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