S&S Girls' 1958 Party Dress Pattern. I made changes to the pattern, mainly the neckline. Due to Olivia's developing figure, I chose to make the neckline more of a 'jewel' style, making it more modest so she didn't have to worry about bending over in play. I also 'pinched out' some of the extra fabric in the bodice front, to make it a bit more fitted.
The bodice was placed on the bias, but I interlined the bodice, mounting it on cotton batiste, giving the bodice stability. As with her Christmas dress (yet to be blogged about) I used an invisible zipper. Originally, I was going to 'bag line' the bodice, in addition to the interlining, but chose to skip the bag lining, due to the fashion fabric having a tight weave and decent weight to it. The inside is finished using a serger/overlock machine, giving the inside a nice clean finish.
Olivia loves her kitty, Maggie, they are good friends. :)
Olivia having some twirling fun. What young girl or lady doesn't like a little twirl to her dress? :)
Oliver + S Patterns. This is a quick and easy way to finish hems that you plan to stitch by machine. As with most of my dress/skirt hems, this was finished off with hand stitching.
My usual change for Olivia's dresses, is to added 2" of length to the skirt, giving her a bit more time to wear the dress. Olivia is wearing her petticoat underneath, but this is the one I made to go with her silk 1958 dress, in which I did not want lots of 'pouf' to it. I think with this one, I may just make another petticoat with a bit more pouf to it. Not wanting more bulk around the waist, for the petticoat, I used a cotton, tank undershirt, adjusted it for Olivia's body, then made a couple tiers of crinoline. Next time I think I will double the amount of crinoline to the bottom layers.
As you can see, the neckline and sleeves were finished off with a bit of trim ( I have forgotten the name of the trim).
Thanks for stopping by, I will try to catch up in the coming days and weeks with a few projects.