The “Mid-century Madness” dress | Debi Fry
Fabric: 3.5 metres of cotton 'Nutmeg Seeds Orange, SE1 for Robert Kaufman' fabric gift from Fancy Moon
Pattern: Style Print 1283
Year: c. 1950's
Notions: 3 amazing vintage buttons, gift from friend; zipper from charity lot, £.05
Time to complete: 8 hours
Wear again? Oh yes! Oh yes! Oh yes!!!
Total Cost: ~£0.05 (woot! woot!)
I've got mid-century madness big time this week. I don't know why it has taken me so long to tackle the classic 1950's shirtwaist dress….but now that I have…WATCH OUT! I could easily make a 100 of these dresses in every single adorable printed fabric and never get tired!!
I was super lucky to be contacted by an amazing UK online shop called Fancy Moon to host a fabric giveaway on my blog (scroll to the end of the post to read more!) and also to get some fabric myself to review! I had so much fun perusing the retro prints they have online and when I came across the 'Nutmeg Seeds Orange' print from Robert Kaufman–I knew it would be perfect for this challenge!
I absolutely adore this fabric print–the leaves are such great colours and just the right size. I used a pattern I got in the Sew Weekly UK meet-up pattern swap. It's the lovely Style Print 1283 pattern that Charlotte brought to the meet-up! I just love this pattern and already have plans for a second shirtwaist dress!
This is my first time using a Style Print pattern. On the back of the pattern it reads "Style Patterns Ltd: An entirely British Production" (emphasis orginal)! The pattern paper is a bit thicker than normal tissue pattern paper–I quite liked handling it. There is just one skirt piece for the big full skirt:
I am on the look-out for more Style Print patterns. I found the fit to be really good and the instructions were very clear. I did muslin the bodice because it's the first time I've used these patterns. I ended up adding an extra 1/4 inch to each of the side (I was paranoid of the dreaded gaping front) and lengthened the waist front and back by about 1/4 inch. I also took about 2 inches off the skirt length.
I used some vintage buttons that I got from the lovely Sofia when she came to visit. I used three buttons instead of two because these are a bit smaller than what I think the pattern calls for. How perfect are these buttons?
I could go on and on about how much I love this dress! Instead, I want to share my mid-century madness with you all! I'll be hosting TWO giveaways on my blog this week. One for your choice of fabric from Fancy Moon and one for this sewing pattern!