Posts tagged ‘1912’

April 5, 2012

A modern summer dress made from a 1912 pattern

Summer dress front

Summer dress back

When I first cut out this dress using the 1912 slip pattern below I pinned it to my dressform and hated it. Fortunately, a few days later I found the grosgrain ribbon that became the sash and was inspired again!

Because I am thin and willowy, I don’t look good in things without waist definition, so the princess shape isn’t very flattering to me. I added the grosgrain sash into the front seams and now I have a dress I will actually wear!

1912 slip pattern

VPLL Checklist

Pattern Name: E0336_SLIP

Sewer’s Skill Level: Advance

Pattern Rating: 3 – Good/Average
I didn’t do any of the lace insertion, so mine is a bit boring. I do really like the seam shaping, though. I’m also not too keen on the back shaping which makes a placket difficult to insert. I actually didn’t end up doing a back placket, I simply straightened the seam and allowed the ties to shape the back. The dress has enough ease to slip over my head without an additional opening.

What skill level would someone need to sew this pattern and why?
Intermediate, I think, because of the shaped seams. For example, the front seams angle in at the neckline (which is a a design detail I absolutely love!). The placket is also shaped, making it abnormal to sew.

Were the instructions easy to follow? If not, what needs to be changed?
This pattern hardly had instructions, at least when I got it. Being an advanced historical seamstress, however, I am used to working with little to no instructions. I think it was very straight-forward to put together (except for that placket ;))

How was the fit/sizing? Did it correspond to what you thought?
I pin-fit the pattern pieces to my form and realized I would have to narrow the front panel. I expected this or a similar adjustment since I am so thin and the 1912 silhouette encouraged a large chest.

Did you make any pattern alterations? If so, what alterations did you make? Where they fit or design alterations?
Fit: I made the front panel narrower by taking about 2-3 inches away from the center front. the shoulder straps still nearly fall off my shoulders.
Design: I omitted the placket and lace insertion.

March 31, 2012

Princess slip pattern update

I worked on the pattern, but don’t have any pictures I’ll post them next week.

*Pictures are here*

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February 29, 2012

My first 1912 Project pattern!

I’m so excited to get started! Unfortunately, I wont have a chance to work on it until tomorrow. I’m thinking of making it up in modern fabric, so as to make a pretty summer dress, but we’ll see 🙂

February 24, 2012

Me? An Experienced Costumer?

I suppose it’s official now that I have been placed in the Experienced category for the Double Period Project (DPP) at Your Wardrobe Unlock’d – right alongside ladies from England and Belgium!

My entry into the DPP 1912 Experienced category

Jordan Newhouse | Your Wardrobe Unlockd. <<<click to see the other entries

Last year I pored over the DPP entries (the two periods of history highlighted being the Revolutionary period 1770-1789 and the Natural Form of 1876-1882) and wondered if I could even dream of being at the level of artistry of the winners. I’m still wondering 😉 but at least I’m working toward that dream!

If you haven’t yet seen it, my dress diary with details and inspiration photos for all four garments in this outfit can be found here.

February 6, 2012

If I had been born 100 years earlier…

I have posted a new outfit in my gallery – a 1912 ensemble for Arizona’s 100th birthday! (Click the picture to go see more)