I found a dress at Vinnies for the Ceremony; stunning plum coloured strapless gown with ruching at the waist (YAY for flattering dress lines!) in a size that fits. Hellooooo? Score!
But that leaves the dinner that night... where I need to be comfortable, stylish & I want to be just a little bit âout thereâ.
I hardly EVER go out now & all my stunning clothes have been shoved in bags on the floor of the wardrobe in a mishapen pile of âIf onlyâsâ and âone day I willâsâ... there they will stay. At least for this event anyway.
Hunting around I had my heart set on a one shouldered design - donât ask me why. Thereâs something a bit âracyâ about showing off a shoulder - racy without clingy, plunging neck line or micro mini-high hemlines... works on all counts for a post cesarean mother let me tells ya!
I stumbled across a picture of THE Carrie Bradshaw Vintage Heritage Halston one shoulder mini caftan dress (say THAT 10 times fast!) and was like âOH! I could work that - fat belly, wider hips & all!â so the pattern hunt ensued.
Alas, to no avail.
Little did I know that the name âHeritage Halstonâ does indeed mean heritage or rather, vintage.
The closest pattern I found for this cute little flattering & totally girly number was a vintage vogue pattern from the 1970âs - pattern 7528. And the price tag for this vintage peice of tissue paper with some lines on it? $750.
Yup - you got it right - $750. For a PATTERN. Not the dress. Just the pattern to SEW the dress.
Nevertheless by this time it was becoming a personal challenge - I had a vendetta against this dress, I had to have it, I had to sew it & it HAD to be Goddamned fabulous - got it?!
I eventually stumbled across another pattern which I can alter slightly to make a dress basically just like the one I want - its a McCalls pattern which I scored for $10 on eBay.
So, when the dress sewing commences I shall re-draft the pattern for myself & according to my dimensions then post it live so it can be seen (or âborrowedâ?) Because its MY pattern I have drawn myself its not a breach of copyright - see? ;)
So watch this space - I shall get to it, re-draft the pattern & post pics of the finished article so you can see how it turned out & adjust your pattern to suit.
Still havenât picked yourself up off the floor from the shock of the $750 dress pattern have you?
Love & stitches
The Eco Mum xo
So, I have not got a pattern available but I don't think you need one. Just follow my instructions and pics and you'll should be fine :)
You will need:
Fabric of choice for dress (jersey is a good one for this)
Elastic (long enough to go around your shoulders)
Step 1: Start by measuring from your shoulder to where you wish the dress to fall. For me, I measured shoulder to just above my knee, as shown.
Step 2: Then you need to take your fabric and transfer the measurements across the LENGTH (down the pile / grain / pattern). Fold your fabric in half ACROSS the grain (so its a long rectangle, fold it in half ACROSS the WIDTH of the rectangle, not the length).
The tricky part is here, for me, as I am quite tall I had to find fabric that was WIDE enough for my measurements because you are making a SEMI-CIRCLE with them. I was measuring 90cm so needed 110 - 120cm wide fabric to allow for hemming etc.
Step 3: Grab a peice of chalk and a bit of string. Tie it around the chalk and measure the length of your dress (the measurement you took in Step 1). Mark this point on the string with a knot.
Step 5: Once finished, you should have a full semi-circle from the fold. Once opened out fully, it will be a full circle.
Step 6: Cut the semi-circle in half, across the fold.
Step 7: Pin the two straight edges together, right sides facing, leaving a gap for your shoulders. Measure across your shoulders at the widest part (shoulder blades) and leave this gap plus seam allowance opened at the middle of the two straight edges. Pin 2 - 3cm around this gap to form a casing for elastic.
Step 8: To make the sleeve, work out how long you wish it to be and how much "flap" you want it to have. The design has a sort of "bat-wing" sleeve effect so the sleeve is wider at the cuff than at the shoulder. When you have worked out your "cuff width" (for me it was 25cm) then measure this from the straight edge on the side you wish the sleeve to be on. Mark with chalk.
Step 9: Cut into the semi-circles at this mark, up to the beginning of the shoulder opening on the top of the straight edges.
Step 10: Pin down the remainder of the semi-circle where you have just cut to make up the side seam of the dress.
Step 11: Hem all edges around the outside of the dress. Sew the elastic casing for the shoulders and sew (and edge if you wish) the seams down the side of the dress and the sleeve AND around the gap created by the sleeve to the shoulder. This becomes your arm hole.
Step 12: Thread the elastic through the casing. Check your seams around the arm hole and shoulder are solid and try it on. Voila! A full skirted copy of the Heritage Halston One Shoulder Dress without a dress pattern! :)
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