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a 50s inspired day dress
i made this because i fancied something different for the summer.
i love 50s style clothing and couldn't wait to make one!

the pattern i used was from The Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe (book) - full skirt dress
i followed their instructions, but added my own spin on the dress.

Posted by HerNameIsAlixx from Stourbridge, England, United Kingdom • Published See HerNameIsAlixx's 23 projects »
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  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    so that the original pattern can be used again, i traced around it onto grease proof paper.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    fold the fabric in half and place the pattern pieces so that as little fabric is wasted as possible.

    cut out the pieces.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    first, sew the darts on the two back bodice pieces.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    then sew together the back bodice pieces, the side pieces and the front bodice piece.
    sewing the sides to the front was quite tricky, as the sides were more curved than the front, so the fabric has to be moved and pinned carefully to get the shape of the side pieces.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    it will look like this when sewn together.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    now for the skirt.
    simply sew the side seams together and hem around the bottom.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    it will look like this.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    sew the shoulder seam, then hem the sleeves and sew them into the arm holes.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 9
    Step 9

    for my dress, i wanted to add piping around the neck to add more detail, so, cover the piping cord with the binding and sew this around the neck. enclose the piping with the facing around the neck, and sew the zip into the back seam.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 10
    Step 10

    this is how the back looks finished.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 11
    Step 11

    next, hand sew the four buttons evenly down the front of the dress.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 12
    Step 12

    like this.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 13
    Step 13

    to create the pockets, cut two curved rectangles from the white cotton, and sew them together. turn them inside out enclosing the seams, the pin them evenly either side of the skirt at the desired places.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 14
    Step 14

    like this.

  • How to make a sleeved dress. Rockabilly Dress - Step 15
    Step 15

    finally, add a thin belt to bring the waist in.

    and you are done!

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Steph.
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
looks good, I love the G.B.S.B. episodes!
HerNameIsAlixx
HerNameIsAlixx · Stourbridge, England, GB · 49 projects
thanks Happy and me too!
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susie
susie · Glasgow, Scotland, GB · 154 projects
This dress is a great shape on you! Well done Alixx Happy
HerNameIsAlixx
HerNameIsAlixx · Stourbridge, England, GB · 49 projects
aww thanks!
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