New Look Dress in Wool Crepe

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About: I am a landscape designer and advocate for native plant-focused and sustainable landscaping, but in the past I have worked in costume production and clothing alteration. I taught myself to hand-tailor, draft...

Winter-weight wool crepe dress lined in cotton, shawl collar, vintage Bakelite buckle on the belt.  This dress is my first project sewing on this scale - those skirt pieces take up a lot of space.  It's quite heavy and has great movement; I'd call the pattern a success and this summer, a linen model is forthcoming from the same one.

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    craftyv

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice indeed. I can imagine the same pattern done in a floral (large flowers) polished cotton, this would make it crisp. The addition of large patch pockets would look good too.

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    gtrachelRhi-Rainbow

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, I'm glad you like it! I've been planning to make another dress from this pattern, and I could certainly do a tutorial. It won't be until the end of the semester, though.

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    Rhi-Rainbowgtrachel

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Oh brilliant! Of course :)
    Can I ask where you get your patterns from because I've been looking for some vintage dresses, or patterns to have a go at!

    Rhi.x

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    gtrachelRhi-Rainbow

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I use _The Costume Technician's Handbook_ as my reference for drafting patterns. I prefer to make my own, but I look at vintage patterns online for inspiration; eBay and Etsy often have a lot of them. If there's a photo of the back of the envelope that shows the layout of the pieces, I can usually re-draft the pattern myself. Vogue Patterns also has a limited selection of their own original patterns from the 40's and 50's that they still print and sell through their website or in stores where other patterns are sold.