I made a dress #8 and a free pattern


I've been quite the busy little bee lately! I've sewn about 20 hoods I'd spoken about in the last post and when all that was done, and it has already been already Christmas, I decided to make a present for myself and here it is, a dress number 8. I call it Rosemary Dress for a character from Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night" which I am currently reading and liking a lot. I am aware that the plot is set in 1920s but I'd like to think that Rosemary would wear a dress like this were she inhabiting the 1950s. It's both elegant and girly, everyday and dressy, just like Rosemary would have it.

I was lucky to come across a cheap e-bay listing for a couple of German pattern magazines from early 1950s and one of them had this beautiful dress pictured below in dark green. I knew I had a fabric stashed that was just right for it. It was a thicker cotton from IKEA that I bought a year ago and was saving for something special. Others might have pillowcases out of this navy blue fossil printed beauty, but I, my friends, made myself a dress.



This particular magazine came to me without the key and with just one pattern sheet --back then they came as separate booklets and I guess it was easy to misplace one. So if I wanted to sew this gorgeous thing, I had to trace all the lines on the sheet with my finger to find the right pattern pieces. Let me tell you that took long. But it was worth it. When I finally did find it, I decided to scan it and trace it, and I made it into a downloadable pattern. It's yours for the taking. Merry Christmas. 

The sewing process was easy peasy, even with no instructions I just followed my gut feeling and it went smoothly. The pattern is very good and matches easily (one thing I found is that you might have to elongate the collar by an inch to make its ends meet right at the center of the neckline, so please take this into account if you want to sew a dress like this, because I did not correct it in my pattern!). It is also well measured which means that it is a bit too loose for me, as it is for bust measurement of 92 cm (and I'm more of a 88). I like the collar and the skirt which is nicely pleated at the center. I think I will make a sew-along soon because this is a really pretty dress and I'd like to have it in more fabrics. Would you like me to? Would you be willing to try your luck with this pattern, too?

Po tym, jak uszyłam już wszystkie czapy świata dla wszystkich ludzi na Ziemi, postanowiłam zrobić sobie prezent gwiazdkowy i spędziłam dwa dni nad tą sukienką.

Jest to sukienka w skamieniałości, ziółka i robale, uszyta z grubszego płótna kupionego w IKEA. O ile print jest cudowny, to materiał jest dość wymagający, łatwo się siepie, trzeba by wszystkie szwy oblamować, żeby to wyglądało po ludzku, ale mi się nie chce.

Wykrój z maja roku 1953, z czasopisma, z którym zdążyłam się już zaprzyjaźnić, bo większość ciuchów uszyłam właśnie z niego - Der Neue Schnitt. Bardzo spodobał mi się kołnierz przy tym modelu. Można go nosić postawiony, jak na zdjęciach, lub opuszczony, wtedy przypomina nieco kołnierzyk bebe.

Szyło się wygodnie, ale zanim szyłam, musiałam pomęczyć się z odnalezieniem wykroju. Magazyn udało mi się kupić tanio, ale niestety nie jest kompletny - brakuje mu książeczki z instrukcjami i jednego arkusza wykrojów. Musiałam więc palcem prześledzić wszystkie linie wykrojów na arkuszu, który miałam, żeby znaleźć właściwe części do wycięcia. Zajęło mi to parę godzin, ale było warto. Sukienka jest bardzo efektowna, a dość prosta do uszycia. Wykrój okazał się bezbłędny (poza wymiarem kołnierzyka, który jest około półtora cm za krótki, musiałam go skroić powtórnie, żeby jego końce spotkały się na środku dekoltu), bardzo dobrze wszystko do siebie pasuje i ładnie leży. Rozmiar jest co prawda nieco większy niż mój (wymiar biustu tej sukienki to 92 cm, ja jestem bliżej 88), ale ta odrobina luzu mi nie przeszkadza.

Jako że święta ledwo co minęły, postanowiłam zrobić Wam prezent. Możecie ściągnąć opracowany przeze mnie wykrój sukienki z dzisiejszego posta. Nazwałam ją Rosemary. Wesołych Świąt.


Belt: n/n
Flats: Anna Field via Zalando
Photos: my boyfriend, The Fish

41 comments:

  1. Świetna sukienka, chyba niebawem skorzystam z wykroju <3 Też swego czasu uszyłam sobie sukienkę z tej tkaniny, o taką o: http://zaczop.blogspot.com/2014/02/w-ikei-sprzedaja-sukienki.html

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    1. O ja Cię! Bombowa jest Twoja sukienka. Powinnyśmy kiedyś się spotkach w ikeowych sukienkach i przeparadować przez jakiś bulwar. Ludziom eksplodowałyby mózgi.

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  2. I would love to use this but I am not sure about the best way to print this out? Is there any type of scale?

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    1. You are right, I should've inserted a test square in there! Sorry about that, I've never made a pattern before so I forgot that is a good thing to do... Well, the way I printed it out was by using the "poster" setting in adobe acrobat while setting up print --it's in the table to the left of the miniature drawing. And that's it, I did nothing else. Then you just have to match the lines on the different sheets of print out by overlapping the paper by 0,5 cm I think (just so that the lines of the pattern meet, they don't need to overlap). It might be a little tricky, I know... probably would have been better if I had some help preparing this pattern but we gotta go with what we have for the time being! Hope this helps a bit! Let me know if you still have questions.

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  3. Wow.. beautiful dress! Good job! I love your shoes too! :) :) Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! Hope it works for you! If you ever decide to make it, please let me know!

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  4. Wow... beautiful dress! Good job. I love your shoes too! :) :) Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! Let me know if you ever try to sew it! I'd love to see your result.

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  5. Thanks for the pattern it is gorgeous! Love the heavy material!
    what size do you print it at? we have A4 and A3 paper at work

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    1. I printed it out on A4 paper but I'm sure you can print it as A3 too. Just use the "poster" setting in adobe acrobat while setting up print --it's in the table to the left of the miniature drawing. Then you just have to match the lines on the different sheets of print out by overlapping the paper by 0,5 cm I think (just so that the lines of the pattern meet, they don't need to overlap). I hope this helps! Good luck with the pattern and let me know if you make it! :)

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  6. This pretty dress looks so good on you! I have used Ikea cotton and Ikea bedsheets for sewing clothing too, it's very good quality :)
    Thanks for scanning this pattern, I really like the collar, it is adorable. I would probably make a top instead of a dress or modify the skirt as I'm too old for a gathered skirt :), but a sewalong sounds fun!
    Happy holidays and have a great new year!

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    1. Oh, thank you for all the nice words!
      Yup, I considered making a top, too. The collar is just too good not to use in different projects. Also the kimono sleeves make this pattern super easy. Love it!

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  7. Gorgeous dress. And as always, lovely photos. Thank you for the digi download. That's very kind of you. Wishing you a very happy new year :-)

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    1. Thank you so much! An a lovely New Year to you, too, and happy sewing! Let me know if you ever make this dress, I'd love to see it!

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  8. This dress is amazing and so the pictures, as usual!! You did a really good job!! :) Love the collar and the pattern of the fabric!

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    1. Thank you dear! You're so lovely :).

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  9. Thank you for sharing! You did a wonderful job!

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    1. I'm glad so many people like it so much! The pattern is far from perfect but I hope it's usable --and I hope to improve it soon.

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  10. I found that project through Burdastyle and it's gorgeous! I'll stay tunned if you make the sewalong, I would really like to participate :)

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy you like it! Hearing that others want to sew it makes me want to start the sew-along right away but I guess it'll have to wait a little yet :).

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  11. No bo Cię nie mogę!! Piękności!!

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    1. Jestem pewna, że możesz ;). A gdybyś chciała ją uszyć, byłabym zaszczycona!

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  12. oh tak. ta sukienka jest baardzo w stylu Rosemary <3 :) wyglądasz pięknie i zjawiskowo! chętnie ubrałabym taką cudowną sukienkę!

    szczęśliwego nowego roku!

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    1. Dziękuję! Może kiedyś będziesz mogła taką sukienkę założyć... kto wie? Różne pomysły chodzą mi po głowie :).

      Wesołego i udanego!

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  13. Śliczna sukienka! Bardzo odważnie :) ostatnie zdjęcie piękne :)
    Pozdrawiam :)

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  14. Masz absolutną rację, print to cudo! Krój z resztą też. Zaszewki biustowe są bardzo nietypowe. Nawet nie wiem, czy można je jeszcze nazwać zaszewkami ;) Przez chwilę myślałam, że sama skonstruowałaś wykrój. I już zazdrościłam umiejętności!

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    1. Te zaszewki mają kształt plisowania takiego, jak się robi przy spódnicy. Dziwne! Ale sądzę, że to miało sprawić, że się materiał lepiej dopasuje do osób o większym biuście, bo zostaje trochę zapasu do rozciągnięcia tej plisy przy najbardziej wystającej części. No, poza tym lata 50-te charakteryzowało umiłowanie do biustu sterczącego jak rakieta, a ten element daje właśnie takie złudzenie, nawet jak ktoś jest niezbyt biuściasty, jak ja ;). Zastanawiam się czy nie przerobić tego na zwykłą zaszewkę, jak będę poprawiała wykrój, ale chyba zostawię, bo osobiście uwielbiam te dziwactwa krojów z dawnych lat. Mam wrażenie, że pewne rzeczy były wtedy takie bardziej... wedle uznania, a nie wedle ścisłych reguł. Chcesz plisę na biuście zamiast zwykłej zaszewki? Dawaj.

      Do samodzielnego konstruowania wykrojów jeszcze trochę mi brakuje, ale nie wierzę, żeby to było jakieś rocket science. Do ogarnięcia :).

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    2. Właśnie wypatrzyłam w tym coś w rodzaju plisy. Haha! Aż nie wiem co napisać, tak fajnie skwitowałaś tę modę, że nic dodać nic ująć :D

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  15. Happy New Year!
    That dress is fabulous and the fabric works fantastic with it. I like the collar, it looks very elegant and quite modern.
    I don't know if you can read german, but if you face any problems with some terms, maybe I can help translating, just drop a word :-)
    ~ette

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    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Ette!

      You are such a dear! And I'll probably be coming to you for help with translating one small instruction for a coat that I want to try making because while I do get some German, and get even more with the help of the handy google translate, I sometimes have a hard time getting the meaning of a sentence, even when the words are clear ;).

      Thanks!

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    1. Dziękuję, Olu! I też trochę ziółkowa ;).

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  17. Your dress is beautiful! A lovely intrepretation of the pattern.
    I've downloaded the pattern because it's gorgeous. Especially that collar! If you do a sewalong I'd love to follow along. How much fabric does it take?

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    1. Wow, that would be so great if you followed! I'm very happy you like this dress so much :).
      The pattern calls for 4,5m x 0,90m (or, I guess, 1,50m x 2,50m) if you want to make it the way they intended, with the skirt hitting you mid-calf. Mine is shorter so it took a little less. But if you decide to go with this voluminous skirt, it truly is a fabric-eater.

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  18. That is a really gorgeus dress, I love it!

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  19. Pretty frock and it looks comfy. I would do a SAL. It appears a printable pattern is somewhere. I'll re-read the post to see.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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  20. Researching how to make this pattern a reality for me. Looks as if the measurement converts to the bust being 36 inches and the waist being 28 inches. As a curvy gal it will be interesting drafting this pattern up 4 inches in the bust area and 11 inches in the waist area!!! Ay yi yi. I'm up for it for it is a way cute dress. Wonder if there are any other large gals interested in tackling this. When will you decide upon a sew-a-long (or not)? It would be fun.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing this with the world.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    https://www.sewlyricallyvintage.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh my, it would be exciting to watch someone with completely different shape wear this dress! I think it's very flattering for any figure thanks to the nice V-shaped neckline and the collar is just awesome. So that would be great if you did participate!

      That said, I frankly have no idea how to organize the sew-along so I'll just go with my gut feeling, like I usually do, and we'll see what comes of it :).

      Anyway, please check back later in January for updates concerning the sew-along.

      See you soon!

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  21. I came to this post via Pinterest. This is my first time at your blog, I'm looking forward to finding other gems here.

    I, too am interested in doing a Sew-along, if you get that organized. Like Lyric, I my proportions are fuller and curvier, so it would be nice to work with others on alterations.
    You did an amazing job on this dress! The stand-up collar makes it unique! And you are very modest - "Oh, just traced my finger over the pattern and then went with my gut to sew it with no instructions. No big deal." Yes, that is a big deal! Very impressive! Beautiful fabric, too.

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