Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Debutant Dress ^%*&##

I was relatively disappointed in this pattern as the collar is really misleading and the fullness of the dress is really much less that the picture depicts.  I eliminated the collar and redrafted the top.

It was a really nice affair and we were pleased.  And ya'll didn't have to come bail me out of jail for teen abuse!  lol


  1. Very, very nice! Extremely happy about you not serving "jail time"!

  2. I echo Myra in that I'm glad you didn't have to do jail time, LOL!!
    However, Lille, I'm taken back...this dress is beautiful!! You did a wonderful job and your GD looks beautiful! She looks extremely happy, and it doesn't hurt that she has a nice looking gentleman on her arm! ;o)
    You should be VERY proud!

  3. I also think that women wore far different foundation undergarments which resulted in a 'fuller' look. But you're right, it is misleading. Your version looks fab.

  4. "The fuller the skirt the better in the 1950s! With the aid of multiple layers of stiff petticoats and a possibly a hoop skirt, ’50s skirts were as voluminous as the wearer could make them. The skirt was at least 4 or 5 yards of fabric draped using a few different techniques.These 1950s skirts usually started with a 3 inch wide waistband at just above the natural waist. The band fastened on the side or back with a zipper and button. In order to get the most fullness with the neatest gathers, the fabric of choice was cotton broadcloth in a range of pastel solid colors (pink, lavender, turquoise) or big plaids. This is what most women wore on a daily basis. To be really in fashion, the skirt had to be made out of wool. Extremely heavy and difficult to keep full even with hoops AND petticoat underneath, they were only for the bravest of women or those willing to wear them without a stiff petticoat."