Tuesday, May 20, 2008

There was a little bit of modification...

For the last month of so, I've been on the hunt for an easy 50's style wrap dress. I love the idea of not having to put an outfit together.

I found this on etsy:

Cute, cute, cute, even if my waist isn't (nor ever will be) that small. A little research leads me to believe that this is a 1960's pattern. Close enough. And it has pockets. I love pockets. And the size? I can work with that. I decided to try just the wrap skirt first.

After getting it out of the package, and noting that all the pieces are there, I set about dividing them by garment. I then gently ironed them. Rather than cut fabric from the pattern, I got out a roll of brown mailing paper. Next time, I'll use the back of wrapping paper - the brown paper was a little hard to work with, and cheap wrapping paper is about the right weight.

I laid out the pattern, and figured out by measuring tape how much bigger it needed to be. The size 16 calls for a 28 inch waist. Oh. Times. Have. Changed. I do not have a 28 inch waist. Mine is closer to 40. (Whew, got that out of the way.)

To determine how much I needed to increase the pieces -

40 - 28 = 12. My waist, minus the waist the pattern calls for equals inches of increase.

12 / 4 = 3. Inches of increase divided by number of pattern pieces equals increase per piece.

3 / 2 = 1.5. Inches per piece increase divided by number of sides of pattern (left and right).

So by this I need to increase both sides of the pattern by 1.5 inches. I'm not increasing the top of the bottom as I'm happy with the length.

I lay out the pattern piece on the paper and meausure out 1.5" on both sides. Cut them and then cut the fabric. I'd purchased extra knowing I'd need more than the pattern called for.

Now... Time for fabric...I like the black and white because it is pretty 'simple' and the other? Because it's not.

This took me a bit longer than I'd planned - mostly in the increasing the pattern. Once I got sewing it didn't take that long. I'm guessing the second one will take about an hour or so. It's really pretty easy.

More importantly, I'm pleased with the end result!



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10 comments:

MPPs Mom said...

oh that rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tree said...

That is so awesome!!! I love it, G!!!

Jen said...

simply lovely....

Mitzi Green said...

a 28 inch waist is a size 16? bwahahahahahaahaha! it really WAS a simpler time, wasn't it?

of course, they were all squeezing their collective bigass into girdles, remember. it's easy to have a 28-in waist, as long as you don't mind a few broken ribs and the inability to breathe.

Jenny said...

Super cute skirt!

Nat said...

Oh that is cute!

Man, that's a lot of math. You know I'd still be trying to figure out the fractions! (You amaze me.)

amandajean said...

wow! nice job on the pattern motifications! it looks great.

Tanaya said...

Very cute and nice job on the pattern redo. A hundred years ago, I "slipped" a pattern from a pair of jeans and made them. I think that would be a big stretch for my current abilities.

MamaMaven said...

Very cute and flattering. The math made my head hurt a little :)

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

rock on!!!