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This post is a little different from my usual for quite a few reasons! To start, it’s my first ‘pattern hack’ post, my first fitted make and my first wearable toile! Also this post will lead on to another post with the final make and full instructions on my pattern hack. That’s why this one will be a little shorter than normal as it’s more of an introduction to the main dress – if that makes any sense…
Hello Everyone! It has been quite a while since I last posted on this site. I really enjoyed how my birthday outfit this year turned out. I have always wanted to make a 1950’s tiki ensemble and I finally accomplished it!
I used Gertie’s new tiki inspired pattern 6354 from Butterick for the skirt and the bolero. I knew I didn’t have enough fabric to make the bustier from this pattern, so I turned to Simplicity 1426 to make the top. This outfit was a breeze to make and looks fantastic.
I love shelf bust dresses, but they’ve been an irritation for me. Every pattern I’ve found cuts across the bust, not under, and the RTW dresses are way out of my budget. Enter lekala 4519. This pattern actually sits underneath bust, gives you more fullness and umph. Perfect, right?!?
I’d never worked with a Lekala pattern before, and I have to say, it was a very interesting experience. You enter your measurements, and their software creates a custom pattern for you, to your measurements. Or so it says. I didn’t find it to be quite so easy, as you can see by the short skirt length! Full review and pattern problems can be found on my blog, Sewn by Ashley
I bought this SUPER cute 1960’s backless dress pattern on Etsy a few months ago. I already had the PERFECT fabric to make it with, a blue cotton floral with a it of stretch. It almost has a Hawaiian feel to it, doesn’t it?
This pattern definitely satisfied my sewing fix as it was very fast and easy to sew. I made no changes to the pattern (save the measurements…a size 10? I wish!), and I used two vintage pearly flat fisheye buttons at the back.
I really like this design because of the peek-a-boo back. It’s low, but not TOO low, so it’s perfect for concealing my “love handles”. I think it turned out great! Thanks for looking!