About six months ago, the lovely Gail sent me this pattern and I don't mind admitting it has been something of my "prize". A pattern that I have taken out to look lovingly at every now and again before tucking it back safely into my pattern box. One of those patterns with the totally lovely pen-and-watercolour illustrations on the cover of willow-y, supremely elegant, immaculately coiffured ladies of yesteryear gazing world-wearily off into the middle distance. Probably on their way to some impossibly glamorous soiree, or about to hop into the limo to meet up with Clark Gable, or some such. One can but aspire, right? But procrastination does not elegance bring...
so ta da!
Finally... I made a LBD. Hehe, obviously not the Little Black Dress kind of a LBD... let me explain.... there is a very very silly show on TV here called Beauty and the Geek, which of course I never watch being of a far more serious bent ;) Anyway one week a geek had to answer a pop-quiz on fashion. And one of the questions was "what is a LBD?" And the geek answered "Long Black Dress" And they marked him wrong, whereas for me his answer was like a stroke of idiot savant genius and he should have been given a big "yeees!" for fashion insight, because Long Black Dress is as pretty darn good answer I reckon, and it is a rare lady who goes through her life without the need for the simple elegance of a long black dress at some point. And I have now filled that (hypothetical) need. With vintage-ly panache too, hehe.
And now I am passing on the love, and offering this pattern to another seamstress/seamster. It is Vogue 2858, an Original 1944 Design (or Dessin Original de 1944, if you want to get really chic about it :))
It has some rather unusual-for-an-evening-gown seaming techniques that I am assuming were normal for 1944.... I made a few "modern" changes to mine, although in a pathetically small nod to authenticity the raw edges of the seam allowances have been pinked :).
For a start, well the superior invisible zip has been invented, people! I made use of one.
I also left off the shoulder pads. I did start out making them, but left them off the final version. I'm afraid shoulder pads are just Too Dreadful on me...
This pattern is a size 12-16, and all the sizes still there marked out. If you're wondering; I traced it off so I could grade to my own size... yup, it is still a bit of a wrench to be parting with the original, but I can do it knowing I still have my own traced out version should the need arise for a LWD (long white dress). Or a LRD (long red dress) Etc etc etc...
If you would like this pattern for your very own piece of 1944 elegance, just leave a comment on this post. Of course, if you would still like to say something nice about my new dress but don't want to be entered into the draw, then please feel free to do so... :) I do love nice comments too!
This offer is open to anyone and for two weeks, so on 26 October I will put everyone's names into a hat, those who say they want to enter, and draw one out.
No, I agree that is a very questionably low-tech method and doesn't have quite the panache of that random number generator thingy, but frankly my dear I just don't give a damn. *
Dress; Vogue 2858, black crepe
Sandals; Micam by Joanne Mercer, from Hobbs shoes
* the obligatory Rhett-ism... couldn't resist, hehe