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Vintage Patterns with My Fitted Dress Block

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
This is a short but dedicated post for all those lovers of Vintage Style.  The focus is on using my fitted dress block to design and cut your own vintage dress sewing patterns.  To work your way through the fitting process you can go to DOWNLOADS on the menu bar and checkout My Blocks PDF (downloads).  The Fitted Dress block has to be one of my favourites and the best place to start for fabulous dress designs.  You can also checkout some of my Members Blog posts that cover the fitting alterations for this block.  To Become a Member all that's required is a password to access even more pattern making magic.Vintage Style Sewing Patterns
The original design for this pattern puzzle was developed as an homage to Ceil Chapman (1950's designer).  I found the original idea on pinterest thanks to Mill Street Vintage.  It includes tucked drape and a double layer in the skirt.

Balenciaga Blouse
Retrieved from the archives of the Met Museum, this blouse gives the impression of casual attire with a tailored finish.  It's the perfect length for a top to add over skirts.

Vintage Booty Dress
There's no confusion about the focus of the vintage redesign!  A thoroughly fitted dress with gathered drape focused around the derriere.

Vintage Style Inspiration
This pattern puzzle was developed from a couple of very similar vintage magazine sketches.  For me the best part is the delightful mis-direction of the neckline and panel treatment that is exploited by the use of two fabrics.

Vintage update
In this vintage re-working I've simplified the sewing process by turning the potentially awkward corner seams into a set easy-to-sew panel seams.  And by using fabric blocking I've been able to emphasis the original design idea.

You can checkout an earlier post Vintage Inspired Round-Up that features many other vintage posts that use a variety of garment blocks and direct draft as a start point. :)

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