The instructions are amazing – look how Vogue wrote the construction details in 1959
Anne, from Prttynpnk, was so considerate in choosing this pattern for me – she knows what I like! It’s Vogue, straight skirt, kimono sleeves and size 14. DH hates the styles of the 1950s and ’60s so it’ll be a wonderful opportunity to annoy him too. Everything is just right!
On checking the measurements however, a size 14 in 1959 is not a size 14 in 2012. In 1959 I would have had a 34″ bust, 26″ waist and 36″ hip – this is me when I was about 17! So I shall have to hone my skills in grading patterns (up) to make this one fit. I’ll need about 4″ all round!
It’s not a quick and easy make either I’m thinking – asymmetrical, so each front piece is cut only once and you have to watch which way the fabric is up; 6 bound button holes, plus a bound pocket piece and as I’ll more than likely make an autumn/winter weight dress – full lining as well.
Fabric suggestions include wool crepe, tweed and even linen and another fabric called Barathea. I’d never heard of Barathea so went researching:
Barathea, is a soft fabric, with a hopsack twill weave giving a surface that is lightly pebbled or ribbed.The yarns used cover various combinations of wool, silk and cotton.Worsted barathea (made with a smooth wool yarn) is often used for evening coats,such as dress coats and dinner jackets, in black and midnight blue. Silk barathea, either all silk, or using cotton weft and silken warp, is widely used in the necktie industry. [FROM WIKIPEDIA]
I also found this on BurdaStyle:
Unfortunately, I’ll have to buy some fabric to make this dress – shame, I hear you all cry! But imagine if I could get my hands on some genuine barathea – then I really would have a genuine vintage wiggle dress. Any suggestions anyone? I bet it’s really expensive.