I'll be the first to admit that it's not perfect. My major issue is the bust darts, there placement isn't correct and they're a bit pointy. Since it's fabric from a 1950s dress (which had majorly pointy boobs) and they were trimmed on the inside, this is as close as I could get them to fit. I hope it it's obvious to anyone who doesn't sew.
|original bodice front|
The following pictures really illustrate what I had to work with and how significant the changes were.
|original bodice and new underlining|
|original skirt and new underlining|
I applied narrow bands of interfacing (about 1 1/4 inches) to the inside of the underlining at all the armscyes and neckline edges to stabilize them and prevent gaping and distortion over time.
|underlining with interfacing|
I did carry over a few of the vintage details:
- lingerie carriers (original were thread, I made fabric ones)
- corded bias trim. the dress came with a tie belt that I used, unfortunately there wasn't enough to do the waistline seam or armscyes
- vent finish. This one was a great lessons that I've carried over to other dresses. The fashion fabric was finished as a standard vent, but the lining was finished like a back skirt slit! This avoids the awkward joining of the two fabrics, which can creat bulk, and is such a nice clean looking finish
- however, I changed the original lapped metal zipper for an invisible
After the wedding, I'll post pictures of me wearing the dress!