Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Daily Dress: 50s Scalloped Day Dress
I've been wanting to feature more day dresses here, and a quick scan through Etsy made me pick this one. I love the shaping on the bodice. It seems to have a pseudo-gusset in the underarm to provide mobility.
I also love when sellers show the inside of dresses! Here you can see the metal zipper, which was the norm in 50s dresses. I adore metal zips for this reason. It's also fun getting to see the top stitched facing and the "Mr. Mort" label. But the thing I'm always insanely curious about is seam finishes! Here you can see that the facing was turned under and stitched. Do you think the dress is underlined? The inside of the fabric looks unexpectedly pale, like an underlining of white cotton.
This view of the dress back shows that the zipper application was centered rather than lapped.
Scallops are easy to incorporate into any pattern. Just redraw your style lines using a round object (like a plate or glass) and make a facing to finish it. Very inspiring, I think!