Riffs on a Trusted Pattern: Birthday Dress
It was the lovely month of May and the beginning of spring—and my birthday. It seemed appropriate to celebrate with a new birthday dress. I decided on a 1950s-inspired dress to honor my birth year. (It was the late ’50s, OK?) I surfed around on the Web and settled on a fitted bodice dress with a cut-on collar, short sleeves with a turned-up cuff, and a full skirt. I got out my growing pile of Tabula Rasa Jacket, or TRJ, riffs and went to work. (This is the fifth installment of my Tabula Rasa Jacket self-challenge.)
Pattern changes for a birthday dress
I tackled the collar first. I knew what I wanted the finished collar to look like and decided to go for some expert help. It was a good bet that the Threads magazine website would have just what I was looking for . . . cue the Kenneth D. King video on creating this classic collar.
With Kenneth’s excellent instruction, I drafted a cut-on collar onto my Tabula Rasa jacket.
It was on to the sleeves. My Bowling Shirt version from a few months earlier had the perfect cuffed sleeve.
Finally, I needed to shorten the jacket to a shirt-waist bodice length, and my pattern was ready to go. Almost.
I decided that the skirt would need to be draped onto the bodice. That would happen once I got a mock-up of the bodice finished.
Here’s my birthday dress bodice pattern compared to my original Tabula Rasa pattern.
The fabric search
I did a quick reconnaissance of my stash and realized that I had nothing with the right 1950s flare. This is where my project ground to a halt.
Side note: My preferred way of working is to start with a fabric…