I've really enjoyed participating in the Historical Sew Fortnightly this year, but I hate that it limits my time for retro sewing. I'm trying to sneak in a few quick and easy retro projects every once in a while to give myself a break and a dash of something different. It might mean that a HSF challenge doesn't get finished on time (like my Pretty Pretty Princess dress, which I'm horribly behind on), but giving myself some time away from the HSF stuff is helping me keep my sanity, and that's a good thing too. :)
So when one of my favorite local fabric stores, Fabrique, recently announced that they were going to do another remnant challenge, I snatched up a small piece of midnight blue linen and decided to make myself a 50's wiggle dress. The whole dress was made with less that 1 and 1/8 yard of fabric, which I am really proud of. Laying out the pieces to make the best use of the fabric was almost like doing a big jigsaw puzzle, and it was SO satisfying when I finally figured out that I could make it work.
The original dress has some really cool seam-lines, including a shelf bust and an odd little panel over the belly that connects to the skirt. I wanted to bring these elements out as a more obvious design feature, so I added a lighter blue wool piping to all the seams. I think it ended up looking really modern and almost futuristic because of the unusual construction. I mean seriously - horizontal pleats across the ribcage? Where the heck did that come from? But even though this dress is a bit strange, I think it's a fun combination of retro without looking old-fashioned.