On Pattern Review, you may have read about Sew Chic patterns and Laura Nash.
“Your destination Hot Spot for Glamorously Chic Sewing Patterns that are Stylish, Flirty, Modish, Glitzy and Retro all rolled into one!”
Long story short: I’ve made Fifth Avenue and I have a few finishing touches to go.
The back story: Last year I managed the Vintage Pattern contest and the contest entries opened my eyes to all things vintage. And while I love looking at the detailing on real vintage clothes, I still like the feel of wearing new clothes so making vintage styling has begun to steer my sewing.
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Last year I made a few formal dresses for a family wedding and Fifth Avenue kinda suits those occasions or cocktail events. But Fifth Avenue would also be great for a high tea with a few sewing friends who love making something new for the occasion!
Selecting the size
The bodice has is princess seamed and the midriff has a band so I chose my size based on my bust measurement (10). Changing the waist and hip dimensions seemed the easier option to me. The midriff piece is in the picture below.
Tracing off the pattern
I used crayons. Don’t laugh. I bet you’ve read about using crayons to trace off patterns but haven’t tried it yet. Or maybe the thought of tracing with crayons for a special occasion ggown would be too risky. Crayons worked.
I’ve shortened the skirt so that it sits at the knee. Fifth Avenue is mid-calf length.
The centre back is on the fold and because I have a sway back, I’ve converted the centre back to have a seam so I can mould the back better.
This highly embroidered fabric was gifted to me by a colleague and I have made a shift dress out of it before so I know it sews well. So at times I’ve cut this fabric with paper scissors because the embroidery is so thick.
Love the fabric. Should be a wonderfully dramatic dress!
You are right – it is a beautiful dress – I was very lucky to see it in life on Saturday. I don't think pictures will be able to do it justice.
Those are lovely patterns- I can't wait to see this!
That really is a pretty pattern. Can't wait to see the dress.
Gorgeous fabric! Looking forward to seeing the finished dress.
can't wait to see your dress, that pattern looks so pretty
It's going to be beautiful! Must get one (or two. Or three) of those patterns!
Maria, your new dress is so beautiful and having seen it close up can vouch for its exquisite construction. I hope that you post a wearing photo.
That is my favourite of the Sew Chic patterns. I am really looking forward to reading about your progress. That fabric looks divine.