Saturday, December 06, 2008

'47 Frankie

I wasn't going to finish this tonight, but she called me and I had to!

The top half is Butterick 5209 (subtitled "Retro '47').

But the gathered skirt didn't appeal, so I frankensteined Butterick 4859 (fishtail skirt)
on the bottom. I lengthened the skirt a bit, and took out the 'side flip'.


It's not as formal lookin' in person as it is in this picture for some reason. It's also more fifties-shaped than the thirties-shape it looks on Jane, but that might be because I am more that way...

7 comments:

livebird said...

This is a knockout, Moggy! Genius frankensteining. Lovely colour too.

Rose said...

I love how that turned out! I have a question, though--did you put in a zipper? Where is it? Great job! I love the skirt with the top.....

moggy said...

Rose, it has an invisible zipper in the side seam. I don't know why most modern patterns avoid the side zipper, I often stick it in there just 'cos I like it. And with a good invisible zipper foot, they are as easy as pie!

kitty said...

lovely! I've been waiting to see how your version turned out, as you know. Where's her first outing?

Carol said...

I LOVE this dress. I love the colour and I love the style. For some reason I imagined Stockard Channing wearing it ...

Sarah said...

How long is the zipper you stick in the side? I've often wanted to shift it from the back to the side, but I'm afraid of created a lovely dress that gets stuck at the boobs.

moggy said...

Sarah, in this case, it is open at the top (eg the armhole)down to the top of the hip, so no problem with the bosoms. With set-in sleeves, I've put them in 5cm or so from the armhole seam, which seems to work just fine. For me I find it is the hip bit which you have to get right...