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40s party dress

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40s party

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Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design taught by Barbara Deckert

Plus-size women deserve cute clothes! Learn how to make comfortable and flattering garments with Barbara Deckert, author of Sewing for Plus Sizes.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? I was sent this dress pattern by accident instead of the pattern for the plus sized fitting class. I think it's the pattern from the couture dress class. Craftsy sent me the correct class pattern and told me I could keep the wrong pattern. I used cotton because it was a common material used in the 40s (although I'm pretty sure that was during the war and this dress would have way too much fabric to be a war time dress but whatever, I'm cheap.)

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What are you most proud of? Pretty much the whole thing. I've never made anything other than costumes because I have never been able to get the fit right. Not only did I get this thing to fit me but I was even able to adjust the design. It looks so much better than I expected. I didn't think I'd wear it for anything but the party, but I'm going to take the arms off and add it to my wardrobe. I'm also really happy about how few mistakes I actually made. I had purchased twice the fabric the dress required because I'd planned on the first dress being the muslin but a basted fitting was all I needed to get it right.

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Wonderful dress! Perfect alterations.

05/20/2013 Flag

You look beautiful in that dress. Well done.

05/25/2013 Flag

Your dress looks lovely on you, very flattering style..x

06/14/2013 Flag

You did a great job -- not just the dress but the hair and make-up, as someone already commented. Obviously it was no mistake that you were sent this pattern! If you like retro there are some great sites, such as and, among others.

09/04/2013 Flag

Wow, super job. That dress fits you perfectly.

10/07/2015 Flag