Rita Penner sent me this sketch from one of her vintage German pattern magazines. Any hints as to what this dress may look like -sewn up, this being your challenge for the day- are provided in her comments to me:
I came across a crazy dress that made me think of you, a pattern maker. A lot of the dresses from the 1950’s don’t have separate sleeve pieces. Crazy. Think of all the fabric that must have been left over especially since the width of fabric then was mostly 90cm (35″).
I attached the pic and description of the crazy dress. Then I look at the description with the teeny pattern pieces. Isn’t the neck edge not straight? Here we go with problems.
The ‘crazy dress’ description mentions “if you want to improve arm movement, you might want to insert a 6cm gusset”. Ha ha. Also, that dress takes 5.65 metres (6.2 yd) of 35″ wide fabric. And, the width of the skirt front seems to measure 97cm. Pretty crappy to have to piece 90cm fabric to make it wide enough.
As ever, send your sketches to me or post a link to where we can see them on the web. Good luck, this is a good one!
Oh, and if I neglect to mention it elsewhere, I hope your holidays are warm and happy. I’ll be out of town and my schedule is wonky at the beginning of next week so I may not be back until Tuesday although you can always reach me by email (see the about page).