I’ve found a way to satisfy my desire to make a whole new dress for Windy Lindy 2010. I’m helping Madame Ornata make one.
Madame Ornata doesn’t swing dance, but she does dance, and she loves to dress up.
So I convinced her to come to Windy Lindy.
It turns out that she had a half cut out version of the notorious Vintage Vogue 2241, an original 1931 design.
Now, 2241 is notorious for being difficult to adjust, fussy to put together, making no logical sense as a dress or a pattern, and (worst of all) looking like a sack when you do figure it out, unless you happen to have the approximate figure of a snake.
The pattern looks like this:
Now, Madame Ornata’s figure is deliciously un-snake-like, she doesn’t like to show off her back, and she needs to be able to dance in the dress without it falling off her shoulders. So the dress as it is was a no-go.
But she already had the skirt cut out in the most fabulous sapphire blue silk charmeuse.
So we used the skirt pattern pretty much as it is, but adapted (read: tossed the pattern and drafted a whole new one on Isabelle) the bodice to suit Madame O.
It now has a V-neck, a fitted bust and waist, and a fairly high back so the sleeves won’t fall off. It looks like this:
It’s fabulous. I can’t wait to show you pictures of the finished dress. But for now, Madame O is still hard at work on it.