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Slimuette Dress - plus size - grey black white red plaid vintage fabric - 56B-48W-60H

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Inspired by one of my all-time favorite vintage 50's dresses (made by "Slimuette"), I've reverse-engineered it's best features into my design & dressmaking. Why do I love this design (love it so much that I've worn my vintage version to shreds)? Because:
- it really fits (standing, sitting, walking, reaching),
- it actually flatters (with classic design "tricks" that make the body appear slimmer), - & it's everyday wear appropriate (not too fancy, not too plain, just right).

• Bust = 56 inches around
• Waist (higher, above natural waist) = 48 inches around
• Hips (8" below waist) = 60 inches around
• Length (at center back) = 15.5 inches neckline to waist (17" from shoulder) + 26 inches waist to bottom edge
• Sleeves = 19 inches around at bottom edges

This version of my Slimuette Dress has:
• a roomy bodice (top), shaped with princess seaming & bust darts, plus a center-front panel on the lower bodice that holds everything in without being binding (the secret = it's lined for reinforcement + structure).
• fully-lined, pleated panels that frame the front neckline in a soft, v-shape
• front-band trim across the bust that completes the retro-look, finished with a double-stack of vintage (1950s & 60s) black & red buttons
• short, kimono-style sleeves (cut of a piece with the bodice)
• a generous (but not too full), 4 panel skirt (bottom), designed for (even) more room through the "seat" (i.e. room for sitting down comfortably) with 2" more hip-level room here than in other version of the Slimuette design, controlled with petite pleats at the center back waistline.
• shaped, hip-line front pockets that visually slim the look here, plus give you a place to put your hands/other stuff.

A few last details:
- dress fabric is a vintage (estimate 1960s) woven rayon-cotton blend that's soft and drapes well but is dense & substantial enough to easily wear without a slip.
- dress closes with a side-seam zipper (also vintage)
- sleeve hems are finished with self-fabric bias, rolled to the inside & stitched (so they're crisp & durable); bottom hem is deep (3") & finished with a blind-stitch.

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Slimuette Dress - plus size - grey black white red plaid vintage fabric - 56B-48W-60H


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: pattern drafting supplies, depreciation on my machines and tools, electricity to run everything, new sewing machine needle, supplies and time to prewash fabric, supplies and time to launder finished garment, camera and computer to bring this item to you, handmade honesty, vintage cotton rayon woven fabric, vintage buttons, vintage zipper, matching thread
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  • Ships worldwide from Washington, United States