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Slimuette Dress - plus size - black lace and purple berry print nylon fabric - 53B-49W-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).

My version of the 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).
• double-layer panels in black lace that frame the front neckline in a soft, v-shape
• front-band trim across the bust that completes the retro-look, finished with a vintage, purple plastic button
• short, kimono-style sleeves (cut of a piece with the bodice)
• a generous (but not too full), 4 panel skirt (bottom), designed for more room through the "seat" (i.e. room for sitting down comfortably)
• 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 is slip-on (no closures), but with plenty of room & give (see measurements below)
- dress fabrics are a vintage 1970's/early-80's nylon knit (dusty purple with berry print & pattern of satin-sheen squares) and vintage 90's black lace (with a smidge of spandex stretch to it). See close-up photos of bodice for best view of fabrics in (bright) sunlight & incandescent light.
- sleeves & bottom hem are double-rolled and zig-zag stitched (for easy-care durability)

DRESS MEASUREMENTS: (berry print fabric is stretchy, so I'll give you the flat [totally unstretched] and comfortably [not max] stretched measurements):
• Bust = 50 inches around (flat), 56 inches (stretched)
• Waist (higher than natural waist) =46 inches around (flat), 52 inches (stretched)
• Hips= 58 inches around (flat), 64 inches (stretched)
• Length (at center back) = 15.5 inches neckline to waist (+) 28 inches waist to bottom edge

Oh, and check out Hissyfit's Policies page for more info about the usual payment/shipping/refund ba-jazz, as well as tips on how to measure for your best fit & place a custom-order (imagine, a version of this design made in your fave colors & custom-fit to your body!) = http://www.etsy.com/shop/hissyfitoly/policy
(measuring & custom-order info are at the bottom of this page).

(click "show item details" below to see the full, handmade materials list)

Slimuette Dress - plus size - black lace and purple berry print nylon fabric - 53B-49W-60H


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: pattern drafting supplies, depreciation on my machines and tools, electricity to run everything, new sewing machine needle, matching thread, supplies and time to prewash fabric, supplies and time to launder finished garment, camera and computer to bring this item to you, over 5 hours design and production time, vintage nylon knit fabric, vintage black lace fabric, vintage button, handmade honesty
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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