My middle daughter told me Friday that she did not have a dress for her concert performance for Tuesday. She is a tween and nothing ever fits her when we go to the store to look for dresses so we figured we had to sew it just like last time. Going through my patterns. I found out that her measurements put her all over the board on what size clothes she could fit. Meaning no pattern would fit her well either. So we found a vintage pattern , simplicity 2491 view 2, in my collection that was a little loose in the chest area but too tight in the waist we figured if we dropped the front darts it would fit her as her waist has yet to start to get smaller should start happening in the next 6 months. Because of this no little girl patterns fit her and not teen to adult patterns fit her either. I figured the waist measurement would not matter in a loose dress like this ie 3 inches too big at the bust. Also it being about 3 inches loose would give her ease of movement plus growing room.
My daughter saw an antique dress in a store she wanted to buy that was all white work. But by the time she earned the money for it was already sold and gone by 2 weeks. So we looked and we had eyelet fabric someone gave me years ago I don't usually use eyelet so it hung around forever. I was also given eyelet lace given 2 days ago by a good friend. My friend sews a lot and some one gave it to her a few days before that. Nice thing about sewing if people know you do it and they have supplies they inherit a lot of times they give it away because they have no idea what to do with it. My friend who gave me this does sew it just wasn't her type of stuff to use.
So all we had to buy was the zipper which was supposed to be 12 inches but all we could find was a 22 inch zipper so we bought that. Instead of cutting the zipper to fit the length of the area required we modified the pattern to accommodate the zipper always better to have more ease in getting into a dress than less as we discovered on Mom's green dress. We also learned on moms dress a full lining not a half lining is best and all seam on the lining fully finished least they fall apart and unravel. We did add a full lining of course because not only because of the previous statement but so the eyelet would not be so see through the pattern did not have a lining in it so we modified that too.
She will still have to wear a slip but the color is a nice addition anyway plus it will last longer with it. We also added lace to the sleeves and lace to the hem of both the dress and lining.
Of course my daughter wants to wear it with gloves like the picture but I do not know if that will be aloud during the performance she should where a crinoline to make it hang right we will see. I will post the totally finished dress on Monday with all the trim details I want to do.