Sew Over It
1940s Tea Dress
Alterations: 1/2" swayback adjustment
Forward Sloping Shoulder
Removed 1/2" from the cap of the sleeve
Removed 3" from length
I love this dress! It makes me want to sew up other vintage-style dresses. It's is so pretty and feminine looking. My fabric is a rayon challis. I made a muslin of the bodice. I don't always make a muslin, but I loved my fabric too much to risk a mishap.
This is the only Sew Over It pattern I have. It comes in such a nice booklet and the pattern is printed on sturdy white paper, which makes tracing easy. The dress is not lined and all seams are overlocked after stitching.
The back has an invisible zipper. I do have a bit of a "poof" of fabric at my upper mid back. I'm not sure what is causing this.
I shortened my zipper but too short! I have to slip the dress over my head since I can't step into it...my hips won't fit through. Darn! It is a little snug coming over the top too, so I have to carefully pull the dress over. Double darn! LOL But I can still put it on and that's the important thing.
It took a painfully long time to sew my first sleeve in. It has been a while since I have done this, but I just couldn't ease all the fabric in without a lot of puckers. I unpicked my seam and reduced the sleeve cap by 1/2 inch. It went it so much easier.
I like the modest neckline.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley