Subversive Femme

FO: 1950’s Jumper Dress, another Gertie variation

I know what you’re saying – three dresses sewn in two weeks? Am I on drugs?

Nope, but I’m on an amazing sewing roll (makes up for the four despairing toiles I made late last year, I was too embarrassed to show you all).

I was really taken with the pattern below, but I’m afraid I didn’t save the full image so I have no idea what pattern number or year it is! (Maybe someone has it in their collection and can tell me?). The original was much too small, I remember that much…


















I really like the cut in detail at the neckline – and it was a cinch to do it to my Gertie Sultry Sheath dress mod from earlier.

I used black cotton drill again, but this time drafted a half circle skirt to fit the bodice.


















– drafted a half circle skirt instead of pleated dirndl
– bought the shoulder straps in a bit more as they still slipped a little in the last dress
– sewed little ‘inset’ details where the horizontal bodice met the shoulder straps


A bit creased from sitting on my bum at work all day



















This dress is a-may-zing. Its everything I could want in a dress – it fits well, the skirt is flowy but flattering, the fabric isnt too hot but still holds its shape.

Overall Happiness Factor:
I’d like to adjust the shoulder straps a fraction on the next one I make – and there will definitely be more versions!
BTW Lincraft has 50% off all fabric until this weekend, so its a good time to stock up!

PS – don’t just love Miss L Fire shoes?

















Well, Calamity doesn’t really look impressed but I love my new Roxys that came last week!

Shoes: Miss L Fire Roxy
Blouse : Portmans
Stockings : Basque at Myers
Sailor Necklace : Vintage celluloid, Etsy
Headband : Mimco

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    January 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

    You're looking great!!! Great job!

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    January 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is beautiful and so flattering on you!

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    January 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    mod to a half circle skirt was brilliant. it looks fab on you 🙂

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    January 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    You look great! The dresses turned out great too. Love the stockings.

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    January 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    That is fabulous! And I adore those stockings.

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    January 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Looks fantastic! My Gertie book arrived today and can't wait to get started. The shoes though, well they are just to die for!

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    January 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    You look adorable as usual, but OH MY GOD those shoes are to die for!!!!

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