Subversive Femme

FO: Beyond the Sea – 1950’s novelty dress (Weigel’s 1593)

If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen me alluding to a seahorse dress I was making – well, it’s finally finished!

I was going to an end of year Christmas Party with a sea-theme and realised I had nothing to wear. Great reason to make something!

The pattern is Weigel’s 1593 – an Australian pattern, I’m thinking early-mid 1950s?


The dress is made in stretch cotton sateen – not my favourite fabric, but I needed something with body to make the skirt sit properly. I didn’t want to wear a petticoat as we’d be dancing and it’s very hot with more layers.

The skirt is more of a 3/4 circle than a full circle – it even has cute little gathers for some interest.

The only mods I made were:

  • to remove the buttons down the front (cut on a fold),
  • do a Full Bust Adjustment
  • add some width to the waist
  • lengthen the straps by about 1/3 of a inch.

Hairflower – made by me, Xmas flower from SpotlightBut the main amount of time was on those darn seahorses – they took forever! I used the seahorse template from a free knitting pattern I posted last month – the Novelty Seahorse Jacket.

They’re cut from felt, and hand-stitched around the hem (ten in all). They have diamantes for eyes, and the bubbles are large sequins with pearls in the centre. I repeated the bubbles on the bust for symmetry.

 

To get the bubble lines the same every time, I used a template to repeat the shape for each seahorse.

Would I make this again?
The dress itself was very easy, so perhaps. I do have plans for a similar skirt involving lobsters. LOBSTERS.
But I need to recover from this dress first.

 

Outfit:

  • Shoes – Miss L Fire Luella
  • Pearl jewellery – my Nan’s
  • 1960’s wicker bag – found at a market.

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  • Reply
    mel
    December 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

    This is awesome, makes me want to start on something time consuming, too^^

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    mel
    December 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

    This is awesome, makes me want to start on something time consuming, too^^

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    Helena
    December 20, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Beautiful! Love love love the seahorses. Have a good party!

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    Jen
    December 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I am in love with your creative use of the seahorse template! The color and fit of the dress are marvelous!

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    Evie
    December 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    This dress is perfection!

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    Mugsy's in Stitches
    December 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    My goodness it's wonderful! LOVE seahorses!! Merry Christmas to you… šŸ™‚

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    Mugsy's in Stitches
    December 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    My goodness it's wonderful! LOVE seahorses!! Merry Christmas to you… šŸ™‚

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    Jessica Cangiano
    December 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

    This is officially, off-the-charts spectacular! What a stylish, adorable creation that looks positively stunning on you, sweet lady.

    Big hugs & joyful holiday season wishes,
    ā™„ Jessica

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    Tasha
    December 21, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Love this soooo much!! So worth the work (and I say this from experience, having just done a felt applique skirt). Crazily, I sewed up a vintage wrap dress pattern early last year that has pink seahorses on the fabric. šŸ˜‰

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