January 21, 2010

Pretty Progress

This is what has been finished of my wiggle dress so far.  It's a wiggle dress and jacket pattern circa 1961 and I'm getting really excited to have a good wiggle in it. I read this posting from Threads Magazine about pattern grading and graded my pattern down a size. Originally, this was a 36" bust and I graded down to a 34". This grading thing really scared me. My pattern still turned out just a little large, so I graded down a little bit more and hopefully something better to work with now. I've tested the bodice with muslin and this lightweight bright red merino wool twill has been cut up, along with bright red dupioni silk to line the skirt. I decided to go for something a little different with these fancy schmancy triangular bound buttonholes, for which you can find the tutorial here.  I added this little touch as it seemed the perfect occasion to used this method. I felt the bound buttonholes would blend quite well. What do you think?

A little something I did not know, until recently and maybe you don't either, but a wiggle dress is a dress with a very close fitting, tapered skirt that does not allow the wearer to take normal sized steps when wearing it. In effect, they wiggle as they walk! Ha ha ha! How fabulous will this be? In bright lipstick red wool no less, I will most definitely be the center of all kinds of attention wanted or not. He he. It will be ready just in time for Valentine's Day too. How very...cheeky.

I intend to make the jacket too. I've picked out this houndstooth canvas that has a red stripe running through it. It tends to tone the bright red wool down a touch. All in all, a very colorful outcome is expected. Very colorful indeed.


  1. you pick the best colors and fabrics, this red, the green dress and the purple top! I can't wait to see how the wiggle dress goes. the bound button holes definitely work!

  2. I love the triangular buttonholes! I can't wait to see the finished dress!

  3. Oh a wiggle dress!!! I can't wait to see the finished product. I bet it will look just dashing on you. ^^

  4. Very beautiful red! It's going to be fabulous!

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