Behold! The most unflattering dress pattern of all time! (It does not help that my muslin is a little too stiff for this style, but really, it's sack.) (And actually, I can think of at least one other dress pattern I tried that was less flattering.)
This pattern is taken from Making a Dress in an Hour by Mary Brooks Picken (1924.) This muslin took me about 2 hours and I did not do any of the suggested finishing. Basically this a pamphlet detailing a method where you fold, measure, and cut directly on the fabric to achieve this fabulously stylish garment. (Picture does not include the belt, which actually made things worse.) It's basically a kirigami dress. (Kirigami is origami that you cut into.)
The top is one piece of fabric and there are no darts in sight. I am undecided if I am going to try to modify this to be a better dress. (Sometimes it would be nice to open a pattern and just make something, you know?)
Things That are Really Wrong:
- Too long. I know this was the length for day dresses during this era, but it's not working for me.
- Too wide.
- Sleeve is unflattering length.
- You can't see the skirt side flaps, but they are waaaay too short.
- Neckline not so great for me.
- Need to find right spot for waistline. (This one is weird because I had to add on more fabric to the bodice because I cut it wrong.)
Not my finest moment, but it was a fun way to send an afternoon.