Learn to sew brand the new Charm Patterns Lamour Dress with Gertie! You will learn everything you need to know to create gorgeous fit-and-flare frocks with vintage appeal.
This lovely halter dress was named for Dorothy Lamour, who starred in many films with tropical flair. Hawaiian dresses and playsuits were coveted tourist souvenirs in the ’40s and ’50s, and today they are highly collectible vintage treasures. Now you can make your own, using some of the best sewing techniques for a beautifully fitted and structured garment. The fully lined dress has underlining and boning in the bodice, princess seams, a center front bust pleat detail, convertible halter straps, and a three-quarter circle skirt with side seam pockets.
You will be custom fit into your bodice muslin by Gertie, and then construction begins! Learn how to underline a bodice for structure, use spiral steel boning in the lining, sew perfect princess seams, make a clean-finished lining/lapped zipper, insert a lapped zipper, make a beautiful narrow hem, and finish it all off with a waist stay. (Whew!)
This class is suitable for those with intermediate experience in making garments. But don’t worry Gertie will guide you through any new techniques involved in this beautifully structured dress.
What To Bring:
- Dress & Lining Fabric
- Calico or similar for bodice Underlining
- Calico for Toile (Muslin)
- Thread to match your Fabric
- 18inch (46cm) Dresszipper
- 20cm of fusible interfacing
- Three Full day Workshops
- Your fresh-off-the-press Charm Pattern
- Steel Boning & Boning Tips
- Tracing Material
- Use of Tools & Machines in House
you’re welcome to bring your machines & overlockers
- Coffee & Tea, Treats & Lunch
What will I learn?
- Invaluable expert Tips & Tricks
- Advanced Sewing and Construction Skills
- Fit your Pattern to your Body
- Insert Boning into a lined Bodice
- The perfect Princess Seam
- Lapped Zipper, Waist Stay & Narrow Hem
- Create a truly Vintage Style Dress
Main Fabric: for the purposes of this class, please choose an opaque fabric like cotton sateen or poplin, calico for the underlining, and a non-slippery fabric like cotton for the lining.
Gertie will give you tips on getting creative with fancy fabrics for your next version!
Lining: light to medium weight cottons and lining fabrics. You will be sewing boning channeling to the lining, so it should be sturdy enough to stand up to the weight of the steel boning.
Underlining: use a sturdy muslin (calico) for opaque dress fabrics.
This workshop is not refundable or changeable. Gertie’s workshop is extremely popular and we will be hosting one workshop for each sewing pattern style only. Vouchers are not valid for this workshop.
Needlefruit is a cat friendly workshop.
If you have allergies to cats please let us know and we’ll make the space cat free.