Meet the Liz Dress! This gorgeous and feminine dress has beautiful details: a shelf bust with a pleated bra inset, a lovely underbust band that becomes a flattering shoulder strap, a pretty V-neck back, and a full and fabulous gathered skirt that you’ll love to flounce about in. It’s all topped off with a waist tie with optional hand-sewn fringe ends. As always, my “choose your own adventure” instructions will show you the best techniques for a beautifully fitted and constructed garment while letting you be the mistress of your own sewing destiny.
This dress is classic 1950s fashion, and I borrowed many of the details from one of the most beautiful vintage dresses I own. I also borrowed the name Liz from one of the most beautiful women who ever lived: Elizabeth Taylor. There are photos of a young Elizabeth wearing a dress similar to this design in a beautiful, pale sage green satin, so I’m pretty sure she would approve.
This dress is a continuation of the Charm Patterns Lamour Dress, in some ways: the bodices and skirts are all interchangeable. This means that you can easily pair the Liz Bodice with the Lamour Three-Quarter Circle Skirt or the Sarong Skirt. Or use Liz’s Gathered Skirt to extend the already-brimming-with-choices Lamour bodices. And don’t forget the matching boleros! The Charm Patterns Dorothy Bolero was designed to be paired with both Lamour and Liz.
Main Fabric: Light- to medium-weight wovens: cottons like poplin, broadcloth, shirting, sateen, eyelet, pique, and lawn; silks with body like dupioni and shantung; linen and linen blends; brocade; silk/wool blends.
Lining: light- to medium-weight cottons and lining fabrics.
Note: instructions are included for lining just the bodice or the entire dress.
- Dress fabric (see yardage chart in pattern)
- Lining fabric (see yardage chart in pattern)
- Underlining fabric or interfacing (see yardage chart in pattern)
- Thread to match fabric
- 18″ zipper
- 1 skein of embroidery floss for tie fringe (optional)
- 1/4 yard (0.2 m) fusible interfacing or roll of 1 1/4-inch-wide (3 cm) fusible stay tape to stabilize zipper opening
|Piece Name||Sizes 2-10||Sizes 12-20|
|Bodice (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)|
|45 in||1-1/4 yd • 1.1 m||1-1/2 yd • 1.4 m|
|60 in||1 yd • .9 m||1-1/8 yd • 1 m|
|Bodice Lining (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9)|
|45 in||3/4 yd • .7 m||1-1/8 yd • 1 m|
|60 in||1/2 yd • .5 m||3/4 yd • .7 m|
|Bodice Underlining (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)|
|45 in||1 yd • .9 m||1-1/2 yd • 1.4 m|
|60 in||7/8 yd • .8 m||1 yd • .9 m|
|Skirt, pockets and tie (10, 11, 12, 13)|
|45 in||4 yd • 3.7 m||4-3/8 yd • 4 m|
|60 in||3 yd • 2.7 m||3-5/8 yd • 3.3 m|