Charm Patterns by Gertie - Liz Dress
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, Gertie's “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 Gertie borrowed many of the details from one of the most beautiful vintage dresses she owns. She 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 we're 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.
Liz is made to fit your curves perfectly with a three-piece cup that has been tested extensively on cup sizes A-H.
The pattern includes a 60-page fully illustrated booklet with design ideas, fitting advice, and multiple finishing options
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