Added Aug 5, 2010
I pretty much spent most of my final year in 6th form waiting until i no longer had exams or school work so i could start making this. I absolutly adore the style of dreses throughout the 1950’s and i wanted to attempt to capture this. I brought the fabric years ago on a market and was slightly worried that it was going to be too shiny but i think it turned out alright.
I made the top bodic from an old pattern that i found in my mums sewing patterns and changed the neckline to a sweetheart and incorporated a draped front-which took a bit of fiddling with to get right. For the full skirt i made my own pattern using the guidence of threadbanger.com.
I only had a few days to make the dress after my exams finished, before the ball, so it had its finishing touches stil being made on the day, and thankfully my mum, whom was desperate to make a dress for me herself, made the pettycoat for me else i would never have got it done in time.
It was a lovely final night, and i was very happy i didnt have a dress that looked at all like anyone elses, which is always a risk of buying one.
Im not entirely sure on the material, i think its a bit of a cross between a satin and tafetta.
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