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1950s Inspired Party Dress

Added Oct 5, 2010

by Amanda Flynn

Boston, Massachu...






This dress design has been in my head for a good couple of years now. I’ve had the fabric in my stash (I actually made a skirt out of some of it 3 or so years ago) and the bright splotches of blue were just calling my name. I wanted to create a 1950s inspired gown that would be super fun to dress up in and make me feel like royalty.

Oh yes, and I needed something to match the amazing 4" blue satin heels I got last year in London (laceys from BULLFROGS). I call them my “Buckingham Palace” shoes, and they needed the proper ensemble. :)

The dress was made using McCALL’S 5042, and the only major adjustment I made to it was to add the deep V in the back. I wanted something to counter the high-cut front of the neckline (which I actually ended up cutting down or else it would have been a turtle-neck! ;)

I wish I had tweaked the bodice and made it wee bit more fitted, and also lengthened it for my long waist, but over all I am happy with how it came out. The overskirt is 8 yards of tulle (I love how cheap it is! :) in two layers, split open down the front, and detachable (in case I’m not in a “poofy” mood). The belt is just blue ribbon and a fancy “diamond” button.

This ensemble was giving me a real Princess Diaries vibe, with a little bit of Alice in Wonderland thrown in (thus the playing cards and teacup). I really love it. :)




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Mod, Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends, Other, Tulle

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    Aug 25, 2011, 08.26 PMby Amanda Flynn

    Thank you! :)

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    Aug 25, 2011, 12.47 AMby trploceanmoon

    Lovely! And the shoes are AMAZING!

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    Oct 9, 2010, 05.23 AMby holasoylulu

    i love it, specially the tulle overskirt!!

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    Oct 7, 2010, 05.41 AMby delsol

    This is so gorgeous!

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    Oct 7, 2010, 05.01 AMby froggylonglegs

    Oh my goodness I am in LOVE with that dress!!!! So so beautiful! I am so inspired right now!!!

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    Oct 7, 2010, 02.47 AMby Amanda Flynn

    Thank you all so much! You are too sweet. :)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 07.18 PMby reneebies

    just like the tea cup!

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      Oct 7, 2010, 02.46 AMby Amanda Flynn

      I know! Isn’t that funny? It wasn’t even planned. ;)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 02.12 PMby groovymama

    Absolutely adorable….:-)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 05.32 AMby Zane Tanqueco

    suits you well!=)

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    Oct 6, 2010, 01.35 AMby gaviccaabri

    B R A V O !

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    Oct 6, 2010, 12.45 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    ah its gorgeous. i would have so much fun wearing this! keeping it in mind if i need a pretty dress in the near future….adds to favorites

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    Oct 6, 2010, 12.23 AMby skeeler

    Looks terrific — especially with those shoes…

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    Oct 6, 2010, 12.21 AMby distie

    I LOVE that you made a dress to go with your fabulous shoes! I think I’m gonna go through my closet and do the same! :)

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    Oct 5, 2010, 11.56 PMby calicocouture

    I love it! The colors and the skirt are perfect. So feminine, fun and sophisticated.

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    Oct 5, 2010, 11.03 PMby mollykatherine

    Its absolutely perfect! I adore the tulle over skirt, its very glamourous. Well Done!!

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    Oct 5, 2010, 10.14 PMby irin

    Amazing!!!! You look like a princess and so mysteriously I am absolutly want dress like this and of course try to do it.

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