1950's Strapless Cocktail Dress
Added Aug 9, 2011
by Peter Lappin
New York, United...
I made this strapless cocktail dress from McCall’s 9152, a vintage pattern from 1952 I bought on Etsy. It has a lined, boned bodice (my first) and is being worn with two net crinolines I made myself! This is one of my all-time favorite vintage projects and I learned a lot in creating it. My cousin Cathy loves it!
You can see more pics and read more about the construction process on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness.
More about the crinoline here.
The dress is made from a polished cotton rose print I found in the Garment District in NYC. For the bodice lining I used a piece of an old cotton sheet. There’s a lapped side zipper and a twill tape waist stay. In the bodice I used spiral steel boning (and pre-made cotton casing) from Steinlauf and Stoller in NYC.
The crinolines are made from stiff nylon net trimmed with polyester satin ribbon. One has an elastic waistband and the other a twill tape drawstring.
The wrap is simple nylon tulle.