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Black and white satin Sew Retro Bombshell Dress

Added Jul 31, 2011

by keren

Tel Aviv, Israel






I made this dress during the “Sew Retro” course. I made the halter strap removable. I learned a ton during the course while making this dress – lapped zipper (which I love), thread tracing your seam lines, waist stay, padding, underlining, boning, and a million other tips. I definitely recommend the course.

This dress was intended to be worn at my boyfriend’s sister’s wedding, but I didn’t finish it in time. It was very hard for me to make, due to the complex construction and using a flow-y satin (and silk organza underlining for the skirt). But it was definitely an important stepping stone and I know next time will be much easier.

Pattern is Burda Magazine 5/2011 #122.

Blogged here.

Material Notes

satin (synthetic) fashion fabric, cotton underlining for the bodice, cotton lining for the bodice, silk organza underlining for the skirt. Regular zipper, 2 buttons for removable strap, etc…




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear
Cotton, Satin, Silk


Sew Retro Bombshell Dress Course

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    Nov 10, 2011, 11.43 AMby alexandrasian

    I think this is one of my favourite versions of the Bombshell dress! LOVELY!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 06.12 AMby nouvellegamine

    very pretty. i absolutely love the top!. i looked through your how to pictures as well. the amount of care you took shows. it’s very lovely.

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      Aug 4, 2011, 06.42 AMby keren

      Thank you! It was indeed a lot of work. But well worth it because I learned so much!

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    Aug 1, 2011, 10.42 AMby libbysharf

    Looks perfect on you! I like the halter strap version better, but it’s actually quite nice that you can wear it in two ways. The combination of the fabrics is lovely!

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      Aug 1, 2011, 10.46 AMby keren

      Thanks :-) I also prefer the halter strap version, and it’s more comfortable that way as well. I need to fix the hem though – it doesn’t seem to be straight. Later, someday :-)

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      Aug 1, 2011, 11.07 AMby libbysharf

      I saw that… but I thought maybe the photo shooting angle or something :-)

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    Jul 31, 2011, 10.38 PMby Nessa *

    This is really lovely – you have been sewing up a storm lately :)

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      Aug 1, 2011, 06.33 AMby keren

      Thank you! Indeed I have and I’m enjoying every moment! :-)

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    Jul 31, 2011, 05.01 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Love the contrast between the two fabrics. The top almost looks like lace. Nice job!

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      Aug 1, 2011, 06.32 AMby keren

      thanks so much! I originally intended to make the whole dress out of the black and white print fabric, but I messed up the skirt pieces and ended up getting the black satin for the dress. I think it looks much better than the original plan would have looked! :-)

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