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Dentelle & Vichy

Added Jan 9, 2011

by mixtlii

Montpellier, France






Many different inspirations for this dress… I liked the 40 houndstooth dress by olystyrene, I’ve been wanting to make a peplum dress for ages, and a bib too, and finally I saw that French movie which takes place in the 70s, “Potiche”, where the secretary wears beautiful and sexy dresses… (last picture, only shot I found).

And I had that fabric. So I thought : why not?

I made the top pattern using gedwoods technique, and the fit isn’t too bad (I should make it again to improve it but it takes so long…), I used a basic pencil skirt pattern for the skirt. I drafted the collar and the bib, and used a circle of fabric to make the peplum.

I added the lace from one of my great grandmother nightgowns… I promised myself I would use all the lace she had!

While making it, I thought it was maybe “too much”, but then I showed it to my parents and they loved it! They wanted me to wear it for Christmas, so I finished it in a rush… And the skirt’s slit cracked just at the end of the dinner! (But yes, I repaired it ^^)

So, finally, I think I’ll wear it on formal-but-not-too-formal occasions, like oral exams or something :)

Material Notes

It was written “Unknown composition” !!! Gingham, lace, invisible zipper.



Related Techniques


Garment Type
Business, Preppy

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    Apr 8, 2012, 05.09 PMby alicewang

    Wow I just saw this! It’s beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make a peplum dress for ages and your dress is so inspiring!

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    Dec 10, 2011, 10.24 AMby adriprints

    Very sweet dress!

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    Jun 1, 2011, 10.28 AMby Irina Schwab

    Can I add to the long list: I love this!

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    Feb 3, 2011, 06.28 PMby Erin E

    Well done! It fits you so well and I love the lace detail. Perfect!

    I featured your dress on my blog :)

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      Feb 3, 2011, 06.40 PMby mixtlii

      Wow thanks :) I’m very flattered!!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 03.34 PMby jambrigid

    Very madmen. You look cute and hot:)

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    Jan 21, 2011, 01.14 PMby Giznea

    Gorgeous!!! I love it!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 09.40 AMby olystyrene

    well done! you made a gorgeous dress!! it has a wonderful shape that looks beautiful on you! (ps. i feel so flattered!!)

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    Jan 14, 2011, 02.21 PMby whiterussian

    wonderful! i like it so much and the fabric too :)

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    Jan 14, 2011, 01.18 PMby porlock

    Oh my, that’s beautiful. I’m currently building up a wardrobe of sexy secretary dresses (although so far all bought) but I think I will have to make myself something similar to this.

    I’m also a total sucker for houndstooth.

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    Jan 14, 2011, 10.43 AMby danilovestosew

    Absolutely gorgeous. Well done.

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    Jan 13, 2011, 08.43 PMby Olivia Anne

    so classy love it

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    Jan 13, 2011, 08.18 PMby chichil

    C’est adorable! Je trouve ta robe charmante, elle me fait penser au style de la jolie fiancée des amoureux de Peynet :)

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    Jan 12, 2011, 08.41 PMby vflsun

    Spectacular job!!! Very stylish and just right. It looks good on you too! :)

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    Jan 12, 2011, 04.54 PMby laceumbrella

    Absolutely stunning!

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    Jan 12, 2011, 11.50 AMby Sewing And Style

    wow- you are turning to be a real serious seamstress!!!! Love all your works!!!!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 11.34 PMby janene

    Such a fabulous dress. I love everything about it and it looks fantastic on you!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 09.47 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Tres chic

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    Jan 11, 2011, 07.13 PMby mamamodista

    Tres jolie! It looks lovely on you and you did a great job!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 07.06 PMby brisehuus

    magnifique! This is sooooo beautiful! Congratulations!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 06.09 PMby Denise Angela

    So gorgeous & elegant love it!!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 04.57 PMby lizah

    elegant and classic, great job!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 04.43 PMby Sathishkumar Damodaran

    Good job…….so nice….ther is no words to say

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    Jan 11, 2011, 03.44 PMby pinksalamander

    I absolutely love this, if only I could get away with wearing a peplum dress!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 03.43 PMby juebejue

    wow! it flatters your figure very well! love the lace!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 03.28 PMby joost52

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 02.16 PMby robygiup

    Gorgeous!!! I absolutely love it! ;) Also great choice of the fabric, it’s so appropriate for this kind of outfit!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 02.09 PMby analogue

    Very elegant, I like the 40s silhouette :)

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    Jan 11, 2011, 12.56 PMby rokonela

    Nice outfit. Great job.

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    Jan 11, 2011, 12.03 PMby concreteknickers

    this is very nice, well done and congrats to the construction of the bodice

    ….i have the same idea in mind and i do looove the dress be olystyrene… i guess i really have to give it a go now….

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