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Evening gown for a James Bond themed Casino Night, Butterick...

Added May 5, 2014

by kirstenlarsen62

Geneva, Switzerland






My husband and I decided to attend a casino night party hosted by our graduate school along with some dear friends. The theme was James Bond. Ladies were encouraged to come as their favorite Bond girl. Mine has always been Ursula Andress (of course, she is Swiss). She is not wearing much in Dr. No but I found a great shot of her at another event in a white Grecian style gown. So 60’s. (see photo) Forced by budget constraints to use what I had on hand (the ticket price wiped out my discretionary funds for a month!) I was unable to achieve the full effect in white. Instead, I chose from the trove a pile of black knit and a vintage style pattern I bought last summer The dress was pretty challenging since I do not normally sew knits with my old Kenmore machine circa 1975. The construction of the dress is unusual with a bra strap like feature that slips through a side opening and fastens underneath the zipped back. (see photo) The pieces that wrap are attached at the sides , criss-cross over the front and tie in the back. I have seen other versions of this dress online in taffeta and think my knit version hangs in a more flattering manner due to the drape. This dress is so comfortable!! I doubt I will ever have the need for a full length gown again so I think I am going to rework it into a shorter cocktail dress to wear with some strappy sandals. Pardon the shades – no time for hair and makeup.

Material Notes

5 yards black knit from the bargain table , Vogue Fabrics, Evanston IL USA @ $1.99 per yard. 2 skirt hook sets




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage

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    May 17, 2014, 07.40 PMby Irina Schwab

    wow, this is so fab! sexy, too!

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    May 9, 2014, 02.18 AMby nrobson

    how beautiful

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      May 9, 2014, 10.34 AMby kirstenlarsen62

      thank you so much – I looked at your projects and love your use of knits and batiks. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    May 8, 2014, 05.44 PMby yenny lee

    Nice :)

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      May 9, 2014, 10.29 AMby kirstenlarsen62

      Thank you Yenny! I aspire to be as talented as you are.

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      May 9, 2014, 12.07 PMby yenny lee

      Thanks kirsten. Lets grow together ya! :D

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    May 6, 2014, 05.57 PMby Inga 888

    wonderful dress :)

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      May 9, 2014, 10.25 AMby kirstenlarsen62

      thanks Inga! I see that you like to make dresses too!

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    May 6, 2014, 12.40 PMby fashionfreek

    You look great in your lovely dress.:)

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      May 6, 2014, 01.33 PMby kirstenlarsen62

      thank you! I find an evening out or special occasion is even more fun when I make my own dress to wear.

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    May 6, 2014, 03.18 AMby skgeise

    Thanks for sharing. I have this pattern out to make, but now I am re-thinking my fabric choice.

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      May 6, 2014, 05.12 AMby kirstenlarsen62

      do share when you have finished – I’d love to see your creation!

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    May 5, 2014, 05.08 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress and it looks great on you x

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    May 5, 2014, 03.18 PMby Stanford Thomas

    Looks great! Best dressed at the casino party :)

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    May 5, 2014, 02.23 PMby IDia

    Wow LOVE it!

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    May 5, 2014, 02.01 PMby maggieg5

    lovely dress and interesting details

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    May 5, 2014, 12.29 PMby liliv-1

    It’s very flattering.

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