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Joan Collins "Dynasty" dress

Added Mar 21, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






This is a spring dress I made from McCall’s 9037, a wrap dress pattern from 1984 inspired by Joan Collins in “Dynasty.” (It was part of the McCall’s “Dynasty” collection designed by Nolan Miller.)

Everything that could be gathered IS gathered: the bodice, the shoulders, the cap sleeves, the waist, the cuffs, and the skirt. This is the secret to Eighties style, it seems!

More about this on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness: www.malepatternboldness.blogspot.com

There’s also a slideshow of my photoshoot at http://picasaweb.google.com/PeterLappinNYC/CathyModelsTheJoanCollinsDress#

It’s a lot of fun!

Material Notes

I made this out of a vintage Eighties Ralph Lauren flat sheet! 100% cotton.




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    Mar 26, 2010, 07.57 PMby myk

    ooohhh, cousin Cathy must have been ecstatic wearing this fab dress you made for her…loving the draped collar and the shoes!!!

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      Mar 26, 2010, 07.58 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks! Yes, she loved it; it was a real departure for her!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 05.46 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

    It’s gorgeous! Love the 80’es and love the Alexis-style-dresses! :-)

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    Mar 25, 2010, 06.25 AMby candicej

    This proves it one again – the eighties were AWESOME! Well, for me anyway… Some us just can’t let go :-) Love it!

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      Mar 25, 2010, 10.39 AMby Peter Lappin

      I’m with you, Candice! :)

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    Mar 24, 2010, 02.12 PMby nehifamily

    LOVE IT! A bit startling to see you in it but hey, whatever! I love the flow of the dress…the drape…very soft.

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      Mar 24, 2010, 08.31 PMby Peter Lappin

      I am often confused with my identical cousin, Cathy. It’s kind of embarrassing.

      Thanks for the complements!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 06.37 AMby undrthtblndrumng

    absolutely amazing! and the fabric… what a find. Great job!

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    Mar 23, 2010, 04.27 AMby alexus1325

    AH! Sooooooo cute! I saw the preview on your blog :D I laughed when I realized I have almost identical shoes :P

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      Mar 23, 2010, 01.23 PMby Peter Lappin

      Ha! Thanks — I love those shoes, too.

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    Mar 22, 2010, 01.41 PMby wzrdreams

    LUUUUUV it! This so fabulous. This deserves a prize for the best bedsheet dress ever!

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      Mar 22, 2010, 04.53 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, I really had fun making it!

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    Mar 22, 2010, 06.28 AMby irmchen

    WOW! I am not a fan of the eighties but your dress is stunning!!! Like also your photo story! :-)

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      Mar 22, 2010, 04.54 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, Immi. I’m not much of a fan of the 80s either if truth be told.

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.22 PMby suzetewilliams

    Great dress – makes me want to sing “The Bitch is Back” by Elton John though. Lol Keep them coming.

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      Mar 22, 2010, 04.54 PMby Peter Lappin

      LOL. Thanks, Suzete!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 09.14 PMby scheryka

    Hey, Peter I see you’re still at it, huh? How is Cousin Cathy? Ne-ice dress. The shoes got it going on!

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      Mar 22, 2010, 04.54 PMby Peter Lappin

      Those shoes are actually a big hit with a lot of my blog readers — who knew?

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    Mar 21, 2010, 08.12 PMby madstitchress

    I’m almost speechless….this rocks so hard. I can almost hear the kitty claws and hissing. Bravo!

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      Mar 22, 2010, 04.55 PMby Peter Lappin

      Ha! Thanks, Mad Stitchress!

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