Added Nov 28, 2011
This is the dress I have put hundreds of hours into over the last few years, and it’s also one of my favorites to wear! Remember that ethereal dress that Liesl wore for her dancing sequence in “The Sound of Music”? Well after hours of meticulous research, drafting, testing, and re-testing, I finally arrived at a very close replica of the original costume.
This dress has the most gorgeous billowy sleeves, twirling skirt, and detailed bodice that make it so much fun to wear and dance in. I finished the hem with a lettuce edge and enjoy hand sewing the tiny ribbon bows in place. Technically this style is straight from the late 1930s, but I think it’s much more flattering that a lot of 30s dresses I’ve seen.
I released the pattern for this dress last year, and while it’s rated intermediate, I’ve known complete beginners who have tackled it along with an sewing teacher. It usually takes me about six to seven hours to sew, and for those who don’t want to sew with chiffon, I do on occasion custom make these dresses for ladies all over the world. (You can contact me if you have any questions.)
My favorite occasion to wear this dress for was a Sound of Music sing along event, where I was the most authentically dressed person without a question! But of course it’s also perfect for dances, parties, anniversaries, and vintage themed events.
China silk lining and polyester chiffon
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