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mad for green dress

Added Sep 7, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






A little bit Mad Men, a little bit like something Elizabeth Taylor might have worn in Butterfield 8, and a classic bombshell color thrown in. I’ve been in a bit of a late 50s/early 60s mood lately; mostly it’s due to all the early 60s films I’ve been watching over the course of the summer. Being so taken by the vision of a bombshell style dress in my head I made a few sketches and I decided to spend my holiday weekend working on a dress to capture what I envisioned. I had a gorgeous green linen blend in the stash (it was actually earmarked for a 40s three-piece playsuit, but I actually like it in this usage much better!), and used a sloper I drafted from Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting. I was a bit gutsy–no foolish–and cut out the dress after drafting the pattern, without making a muslin–something I do not really recommend. The pattern wasn’t perfect at first–I basted the dress together twice before I got the fit through the waist and hips just right. However, it was a fun learning experience–and thankfully did not result in some massive mishap! I also used a lot of more detail-oriented techniques on this dress: hand picked zipper, stay tape (empire waist, armsyce, back zipper edges), thoughtful interfacing (meaning since I wasn’t following a pattern, I had to really analyze where I’d need the extra structure!), and a few other things I hadn’t used in a long time on a garment. Be sure to stop by my blog post to read more about the dress!

Material Notes





Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Sep 7, 2010, 07.07 PMby camberwellgal

    What a fantastic dress – bombshell it is indeed! Colour aside (which is indeed fabulous), I love the way the peplum on the back breaks the vertical line that the length gives it, picking up the horizontal shape of the neckline, and how that then works round to the bow at the front. Not cutesey at all – much more very smart; a clever dress.

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    Sep 7, 2010, 06.48 PMby dabura

    very original and stylish. like it a lot.

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    Sep 7, 2010, 05.31 PMby eugeniaofthewasps

    Really amazing. Job well done!!!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 05.26 PMby michelle ><><><

    very well put together.

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    Sep 7, 2010, 12.18 PMby skeeler

    This is brilliant!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 11.42 AMby frkbustad

    It’s gorgeous, and the fit is very good. I guess the way you made this dress (without muslin or instructions) is a great way to learn and analyse how a garment is put together!

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.23 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! Well, as I said: the not making a muslin thing was probably a bad idea. I’ve done that before and the project has been a total wreck! But muslin-making aside, this project really did make me analyze the construction process a lot more—which is a good way to learn some new techniques! ;)

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    Sep 7, 2010, 11.16 AMby janene

    I think this must be my favourite dress on Burdastyle to date. Love everything about it. So stylish. And that colour is amazing!

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.23 AMby elegantmusings

      Aw, thank you ever so much! :)

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    Sep 7, 2010, 11.16 AMby carolinam

    i love the bow in front, makes a classic dress more special but still elegant.

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