Added Apr 6, 2011
by Peter Lappin
New York, United...
I made this cocktail dress ensemble from Simplicity 4227, a vintage pattern from 1953. It combines a one-piece dress with shaped neckline and kimono sleeves, with a matching bolero jacket. Lots of fun to make. It reminded me of the sort of dress Jane Wyman wore in the Fifties Douglas Sirk melodramas like “Magnificent Obsession” — especially with cats-eye sunglasses! (Of course, Jane’s character was blind behind hers…)
More pics on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness:
I used a polyester shantung I found locally in the Garment District for $2/yd. It was surprisingly easy to work with and didn’t fray too badly. Pressed well too!
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