Par Avion Replication

Added Apr 11, 2014

by Tante Karlo

Landen, Belgium






I am in love with all the dresses from Dear Creatures but I don’t like spending lots of money on a dress.

This dress, inspired on the Par Avion Dress, was a real challenge to make, I could have watched three episodes of Mad men while just thinking about how to install the zipper. Would I make real button closures or just fakes ones with a side zipper? How would I make the pleats around the zipper so it wouldn’t be exposed etc etc. I even dreamt about this dress.

I made test pleats for the right width, and spent a LOT of time pinning and ironing the actual pleats, since they are double (why oh why did I chose double pleats).

I drafted the pattern myself, but used the bodice from the Belladone dress as a base.

You can see the invisible zipper puller in the front, which bums me out a little, but I really couldn’t find any better way.

I also sewed on little snapbuttons on both corners of the bodice flaps, and on one collarpiece, to hold it in place.


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    Aug 3, 2014, 02.28 PMby manzanitacrow

    Argh! I was trying to reply to your post and accidentally marked it as inappropriate. Whoops! Anyway, I’m really impressed. Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Aug 3, 2014, 05.19 AMby manzanitacrow

    I love this! Do you have a pattern or tutorial to share? I would love to make it!

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      Aug 3, 2014, 05.40 AMby Tante Karlo

      Thank you! I’m sorry, I don’t.. I basically cut the Belladones front bodice in half, and added a couple inches to create the overlap. The skirt is one rectangle I pleated and attached to the bodice, with the zipper right in the middle front.
      If I would make it again, I’d make the buttons decorative and not functional, and just make one long side zipper.

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    Apr 17, 2014, 01.24 AMby nadia r


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    Apr 12, 2014, 07.44 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very chic and elegant dress – and nice details! great job!!

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    Apr 11, 2014, 03.58 PMby liliv-1

    I love it!

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