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The V&A Couture Dress

Added Dec 19, 2009

by stephiaffi

Vienna, Austria






This dress is based on an original 1950s Couture Dress, for which the Victoria & Albert museum in London has uploaded a free pattern to their site. You can find the pattern here. I used only the skirt part of the pattern and drafted the bodice myself, because I didn’t like the way the dress has a band across the bust and it was difficult to eliminate it from the pattern. I uploaded a picture of the original dress from the museum. Hmmm….I think my dress needs a petticoat.

The dress was fairly easy to make only the thrifted fabric I chose to use for this dress turned out to be a disaster!!! It kept ripping! You can read more about this project on my blog.

Material Notes

really, really bad old thrifted fabric (a disaster!!!)




Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage

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    Jan 8, 2010, 05.30 PMby erinaceous

    Beautiful, yet practical.

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    Dec 23, 2009, 09.07 PMby camilaustral

    i have allways wanted to make this dress! i had have the pattern for nearly 2 years :P

    but i think i like the original bodice as well

    good job!

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    Dec 21, 2009, 10.28 AMby aussierapunzel

    Wow! Your dress looks so pretty. I did the same pattern, but i went through with the bodice… I think next time i’ll draft my own top like you. :-) LOVE the pockets though

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    Dec 20, 2009, 08.08 AMby ojglo1

    gorgeous dress… the fabric doesnt look bad at all…thanks for the pattern. have downloaded it too… thats sooo my next project….

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    Dec 20, 2009, 12.19 AMby ichigogirl

    Very pretty! I’ve downloaded the pattern too, haven’t tried it though. I think it looks wonderful without a petticoat, very modern, but a petticoat would probably give it a more vintage:ey look…

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    Dec 19, 2009, 11.43 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    cute! i downloaded/printed this pattern too. though i think that i might leave the bodice as is for a practice run…..the bodice seam may not be so bad…..

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    Dec 19, 2009, 10.52 PMby catfish101

    Beautiful dress. Thank you so much for the link to the pattern. Have downloaded it already!

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    Dec 19, 2009, 10.33 PMby reneebeth

    I love the victoria and albert museum! I’ve just recently used their website to look at all sorts of textiles for an art history project. I’m going to have to look at the uploaded pattern. The fabric you chose is pretty, too bad it made so much trouble for you. I like the pockets! Nice and big to keep snacks in :) (Just kidding? Nah, not really…I would keep snacks in there.) Nice drafted bodice, too.

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