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Va Va 50s Voom Dress

Added Jun 24, 2013

by Debbie Allin...

Washington, Unit...






My most favourite Frankendress to date! I love how this has turned out. Apologies for not modelling and for the fact that Alma the dummy doesn’t have much of a waist, or bosom, to show this off!
Fully lined and boned, it’s the skirt of sweetheart Dress and the bodice of the one shown just down the page and to the right!
I added a little lace to the hem of the black skirt lining, because clearly it needed extra sass! My first time of using a rolled hem on my overlocker/serger to attach lace and it worked like a dream.
The bodice took a little fitting the first time I used this pattern but I copied my adjustments back to my pattern and it was a breeze this time.
Ooooh! Top Tip. If you use plastic boning, then melt it with a flame at the end and it will soften all those sharp bits. Mine are stitched to the seams of the linings and I placed a little piece of fleece under each end, for extra comfort.

Material Notes

Pure Cotton Leopard print and bright Red Cotton. Rigylene plastic boning. Invisible zip. Rigid lace.




Garment Type

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    Oct 30, 2014, 11.46 PMby morganmoonwolf

    hey i saw your dress, can you please teach me how to make the top. i tried to make it on my own but i failed. Morgan, awesome dress by the way.

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    Feb 24, 2014, 12.30 PMby mellu

    nice, I have to try this pattern :)

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      Feb 26, 2014, 10.08 AMby Debbie Allingham

      Thank you :) I’ve made the full dress that belongs to the bodice and that’s nice too – it’s somewhere in my studio.

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    Jun 24, 2013, 10.50 PMby Monty Howe

    This looks like a lovely pattern to make. Nice dress.

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      Jun 24, 2013, 11.18 PMby Debbie Allingham

      Thanks :) It looks a little shapeless on my dummy but it’s not once it’s on! Both patterns are great to work with. There’s a top made from the sweetheart dres and a halter with the full skirt on my wall somewhere. Definitely recommended!

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    Jun 24, 2013, 07.43 PMby Mary Athey

    its a gorgeous dress, i love the fabric and the red accents are fabulous x

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      Jun 24, 2013, 07.57 PMby Debbie Allingham

      Thanks Mary – I love this halter pattern – goes together amazingly. x

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