Vintage Black Silk and Roses
Added Jan 9, 2011
Brooklyn, New Yo...
I based this dress off of a pattern but made a number of slight adjustments (for example, the pattern was for a shirt, i added a different waist and made it into a dress using only french seams). I wanted a good cold weather dress and this ended up completely fitting the bill! I’ve also been craving a dress with balloon sleeves for a while now! My friend, Ali, was sweet enough to take some pictures for me. I made the waist a little low, so I will probably end up adjusting that soon….
I found this amazing vintage silk at a local fabric store. The fabric was cut to about 30 inches wide (maybe even less) so it was priced ridiculously low! The woman at the desk also gave it to me for about 70% off (also because the roses had some slight discoloration). It ended up being only about a dollar fifty a yard! It is not silk dupioni, but it is a lot heavier than most of the lighter silks I’ve worked with (although it drapes similar to a lighter silk). Up close, you can see the irregularities in the silk threads of the fabric, it really is beautiful! I used small, metal filigree, vintage buttons for the front of the dress.