vintage rockabilly green swallow dress
Added Apr 7, 2011
Russell Vale, Au...
for an awards night i attended i wanted something that looked a bit more vintage and original, i went for a classic vintage pattern from vouge and altered the back so it was lower, with embroided swallows wrapping around from the front bottom of the skirt all around the back to my opposite breast.
i was originally going to use blue fabric but when i found this green fabric i fell in love! it is like a rayon (i think) and then added a contrast black satin for the front sleeve section. ( i actually found the sleeve satin bit was the most difficult?! – go figure)
putting on the swallows was a bit tricky, i had designed the swallow design on my embroidery macheine. once i had the pattern cut out i basted the whole thing together and pinned it on to my dressmaker dummy, i then took a printed to scale image of the swallows and marked on the dress where i wanted to embroid them… this took time especially lining up the embroidery frame so the swallows were all facing the same direction. un basted it and embroided all swallows, as i said it took time!
once i had the swallows all on i then sewed the dress together added invisable zipper and hemmed…
again this dress took a lot of time getting the swallows right but it is exactly the dress i dreamed of when i was designing it.
i finished the dress off with a very thin black patent leather belt and some funky shoes also did my hair pin up style to match the style of the dress… unfortunatly the photos i have have streached on this site i will refresh asap also i have no photos of the front so once i get one i’ll add it on :)
i hope you enjoy!
rayon – i think – sorry i missed fabrics 101!