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vintage rockabilly green swallow dress

Added Apr 7, 2011

by deejade

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!

Material Notes

rayon – i think – sorry i missed fabrics 101!
embroidery thread




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage
Rayon, Satin

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  • Dee_in_dress_by_nina_large

    Jun 9, 2011, 12.07 PMby deejade

    thanks all for these comments! :)

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    Apr 7, 2011, 10.21 PMby nookie

    the dress looks superb on you and the swallows are such a unique and interesting feature.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 09.41 PMby peaches2218

    Love the swallows! My best friend has a tattoo similar to this dress.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 08.10 PMby Testosterone

    You are an artist!!!

    The swallows put the entire garment into another league. Outstanding placement and editing on you part.

    Oh, and your physique rocks that dress too. Work those curves!

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    Apr 7, 2011, 07.42 PMby Tea Mileta


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    • Dee_in_dress_by_nina_large

      Jun 9, 2011, 12.05 PMby deejade

      pattern is Vouge Easy Options V8280 view A without the band. :)

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    Apr 7, 2011, 06.49 PMby Priscilla Folley

    Oh wow, that dress is awesome!!

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    Apr 7, 2011, 05.41 PMby frkbustad

    I really like the embroidered swallows! That gives the dress that little extra.

  • Dee_in_dress_by_nina_large

    Apr 7, 2011, 04.28 PMby deejade

    sorry about the photos people! i will refresh asap! :)

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