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1950's inspired Leavers Ball dress

Added Aug 5, 2010

by kezi

Cambridge, Unite...






I pretty much spent most of my final year in 6th form waiting until i no longer had exams or school work so i could start making this. I absolutly adore the style of dreses throughout the 1950’s and i wanted to attempt to capture this. I brought the fabric years ago on a market and was slightly worried that it was going to be too shiny but i think it turned out alright.
I made the top bodic from an old pattern that i found in my mums sewing patterns and changed the neckline to a sweetheart and incorporated a draped front-which took a bit of fiddling with to get right. For the full skirt i made my own pattern using the guidence of threadbanger.com.
I only had a few days to make the dress after my exams finished, before the ball, so it had its finishing touches stil being made on the day, and thankfully my mum, whom was desperate to make a dress for me herself, made the pettycoat for me else i would never have got it done in time.
It was a lovely final night, and i was very happy i didnt have a dress that looked at all like anyone elses, which is always a risk of buying one.

Material Notes

Im not entirely sure on the material, i think its a bit of a cross between a satin and tafetta.




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage
Satin, Taffeta, Tulle

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    Aug 4, 2011, 02.29 PMby tirrs

    so lovely! you did a really great job!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 12.15 PMby davee09

    i love love LOVE the colour!!!!!!! gorgeous!!!!!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 12.24 AMby sewingqueen-1

    This is beautiful – the colour suits you beautifully! I really like how you changed the neckline. The draping really makes it.

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    Aug 8, 2010, 10.59 PMby olystyrene

    Just gorgeous!!!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 04.33 PMby paulajean

    Striking! I love the whole ensemble!

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    Aug 7, 2010, 07.22 PMby rudegal

    Absolutely amazing dress. Love the neckline and the draping, great job!

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    Aug 7, 2010, 02.22 AMby skeeler

    Wow! You look great – what a beautiful dress!

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    Aug 6, 2010, 06.34 PMby fabricaddict

    Wow what a beautiful dress, you can be really proud! you look stunning!

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    Aug 6, 2010, 04.42 AMby tangerinesamurai

    you look gorgeous in it. Well done!

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    Aug 6, 2010, 01.31 AMby fuccosim

    I love this dress, it is gorgeous!!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 10.16 PMby lkeogan

    Wow! I love this dress. Well done, its gorgeous. This style of dress is my fave too :)

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.46 PMby marloncosta

    I also love the 50`s. Your dress came out beautiful! It does not have that home-made feel, it looks like you picked it up at some expensive boutique. Absolutely beautiful!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.40 PMby mojo elgin

    you look incredible in this! yay, mom for helping get it finished!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.19 PMby aceshey18

    I agree, I bet this was the bst dres there! Great job with the draping, good luck with your future fashion career! X

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    Aug 5, 2010, 07.22 PMby Jodi Wade

    Fabulous! I love the sweetheart neckline, the draping, the colour! You did a fantastic job on this!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 06.57 PMby kezi

    Thank you for all your wonderful comments :D

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    Aug 5, 2010, 06.40 PMby smallone

    wow this is wonderful!…I hope you are heading for a career in fashion…the fashion world needs you!

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      Aug 5, 2010, 06.56 PMby kezi

      I hope im heading there too :) Thankyou!
      I have some amazing work experiance for the next few weeks so that will be some great insight into the industry hopefully!

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      Aug 5, 2010, 10.30 PMby smallone

      oh how wonderful…the best of luck, they are sure to spot you have talent!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 05.43 PMby soozy

    Oh wow, what a great dress. The drape is so pretty and the color is perfect!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 05.30 PMby seinde

    What a fantastic draped front! I am envious.

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    Aug 5, 2010, 05.20 PMby jules14

    Really Cute Dress!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 04.44 PMby sophielophie

    What a lovely dress! The colour is wonderful and the length is perfect, I often find 50’s swing dresses are quite long on me as i’m so petite. Great job!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 04.05 PMby tamezdc

    This is insanely beautiful. Everything is great, the color, the design, the way it fits you so perfect, and the way you rock it!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 03.52 PMby leahfranqui

    You look amazing! You put Mad Men to shame, you should send them this photo!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 02.21 PMby lienepien

    Wow super nice dress! The color is also beautifull! Great job!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 02.10 PMby barbaraagatha

    Oh YES! This is exactly what a prom dress is supposed to be like: right fitting, classy and absolutely cute! You did an amazing job and look simply gorgeous. Your date looks super proud!

    (even though I think you could have almost landed a young Don Draper with a dress like that!!)

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    Aug 5, 2010, 01.26 PMby robygiup

    It’s really gorgeous!!!!! I’d love to have one like this! :D

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    Aug 5, 2010, 12.58 PMby isew07

    Love it, you look gorgeous… Best dress there, I bet.

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    Aug 5, 2010, 12.47 PMby anajan

    Gorgeous! I really like the draped front detail. Well done!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 12.45 PMby electricityscape

    You look amazing! Great job!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 12.26 PMby strawberrypancakesbykim

    I love this dress, I bet you had the best dress of anyone else there!

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