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Alfred Shaheen Style Bombshell Sarong Dress

Added Feb 18, 2012

by jenniferose7

Brooklyn, United...






I dream about original Alfred Shaheen dresses but gave up any hope of owning one a long time ago. Now I can make my own!

This dress was made using Gertie’s Sew Retro course on Craftsy. It was an amazing course I can’t wait to use it again! The techniques learned will definitely change your sewing for the better.

I additionally made a ’50s bolero to go with it from a Simplicity pattern in my stash.

Material Notes

I used Poly Shantung to make the dress more budget friendly.




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage

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    Mar 16, 2014, 07.36 PMby primwell

    WOW! Very nice, I am getting the Gertie book for my birthday! Can’t wait. Plan to make this dress too!, My daughter has long red hair and your figure , so I want to make it for her. She is into the Katie Perry Look as well. The shantung in green looks so lovely. Congratulations. Was this a first attempt or are you a seasoned seamstress ?

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      May 29, 2014, 03.47 PMby jenniferose7

      I’ve been sewing since my junior year in high school. I took a basic class and most everything I learned from there has been self-taught so I guess you could say I’m seasoned. There is always more to learn. :-)

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    Nov 12, 2013, 02.20 PMby SassyT

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      Dec 12, 2013, 06.32 PMby jenniferose7

      Cool! Thanks so much!

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    Oct 18, 2012, 05.56 PMby frkbustad

    It is perfect on you! Did you do much alterations with the bust pieces?

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      Oct 29, 2012, 03.29 PMby jenniferose7

      I did! I extended the upper bust piece up about 1/4" to give me a little more coverage. Burda style patterns do tend to cut their necklines rather low so this wasn’t a surprise.

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      Oct 29, 2012, 06.36 PMby frkbustad

      Good to know… it looks smashing!!

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    Mar 31, 2012, 02.38 PMby turtlegirl00

    love love love this dress! i just signed up for the course—i am feeling a bit overwhelmed about fabric selection, etc. the possibilities are endless! I love the green of your dress—i though i would go simple—but that is so stunning i am forced to rethink it!! :)

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      Apr 2, 2012, 02.27 PMby jenniferose7

      Fabric selection is always the hardest thing for me too…especially since this one is time and labor intensive. I’m sure you’ll make lovely choice!

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    Feb 21, 2012, 08.04 PMby jenniferose7

    Thanks everyone! I can’t wait to wear this one out on the next fancy occasion I get.

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    Feb 21, 2012, 03.14 AMby olystyrene

    Wow! Excellent colour choice! Like everyone says, you do look like a sexaaay pinup!

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    Feb 20, 2012, 11.23 AMby blueartisan

    I’m doing Gerties course as well and am thinking of making mine in that exact colour! Fantastic job! Absolutely love it!

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    Feb 20, 2012, 03.14 AMby Harshani Daniel

    Woow superb dress

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    Feb 19, 2012, 09.02 PMby luisa59

    What a wonderful dress!

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    Feb 19, 2012, 04.00 PMby Testosterone

    T-straps on a Brooklyn girl!

    She won’t be turning heads, she’ll be snapping necks all the way to Manhattan, and quickly collecting dirty looks from unappreciative Park Avenue mavens.


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    Feb 19, 2012, 02.35 PMby refutabletruth

    absolutely stunning!

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    Feb 19, 2012, 10.01 AMby pauline alice

    Wow, the colour looks so nice with your hair and light skin. And the dress is amazing!

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    Feb 19, 2012, 10.00 AMby Jolands

    Beatifull dress. Was is difficult to make?

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      Feb 20, 2012, 05.57 PMby jenniferose7

      It wasn’t difficult but Gertie’s course is labor intensive with many small steps that make up the whole dress. t was certainly a test to my short patience as I like instant gratification in my projects. It took me about two weeks of working on it a little every day in order to complete it.

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    Feb 19, 2012, 08.45 AMby janene

    This is the most stunning dress of the day! It looks gorgeous on you. Fabulous fit. And amazing colour :-)

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    Feb 19, 2012, 07.43 AMby Inspired2012

    Beautiful dress! It suits you so great :)

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    Feb 19, 2012, 05.06 AMby zosews

    This looks fabulous!!!

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    Feb 19, 2012, 01.34 AMby mwelland

    Total bombshell! You look amazing. Beautiful job!

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    Feb 18, 2012, 11.33 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Gorgeous! The green color looks beautiful on you too!

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    Feb 18, 2012, 10.58 PMby jennyrecorder

    Va va voom! Gorgeous!!!

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    Feb 18, 2012, 10.53 PMby patti-r

    Looks beautiul on you, the color and the style, great job!!!

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