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Blue winter ball

Added Mar 5, 2011

by pampula

Helsinki, Finland






I must say this dress is the most challenging piece of clothing I’ve ever made – and at the same time the most rewarding. I made it allready over a year ago, but haven’t just got the photos taken…
I made the dress for my “Old dances”, witch is a traditional ball for Finnish high school’s second year students. Traditionally students used to wear real old dresses and suits (for example my mother wore a dress from the 19th century in her old dances), but nowdays most girls have modern princess dresses with bright colours and tons of sequins and sparkly fake diamonds. However I didn’t feel comfortable wearing a dress like that as I wanted a dress that would be at least a little oldfashioned. So I ended up making my ball dress myself.
I used a 50’s pattern that I got from a girl in my craftschool. Anyvay the pattern didn’t have any instructions with it and the patterns were tiny and meant to be enlarged. With a little help of the girl I finally got the pieces in right size. Sewing without instructions wasn’t that hard because the pattern was so simple. I sew six bones to the bodice and used also an extra layer of fabric to give shape. I also made a tulleskirt to wear under the dress.

Material Notes

Lining, taffeta, chiffon, zipper, bones, cotton fabric for the bodice, button, hooks for the belt, tulle




Garment Type

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    Mar 5, 2011, 11.48 AMby omgdora

    It looks very well-made and pretty, and it’s so cool that you chose a 1950s pattern.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 11.44 AMby lienepien

    Looks good! Like the bow in the front and the light blue colour.

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    Mar 5, 2011, 11.42 AMby Priscilla Folley

    I first saw one of your projects just the other day – the Nude Pearl – and I loved it so much I decided to check everything else you’ve made. I love all of your projects and I think you and I have very similar taste. Congratulations on your sewing and I hope to one day acquire the necessary skills to make dresses like yours.

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      Mar 5, 2011, 12.40 PMby pampula

      thank you so much, it really means A LOT to me the hear such lovely compliments.. :‘) Nice to hear that you are into similar style as I am, and I’m sure you’ll make beautiful dresses!

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    Mar 5, 2011, 11.19 AMby Debby H

    It’s really pretty and the colour suits you too!

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