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Boulanger Tea Dress

Added May 12, 2016

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This dress was made for Tessuti Fabrics’ In Season Silk Competition. There were two fabric choices, I decided on ‘Autumn Cluster’, In Season Two. I chose it because I thought the floral print had more versatility on what to do.
It took me a long time to chose exactly what I wanted to make. Being a crepe de chine the fabric is soft and floaty, so a soft and floaty dress was what I needed. The colours are very autumnal, and also very 1930s, so I thought the 30s would be a good inspiration. I love Art Deco styles, so this fabric seemed perfect for something with that inspiration. This dress is my version of my favourite pattern, McCall 9043. It dates from 1936 and is designed by Louise Boulanger, a less well-known name but one of the most creative designers of the Art Deco period.
Once I knew that I could design the shape of the dress it wasn’t too difficult to make it. I drew up each pattern piece needed and set about making it. Where the original was a floor length gown I decided to shorten it to tea length so that I’d be more likely to have times to wear it. The contrasting fabric is just a soft polyester from Lincraft, but it was the right weight and colour.

More details on my blog as usual: http://antipodeanstitcher.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/in-season-silk-comp-boulanger-tea-dress.html

Material Notes

2m silk crepe de chine
30cm lightweight poly satin
20cm zip




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Vintage, Romantic, Evening Wear

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    Jun 19, 2016, 12.13 PMby nrobson

    excellent looking

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    May 17, 2016, 09.29 PMby DrapedinCloudlets

    Such an elegant dress, I really love this, especially the low back ♥

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.06 PMby pambox

      Thank you! I love the back too, the only problem is that I only have one bra low enough to fit under it!

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    May 14, 2016, 08.49 AMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress x

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.42 PMby pambox

      Thanks Mary

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    May 14, 2016, 06.04 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely dress!

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.42 PMby pambox

      Thanks Ellen

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    May 13, 2016, 08.00 AMby Maria Hayek

    Lovely dress! love your choice of fabric, this silk is gorgeous!

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.43 PMby pambox

      Thank you! It was a bit scary to use, though!

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    May 12, 2016, 10.09 PMby chula123

    looks very dreamy and floaty :-)) love the colours!

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.43 PMby pambox

      I love the colours too. I don’t normally wear those shades that much, but I love them in this fabric

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    May 12, 2016, 08.29 PMby BevinChristina

    So pretty when there is movement!

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.44 PMby pambox

      It’s a dress I just want to twirl as soon as I put it on!

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    May 12, 2016, 04.37 PMby Mackoin

    Looks lovely! :3 the fabric is stunning and I really like the shape of the dress.

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      Jun 14, 2016, 01.44 PMby pambox

      Thanks! I’m so happy I was able to get the shape right.

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