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Carmen Miranda’s Fruit Salad

Added Dec 31, 2012

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






VPLL 1449 (Reproduction of Hollywood 1449): This dress features tight gathering at the neckline, and short cap sleeves, or bracelet sleeve options. Skirt may be made plain, with center front jabot/cascade skirt, or with gathered peplum.

The instructions are well written, but they are from a vintage pattern, so not everything is spelled out. I would not suggest this as a first or second project, unless you have someone with some vintage pattern experience to help out.

Clearly I am fond of this pattern as I already made a blue version without the peplum.

I was intrigued by the peplum version, so I sewed up another version.

Since I made the dress previously, I did make a couple of fit changes. First, I shortened the sleeves by 2". And I also shortened the skirt by a 1".

I added grosgrain ribbon to the peplum to break up the busy print, and added a bow at the neckline to pull in a bit more purple.

The neckline corners are cut and gathered into a circle. Sewing this technique is a bit awkward, but the finished product is fun and unlike anything I have come across before.

If you are looking for a fun 1940s pattern, this is a great place to start.

More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs and Lace.

Material Notes

*Rayon challis
*Grosgrain ribbon




Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jan 2, 2013, 12.41 AMby Rosemarie Athas

    Great job. Very nice fabric.

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    Jan 1, 2013, 11.28 AMby Mary Athey

    This is fabulous!!! The pattern is wonderful and thanks for letting us know.where you got it. The dress.is stunning.on you. Happy new year.x

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    Jan 1, 2013, 09.20 AMby martinK

    as perfect as always!!! happy new year :-)

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