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Faux Wrap Cocktail Dress

Added Dec 12, 2010

by fullertonregan

Orange, Californ...






I used Butterick 6582 (a sheath dress with skirt options) for this dress. It has a faux wrap bodice and a nice, curves-hugging fit. It’s a vintage pattern from the 60’s, so it’s an of the moment look in the Mad Men vein that’s so popular right now.

However, this pattern was not without its issue. Firstly, I wish the front of the bodice was just a wee bit lower. Not “Jersey Shore audition tape” lower, just a happy medium — mid-sternum maybe. Secondly, I couldn’t add a lining and therefore had to use the dreaded facings. Now, I should be able to add a lining to a dress. I sew a lot and have some fairly decent sewing skills, but I could not for the life of me figure out a way to add a lining that wouldn’t involve completely reconfiguring this dress and there simply wasn’t enough time to put that much crazy redrafting into this (I had to get this sewn in about a week in time for a Christmas party at my husband’s work). Besides, it’s an obvious cocktail dress, so one would think Butterick would make it lined. Weird.

The final product did end up fitting well after much tweaking, praying, lighting of candles, and the unfortunate sacrifice of a loyal sewing needle. Thankfully that appeased the gods and I got this puppy looking pretty snazzy.

All in all, this is a good and pretty dress, but was kind of a pain to get to fit just right. Not a love connection.

Material Notes

A mauve silk dupioni




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

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    Dec 14, 2010, 06.03 AMby cambra

    The fabric for that dress is the absolute perfect pick!

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    Dec 12, 2010, 01.24 PMby freakusbzzz

    I did this dress too. Made one without a lining and then another one with lining.http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/mad-men-season-3

    I did a muslin first and made the neck line about an inch lower and had to make the shoulders wider so it did look a little more like the pattern.

    I duplicated the outer and then used bias binding which was very tricky cause you had to sew a section, then add binding, sew another section etc.. very tricky but it worked.

    It also made it easier to do the shoulder part too using binding. Yours looks lovely/

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      Dec 13, 2010, 11.37 PMby fullertonregan

      Good job figuring all that out! Your embroidered dress is so beautiful. I’d love to see a picture of you wearing it to get a better idea of the neckline, but it definitely does look more like the pattern envelope with your alterations. Hats off to you my dear! Stunning end result! :)

      I’d have loved to take the time to make the changes to the pattern, but I didn’t have the time and honestly, I don’t really know if I have the skill, hahaha.

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    Dec 12, 2010, 03.55 AMby macoskrm

    I can see what you mean about wanting the neckline higher but I think it works, especially with that pretty necklace. Great job!

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      Dec 13, 2010, 11.38 PMby fullertonregan

      Awww, thanks!! :) The necklace did pull it all together, I definitely agree.

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