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Inspired by The Vampires Wife dresses

Added Mar 17, 2019

by brax

Kilsby, United K...






I started to watch The Vampires Wife (TVW) quite some time ago. I am not so sure the dress style is really me, but there have been enough celebrities etc wearing these dresses for me to want to make a version. No way can I afford to buy this so DIY I must, if I want one. So its not quite a copy of The Vampires Wife (TVW) due to having normal fitted sleeves, but I had to use these sleeves to check my sleeve block works because to be perfectly honest I did not expect them to work first time. Its the very first time I have made my own blocks. Well they do work, and fit very well so my next version will have the puffed sleeeves its meant to have. My next task for this project will be to convert this sleeve into a TVW type of puffed sleeve. So there are 4 lengths of this dress and really just two styles and other than that the dresses are just variants of each other so more or less frills and different sleeves etc. I am not a fan of over frilly but these dresses do have a certain charm in their simplicity. I spent days searching for a pattern with the right bodice and skirt and sleeves and no I do not have one, or even several I could cobble together to get this look and I own hundreds of patterns. This is really quite a unique style. In the end I bought a book on pattern cutting and have made my own blocks and I am amazed how easily they fit! So this is Version One ( my muslin) of the The Vampires Wife dress and I am very pleased with my progress in this so far. You can read about how I have made this here:

Constructing the dress adding skirt and frills: https://brackencrafts.blogspot.com/2019/03/adding-skirt-and-frills-to-tvw-dress.html

Material Notes

Cotton chinz curtain fabric – probably you need about 3m but I have half a roll so it was the ideal fabric for me to play around with – pre-shrunk because it does shrink.
22 inch zip
Paper & pens to make the blocks and then convert into French darts and A line skirt
A pattern cutting book – I used Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Evening Wear, Ethnic, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Romantic, Steampunk, Victorian, Vintage
Corduroy, Cotton, Linen, Organza, Other, Rayon, Satin, Shirting, Silk, Taffeta, Velvet


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