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It's Friday, I'm in Love

Added Sep 16, 2013

by Debbie Alli

Washington, Unit...






I am officially in love with this dress. For months I’ve been plucking up the courage to do this and 4 weeks ago I bought the Bombshell Dress Tutorial on Craftsy.com and took the plunge.

I used original vintage penny dot 50s fabric (an eBay find) and I can promise it was worth all the hand stitching and couture finishing, not to mention the funof fitting it to myself and drawing new cup lines in the mirror whilst wearing the toile!

If you’re going to make it, buy the tutorial, I’d say. And be prepared for a few patient weeks. And then you’ll just fall in love with the result :)

A few things I varied from the tutorial……

I used satin covered Rigilene boning instead of steel – all that work with pliers and crimping just isn’t me and I find Rigilene does a great job.

I used vintage hem lace that I’d bought from the US, rather than rayon and I did a catchstitch from both the top of the fabric hem to the body of the dress and then from the top of the lace to the body of the dress for extra secure hemming.

I lined the skirt as this cotton has a fairly loose, line- like weave and I wanted it to keep the shape in the skirt, rather than bag around the butt – never a look! Lining hem trimmed with red ribbon – just because :)

This fits me much better than Alma the dummy, so I will get some photos done and uploaded!

Material Notes

original 50s cotton
cotton musin to underline
cotton to line
Grosgrain for waist stay and zipper guard
Vintage hem lace
Narrow ribbon
standard zipper (to create lapped zip)
Shell buttons
Satin covered Rigilene
Cotton Batting




Garment Type

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    Aug 22, 2015, 01.42 PMby hello Itsme

    very good!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 08.23 AMby Rekkanotara

    Simply beautiful. I am enrolled in the bombshell course as well and have had to use an alternate pattern for larger sizes. I am taking my time with it. Hopefully, My dress will come out as lovely as yours.

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      Sep 18, 2013, 08.12 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you and good on you! And I’m sure it will be beautiful – I never thought I’d do a long & slow project but I enjoyed it – hope you are enjoying it too :)

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    Sep 17, 2013, 07.23 AMby caireen

    This is really beautiful! I’m in awe of all the effort you put into making it (I usually give up on handstitching after two minutes, and you did so much more!), but it was well worth it. It basically looks like the perfect dress!

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      Sep 17, 2013, 09.50 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you so much Caireen – that really is such a lovely thing to say :)

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    Sep 16, 2013, 07.53 PMby Mary Athey

    Stunning dress, i love everything about your dress. The fabrics so 50’s. I can’t wait to see it on you x

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      Sep 16, 2013, 07.59 PMby Debbie Alli

      Thank you Mary :) One of my favourite things about is that the fabric is the real, vintage deal. But blimey you need a long length when it’s only 36" wide, don’t you?! And it fits like a glove! Officially my most favourite thing I’ve ever made. Just making a clutch bag out of the fabric (oh and I squeezed a top out of it too!) x

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      Sep 16, 2013, 08.16 PMby Mary Athey

      Good for you debbie, i do love ebay and have had dome lovely fabric from them and some not so lovely lol. It’s great when fabric arrives and it looks as good as the picture. You got an absolute gem x

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      Sep 16, 2013, 09.30 PMby Debbie Alli

      I know what you mean, Mary. I got some slightly dodgy polyester the other day – it’s just going to be a big challenge to make it look lovely! I’ve some amazing vintage silk that was an ebay find that I’ve been saving and gazing at – might make this dress up in it sometime soon. x

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