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La Femme Noir

Added Dec 2, 2012

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






One of my school friends had her 30th birthday party yesterday. She’s studying costume design (we stay in touch complimenting each others’ creations on Facebook) and decided to make her party Film Noir themed. Obviously, I HAD to come up with something – when else am I going to get to dress as a 1940s Hollywood Femme Fatale? So here is my creation.

I looked around for inspiration pictures, but pretty quickly decided on a princess neckline with a mesh yoke. I changed my idea for the yoke around from a rounded front to a v-front – much easier to do! I cam up with how I wanted it to look and then adapted some patterns I already had to base my pieces on. Both patterns I used were also from the 1940s, so the shapes were already period-authentic. I’d also decided on crepe pretty early on, again it’s a fairly period-authentic fabric, and has a nice drape. And Sydney in December can be pretty hot (and was, it hit 37 degrees C yesterday, or 98 Fahrenheit), so crepe is relatively light. The peacock colour choice was also fitting for the period, and is just a really nice colour.

The dress is actually fully reversible, with a baby blue very light crepe (seen in two photos). I decided to make it reversible because the dress needed to be fully lined anyway, and I don’t like most lining fabrics (they’re sticky and fray too much), so why not spend a few more dollars and have two dresses for the price of one? The dress closes with hooks and eyes rather than the buttons as originally planned. I had loops sewn in, but it didn’t close it tightly enough. Even the hooks and eyes don’t close it perfectly, but that’s the tradeoff for making a fitted dress reversible, it seems.

Also, how good is the backdrop for the photos? That historic house is in the grounds of the apartment complex I live in. Photos taken by Ezzles.

Material Notes

6 metres crepe
1 metre stretch mesh
7 buttons
Hooks and eyes




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

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    Dec 2, 2012, 01.58 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress. I love.both.sides. I.ve.done.this.with.dresses.as.well x

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