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Lady in Red Twill

Added Jun 8, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Vogue 2494, Original 1948 Design: Vintage Vogue Model, Original 1948 Design, Close-fitting dress, evening-length, has shoulder pads, front extending into single-layered drape (wrong side shows), inset, front pleats/gathers, dropped-waist back bodice, side-snap or zipper closing, back-neck slit, button/loop and cap sleeves.

My inspiration for this updated version of Vogue’s 1948 design comes from a blend of a Victoria Beckham piece from her Fall 2009 RTW collection as well as Roland Mouret’s Copperfield gown. It does not look as much like the pattern as my first attempt did, but the basic structure is still there. I wanted to make a more casual version that I will get more wear out of, using the drape as a scarf instead of letting it hang down the back.

The instructions are laid out very well. There are some tricky points, like the diamond cutout, and attaching the two drape ends to that cutout. However, I did not have any trouble following the given instructions (I really did not have to refer to them much at all because I made another version less than a year ago).

This time around, I changed a few things about the pattern. Obviously, the asymmetrical hemline is the most obvious difference. Because I shortened the length, and wanted to create more fullness in the skirt back, I added a triangular shaped godet – the pattern utilizes a back seam, so this was quite easy. I also used bias fabric tubes for my button loops instead of the recommended thread loops (if you choose to go this route, remember to baste them on your bodice back before you sew the facing on – the fabric loops will be one of your first steps!).

There is quite a bit of handwork involved in this dress – the entire length of the drape, and the neckline is hand-rolled. I suppose you could topstitch this, but because I adore hand sewing, this is a dream come true for me.

I am also choosing to wear this dress a bit differently than the pattern calls for. While wearing my original version, I noticed how fun it would be to wrap the drape around my shoulders for a different look. So this time around, I am using a brooch to anchor the drape/scarf.

I love this dress! It turned out a bit more dressy than I had imagined, but it is still much more wearable than my full length satin version.

Material Notes

*Tencel Twill *Gutterman silk thread *22" invisible zipper *Hug Snug seam binding
*Cotton quilt batting from JoAnns (for shoulder pads)




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    Apr 28, 2012, 05.18 AMby MissCorsetLizz

    Wow! This dress is amazing!

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    Feb 1, 2012, 11.16 AMby Vanessa Leigh

    A gorgeous dress, beautiful job.

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    Aug 11, 2011, 02.56 AMby trploceanmoon

    I love this! So pretty! I lived in Novato for a decade! :-) We love It there.

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    Jun 30, 2011, 11.36 PMby elegantmusings

    I’m speechless—this is just so gorgeous!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 12.39 PMby VictoriaPerry

    What a lovely dress. I think using the drapes as a scarf works really well, and it’ll give you the opportunity to wear more brooches! I love the little details in it too like the diamond cutout & the gathers at the front, such a nice pattern!

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    Jun 9, 2011, 02.06 AMby libra-s

    Wow!!! Such a beautiful dress!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 10.29 PMby esteen726

    wow, I love this!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 05.04 PMby lclausewitz

    Hmm. This one actually looks rather more classic than the other dress.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 04.07 PMby gaviccaabri

    Lovely dress!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 02.36 PMby groovymama

    Beautiful – as always :-)

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    Jun 8, 2011, 09.33 AMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    beautiful !

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    Jun 8, 2011, 07.54 AMby koobakii

    This is quite dramatic (by today’s dress standards) I think, just beautiful, I can’t imagine where you would wear such a dress, lucky you. You pay such attention to the smallest of detail always, so very commendable, I love it.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 05.04 AMby karinsi

    LOVE IT! I really like your alterations, especially the shape and godet of the new hemline. And the color is great on you.

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    Jun 8, 2011, 04.26 AMby lanternwaste33

    AH! Love this! I want this pattern really badly. Great dress!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 04.23 AMby smallone

    your projects are always amazing…this one included!!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 03.30 AMby Lucha Suarez

    Wow! This dress is amazing! This really is a work of art!

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    Jun 8, 2011, 12.58 AMby aluckmann

    What a lovely dress.

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