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mad for green dress

Added Sep 7, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






A little bit Mad Men, a little bit like something Elizabeth Taylor might have worn in Butterfield 8, and a classic bombshell color thrown in. I’ve been in a bit of a late 50s/early 60s mood lately; mostly it’s due to all the early 60s films I’ve been watching over the course of the summer. Being so taken by the vision of a bombshell style dress in my head I made a few sketches and I decided to spend my holiday weekend working on a dress to capture what I envisioned. I had a gorgeous green linen blend in the stash (it was actually earmarked for a 40s three-piece playsuit, but I actually like it in this usage much better!), and used a sloper I drafted from Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting. I was a bit gutsy–no foolish–and cut out the dress after drafting the pattern, without making a muslin–something I do not really recommend. The pattern wasn’t perfect at first–I basted the dress together twice before I got the fit through the waist and hips just right. However, it was a fun learning experience–and thankfully did not result in some massive mishap! I also used a lot of more detail-oriented techniques on this dress: hand picked zipper, stay tape (empire waist, armsyce, back zipper edges), thoughtful interfacing (meaning since I wasn’t following a pattern, I had to really analyze where I’d need the extra structure!), and a few other things I hadn’t used in a long time on a garment. Be sure to stop by my blog post to read more about the dress!

Material Notes





Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Sep 11, 2011, 09.21 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Stunning dress!

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    Feb 6, 2011, 09.29 PMby meseide

    Stunning dress! Fits you like a glove and I just love the back view and the color!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 09.16 PMby tinybows

    this dress is just too much fun. that color is absolutely stunning!

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    Oct 30, 2010, 06.57 PMby 20beverly08

    wow! that’s my kind of dress! stunning! great work!

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    Oct 26, 2010, 01.25 PMby gabcorb

    love this!
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    Oct 19, 2010, 02.22 AMby Ana B

    So envious. You are so talented. Luv it. Then again, I love all your creations. You rock chica!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 09.25 AMby bonsai fojas

    this is really pretty!

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    Sep 12, 2010, 04.37 AMby mlssfshn

    Classic beauty with a modern twist in the neckline love what you did great pattern drafting, the waistline is also phenomenal. Best piece I’ve seen in a while.

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    Sep 11, 2010, 03.49 PMby Syrena B

    Love it!

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    Sep 11, 2010, 03.49 AMby timtamz

    I love it great colour and it looks like you’re really good at sewing!

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    Sep 10, 2010, 10.48 PMby emily-marie

    The colour is HEAVEN. Seriously. And I’m loving the casual texture of the linen. And the bag. For some reason I’m envisioning this on Carey Mulligan with her adorable pixie. You did a really, really great job with this one!

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.19 AMby elegantmusings

      Funnily enough… I just watched “An Education” recently, so I dare say that whole look kind of crept in to this project and how I styled it. Although I think a pixie cut hair style would have made it about 100x better! lol.

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    Sep 10, 2010, 08.43 PMby Maria Antonietta Morelli Medaglia

    Wow!!! What a beatiful dress…

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    Sep 10, 2010, 08.41 PMby Maria Antonietta Morelli Medaglia

    Wow!!! What a beatiful dress…

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    Sep 10, 2010, 07.05 PMby hellagabrielle

    Oh, this is so pretty. The color is spectacular. But the neckline is the total kicker. It’s kind of a modern touch on an otherwise vintage silhouette. Actually, I’ve been sewing my bridesmaid dresses with a very similar notched neckline: http://2211133.blogspot.com/2010/07/for-maids.html

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.19 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! The neckline is my favorite part, I have to admit.;)

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    Sep 10, 2010, 05.30 PMby trploceanmoon

    THIS IS AMAZING!!! I love it so much!! you did a fantastic job!!!

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    Sep 8, 2010, 09.03 PMby merrybe

    Another gorgeous project of yours! In the end it is all about the bow…and the colour…and the posing…Thanks for sharing.

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.19 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you for your sweet comment! :)

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    Sep 8, 2010, 02.30 PMby ajtak7171

    Oh wow, this is glorious!

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    Sep 8, 2010, 10.25 AMby Lora Martinez

    Fantastic dress, love the colour and style!

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    Sep 8, 2010, 07.43 AMby Zyanya Walker

    i am inlove with the back of the dress it is so classy

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    Sep 8, 2010, 07.05 AMby juebejue

    amazing dress, i LOVE it! its so impressive that you drafted this yourselves! i wish i had your MAD skills :)

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.20 AMby elegantmusings

      Aw, thank you! ;) I have to admit… it’s just been lots and lots of trial and error over the years to learn how to draft patterns. It’s actually not too, too hard once you get the hang of it! :)

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    Sep 8, 2010, 04.42 AMby sandrasews


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    Sep 8, 2010, 04.20 AMby pumpkinpatches

    this is stunning you are a perfect doll

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    Sep 8, 2010, 12.04 AMby nessys

    Once again Darl – you’ve done a wonderful job and you look stunningly beautiful!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 11.38 PMby milnay3


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    Sep 7, 2010, 11.16 PMby loyl8

    love the neckline and the bow. Wait i love the color the peplum..well I think I love everything!!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 10.31 PMby rachelnyc

    I love how the neckline dips in the back, so elegant!

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      Sep 12, 2010, 11.21 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! I have to admit: the neckline is my favorite part of the dress. ;)

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    Sep 7, 2010, 08.51 PMby Erin E

    Love it!! Well done, Casey!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 08.08 PMby cantare

    So lovely! The color, the detail, the fit all are great!

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    Sep 7, 2010, 07.07 PMby camberwellgal

    What a fantastic dress – bombshell it is indeed! Colour aside (which is indeed fabulous), I love the way the peplum on the back breaks the vertical line that the length gives it, picking up the horizontal shape of the neckline, and how that then works round to the bow at the front. Not cutesey at all – much more very smart; a clever dress.

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