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New Years Eve dress and caplet

Added Jan 20, 2012

by VeraVenus

South Coast, Eng...






A 1930’s style dress.
The velvet is about 40 years old and looked a little battered so was perfect to create a faux-vintage dress. I drafted the pattern myself, originally for a wedding dress I made a private client last year and adapted it for myself by adding the short lantern sleeves, changing the neckline and losing a lot of length and the original four foot train.
The insides are finished as simply as possible; no lining, scalloped seam allowances and self bindings on the neck and sleeves which are also simply scalloped on the inside- all to keep bulk down. The hem is finished by a straight stitch, scalloping the edges, a single turn -not rolled, and hand sewing in place.

Material Notes

Silk/rayon velvet




Garment Type

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    Jan 23, 2012, 09.31 AMby VeraVenus

    Thank you all for your nice comments :) !

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    Jan 23, 2012, 03.52 AMby wildflower31

    Very lovely and lady like.

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    Jan 23, 2012, 02.03 AMby poppykettle

    I love the teardrop cutouts :)

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    Jan 22, 2012, 09.15 PMby nephele

    This is incredibly lovely. Looks very authentically 1930s.

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    Jan 22, 2012, 06.47 PMby pauline alice

    This is an amazing dress. I am in love with the shape and the deep colour. The cut looks so flattering.

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    Jan 22, 2012, 07.44 AMby mollykatherine


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    Jan 21, 2012, 07.12 PMby carottesauvage

    A pure gem!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 05.17 PMby zumurruda

    This is so pretty and the capelet is very nice too.

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    Jan 21, 2012, 03.24 PMby leahfranqui

    This is stunning, you are going to look so glamorous! It’s extremely chic, and so luscious. I’ve never worked with velvet, but this makes me want to try!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 10.51 AMby lennert

    This is beautiful! Love the fabric as well as the cut of the dress… Great job!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 07.21 AMby lilsmidgens

    Nicely done! I love everything about this; it’s fabulous!!!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 06.30 AMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

    So gorgeous!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 04.22 AMby blueartisan

    Oh I do love this! Very classy!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 02.38 AMby patti-r

    Truly Lovely!!!

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    Jan 21, 2012, 01.07 AMby schnui

    Absolutely beautiful and so elegant.

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    Jan 21, 2012, 12.02 AMby max

    Love, love, love it!

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    Jan 20, 2012, 11.26 PMby sala22

    Absolutely stunning! Did you draft the pattern yourself?

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      Jan 20, 2012, 11.46 PMby VeraVenus

      Thank you! and yes, I did draft it myself.

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