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post-valentine's day dress

Added Feb 18, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






I actually finished this dress a few weeks ago, then totally forgot to post about it! This is what was originally to be a “Thanksgiving dress”, then slated for Christmas, and it did get finished before Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t wear it. This was one of the dresses on my fall sewing list, but didn’t end up quite the way I had envisioned. Originally, I was going to use a late 1930s pattern (last image), the zipper front view to be exact. However, since society has forever been jaded with the combination of the 1970s pointy collars and front zippers, the first bodice screamed 70s, rather than the 30s. Not being a 70s gal myself (at least, not of that side of the 70s; the more earthy/hippie/Laura Ashley looks I could do), I knew if I made it up as-is, I’d never, ever wear it.

Thankfully, I had enough fabric to cut out another bodice (yay for over-buying!), and used the already tried and true Sense and Sensibility swing dress pattern (www.sensibility.com). The skirt I had cut out from the original 30s pattern, but it was easy to work into the new bodice. The fabric is a nice, heavy rayon crepe that drapes beautifully and is perfect for the spate of cold weather right now. I’m actually kind of shocked I didn’t wear it until now! I think I have to be in a certain mood to wear a bright red dress, if you know what I mean? Wednesday definitely was one of those days; I needed a good injection of color as a pick-me-up!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 11.14 AMby lyrameneses

    This is the dress that made me inspired to try my hand at sewing the 40’s swing dress. It’s absolute perfection! :D

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    Sep 7, 2010, 07.31 PMby katwear

    It’s lovely. You look stunning

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    May 25, 2010, 05.13 PMby tamezdc

    Amazing dress. Just like all of your other creations.

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    Mar 22, 2010, 08.47 AMby bjorgg

    Love this dress and the BAG!

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    Mar 17, 2010, 10.13 PMby helenadoll

    so elegant!

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    Feb 22, 2010, 03.53 PMby shynkah

    i love this dress! i actually think i own the pattern too, never thought of it till i saw you project.

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    Feb 21, 2010, 09.39 AMby nessys

    So beautiful – once again you have created a master piece and you look absolutely gorgeous in it – beautiful colour on you – love the red matching lips! x

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    Feb 21, 2010, 08.40 AMby lilybart

    So gorgeous! Love your hair also.

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    Feb 19, 2010, 11.36 PMby brownlow3

    I was wondering how you altered the pattern down in size. The picture of the pattern you show says size 20, bust 38! I have several patterns from the 30’s the exact size that I have yet to make up with the thought of that I might ruin the integrity of the pattern if I try to alter the size down. All that aside your dress is very beautiful..

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    Feb 19, 2010, 04.44 PMby mendel2803

    Wow – what a beautiful dress and I love your photography too

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    Feb 19, 2010, 12.41 PMby embaby

    Love the dress! The hair and bag complete the look.

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    Feb 19, 2010, 09.10 AMby sew4my3

    Sensational style! I agree totally with the changes you made and you did such a wonderful job! As always, looking forward to seeing your next creation!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 08.59 AMby elaine-bin

    A lovely dress, such an elegant style and love the colour.

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    Feb 19, 2010, 06.33 AMby nglalala

    Great dress! Love the photo mats in the background, too!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 06.32 AMby nglalala

    Great dress! I also love the photo mats in the background!

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    Feb 19, 2010, 03.07 AMby Ana B

    Once again; a beautiful simply elegant dress.

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    Feb 18, 2010, 11.13 PMby passthepins

    Wow. You are one classy lady! Another one of your fantastic creations.. Your an inspiration. :)

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    Feb 18, 2010, 10.49 PMby ichigogirl

    Absolutely gorgeous, I think you made some great decisions in changing it a bit, I’ll watch it, and learn… :-)

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    Feb 18, 2010, 08.19 PMby bijouxbetty

    splendiferous! I know what you mean about being in the right mood for some brights. It drapes on you so well.

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    Feb 18, 2010, 08.01 PMby frkbustad

    Another of your great creations, I must say it turned out very well with the new bodice! The fabric looks really lush and luxurious to wear as the drape looks really good! You impress us all… thanks!

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    Feb 18, 2010, 04.27 PMby Jasmine Iris Philbrick

    i love thiss!!

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    Feb 18, 2010, 04.17 PMby scheryka

    I love your dress…but I looooove your bag!

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    Feb 18, 2010, 03.02 PMby threadsquare

    Gorge! Love the brooch. Question: the Sense & Sensibility pattern looks almost the same to me, save for shorter sleeves and a slimmed down skirt….any other major differences?

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      Feb 19, 2010, 02.31 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! Aside from the surplice bodice and sash at the back waist, it is a very similar design to the original pattern I was going to use. (Although I know for a fact that the S&S pattern is based on a 40s pattern, whereas the vintage Simplicity one is a couple years earlier. ;)

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    Feb 18, 2010, 02.53 PMby lenarrrd

    I am in awe of you, you come out with more and more beautiful creations! Def. added to the faves :)

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    Feb 18, 2010, 02.12 PMby ink

    Beautiful ! Stunning ! Yet another fantastic starlet dress !

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    Feb 18, 2010, 02.05 PMby gonnange

    this is so incredibly elegant! the colour is really very striking. great job :D

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    Feb 18, 2010, 01.56 PMby irmchen

    Klasse! I get inspirations from your work! Thank you so much! :)

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    Feb 18, 2010, 01.39 PMby anajan

    Amazing, as usual! Looove the color!

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    Feb 18, 2010, 01.21 PMby anna agyekum

    this is magnificent!

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