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Riviera Starlet

Added Mar 12, 2012

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






I have the dress, so clearly I should be a Golden Era Hollywood starlet, right? I mean, this is what a Grace Kelly or an Audrey Hepburn would wear on holiday on the Riviera, so obviously I should have everything that goes along with it – money, fancy clothes and places to wear them, handsome leading man, a penthouse on the Riviera… Unfortunately not. And that ‘beach’ was horribly smelly – we had minor flooding here last week along the river those photos were taken beside, so there was rubbish and stinky mud everywhere. Kinda ruins the attempted atmosphere.

The pattern is from Decades of Style (www.decadesofstyle.com), a dangerously good site that sells recreated vintage patterns. This pattern is th 1948 ‘Siren Sundress’. The dress is fairly straightforward, and, being a wrap dress, it’s easy to make those little changes so it fits your shape just right – I brought the bodice in and reduced the bust darts because i don’t really need the space there. I also had to shorten the straps by around 15cm because my piece of fabric was a bit small, but the were still more than long enough. The dress also has two hook and eyes at the back to keep it on and in place. In fact, the hardest thing about this dress is doing those hook and eyes up when you put it on!

Unfortunately the print can’t be properly seen in the photos, but it’s chocolate brown with small (about 1 1/2cm high) Pennsylvania Dutch women holding what look like violins.The fabric I used is quite thin, so I had to line the top, and wear a short petticoat under the skirt. Fortunately the skirt does wrap over a fair way and the skirt is relatively full, so hopefully it won’t blow open in the wind!

Finally, the shoes are glittered, a la themisslinds’ blog post, but in a Wizard of Oz/Dorothy sparkly red.

Photos taken by Ezzles.

Material Notes

3 metres lawn cotton
1 metre mid-weight cotton (lining)
2 hooks and eyes




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage

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    Mar 12, 2012, 08.16 PMby freakusbzzz

    Gorgeous !

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.46 AMby pambox

      Thanks, Hollie!

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    Mar 12, 2012, 07.55 PMby janul

    very pretty!

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.46 AMby pambox


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    Mar 12, 2012, 03.14 PMby leahfranqui

    So pretty! Grace Kelly would be extremely proud, but in a refined way, because that’s the way she was.

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.43 AMby pambox

      I’m not sure I can be as refined as Grace Kelly, but at least I can wear something she’d be proud of!

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    Mar 12, 2012, 01.26 PMby Adriana Orozco

    I love this dress………..It takes me years back…….when I used to have a similar one in color green, about 23 years ago……but really, your dress came out beautifully…that back is so femenine!!! I just love the look. Well done!!!

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.45 AMby pambox

      Green would be lovely – I might need to make a green one some time.

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    Mar 12, 2012, 12.16 PMby Rebecca Ryan

    Very Nice. I want it!

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.46 AMby pambox


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    Mar 12, 2012, 11.54 AMby tessi

    You look fabulous! It is wonderful to see this pattern sewn up and modeled…….I’ve been salivating over many of their patterns and actually have a few…which aren’t made yet.

    Beautiful job…..I bet you FEEL like a million bucks whenever you put it on……and that’s what counts…..not the actual money!

    @Mokosha…….click on the link for Decades of Style…..I think you can get the pattern!!!

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.40 AMby pambox

      Thank you! I wore it to the Opera House Sunday night – it was really nice to have something elegant to wear to such a great venue.

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    Mar 12, 2012, 11.43 AMby mokosha

    really beautiful dress.. definitely my favorite silhouette, and i love the back.. i wish i can lay my hands on that pattern :)

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.38 AMby pambox

      The pattern is available on the Decades of Style website – they have some really lovely patterns.

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    Mar 12, 2012, 11.15 AMby erin

    Really nice, love the back!

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      Mar 13, 2012, 07.38 AMby pambox


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