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The Cherry on Top Frock

Added Aug 30, 2010

by mollykatherine

Sydney, Australia






This Cherry red frock was created for my lovely friend Miss Natasha for her birthday. She so wonderfully threw a Mad Men party and gave us all a chance to doll ourselves up and live the dream for one night.

The Cherry on Top frock is a combination of 2 vintage patterns that matched together perfectly. The skirt and the bodice back are from Retro Butterwick #B4792, which I used for one of my previously listed dresses – A Dress to Drink Tea in ( http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/a-dress-to-drink-tea-in ) and the bodice front is a 1962 vintage pattern that I loaned from a friend. Unfortuantly the cover packet is in shreds so I am unsure of the style number. However, it is a very simple bodice with a boat neck and 2 darts in the front and back.

I used a thick, stiff cotton drill for the skirt and the bodice that had a slight sateen sheen to it and it was just a dream to work with. Over the skirt I added a red chiffon which admittedly was not such a dream to work with. I Cut the chiffon on the same pattern as the skirt but added a little more to the circumfrence to give the skirt a real “swishy” look. This was the first time ti had ever worked with sheer chiffon and it pulled, gathered, got stuck in my machine, you name it, it happened! but after watching some informative tutorials online and messing around with my tensions I finally got it working smoothly.

Underneath all those yards of fabric I attached a pettiskirt to the lining. This was something I was also new too! In the end I gathered something like 15 metres of tuelle and bias bound all off it – phew, glad thats over! but it gave the skirt the volume that Miss Natasha really wanted and she looked fabulous in it!

Happy Birthday Miss Natasha! :)

Thanks to Nic Gonzalez of “Two Eyes, Two Hands photography” (www.twoeyestwohands.com) for the lovely photographs.

Material Notes

Red Drill Cotton, Polka Dot Chiffon, Stiff Tuelle and a never ending roll of bias binding!




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    Jun 29, 2011, 09.17 AMby tirrs

    very lovely

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    Jun 5, 2011, 04.25 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    you are absolutely gorgeous in that dress!!! :) congrats for such a wonderful creation!!!!

    Happy sewing!

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    May 6, 2011, 04.13 AMby lachinatete

    i looooooooove this dress! you have great stuff!! <3

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    Aug 31, 2010, 11.21 PMby laurwyn

    I want to go to a Mad Men party too! I will throw one if none happens around… This dress looks gorgeous and the choice of color is perfect. So chic! Perfect for a Betty Draper wannabe!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 12.33 PMby sibeli

    Mad Men party!! That’s a party I would have liked to attend :-) Beautiful dress and it was definitely worth toiling over the petticoat! Matthew Weiner would approve :-)

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    Aug 30, 2010, 11.29 AMby janetheclerk

    the dress is lovely! i hear you on the chiffon – i’ve just finished off three dresses for a client, and have sworn that i will never work (for anyone else) in chiffon again. however, you said you found some good tutorials – could you point me in their direction? also, do you have a pattern for the pettiskirt? i love making vintage clothes, and would love to try one.

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    Aug 30, 2010, 07.21 AMby nikotina

    This lady i red is very hard to ignore, and the pictures are amazing ( it’s almost looks like silk, especially in the first pic ). It looks like it was a very fun evening, such a great way to celebrate and such a wonderful birthday gift .

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    Aug 30, 2010, 07.05 AMby keren

    It’s beautiful. Perfect color, great pattern. Classic and very sophisticated.

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    Aug 30, 2010, 06.05 AMby Rebecca Alleyne

    This is a beautiful dress! I think I’m going to try my hand at something like this. You’ve inspired me!

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    Aug 30, 2010, 03.28 AMby courtknee

    Gorgeous! So beautiful, and how fitting for the theme. Stunning job.

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