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The Fabulous Forties

Added Nov 25, 2013

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Vogue 1011: Semi-fitted, A-line, below mid-knee dress has shaped bodice seaming, high collarless neckline, shoulder pads, back button closing with self-fabric loops and side snap or zipper closing. A: above elbow length sleeves and self-fabric bow. B, C: full length sleeves with snap closing. C: contrast sleeve, upper, lower and back bodice.

I love the zig-zag design elements. This is the first time I worked with lapped seams, as I recall. And getting the upper point to lay flat where the left upper bodice connects was a bother – having that fabric bow to cover everything up was VERY helpful!

I just love this design and all of the bodice interest.

Because I made this many years ago, there are things I would do differently today, but I really do love this dress (although my satin clothes do not get nearly as much wear as the others).

First, this was before I found my beloved rayon seam binding. Also, the button loops on back are really small – I often need help getting them done up. This dress uses a side zipper (I substituted an invisible zip) which I would lengthen and move further up towards the armhole to make it easier to get in and out! I used to assume that since my hip measurement was wider than my bust, I should skootch the zipper down to the widest point – this does not actually make a side zipper easier to get on and off . . . I much prefer having the extra opening close to the shoulders!

As always, more pictures may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Rayon Satin




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Nov 26, 2013, 09.40 AMby sarahsdaughter

    Love your dress !!!!!

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    Nov 26, 2013, 05.40 AMby ronnielee

    I agree, The Fabulous Forties indeed! Another beautiful dress Lauramae.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 04.07 AMby FaithMorgan

    Love the dress. Love your style.

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    Nov 25, 2013, 10.34 PMby nrobson

    i love retro / historic dresses :)

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    Nov 25, 2013, 09.48 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous dress! what a work with the seam bindings…!

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    Nov 25, 2013, 05.41 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    A stunning dress! Love the neck detail.

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    Nov 25, 2013, 10.52 AMby yenny lee

    Love it! it suite on u :)

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