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Ungaro Meets Dior

Added Apr 1, 2010

by nettevivante

Nordrhein Westfa...






This is probably the hardest project I ever had. Everything started perfectly.
I found this panne velvet at a local fabric store and it was sold for 2 Euro per meter only. I liked it, at once, because of its vintage floral print (which is not so well presented in the photos). As I took a closer look I recognized that this fabric is in fact a haute couture fabric by Emanuel Ungaro. Though, I guess, this might have been released in the last century. ;)
So I took it home and had a tough time deciding what to do with it. I just feared to waste it!
In the end I went for a Christian Dior pattern, which is my very first vintage pattern…and then the harder part started.
Cutting and sewing panne velvet is a real challenge! I had to add and remove the zipper like 3 times and it is only due to the black of this fabric, that one cannot see all the mistakes I made! :)
Because of the fabric being velvet I sewed all hems with hand.
In the end I like the result, but I am still a little unsure whether I really chose the right pattern for this fabric that I liked so much.

Material Notes

panne velvet




Garment Type

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    May 24, 2010, 01.14 PMby epleskall

    This is so beautiful. I love the fabric, and how it’s gathered at the back and loose in the front, it creates a really nice shape..

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    Apr 20, 2010, 10.23 AMby Ophelia K

    Lovely and feminine!!! I love how it looks. I guess it looks even better in person.

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    Apr 3, 2010, 08.53 PMby urbanjill

    It’s gorgeous.

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    Apr 3, 2010, 01.48 PMby verypurpleperson

    It’s very beautiful! I’m still afraid of velvet and any other flowy fabrics, maybe I have to try soon!

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      Apr 4, 2010, 09.21 PMby nettevivante

      Thank you, I really appreciate your comment!
      If I can somehow handle it, then YOU definitely can do it! :)
      Just give it a try!

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    Apr 2, 2010, 07.24 PMby zozowahine

    Wow! What a challenge you set yourself! I think the outcome is beautiful, very classic and I’m sure you will get a lot of use from it

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    Apr 2, 2010, 01.07 PMby nicola82

    Very very cute! :-)

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    Apr 2, 2010, 09.35 AMby strickmeise

    Der Schnitt passt sehr gut zu diesem schönen Stoff, weil er nicht durch zu viele Schnittmusterteile zerschnitten wurde. Du bist so schön schlank, dass Du dieses Kleid gut tragen kannst. Der Riegel im Rücken verhindert auch, dass zu sehr ein “Hängerchen” draus wird. Einen ähnlichen Schnitt hatte ich bei einem Tanzstunden-Kleid 1968!

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      Apr 4, 2010, 09.19 PMby nettevivante

      Danke schön für dein Kompliment!
      Ich hab mich nochmal schlau gemacht und du wirst es nicht glauben, aber der Schnitt ist genau von 1968! Hattest du dein Kleid auch selbst genäht?

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    Apr 2, 2010, 09.08 AMby janul

    I love it! The pattern is so nice.

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    Apr 2, 2010, 08.47 AMby micbrown

    I like it. I think making a bag with the leftover is a good idea. I didn’t know about using a walking foot for velvet either.

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    Apr 2, 2010, 12.55 AMby sandoz18

    Cute!! Did you use a walking foot (maybe also called an even feed foot)? That makes sewing on velvet SOOOOOO much easier. I can’t recommend it enough.

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      Apr 2, 2010, 08.01 AMby nettevivante

      Thanks for this advice! I did not. But next time (as soon as I feel like trying velvet again :) ) I will definitely try it! I thought about making a little bag with the left fabric.

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