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"V" is for Valentino red dress (couturier design)

Added Jun 2, 2012

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






This is my long awaited Valentino dress. Not the one I started in January and never finished… Another one, that I only started two days ago. Utter space age.

I chose gabardine because its stiffness. I managed to achieve a classic dress, with a classic design and a classic colour.

For the first time I got the Vogue measurements right! The dress fits perfectly, including sleeves, neckline, length.

I am so relieved I managed to complete my first Valentino, I am so proud to wear it.

The crisp, classic, straight lines make it “self sufficient”, I believe there is no need to accessorise it with anything.

The dress has a side back zip and two hooks and eyes on the shoulder, as shown in the images. I chose two flower Vogue Star buttons for the front tabs.

I am really pleased with the result!

Credit for pattern: Vogue Couturier DEsign V2303 Valentino of Italy

Material Notes

red gabardine, two large buttons (Vogue star), fusible interlining, hooks and eyes.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Jun 7, 2012, 02.04 AMby poppykettle

    Gorgeous – you wear red beautifully too!

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    Jun 4, 2012, 08.45 AMby kihli

    What a fabulous dress! I looks a bit like from the sixties, I think. Great pattern, fabric, and color! Love the button tabs! (And I think you are a very quick seamstress, finishing a dress like that in only two days!)

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    Jun 3, 2012, 02.49 PMby aico

    Lovely dress! It’s such a beautiful color. It goes well with your elegant shoes.

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    Jun 2, 2012, 07.47 PMby ghainskom

    Would look even better with pearls. Good job!

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      Jun 3, 2012, 07.31 AMby Irina Schwab

      Hi ghainskom, thank you for your suggestion, I was tempted to put some beads/pearls. I normally over accessorise garments. I decided to keep this one simple. The shoes were too embellished in any event.

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