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Veronica Lake inspired dress

Added Sep 17, 2009

by nkinyon

Phoenix, Arizona...






I couldn’t list in a year era earlier than the 1950’s so I had to list it under such. It would actually be 40’s.

Have you ever seen “This Gun for Hire”? Do you love Veronica Lake? Well I DO! SO I made a dress inspired by the one she wore in her magic scene. It’s a bit different than hers was (mine is ivory, i added an ivory sash, and the skirt isn’t as full) but I hope you love it just as much as I do, poofy sleeves and all. I wish I had another reason to wear it…oh it would be perfect for a formal dinner on a cruise.

I did not use a pattern, I just kind of poured it out of my brain and measured it to fit.

The satin sash ties in the back in a really big bow with loooong ties. I love to exaggerate sashes and I always make hem really long with big bows. I also made the skin tight sleeves really long so that they could be cinched up all along the arms. The skirt is also EXTRA SUPER long so that it caresses the floor when you walk.

Material Notes

I have no clue what mine is made out of….a very stretchy, shiny material that shed little threads ALL OVER my house when it was cut…think of cutting up a towel and you get all these fringy threads everywhere…it was like that. I found the material in the $1 section of walmart of all palces and it’s really pretty and SO SOFT. The sash is ivory satin.




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    Sep 24, 2009, 07.38 AMby sunriseruby

    Great job! this dress remanded me of an burda pattern in 8/2005 similar dress that I wonted to make.


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    Sep 17, 2009, 09.21 PMby skwarynia

    Well I should say you did it better that original:) Congrats!

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    Sep 17, 2009, 08.57 PMby redoubt

    I looooove those femme fatale dresses. Yous looks so authentic and just overall fabulous.

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    Sep 17, 2009, 04.21 PMby wzrdreams

    Wow! Your interpretation of your inspiration photo is fabulous! Good job.

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    Sep 17, 2009, 12.58 PMby sewella

    So glamourous!

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    Sep 17, 2009, 09.19 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous dress, love the style! Also, I love your hair-do and makeup – you really look like a actress from ’40s.

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    Sep 17, 2009, 06.09 AMby victors

    Wow, an amazing dress and not a million miles from the original! I love that era also, so glamorous and feminine. You look great in it ;)

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