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Vintage Black Silk and Roses

Added Jan 9, 2011

by abiah88

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I based this dress off of a pattern but made a number of slight adjustments (for example, the pattern was for a shirt, i added a different waist and made it into a dress using only french seams). I wanted a good cold weather dress and this ended up completely fitting the bill! I’ve also been craving a dress with balloon sleeves for a while now! My friend, Ali, was sweet enough to take some pictures for me. I made the waist a little low, so I will probably end up adjusting that soon….

Material Notes

I found this amazing vintage silk at a local fabric store. The fabric was cut to about 30 inches wide (maybe even less) so it was priced ridiculously low! The woman at the desk also gave it to me for about 70% off (also because the roses had some slight discoloration). It ended up being only about a dollar fifty a yard! It is not silk dupioni, but it is a lot heavier than most of the lighter silks I’ve worked with (although it drapes similar to a lighter silk). Up close, you can see the irregularities in the silk threads of the fabric, it really is beautiful! I used small, metal filigree, vintage buttons for the front of the dress.


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    Apr 26, 2012, 11.13 PMby mariapopia1

    Oooaa! I want to make this too ;)

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    Jan 11, 2011, 11.16 PMby lunatepetal

    so sweet :)

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    Jan 11, 2011, 11.42 AMby hannnc

    Such a nice dress! I love the low v-neck with buttons. I want to find such nice fabric at that insane price! I always seem to spend a lot on fabric :(

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    Jan 11, 2011, 05.55 AMby susanne2011

    It’s a lovely dress, well done!

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    Jan 11, 2011, 12.46 AMby S. White

    Love the fabric and the design! Great job.

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    Jan 10, 2011, 10.25 PMby sarahphina

    I would buy this in a heartbeat! You know, if I wasn’t a poor student :)

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    Jan 10, 2011, 09.26 PMby Laura Bolčina

    Beautiful fabric! The dress also looks really pretty, I would love to have one. :)

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    Jan 10, 2011, 07.58 PMby infinite-plus-one

    Just so one like your on modcloth (http://www.modcloth.com/store/ModCloth/Womens/Dresses/Rue+de+Rosiers+Dress), yours is way better (:

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    Jan 10, 2011, 05.56 PMby carottesauvage

    Sweet! as dito Bekaem, sleeves up, thumbs up!

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    Jan 10, 2011, 03.11 PMby wzrdreams

    I like how you inserted the botton loops into the binding seam. That’s a nice detail.

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    Jan 10, 2011, 10.08 AMby nettevivante

    Beautiful dress! I would totally love to wear it. The fabric is really a lucky found!

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    Jan 10, 2011, 03.02 AMby bekaem

    What a nice shape! I like the sleeves up.

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    Jan 10, 2011, 01.54 AMby Olivia Anne

    very nice

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    Jan 10, 2011, 01.22 AMby pink-cornelia

    love it! so sweet and chic

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    Jan 9, 2011, 11.23 PMby lizah

    I love this, it’s adorable!

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