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Vintage Leopard Dress

Added Jan 8, 2013

by Shelly Moher

Rochester Hills,...






Beautiful fun vintage dress great for making a statement. I wanted to create something I could wear for a swing dancing performance. I had leopard print fabric and red felted wool. I underlined the bodice front and back with the leopard print fabric because the wool would be too thin and not sturdy enough. I used the pattern Butterick B4790 but instead of using snaps at the front I put in velcro. At first I had sewn in the snaps but they were too weak and kept unsnapping. I’m wearing this dress to dance in and certainly did not want it to come undone during a move.

Material Notes

Red felted wool, leopard print cotton, double fold bias tape, one 7/8" button




Garment Type
Cotton, Wool

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    Jan 18, 2013, 02.08 AMby EmmaDarwin

    Hey this is really good, I’ve made this one and it was a fun pattern to make however the material I used was a little too heavy and the armholes gape too much so I don’t wear it much. Unfortunately, because the amount of material it used was phenomenal. Anyway. Good job to you.

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      Jan 28, 2013, 10.12 PMby Shelly Moher

      Yes, I could see that being a problem with this design… but thank you for the compliment :)

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    Jan 13, 2013, 09.09 PMby nookie

    Best version of this pattern to date. Looks fantastic.

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    • Shelly_large

      Jan 14, 2013, 09.00 PMby Shelly Moher

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

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    Jan 9, 2013, 05.39 PMby Linda74Sews

    Wow. I helped a client make the same dress as a costume for a church Xmas play. Her dress was changed into a floor length version using a red and gold brocade for the back and skirt portion. For the front and trim we used a gorgeous gold satin and increased the trim width to 2 inches. Your version is darling and looks great in your fabric choices. I never thought I would see this dress again. Dance away my friend!

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    • Shelly_large

      Jan 10, 2013, 09.52 PMby Shelly Moher

      The dress you described sound beautiful; I would feel like the star if I were to wear that in a play! Also thank you for the compliment :)

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    Jan 9, 2013, 10.13 AMby chula123

    What a fabulous dress ! I love the leopard print with the bright red ! I have used this pattern myself but I love your version much better, well done !!

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    • Shelly_large

      Jan 10, 2013, 09.47 PMby Shelly Moher

      hehe thank you it’s a fun one to make.

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    Jan 9, 2013, 04.10 AMby blueartisan

    I don’t normally like animal prints, but this is gorgeous… I think the red details really give it a lift and a fantastic retro feel. I’m sure you’ll look fantastic in it!

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    • Shelly_large

      Jan 10, 2013, 09.53 PMby Shelly Moher

      I’m happy you like it!

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    Jan 8, 2013, 11.36 PMby vanessajp

    so lovely, – is this the walkaway pattern?

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    • Shelly_large

      Jan 10, 2013, 09.44 PMby Shelly Moher

      Thanks :) and yes it is the walkaway pattern.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 10.32 PMby Mary Athey

    Oh wow!! The leopard prints fab with the bright red! This.is such a lovely dress x

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