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Fancy Fabric Challenge

Cocktail dress in black

Dec 15, 2009
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I made this dress using a vintage Pauline Trigere pattern. I love vintage patterns and needed something for a Christmas party; this pattern was perfect! I traced out the original pattern and then shortened, graded, and fit the dress to me.

The body of the dress is made out of polyester peau de soie, a lovely heavy-weight dull satin, and is fully lined with a lightweight polyester lining. The bow embellishment is made of polyester crystal organza with tulle interfacing. The tulle gives the crystal organza bow the extra shape it needs without adding bulk or weight.

Seams are closed with the sewing machine and non-graded fabric edges are serged to prevent raveling. The bow is hand-sewn onto the dress and tacked down at various points so that it keeps its shape.

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  1. Stormee December 17th

    I love it. You did a very good job.

  2. Clarasita December 16th

    Lovely and simple. With those legs, I would have taken the hemline to top of knee. After all, if you've got it, flaunt it. I like the high cut armhole on the sleeveless side. The only design change I would have considered for this wearer would have been to bring the "on the shoulder" side slightly closer to center back. This would have accentuated the diagonal line across the back, minimizing back shoulder width. Would look even more stunning with long, black gloves and a nice vintage "cocktail" hat, a la Mamie Eisenhower. You should be proud of your creation and its figure=enhancing properties. Great job.

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