Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Totally Unnecessary Cocktail Dress

Do you ever have the craving to make something that is totally unnecessary, just because it is so fabulous?  I do!  And that craving suddenly came to me when I saw this nifty vintage cocktail dress in a Burda magazine:


Whenever I am at the main library I skim through the Burdas, and I found this design in the November 2007 issue.  It is a reproduction of an original pattern from Burda's October 1958 magazine.  Almost hyperventilating, I mentally scanned through my stash on the spot, and eventually thought of some burgundy satin that I've had for ages.  I have actually been trying to sell it on TradeMe for a while, so now I am glad that it never sold!  It is a stretch satin though with about 5% stretch, because I do not want a stretch bodice I am underlining it with organza to try and stabilise it - only one way to find out if that works!  Plus that poofy skirt is just crying out for some crisp organza inside it...

I haven't bothered with a toile because a) I am out of calico, b) I couldn't wait until tomorrow, and c) I have plenty of this satin, so I cut straight into the cloth that evening - very excitedly I might add, because despite being polyester/elastane this fabric gives the illusion of silk duchess when underlined - look!


I'm taking photos as I go, so hope to have some tutorials soon on underlining, kimono sleeve gussets, and other handy tips I think of as I make this lovely dress - it's looking awesome so far!

25 comments:

  1. ooh, it looks lovely! I can't wait to see the finished dress :)
    Ashley x

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  2. Cut on sleeves are my favorite, and you were right to dash home and start chopping. When you're done, make me one, yes?

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  3. Wow! I don't blame you for being keen. With a dress like that you are sure to find an occasion!

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  4. ooohhh I am so excited for this! I absolutely adore this look from the late 50's and it will look stunning with the burgundy satin! YAY! And what a good idea to look at burda magazines in the library! I'll have to check if ours has them!

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  5. Awesome and the tutorials will be so helpful
    Thanks a lot

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  6. Oooh I am very excited. I have this magazine and I love the style - your fabric is gorgeous - it's going to be wonderful!

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  7. Sofie www.sewdarntired.blogspot.comFebruary 20, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Oooh I saw this in the library too and thought it was fantastic... I like your colour fabric much better. I can't wait to see it finished. I have a bit of the same problem - I have plenty of "going out dresses" but nowhere to go and nothing to wear everyday!

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  8. Love this design! I'm so excited to see it finished.

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  9. This will be gorgeous! You'll just have to invent an occasion to wear it.

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  10. I think it's actually nice to have something totally unnecessary in our closets. Can't wait to see your finished project.

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  11. Almost everything I have made is unnecessary! You will find a place to wear it. Can't wait to see pictures and I am especially looking forward to the gusset tutorial. I did one hell of a bad job inserting gussets into a white blouse.

    Jacki

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  12. I love the title of this post! Can't wait to see it finished.

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  13. What a gorgeous dress - it will look great in that colour! I wish our local library had Burdas! And who cares if you don't have an occasion - you can be all 1950s and just look lovely around the house instead!

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  14. I had to laugh when I read the title. I used to do that quite a bit, sew a dress just because I loved the pattern, whether or not I had an event to wear it. So I am sometimes overdressed just because I can't resist what is in my closet. Pretty style and I love the color!

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  15. Love it,love it! Am so looking forward to your next posts.

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  16. That dress is LOVELY. I made it in emerald-green for my sisters wedding. The bodice ran pretty small imho, i took my normal burda-size, but this time I didn´t have to take out 3inches of ease at the waist area as i usually do.

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  17. I can't wait to see your completed dress. You definitely had the perfect fabric for it. I admired the pattern back in 2007 and someone in blog land (I can't remember who) made a gorgeous version of it back then too.

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  18. linda a cor! (beautiful color!)

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  19. I am excited to see how cut on sleeves shape up!

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  20. Cool dress! I can't wait to see how yours turns out.

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  21. Oh how lovely! I think the organza underlining makes the satin look delicious!

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  22. When seeing the color of the dress, you will think of Burgundy French wine. What a fabulous dress.

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  23. Just came across your blog and saw this dress you had made. I love it! Wish I could make it for myself but don't have that issue of the Burda mag :(

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  24. Jess - I don't have that issue either, but found it in the library - try there!

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  25. I so get what you mean. I do it all the time: I see something that makes me go "ooh" and I make it even if I don't need it. Lovely color!

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