Tuesday, November 15, 2011

red draped dress

I've wanted a 1950s style dress for a while now. Like, a full on, over the top,  puffy skirted party dress. So, I decided to make one. I frankensteined the pattern together, and tried some new techniques. For the first time, I used horsehair braid, and pick stitched a zipper.

The dress is my Sew weekly, week 6 'Seeing Red' Dress, and I wore it to a Frocktober dance party, which was held to help raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research.

My inspiration photos:
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The details:

Fabric: Thrifted red with embroidered flower crepe from stash; red organza from stash; red poplin lining from stash, free, additional 2.5m red poplin, $11.40
Pattern: Burda Style Draped dress pattern, used before, free; Butterick 5457, thrifted, 50c
Year: 2011
Notions: Thread, from stash; 8m thin horsehair braid $9.60; 8m horsehair braid $14.40; 2m velett ribbon $4.40
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes, it was super fun to wear :)
Total Cost: $40.30

The inside photos show the colour much better - it's a red, I promise!










  1. May need to rock some heels with that dress. You look like a sweet little wood sprite with the flats... little being the key word :). Either look works, but I'd love to see it with some Helen heels