Friday, February 1, 2013

Before and After Hit Parade - 1960s Evening Strapless Dress

The Seamstress: Melissa Mason
The Pattern: Vogue 5704 Special Design - Misses' Evening Dress, Jacket, and Petticoat

This beautiful evening dress with its bell-shaped skirt and sun back has a matching cropped jacket and a petticoat too. Fabulous and truly Special Design fashion from Vogue and 1963. 

The Result: Melissa chose a vintage-inspired cottage rose print for her version of the strapless dress, view B, without the jacket. Sooo pretty! She substituted a ribbon tie belt for the slim belt with fixed bow accent. Check out those pearls - aren't they just the perfect accent?

Here's what Melissa shared about this dress and pattern:
"It was a great dress to make! And I think I am going to make it again in a duck egg blue silk, something more formal for a wedding, or special event.
Details about the dress:
100% cotton.
Fabric designer: Tanya Whelan Darla collection, Darly picnic rose in blush.
Fully lined with 100% cotton lining
Tea Length
Inspiration: everything 1950s to mid 1960s, Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O, Grace Kelly, feminine, elegant...."

Be sure to check out more of Melissa's fine work in her shop on Etsy: The Frock Closet, and on Facebook: The Frock Closet (where you can see more pictures of the details as Melissa sewed the dress!).

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