Vintage Sewing

Party dress

December 29, 2006
This is a dress I made for the office christmas party. Its a sheer, shimmery material with flocked brown polka dots over a brown duchess satin (the white at the neck is just the slip my dummy is wearing) and from a vintage simplicity pattern. The last 3 inches of hem are just the sheer material, which is why they look a little different in the picture.

It was actually a pretty simple pattern. I’m working on a version with sleeves for day. Its black wool gabardine with a houndstooth inset in the front. I don’t know what to do about the skirt, though: I don’t think the gab will hold the shape of this skirt well. So I can do an ad hoc dirndl, ad hoc pleats, or – ? Skirt suggestions welcome, and I’ll post the new version when its done.

  1. Sorry, no brilliant suggestions for the skirt. The options you mentioned all sound fine to me. Your party dress is lovely! I love seeing how one pattern can be interpreted so many different ways. Looking forward to your next version of this one.

  2. I absolutely ADORE the polka dots on the fabric. Very cute (although I really have a thing for polka dots). It gives the whole thing a very subtle fun look that contrasts the sophisticated look of the whole thing.

  3. ModMom, I’ve been trying to post on your other site, but for some reason I can’t seem to access it!

    I hope you’re having a great holiday!

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