1950s

White Christmas Ball Dress

December 13, 2009


Merry Christmas everyone! I finished my ball dress for the Swing Sesh White Christmas Ball. The Swing Sesh is my swing dancing school, and it was a night full of big band jazz, pretty white dresses and dapper gentlemen (mostly in white!). This was my effort, based on McCalls 5036, from 1959. The pattern called for a lace overlay over the yoke but I adapted it into a strapless gown with a boned bodice instead.

The fabric is from Ikea! A sturdy drill, I embellished the bodice with beaded stars to make it a bit more dressy. After my debacle with the Brown Birds dress, this one is sturdy enough to last for another 50 years!

I also covered a pair of plastic wedges in the fabric to make matching shoes! It was my first time covering shoes and I was really happy with the result.

There are many more pictures on my blog, Whipstitch Sewing.

  1. How did you cover the shoes? Did you coat the fabric with some sort of adhesive first and then water-proof it? I am vastly interested.

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