A Special Occasion Gown

by Laura Mae

in 1940s,Capes,Dresses

I have been very lax in posting my recent projects here.  One of the reasons is that I have been very busy in the sewing room.

The special occasion (and the perfect excuse to make something completely over the top) was the opening gala of a local symphony.

I used Butterick 6408 as my pattern.

Every few months I pull out my vintage reproduction patterns and feel guilty about all of the dresses I have not yet made.  Sometimes I even have the idea and the fabric on hand – all that is missing is spare time and, in this case, a suitable occasion.   Thankfully, I finally found the perfect reason to make up this full length gown.  One down, goodness knows how many more to go . . .

The project took an entire month, but I feel like all of the work and a few injuries to my fingers (thanks to all of the wire work) was worth it in the end.

The entire saga may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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I adore sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns.

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timewarpedwoman November 4, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Beautiful dress! Beautiful model. :-)

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Katherine November 4, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I’ve been following your progress with this all along – I love all the finishing touches and little details. Brava! (I’m starting to think everything should have a hood…)

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Janet November 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

Wow – that’s so beautiful. Well done! I particularly love the wirework flowers. Mind you I now feel really guilty for not doing any sewing recently. Must try harder!

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Laurie November 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Very Beautiful! applause!

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EmSewCrazy November 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

You blow me away with your stunning results every time! Beautiful.

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