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The Novel Cover Dress

Hello again! Melissa here. Today I’m sharing a dress I actually made last summer. I was inspired by a dress from the cover of a 1950’s detective novel I came across. I loved it so much I decided to re-create it for myself. Here’s the inspiration:

The dress is made from a cotton broadcloth with white bias tape details. I cobbled together a couple of different patterns I had to get the right shape. It’s not exactly the same but I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Thanks for looking! You can check out some more details and pictures here on my blog, Mint Green Sewing Machine.

-Melissa

About the author: I’m a vintage-loving girl from California with an obsession with sewing, blogging, crafting, and thrifting!

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Marie May 6, 2013, 7:37 am

    What an inspired idea and how clever of you!!! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and so similar to the one on the cover…love it!

  • Hanne May 6, 2013, 7:45 am

    You look stunning!
    I think it’s a really pretty dress!

  • LittleBlackCar May 6, 2013, 8:12 am

    1) Adorable!
    2) What a fun idea!

  • Ju-Ju Swagger May 6, 2013, 8:25 am

    That’s AWESOME! It looks fab on you! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  • Meg May 6, 2013, 10:12 am

    Love it! Such a fab dress! Now, you need to go to Coney Island and recreate the pose! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Laurie May 6, 2013, 10:16 am

    I love it! WOW! I am very impressed and I think you totally captured the dress in your remake.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anthea May 6, 2013, 10:25 am

    Great dress! Love the color and the white details

  • Jennifer May 6, 2013, 10:27 am

    What a great job! It’s beautiful. I think you captured the dress perfectly.

  • Lauren May 6, 2013, 10:48 am

    This is fabulous!!

  • Inkdork May 6, 2013, 1:48 pm

    The detailing really makes it happen! Love it!

  • Laurel May 6, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Wow! What a fun inspiration, and the dress looks awesome on you.

  • Vicki May 6, 2013, 2:42 pm

    Great job perfect fit! congratulations you look gorgeous in it.

  • Shawn May 6, 2013, 3:25 pm

    This is awesome! I think you did an excellent job of matching your inspiration!

  • Rosca May 6, 2013, 3:52 pm

    This is awesome melissa, u are sptalented

  • Evie May 6, 2013, 5:35 pm

    Love it!

  • Winding Ways May 6, 2013, 6:12 pm

    Hubba hubba!

  • Denise Montague May 7, 2013, 6:00 pm

    It is such a great feeling to recreate a look that you really want, another good reason to learn to sew. Enjoy!

  • mariebayarea May 7, 2013, 9:46 pm

    This is fabulous

  • Shaysierae May 7, 2013, 10:24 pm

    What a beautiful job you did on this dress! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle May 8, 2013, 2:11 pm

    This is outstanding! I love everything about it!

  • BeaW May 12, 2013, 1:02 pm

    Wow, great replication! The colour and contrast are great. So fresh and cheerful for Summer. Awesome job! I love it.

  • Caroline May 12, 2013, 1:14 pm

    You look amazing! I want that dress!

  • EmSewCrazy May 13, 2013, 4:58 pm

    It’s gorgeous, and you look amazing in it!

  • BobbinBombshell May 19, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Fantastic! Great job!

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