The Novel Cover Dress

by MelissaO on May 6, 2013 · 24 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

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, Scavenger Hunt.


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Marie May 6, 2013 at 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 at 7:45 am

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


LittleBlackCar May 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

1) Adorable!
2) What a fun idea!


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

That’s AWESOME! It looks fab on you! :) Thanks for sharing.


Meg May 6, 2013 at 10:12 am

Love it! Such a fab dress! Now, you need to go to Coney Island and recreate the pose! ;)


Laurie May 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

I love it! WOW! I am very impressed and I think you totally captured the dress in your remake.. :)


Anthea May 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

Great dress! Love the color and the white details


Jennifer May 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

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


Lauren May 6, 2013 at 10:48 am

This is fabulous!!


Inkdork May 6, 2013 at 1:48 pm

The detailing really makes it happen! Love it!


Laurel May 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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


Vicki May 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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


Shawn May 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

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


Rosca May 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

This is awesome melissa, u are sptalented


Evie May 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Love it!


Winding Ways May 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Hubba hubba!


Denise Montague May 7, 2013 at 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 at 9:46 pm

This is fabulous


Shaysierae May 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm

What a beautiful job you did on this dress! I love it :)


Michelle May 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This is outstanding! I love everything about it!


BeaW May 12, 2013 at 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 at 1:14 pm

You look amazing! I want that dress!


EmSewCrazy May 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

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


BobbinBombshell May 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Fantastic! Great job!


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