Lobster Dress

by Joni on June 12, 2013 · 30 comments

in 1940s,Dresses

I fell in love with this Michael Miller lobster print the moment I set eyes on it. I don’t even know why, since I don’t really care for seafood, but it was so obnoxious I had to have it. For the dress I used Vogue 8811 – this was my first Vintage Vogue, in fact it was my first Vogue pattern period!

The pattern came together fairly quickly and easily, even though I decided to make it harder on myself and line the bodice. I did an invisible zipper by hand and made a belt to match, both of which used to scare me silly! I also hand-stitched the hem – and that is a LOT of hem – while I was sitting by the pool for my kids’ swim lessons today. It was fun because people kept asking me what I was making.

I’m so jealous of those of you who show lovely photos of your creations! I don’t have anyone that can photograph me well, don’t have a decent backdrop, and don’t look good in most photos anyway. However, I think you can see what a fun dress this will be. I can’t wait to wear it on our vacation to Florida next month! And now the wheels are turning, I want to make six or seven more of this pattern in more obnoxious novelty prints.

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Patrice June 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Absolutely gorgeous, I love how the lobsters look on the bias. They’re really nasty creatures, but they sure look great on a dress!


Joni June 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Cockroaches of the sea, right?!


Draped in Cloudlets June 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Oh my, I love this dress so much ♥ ♥ ♥


Evie June 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Love the fabric!!


Joanna June 12, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I love how your dress came out. I’ll have to add this pattern to my next shopping list.


Stephanie June 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Love it! My grandparents live in Maine so I love lobster! :D This simple silhouette is perfect for novelty prints!


ohthatlily June 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm

That fabric is a gem! It makes a gorgeous dress. Excellent choice of pattern, too.


mariebayarea June 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm

More novelty prints-yes!


EmSewCrazy June 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm

That is fabulous! Looks like you did an excellent job! I love taking handwork out and about. People are always fascinated by it.
I hope your next dresses turn out as well as this one!


Elizabeth June 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

I keep looking at that pattern and wondering how it would look made up. I like it so much better than in the envelope drawings, and it looks cool and comfortable. The lobsters are so funny-just don’t get sunburned and wear it, the lobster jokes would be unending!


Porcelina June 13, 2013 at 2:16 am

That fabric is truly fabulous!!
P x


Honors June 13, 2013 at 3:09 am

I too love the kitschy lobster/seafood prints! They are super festive ( I’d never eat seafood! ) the dress is adorable too. I’d love to see a wiggle dress in a tomato print.


Sewingthe60s June 13, 2013 at 6:49 am

How very snappy! (sorry couldn’t help myself!) Its fantastic!


Michelle Handyside June 13, 2013 at 7:43 am

Amazing, just love it, am a tad jealous!


tanyamaile June 13, 2013 at 8:16 am

I love it! I’ve made this dress for myself in a solid color and was thinking how it would be much better in a print and it definitely is!!!


Ju-Ju Swagger June 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

Man that’s awesome! Can’t wait to see your next!!!


Zarah June 13, 2013 at 10:28 am

I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a while, but have never sewn Vintage Vogue either–it’s nice to see what it looks like made up and on a real person. And the lobsters are awesome!


mokosha June 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

sooo cute! now i want me some lobsters too!


Technicolor Cutie June 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm



Deb June 14, 2013 at 2:17 am

Love it! Funnily enough I just rediscovered some huge plastic lobster earrings I bought a few years back for a “tacky tiki” party.


Marie June 14, 2013 at 3:41 am

Love it!


Jessamyn June 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

That is great. It certainly takes the award for Best Use of a Lobster Print in a Dress You Can Actually Wear!

If you make more novelty dresses with this pattern, you could easily change them up a little and still stay true to period by altering the neckline to a shallow V or boatneck. I certainly look forward to seeing more of your efforts!


Joni June 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

Ooh, I didn’t even think of altering the neckline. That would be really fun!


Gill June 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It looks fantastic, and I’m really pleased to see it as I’ve recently bought that pattern myself. It looks great on you – and as for photos I’ve recently discovered my little point and shoot camera has got a self timer setting, and they come out surprisingly well. Although you DO feel a bit daft doing it!


Claire June 15, 2013 at 3:57 am

Really lovely! I’d like to make this dress too – you’ve insprired me.


Jeffsews50s June 15, 2013 at 8:27 am

I LOVE that dress! It looks like you did a fantastic job. That fabric is just soooo cute and with your red shoes, you look fabulous.


The Glamorous Housewife June 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Oh it came out so well! Reminds me of Schiaparelli.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife


BobbinBombshell June 15, 2013 at 6:42 pm



Heather Tanner June 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Joni, I love this dress more than I can possibly say with words. It makes me want to run, get in the car, drive down to Joann’s just so I can have the pattern, and then come home and start cutting! The lobsters, the belt, the SHOES! perfect. All of it.


Simone July 31, 2013 at 2:19 pm



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