Lobster Dress

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

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    • Cockroaches of the sea, right?!

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

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  • Love the fabric!!

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

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

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

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  • More novelty prints-yes!

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  • 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!

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  • 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!

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  • That fabric is truly fabulous!!
    P x

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  • 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.

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

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  • Amazing, just love it, am a tad jealous!

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  • 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!!!

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

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  • 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!

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  • sooo cute! now i want me some lobsters too!

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  • LOOOOOOVE!!!!

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

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  • Love it!

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  • 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!

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

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  • 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!

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

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  • 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.

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

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  • Adorable!

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  • 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.

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  • Wonderful!!!

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