EvaDress 1930s Evening Gown

by craftylittlebugger on August 12, 2013 · 17 comments

in 1930s

I made this dress to wear at a friend’s wedding, an English summer garden wedding to be precise. It felt a bit odd to be making an evening dress, but I think the print is summery enough to avoid it looking like an evening gown. I didn’t mean for it to look so similar to the pattern illustration, but I couldn’t find the fabric I wanted so opted for this similar colourway.

It’s made from polyester chiffon, and the skirt tape detail and sash are made form silk satin. I’m not keen on the shininess of polyester satin. I also made a cotton satin slip to wear underneath, using the pattern but adapting the bodice and using bias tape for straps.

For the closure, the pattern recommended hook and eye tape. Unfortunately I didn’t have any and couldn’t get hold of any in time, so I had to make do with extra fabric and hooks and eyes. With hindsight, I should have used snaps, as they kept popping open. Luckily the sash saved me from indecent exposures.


Because I was in a bit of a rush, I used my overlocker to finish all edges, overlocking the insides and using the rolled hem function for, well, hemming. I was really pleased with how this worked out. Not the perfect vintage finish a dress like this should have, but there was something unusually satisfying with using modern techniques for finishing a vintage dress.

Next time (I’m hoping to adapt this pattern into a knee length dress) I’m going to aim for a better, more professional finish.



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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanette August 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Stunning dress, and perfect for a summer wedding.


Jeannie Watt August 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

Gorgeous and I think this pattern will look fantastic knee length.


Laurie August 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

Very pretty! I love the colors in the print and the sash. It will be perfect at the wedding and I hope you do not have to use your umbrella!


mariebayarea August 12, 2013 at 10:44 am

I’m in love with this dress.


cristina August 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

I love it! the fabric is fantastic…so vintage-ish!


Harriet Bazley August 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

You should definitely submit that to the EvaDress gallery… it really does look just like the pattern cover (and considerably more so than the ‘modern-day’ one that’s currently on the page!)

So long and slim and gorgeous :-)


Catherine Alekna August 13, 2013 at 1:42 am

Gorgeous dress! I think the fabric is perfect! My mum always used to make an effort to buy the same fabric as the picture on the envelope and they always worked out well too!


LilliansEnsembles August 13, 2013 at 6:27 am

Brilliant Job, it looks so English. You look wonderful in it and I love the material. Well done!


LittleBlackCar August 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

Psst: Take a pair of pliers and pinch your hooks closed a little more, and they won’t pop open.


craftylittlebugger August 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks! I certainly will.


EmSewCrazy August 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Very pretty! I think it looks great for a summer wedding.


Jay August 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Love the dress, just the thing for a summer wedding. It looks wonderful on, you made an excellent job of it.


Denise Montague August 13, 2013 at 5:53 pm

This is very pretty. The print says summer and garden. Perfect!


Kristin August 13, 2013 at 6:08 pm

How very elegant! I love this dress. It’s so perfect!


cup + penny August 15, 2013 at 9:05 am

It’s beautiful!


MadameTurbante August 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm

this is stunning! I wish I had the body to use something like this! you look great :) x


BobbinBombshell August 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm



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