A Novelty Print Halloween Dress

Halloween is almost upon us! In honor of the day, I stitched up a novelty print dress inspired by this vintage ad.

Vintage Vogue 8811

I used Vintage Vogue 8811 for the pattern. It matched the silhouette of the dress from the ad just perfectly! The spiderweb fabric is completely sheer and tulle-like in texture, so I underlined the dress with a black cotton.

Vintage Vogue 8811

I love dressing up for Halloween, but there are only so many places/events where you can wear a costume. A spooktacular frock? I can wear it all month long!

See more photos, including a vintage bat button I used at the back neck slit and a close-up of my novelty brooch!

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A vintage-loving seamstress in Austin, TX with a dapper pup named Oxford.


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10 comments… add one

  • So cute! I’m also doing a halloween themed dress this year instead of a costume but I don’t have a great matching vintage ad to go with mine.

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    • Thank you, Stephanie! I hope you’ll post up yours here, too! I’d love to see it.

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  • I love it! Super cute and it’s great that seasonal print fabrics are usually so affordable!

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    • Thanks, F.K.! Yes, nothing like using a Joann’s coupon to get fabric for a steal.

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  • Ah this is so nice! i get sick of seeing all the silly Halloween costumes, not that we really have it here in Australia, but this is a very classy interpretation of this spooky holiday!

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    • Thanks, Catherine! I’ve really enjoyed getting to wear it out and about all month!

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  • I love it!!! As soon as I saw the ad I thought “well that’s Vogue 8811.” That may be my favorite VV of all time, it’s so simple and great for showcasing a novelty print as you have done here. You look fantastic!

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    • Thank you so much, Joni! You’ve got a good eye! I had to hunt a bit before I realized this pattern would match perfectly.

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  • I love it so much!! That fabric is such a great find and you’ve done so much with it – so fantastic!

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    • Thanks, Kristin! I was so happy to have found fabric that so closely matched the ad!

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