“Atonement” inspired dress

by The Hollywood Sew on May 21, 2014 · 12 comments

in 1930s

I have wanted an emerald evening dress since I saw Keira Knightley’s stunning silk one in the film “Atonement”. I used Vintage Vogue 2859 after searching for a 1930′s style pattern and made a few design alterations- I added fullness to the skirt, cut on the bias and made a waist/hip sash. My tutorial for the pattern alterations is on my blog here, and more pics of my gorgeous sister modelling the dress are here, she saw it when she was visiting and wanted to wear it- lucky me for such great pictures!



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Catherine Alekna May 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

this is probably one of the best versions of that infamous dress ive ever seen! good work with the details and the sashes are lovely!


Through the Alley May 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

This is soo beautiful! I have to agree with Catherine! This is one of the best recreations I’ve seen. Do you plan on wearing it out? I’d just want to lounge in it and pretend to be fancy (:


Sally May 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Wow, that’s absolutely gorgeous! The fabric is a perfect colour match for the original, too.


Erika C May 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Gorgeous! You did such a great job! I haven’t seen that movie , but it reminds me a little of the white gown that Penelope Ann Miller wore in The Shadow.


EmeraldErin May 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Oh my! this is so beautiful, LOVE the colour – it is such a good match to the atonement dress, I mean didn’t everyone swoon at that dress! Great job!! so glamourous!


Barbara May 22, 2014 at 6:54 am

Agree with all of the other comments, a stunningly gorgeous dress and pictures.


Helen May 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

What a beautiful dress! The colour looks fabulous and the dress drapes wonderfully :)


June May 22, 2014 at 11:21 am



Sarah May 22, 2014 at 3:32 pm

gorgeous! the color is fantastic


HeatherLeeBea May 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I have this pattern but haven’t made it up yet. It’s great to see what you did with it! Jealous of your lovely green fabric – that hue is so hard to find where I live – let alone in a silky material that drapes so beautifully! Inspiration to try it out. Hope you get to wear it out somewhere fabulous!


Mel May 23, 2014 at 1:17 am

Beautiful! The fabric is just gorgeous.


McCall Pattern Company May 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Amazing! Do you mind if we post this on our Vogue Patterns Facebook page? email us at Facebook@voguepatterns.com to let us know. Thanks!


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