The Diva Dress

by HeatherLeeBea on May 16, 2014 · 6 comments

in 1960s,1970s,Dresses

Another dance party, another excuse to make myself something the week of the event…

Made for another edition of the ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody‘  (all divas- all night) dance parties organized and DJ-ed by a fabulous local DJ duo.

I wanted to evoke a classic look with dramatic sleeves. The end result is heavily influenced by late 60s early 70s mini dresses, and is actually 2 separate pieces that can be otherwise worn with different outfits.

The Diva Dress 2014 by HLB

The underdress is made from some lovely stretch suiting similar to fabric I’ve used before. I love the fact that it has nice structure and weight but also a good amount of give – perfect for figure hugging garments that you can move in! Frankenpatterned fitted LBD.

For the chiffon overlay I used this 1970 blouse pattern as a starting point – extending the hem, exaggerating the sleeve blousing, negating the bust dart, and lowering the neckline to a shallow scoop shape.

Simplicity 8494 (1970)

To give the waist definition, I added ties at each side that form a bow at the back. I wanted initially to have the overlay drape more, but it proved unflattering on my curves.

The Diva Dress 2014 by HLB. Back View.

I love that it was long sleeved but still pretty cool. The sheer sleeves let my arms breathe, I was pretty comfy all night and they were super fun to dance with.

More pics and details in the full post here.

p.s. Another blog post coming soon documenting my themed dance party ensembles!

~ Heather

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Mostly self taught seamstress with attention to detail. Likes to take on new and interesting projects to expand her knowledge/skills and keep things fresh. Has worked for independent / regional theatre and private clients. Loves to do research on projects. Subscribes to the “make do and mend” philosophy – to repair or re-vamp if possible and give new life to existing items. Fashion and function are equally important. If something isn’t comfortable or usable it’s not worth making. Thinks that educating yourself and others on fashion history and proper fitting is important to making everyone look their best. Uses mostly vintage sewing machines – they tend to keep up with me! Loves her cordless iron! Favorite fabrics are cottons and wool suiting. There is a time and place for crepe back satin and it’s not for formal wear : )

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Mother of Reinvention May 16, 2014 at 10:53 am

This dress is really beautiful and the club night sounds amazing.


HeatherLeeBea May 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

Thanks! I love to get my dance on in a positive environment like these parties.


Evie May 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

Love the dress! And those dance parties sound like a total BLAST!


Deb May 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Gorgeous! I love what you did here!


Catherine Alekna May 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

fabulous-o lady! I can image someone in the 60s wearing this with a huge beehive!


HeatherLeeBea May 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

Ha! thanks. I’ve never gone for full beehive, but deffo some bouffant teasing. And hot roller curls!


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