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Tea Length Formal

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This dress was a long time in the making. I started it back in September with the petticoat.

I ran into a design block in October and it’s been sitting in my sewing room ever since.  A UFO contest on Pattern Review was the kick in the pants to get it finished and I am so glad I did!

The skirt is from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book. It’s the box pleated circle skirt. The book’s bodices just don’t work for me but I have had great luck with just using the skirts. The bodice is self drafted and has little grey glass pearls and beads hand sewn to the neckline.


Don’t know yet were I will wear it…maybe I should just vacuum the house in true 50s fashion!

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Claire Cooper February 7, 2017, 5:04 pm

    What a stunning dress. The colour is beautiful.

  • Katherine February 7, 2017, 7:59 pm

    Shared this over on our facebook page. You’re getting a lot of love 😉

  • Petersilie&Co February 8, 2017, 6:22 am

    Looks stunning. Perfect combination of fabric and pattern.

  • April Jones February 10, 2017, 11:35 am

    Absolutely beautiful. The blue is just right and the beads set it off wonderfully. Congratulations. Please post the photo of you vacuuming in it, after all women were supposed to look stunning all the time.

  • PocketC February 10, 2017, 1:41 pm

    Wow! So elegant!

  • Anonymous February 10, 2017, 5:01 pm

    The dress is gorgeous. I especially love the color.

  • Anonymous February 26, 2017, 5:11 pm

    Fab , can so see this with a retro hoover as an accessory ! , love the top , the fit is perfect., how much fabric did you use ?

    • lizLorenzo March 4, 2017, 11:43 am

      I bought 6 yards of the taffeta I probably used closer to 4 in the dress as seen. The petticoat has 35 yds of tulle, I just bought a bolt from amazon and used the whole thing..

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