Tea Length Formal

February 7, 2017

Long time reader/ First time poster!

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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ?

    1. 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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