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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sewing Project: Dress from a 50's Paperback

During my time working at a vocational program for disabled adults, I worked with a group of people who did contract jobs for local businesses. When we didn't have much other work to do, we recycled the paper from old books that were donated to our program. As a result I had the opportunity to look at a LOT of cool old books every day. 


One day, these amazing 1950s detective novels came through, and I instantly fell in love with the dress this woman on the cover is wearing. Honestly, who wouldn't? The turquoise color... the white stripes... the matching belt? I knew I had to try to re-create it for myself. Here's how it turned out:


It's made of a regular old cotton broadcloth, with white cotton bias tape for the trim. I sort of mixed and matched a couple of different patterns to get the right look. I can't remember which ones now. I just free-handed the belt, but I think it came out surprisingly well.

 


The horse decided to come investigate while we were taking the pictures...


 "I don't have any food for you, now please just get out of my picture!"


Thanks for looking, I hope everyone is having an enjoyable week so far! I have some exciting news: my French-Inspired Dress was chosen as one of BurdaStyle's "Best of July" Member Projects! Yay! Click the link to check it out along with a ton of other great projects.

-Mel
 



19 comments:

  1. Blair and I have decided that you should open a store. That is all.

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    1. Ha ha, thanks guys. Actually I would love that!

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  3. Gorgeous! I am in love with the dress and jealous of your curves :-)

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  4. Love this dress!!! Fantastic! The fit is just perfect. Well done.

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  5. I love this! And I want one! I found your blog through Burdastyle, and I can't wait to see what else you make.

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  6. I also found your blog on Burdastyle and have to say you look so beautiful in this lovely dress. I especially love the belt and how it compliments the dress. The fit on this looks perfect! Really lovely dress!!

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  7. This dress fits you so perfectly :) I really can't believe you made it! Your very talented for sure... It really looks like the dress on the front of the book. Brilliant!! I will definitley be following you now I have stumbled across your blog. Mainly becuase I am absolute clutz and would not be able to sew anything, so i will have to live out my craft dreams through you :p

    best wishes
    India Harlow
    x
    The Marilyn Adventures

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  8. This is so pretty! I found your blog via burdastyle and read through all of your posts. Super cute stuff :)

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  9. What a gorgeous dress, you look very pretty!

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  10. Whoa! This dress is perfect in every way—the color, the sweetheart neckline, the little details, and that it was inspired by a novel cover. AMAZING!!! I am so jealous that I do not have this dress in my life.

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  11. That dress is really beautifull and it fits you SO WELL! Congrats! The details really make it sing. Which pattern did you use to frankenstein this little baby together?

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  12. It came out incredibly well!!! You've done a magnificent job - love the straps & belt, and general colour awesomeness ;) Great find in the cover - was the book any good btw? ;)

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  13. Too cute! I love the sweetheart neckline/belt/pocket combo. All of the little details really make the blue and white pop!

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  14. So inventive! Love the style and the colour!

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  15. This is so gorgeous! I love it! You did an amazing job! :)

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  16. Very gorgeous. That colour is perfect, and the belt! amazing :-)

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