Do you ever have the craving to make something that is totally unnecessary, just because it is so fabulous? I do! And that craving suddenly came to me when I saw this nifty vintage cocktail dress in a Burda magazine:
Whenever I am at the main library I skim through the Burdas, and I found this design in the November 2007 issue. It is a reproduction of an original pattern from Burda’s October 1958 magazine. Almost hyperventilating, I mentally scanned through my stash on the spot, and eventually thought of some burgundy satin that I’ve had for ages. I have actually been trying to sell it on TradeMe for a while, so now I am glad that it never sold! It is a stretch satin though with about 5% stretch, because I do not want a stretch bodice I am underlining it with organza to try and stabilise it – only one way to find out if that works! Plus that poofy skirt is just crying out for some crisp organza inside it…
I haven’t bothered with a toile because a) I am out of calico, b) I couldn’t wait until tomorrow, and c) I have plenty of this satin, so I cut straight into the cloth that evening – very excitedly I might add, because despite being polyester/elastane this fabric gives the illusion of silk duchess when underlined – look!
I’m taking photos as I go, so hope to have some tutorials soon on underlining, kimono sleeve gussets, and other handy tips I think of as I make this lovely dress – it’s looking awesome so far!