Moriah's party dress

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HeavenlyPrincess HeavenlyPrincess, member
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My sisters vintage-inspired party dress
Detailing like piped midriff, full-circle skirt, and gathered raglan sleeves were inspired by vintage 1950s dresses
No back zipper! If you look closely, you can see the lapped side zipper in this photo.
My sisters vintage-inspired party dress

My sister's vintage-inspired party dress

Photo: Mark Newhouse

This is my sister's "dream dress". She turned 16 this Holiday season and I wanted to make her something extra special for her birthday and Christmas. We combined some of her favorite details with her favorite color and came up with this! I based the sleeves off of a vintage patttern, but otherwise I created the pattern just for my sister.

I hand-finished everything that would show from the right side, including the sleeve edges and hem (all 6 yards of it). Even the lapped side zipper is stiched in with pick stitches. The shot tafetta really shows off the movement of the full skirt, and I cut the bodice to show off the different shades as well - midriff=crosswise, bodice=lengthwise, sleeves=bias. One of my sister's favorite details is piping, so I used it on either side of the midriff band as well as to finish the neckline. It was also important to her that the sleeves not be binding at all - she likes to do ballroom dancing - so I made cap sleeves cut on the bias. After dancing at a party, she says they're perfect!

One last thing. I can't take credit for the matching hair flower - our youngest sister (age 13) made that!


Pattern or design used: My own design - Jordan Newhouse
posted in: gallery, dress, vintage, gift, holiday, orange, party, fancy, 1950's, taffeta

Comments (2)

HeavenlyPrincess writes: Thank you!
Posted: 3:48 pm on December 27th
Fran66 writes: Well done, very graceful & 'girly' looking. Ideal for a 16 yr old lady.
Posted: 12:07 pm on December 27th
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