The Dress Project, Part 1

31 August 2009

There's something about vintage style dresses (by this I mean 1950s shapes, or the 80s rehash) that I love. I'm constantly on the lookout for the nipped in waist, structured bodice and full skirt whenever I hit the shops, with varying degrees of success. I'm fed up of seeing body-concious styles in the shops, that provide me with no shape, and extortionately priced vintage on eBay, so I've decided to have a go at creating my own vintage inspired dress, with a modern touch. Here's some of the inspiration I've gathered so far, from random blogs and good old eBay.

Sources? Well this inspiration folders been going a long time, let see if I can remember.
Ebay, ReneƩ Sturme, MTV Buzzworthy, unknown, Luna Supernova, forgotten, Fashionista diary, oops again

A lot of the favourites are floral, but I'd like to see if I can create something a bit more Autumn/Winter in lace or velvet (but it could well be next Spring/Summer by the time I end up making it). Slightly ambitious I know, but I'll try and work something out (I know a few people I can bore with numerous pattern cutting queries, plus my Mum's a dab hand at sewing pretty much anything). So far I've managed to create a basic block for a few things (leggings, jersey tops), so my Winifred Aldrich book has lulled me into a false sense of security with the ease of it all, but I'll let you know if there are any major developments.

My lovely bodice block, hopefully the start of many, wonderful patterns

By the way, I'm going to keep the Joy competition open until midnight tomorrow, so make sure you enter if you can be in London this Thursday night (3/9). It's really a fantastic opportunity to get free clothes and meet fellow bloggers.

Now August is over, I'm excited (and slightly scared) for September. There's fashion week and hopefully foreign travel to look forward to; what will you all be up to?

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  1. ah pattern cutting! I do not miss that at all!! far too precise for my liking, I just bodge-jobbed everything I did!

    Make some leggings!

  2. I'm loving all those dresses! Think how smug you can feel when somebody compliments yours and you can tell them you made it! Haha.

    By the way I'm updating my blogroll and was wondering if you wanted to trade links?

  3. pattern cutting will forever be the bane of my life-and I've got a degree in it, lol. I can't wait to see how it looks

  4. Vintage style dresses make me feel like such a girl! I'm eternally envious of people who can make their own clothes. I just saw 500 Days of Summer and was enamored with Zooeys whole vintage vibe wardrobe!

  5. Two Words darling: DREAM DRESS!!!

  6. Cant wait to see the finished results.
    Also what leggings have you a made to add to your collection? You should post images.

  7. I wish I could make my own the inspirations.

  8. The floral dresses are really quite lovely. Have fun at the Joy event, I got the email about it too and it's a shame I will be missing out on this blogger shopping night/meet up. Meeting other bloggers is so much fun though! Yay!

  9. i really wish i could design my own clothes. i think it'd be one of my three wishes if i met a genie. seriously.

  10. those dresses are amaze! i agree, fiftys style dresses are always the most flattering :)

  11. Love those collages all the dresses are gorgeous, especially Alexas one!
    Great idea of making it in lace or velvet for an AW 09 twist.
    Let us know when you have sketched it out or made a start on it!
    Beth xx

  12. I love those kind of dresses too, but I'm not brave enough to try and make one! Good luck!


  13. that is a great project, i love the pics you have chosen for your inspiration. i look forward to seeing the final outcome :)

  14. I am officially your new number one fan :) that was easy! Well done on the dress making. I always try but I'm truly crap, just design stuff and get mother to do it. Sew for me woman, do it noooow! x

  15. I have to admit, this is my favorite silhouette too.. it was one of the first things I made on my own and I was inspired to take pattern classes because of one babydoll dress I had and wanted to replicate. Goodluck with your dress, cant wait to see it!

  16. Am in total agreement here, one of the most beautiful timeless silhouettes and I can never find anything remotely like any of thoseee wherever I go.
    Good luck with your dress!
    I can't wait to see it and am sure it'll look more than amazinggg
    Congrats aswell for doing something about it rather than sitting around and moaning about it all day like, erm, me :)

  17. Exciting project!
    I just adore floral dresses, they make up most of my wardrobe (the parts that actually get worn anyway)
    I love the first one pictured with the cute little hat and accessories and the one Alexa's wearing there particularly.

    Florrie x