Thursday, November 14, 2013

Symphony in Satin

Because the Gala was on a different day than the opening Marin Symphony concert, a second outfit was in order!  Extra opportunities to play dress up are always welcome!

This is Vogue 1011, another Vintage Vogue reproduction (and yes, I am still very cranky with Vogue for not releasing any new vintage designs).  

I have never managed to get photographs of the dress, even though it was finished over five years ago. 

The fabric is a rayon satin that I picked up from a Bella Notte warehouse sale.  They make super swanky linens, and while it would be lovely to have a bedroom full of coverlets and shams and duvets made from velvets and satins, I would rather have a chance to wear them out of the house!  To prove the point, I have even used one of their silk/cotton sheets to make a few dresses, as seen here and here, and their rayon satin is one of my favorite fabrics

This day was so bright and windy that I thought the photos might, once again, be a compete failure.  But now I have photographic evidence that the dress exists!

Because this was made quite a few years ago, I would change a few things about its construction were I making it today - the main reason being that this was before my discovery of Hug Snug Seam Binding!  And it would look excellent in a soft wool . . . maybe I need to pull the pattern out again!

What is really surprising to me is that I have only seen one other version of this made up – did no one purchase this pattern?  Or did everyone dread alterations?  I must admit that lengthening the bodice pieces was not as simple as it usually is, and I would imagine any significant changes would be complicated by all those points and lapped seams.  But it just might be worth it in the end!

Dress:  Made by me, Vogue 1011
Hat:  Made by me, Vogue 7657
Shoes:  Vince Camuto
Gloves:  Vintage, Dyed by me
Earrings:  Shadows


  1. What a lovely dress. I'm in agreement with you over a wool version, fantastic idea for winter!

  2. You and your dress look amazing, and I love it with the gloves!

  3. The dress turned out fabulous. You look superb! And I love the hat - the perfect accent! And you made that too? Wonderful. No image shows the hat in full - does it have trailing ribbons? More pix, please? :D Congratulations on a stunning ensemble.

    1. Oops - I just clicked your link for the hat and got a good view of the back. :) Lovely and so fun!

  4. Ahhh, and what gloriously lovely (fashion) notes you've hit with it! Gorgeous colours, garments and styling. I can never get enough of those two (autumn perfect) colours together.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Beautiful! I can't imagine how soft the rayon satin must be. Very lovely, and I really like that pattern!

  6. This making of the dress looks perfect. Not sure what could be improved. Actually, I own this pattern, and yes, I wonder how I am going to manage the full bust adjustments needed for my figure... I wonder how it can be worked out without distroying the parallel lines of the dress. If you have tips, please feel welcome to explain!