I love a classic dress as much as the next woman, but when polka dots enter the equation…well, fun is the key element. So it’s back to the 50’s-this time in black and white. Like most women, I find the lack of fine quality in mass produced clothing frustrating. It’s one of the many reasons I decided to learn how to make clothing. Now, straining straps, constant readjustments, and the possibility of walking into a room where someone else is wearing the same dress have become a thing of the past.
The glimmer from the teardrop sequin embellished mesh fabric will be hard to ignore as you make your way through any room, while a subtle underlayer of polka dot silk fabric adds a flair of vintage.
On the shoulders, matte satin triangular straps add a touch of modern femininity. To prevent gaping on the bodice I’ve added a partial see through silk organza panel which was hand-dyed. Its structure is further strengthened by a boned underlining, which is also made from silk organza. A waist stay accentuates the figure and eliminates having to pull up or readjust the dress. Staying true to the vintage era, a lapped skin color metal zipper was inserted. A hook and handmade thread eye provides a seamless finish. Tying this all together is a black grosgrain bow belt, which gently creates an hourglass silhouette from every angle.
What makes this dress one of a kind is not just the beautiful fabric but the attention to the inner structure. It’s underlining, hand sewn lining, along with other key couture techniques is what truly sets this dress apart. It’s also an undeniably sparkly addition to your wardrobe! It goes perfectly with high heels or pumps. Add gloves for an extra retro vibe. Oh, and don’t forget the famous red pout to complete the look!