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1950's/60's party dress
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Date: 4/25/13 12:26 PM

Hello everyone,
I frequent this site often and have gained great knowledge from it, but this will be my first time ever posting here.

My situation:
I have a 1950's/ early 60's Red Carpet themed event to attend and the preferred colors are red and white (I haveno idea why).
While seaching around, I fell in love with this dress:

My problem:
I would love to recreate this dress and have found patterns to help me achieve this, but I have no idea as to what fabrics I should use.

The site says that this dress is linen. Should I go with that? if so what type, grade, weight of linen? Would a different fabric work better? I don't want anything shiny.

I intend to purchase a petticoat to wear underneath, but would also like the skirt to have a bit of body to it (flare out a bit) if I choose not to.

Any and all suggestions and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 4/25/13 12:29 PM

The dress:

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Date: 4/25/13 5:24 PM

You don't say how dressy this event is. I think that I'd make this out of preferably silk, taffeta or silk shantung. You'll need to underline that skirt in shantung or if you go with linen to give it more body and to keep the wrinkling down, maybe even a crinoline to keep the volume of the skirt. Claudine of Rolling in Cloth made a fabulous plaid silk taffeta vintage dress for her sister who is madly in love with Mad Men. It's a shirt waist, but the skirt is just like yours. Rolling In Cloth
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Date: 4/25/13 5:54 PM

From the original listing for this dress

-1950's red linen designer jonathan logan dress with beautiful crocheted lace trim

-Jonathan Logan was a popular manufacturer of younger women’s dresses – geared to the young, but not the super trendy, usually classic and dressy. The company was founded in 1944 by David Schwartz as a small company with ten employees. The designer in the early days was Dorris Varnum, and in the late 1950s Jeanne Carr was the designer. By 1966 Jonathan Logan had become one of the largest ready to wear companies in the USA.

Etsy listing from 2011, with detailed photos
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Date: 4/25/13 8:52 PM

Silk dupioni, perhaps. It resists wrinkles yet holds a nice crisp line. I love the idea of linen but hate the reality of how easily it wrinkles.

I've quit fighting my inner demons. We're on the same side now.

It's just fabric; we can out-think it.

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