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Taryn1
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Subject: Beginner wowed by classic dress & fabric Date: 12/5/13 7:29 PM

I put this in the beginner forum because I'm sure the answer is very obvious, but as a beginner, I have not seen fabrics like in local stores. And timeless dresses and fabrics like these (see below) are what makes a beginner like myself want to learn so badly.

www.flickr.com/photos/52899036@N05/5272302061/sizes/l/DRESS

I assume the fabric expensive and made of silk, but what type specifically? Second, would this effect be achieved with just one layer of that fabric?

Thank you! -Taryn
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Date: 12/5/13 9:16 PM

Looks like this dress is made of drapery matte fabric - maybe silk crepe? Sash with a bow - silk satin. You can make this dress with a lightweight wool crepe and a bow from silk satin- you will get the same look!

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Date: 12/5/13 9:36 PM

To me, the dress appears to me from about 1962. I had a dress of a different style at that time, but the fabric looked similar. It was not expensive, some kind of synthetic. The fabric had a high sheen, some body and was a bear to iron. If I were trying to make this dress, I would not try to use the original fabric, just something that would behave the same way.

I think it would have been an opaque fabric in a single layer, probably not even lined. However, it would have required a proper full slip under it. (In my opinion, every dress requires a full slip, but that's my age showing!)

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Date: 12/5/13 9:49 PM

I also think the dress looks like the early sixties based on the multitude of dresses my grandmothers made for my Barbie dolls. ;)

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Date: 12/5/13 10:24 PM

Lindy Ann - Wow, you are practically spot on with the date! I was able to find a date for the photo: 1961. Thank you for the fabric and slip suggestions too. I have been considering making a slip or 2 because lining things seems a bit overwhelming as a beginner.

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Date: 12/6/13 0:58 AM

Perhaps a local library has a copy of vogue from that year. Or it may well be in a book on LBDs.

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Date: 12/6/13 8:30 AM

It looks kind of like crepe back satin. The crepe side out for the dress and satin side out for the bow.

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Date: 12/6/13 9:32 AM

I'm thinking a wool crepe with a silk satin sash.

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Date: 12/6/13 12:36 PM

Another vote for silk or wool crepe.

And unless you're lucky enough to live near a really wonderful fabric shop, you probably *won't* be able to find those locally.Crepe-backed satin, however, is easier to find (tho' it will make for a dressier dress).

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Date: 12/6/13 12:46 PM

I would guess silk double georgette.

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