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Date: 4/25/13 12:58 PM

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 the dress below.

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 have to order the fabric online, so have no way to touch and feel before buying. 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.

Thanks!

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Date: 4/25/13 1:36 PM

Linen wrinkles all to hell. You'd never be able to sit down without becoming a wrinkled mess. Maybe one of the linen blends that doesn't wrinkle so quickly?

It's a lovely dress.

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Date: 4/25/13 1:47 PM

I might go with a poplin. When I saw the picture I immediately thought of an embroidered poplin I just bought from Fashion Fabrics club. Alas, it doesn't seem to come in red. But poplin has a very slight shine to it, which your model picture also seems to have.

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Date: 4/25/13 1:47 PM

I absolutely *adore* linen, but I'm with Briar--I wouldn't wear it to a red carpet event. :)

Further, I think most of the linens you'll find will be too drapey for this style; you want something crisp that will hold the floof in the skirts (in addition to the petticoats). My first thought is actually dupioni, or another low-luster crisp silk. A stretch cotton sateen would work as well, but may not be as formal as you'd like.

Have fun! It's a lovely dress. Have you seen rmusic's thread in Pattern Modifications about the New Look dress she's designing? It's quite similar to this, and several posts discuss the structure of the bodice, which you might find helpful.

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Date: 4/25/13 3:36 PM

I adore this type of dress. I have worn that style with so much pleasure. I used to make that with a good quality of "Swiss coton". That was coton with a sateen bind and that dit not get those nasty wrinkles. I even had several long evening dresses ot of that material. If you cannot find it embroidered it is also a possibility to sew on a lace strip
-- Edited on 4/25/13 3:37 PM --

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Date: 4/25/13 5:02 PM

Here is the caption for this particular dress

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-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.


It sold almost two years ago, so I hope no one will mistake this for advertising.

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Date: 4/25/13 11:07 PM

Quote: stirwatersblue
A stretch cotton sateen would work as well, but may not be as formal as you'd like.

First thing I thought about myself, if the OP cannot afford silks.

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Date: 4/26/13 9:00 AM

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I can't say thank you enough.

Your insite has been extremely helpful. I hadn't even considered the wrinkle factor of the linen.
I have a list of the fabrics you've mentioned and will be ordering later today.

Once again, thanks for the speedy responses and suggestions!
I'm now less confused and more excited to get started

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Date: 4/26/13 5:22 PM

Lace is in this year, what about a heavy cotton lace? It would hold up and you could do a contrasting color as an underlayer?

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