Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The 1912 Evening Gown- Finished!

Choosing the trims was fun.

Two trims were applied to the neckline, as well as a narrow velvet ribbon around the bottom edge of the georgette skirt. Last of all, I hand stitched the center back lining along the zipper opening.

Looking at it on the dress form, I noted that the two layers really gave it the feel of a period dress. One night while watching Downton Abbey, I realized that I had a couple items in my Etsy shop- a choker and a black lace cardigan shrug- that would go very nicely with the dress. The choker isn’t as elaborate as some of them were, but it has a similar feel, and the lace shrug has the right shoulder lines for the period. I could hardly wait for my model to arrive!

The finished dress fit Katie perfectly. It is not floor length on her when made according to the pattern (she is @ 5’ 6”) but she really liked the length. 

We tried both it with and without the shrug. 

I think some of the most beautiful and classiest clothing is made from vintage patterns with a modern twist, and this is a great example. 

I am happy with the finished product, and have added the gown to my Etsy Shop.  I have obtained permission from Janyce Hill of VPLL to sell garments made from this pattern, and I think it will be a great way to plug her Titanic Sewing Project.  Maybe the dress will get to attend a Titanic event!

Speaking of Titanic events, there are Titanic Memorial events, balls, and dinners all over the United States, Canada, and England this year, many of them in April. I have posted links to a few of them below. If you know of more, please feel free to post the links as comments. 

Up next time.... a Steampunk Fascinator.


  1. Hi! Beautiful work.............is that the princess slip pattern? If it is, a great example of what you can create with it:) Darby

  2. Thanks! And yes, that is the Princess Slip pattern.

  3. Beautiful. Love your choice of black and that awesome trim.

  4. Lovely! What a creative use of the pattern! I confess I just looked at it and thought "nope, don't need a lacy white slip." Do you know if Janyce's permission applies to everything made from the 1912 project patterns?

    1. I am not sure, as I asked her specifically about this pattern. Your best bet is to ask her yourself.

  5. Very pretty. I didn't even know it was the Princess Slip. :)

  6. I am impressed with the way the neckline lies. Perfect!

  7. You have given me lots of inspiration for my dress code - Iitanic Evening Gown for the Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland Federation Conference. The Change of Insignia will be held in the new Titanic building in Belfast Saturday 27 October 2012. Over a 1,000 SI women will descend on Belfast from Wednesday 24 October 2012 and culminate with amazing event. You have given me lots of ideas and I am truly grateful to you. Many thanks! SH

  8. Hello there! I could have sworn I've visited this blog before but after browsing through many of the posts
    I realized it's new to me. Anyways, I'm definitely pleased I discovered it and I'll
    be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

    My site dark red prom dress with black lace