Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vogue 8811: A Vintage Halloween Novelty Print Dress

A few weeks back on ye olde Pinterest, Jessica of Chronically Vintage and Rochelle of Lucky Lucille both pinned a fabulous vintage advertisement of a spiderweb dress. I was immediately overcome by the urge to sew it! I love that the ad says, "a year around dress." I think I'll wear mine just for Halloween, thank you.

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Vintage Vogue 8811

In the ad, I noticed a fitted bodice, full skirt, and kimono sleeves. I knew Vogue 8811 would be the perfect pattern. I wanted to test it out for a potential winter dress anyway, so this gave me a chance to see if the pattern works for me. In the end, I think it does! There are some great French darts that are tough to see on this black fabric that are very nice.

Vintage Vogue 8811



The spider web fabric is completely sheer, so I underlined it with a black cotton. I also found a fun little bat button at the Round Top Antique Fair for the opening at the back of the dress. There's the quirky fellow in the top left-hand corner!



I wish I had kept the length a bit longer, but I'm still fiddling with a good vintage length for me that will also flatter my short stature and curvier figure. I put horsehair braid in the hem to give it a little bit of extra flare!


Oooh, and can you see my fun novelty brooch? No outfit is complete without a novelty brooch! 

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Later this week, I'll post up some vintage-style Halloween decor from around the house. The spooktacular fun continues! 

16 comments:

  1. Oh, Lauren, it's fabulous! Halloween novelty print dresses are some of my favorite things to sew and this one is gorgeous. I absolutely love the keyhole detailing on the back neckline.

    Also, what a gorgeous place for pictures! My grandparents are longtime members of that exact church and Sam & I briefly considered getting married there, as a result. Instead, I may just have to take dress pictures in their courtyard, the next time I'm home. Great locale!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! What a funny coincidence! I attended there for awhile in college as well. The pumpkin patch this year was just beautiful!

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  2. This is so many degrees of spooktacular awesomeness! I've delighted in seeing that vintage spider web frock ad many times over the years, and love that you used it as the inspiration for a stellar dress of your own. Superbly done, dear gal!!!

    Happy Halloween countdown!
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you, Jessica!! The internet is such a magical place of inspiration, and I love that it can bring all these old things back to us!

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  3. What a lot of pumpkins! I don't think I've ever seen so many before! The dress looks super! I love the fabric and the shape is perfect on you!

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    1. Thanks, Nishi! I was worried the sleeves weren't going to be great, but I like them in the end.

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  4. Awesome!! We are newbs at Halloween over here in Norway, but I could sure do with a cobweb dress and some of those beautiful pumpkins :D You look great ;)

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    1. Thank you, Siri! I forget that Halloween isn't as big of a deal in other parts of the world as it is here. It's pretty great for us sewers - so many extra possibilities!

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  5. That is a terrific dress!! I love all the pumpkins and the gorgeous house in the back.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It was the perfect setting!

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  6. Very cute! I love the cat brooch. (But ha! A year round dress? I think you're right--just Halloween.) I really like that length on you, by the way. It suits you very well.

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    1. Thank ya, Leigh Ann! The length has grown on me, so I think you're right. I have this habit of disliking something just after I've finished sewing it, but it always warms on me!

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  7. So cute and festive! And I just love that brooch. It's hard to imagine all-over spider webs as an appropriate year-round design. I did once see a vintage sweater that had an artful spider web just creeping out over one shoulder, and I actually thought it was neat and wearable. Maybe spider webs were a minor trend at one point?

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! How funny - I wonder if it was a trend at one point. That would be pretty awesome.

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  8. What a fabulous dress! Nice work there Lauren ; )

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