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Vogue Paris Original 1819; ca. 1967. Dress in two lengths. Semi-fitted empire dress has bias cowl neckline extending to low draped back. Bias bow at back. Designed by Balmain.
Featured in Vogue Pattern Book October/November 1967
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This pattern seems easy enough to make at first glance, but there are many dressmaker details that add somewhat to the complexity. After reading the instructions through (there are 47 steps) the most difficult is constructing the bodice and attaching it to the skirt. The skirt itself is simple, and the bodice does require some expertise with fitting and easing in. I would say that unlike some of the "designer" pattens of today, this one is truly a designed pattern and takes some dressmaking skills or a lot of patience. I am thrilled I found this on eBay in a small size (size 10 more like a size 2 or 4 today, 31 bust) and plan to up size it by 5 inches to a 36 bust, if possible, which may change the lines considerably. When I make it I will post it. I also plan to make it in the size and give it to someone it fits. It is really one of the most beautiful, modern-classic dress patterns I've seen. The Givenchy's which go for so much money on ebay, tend to look somewhat constume-y depending on when they are from. BTW, I did go up against some very aggressive bidder(s), but ultimately prevailed for the most I have ever bought a pattern for. As the seller said, this one has not appeared on ebay to our knowledge - but after a high priced auction, people tend to get them out of their stashes and put them up for sale - s stay tuned!
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