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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Evening Gown Luxury

Cocktail Dresses & Evening Gowns are pure Style

McCalls 3788 Givenchy. Circa 1956.
Simple, elegant, and oh so stylish ! A rare and expensive pattern to find.

If you're lucky enough to find one of these now out of print patterns, hang on to it.
Could be made in satins, taffita or silk for the glamour evening feel. The opera gloves just finish it off perfectly.
Princess seams, boat neck with strap back, flowing into a bowed sash.
I think McCalls should do a re-print for those of us who won't find one at the garage sales...

McCalls 4257 Pauline Trigere .

Short sleeve, full skirted cocktail dress. Tied bow detail on front and cowl neck feature shows mostly at rear neck, appears as boat neck at front.
Would be glamourous in satins, silks and taffeta.
Vogue Paris Original 1434 - Nina Rici.
Circa 1954.

Empire waist two piece evening dress. Sheath dress with thin straps and tunic worn over dress. Can be made in two lengths.
A nice adaptation for the "Littele Black Dress" theme with elegance.
Longer length in glamour fabrics such as satin, silk or taffetas ideal for those special events.
Despite the year it is made, it never goes out of style if its classical.

McCalls 4007 by Givenchy.

I saw an original newspaper article describing this pattern & other McCalls Givenchy patterns.
Its from the Tuscaloosa News (?). Cut paste address below to your browser page:

I'd like to buy it with the original price please! I wonder if I sent my money to the address would I be lucky? Not....

Vogue Vintage Model Original 1931 Design.
I was inspired by these slinky designs with  low cut backs. These are reproduction patterns from the 1930's. Very early Hollywood glamour design. I see them in a slinky satin fabric, but where I would wear it on a country property I'm not quite sure, but I'd give it a try !

Vogue Vintage Model Original 1934 Design.


  1. Thank you Jan, I hope to bring more to everyone.