Hot! Ready For My Close Up Gown | Veronica Darling


The Facts

Fabric: Very strange polyester bed cover and valance, thrifted, $6.
Pattern: Vogue Easy Options 9668 $1 (bodice), Oolong by Colette Patterns, $18 (skirt) and Simplicity 5783 (part of the sleeves), free.
Year: Many!
Notions: none, just thread
Time to complete: 3 hours of sewing and 3 hours of drawing and working it all out!
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Maybe with a trimmed hemline!

Total Cost: $25 – ooh la la!

A Hollywood story, starring Veronica Darling with a stunning guest star appearance by fellow Melbournian Kazz as her trusty companion. For some reason, the Great Gatsby idea turned into a cinematic experience in ode to Director Baz Lurhmann beginning his filming in Sydney last week.

Dear Diary,

Oh, I've become so lardy dah with my sewing, especially this Gatsby themed week! Even though we've had plenty of time to plan for the 1920s and 1930s era, I dawdled into this dress so dreamily, you'd think I was faded Hollywood star Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard, living in my own fantasy world where I had 1930s sewing patterns aplenty. With sharp pangs of reality a week before my sewing deadline, I soon realised my wannabe gown was in fact a 1950s era dress, that was pretending to be from the 1930s! 

Shocked and fooled by my own naivety, I took to more fantasy days and cocktails to delay and dull that deadline. I even took to doodling away some 1930s red carpet gowns and googling galore.

Hollywood Pattern
And it was then when THIS stunning Hollywood starlet caught my eye! ;)

And now my tale turns to the horror genre instead of film noir, as I began to experiment and construct a Frankenstein style dress. I cut and pulled apart pattern pieces in my science laboratory aka sewing room! A Vogue bodice sewn up with Colette Oolong's skirt pieces! I recklessly abandoned the bias cutting as the stripey green nylon polyester bedsheet and valance was slightly stretchy anyways, so no need for fiddly closures! For the flouncy sleeves, I really concocted a potion of ideas that transformed into a wonderful reality and really became the heartbeat of the gown.

And we all know that Frankenstein needs a heart! I sliced the Simplicity sleeves into threes (vertically), but extended the middle section about 5 inches longer, and gathered the sides before stitching it up to the orignal side pieces. My rigourous surgery came together delightfully well, however the only monster would be how the fabric creases so! What drama!

But back to the glamourous life of Sunset Boulevard! Writing to my penpal Kazz via the twitterverse and Sew Weekly murmurings we decided to set a darling date to meet up on Sunday 11th and create a mini Gatsby soiree ourselves in Melbourne! 

We ladies were paparazzi-ed by Husbands and many other Melbournians at the Madame Brussels rooftop terrace and floated around gorgeously after our cocktails. It was  soon after that I cried, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up!" with my actorly face!



Kisses darlings, from us in Melbourne xoxo (I'm sure the darling Kazz will fill you in on her gorgeous creation, but I absolutely adored meeting her this weekend! WOW! xoxo)





Veronica Darling

Veronica Darling has been sewing well for about 4 years, blogging for 5 years and smiling for over 33 years. In 2011, she joined Mena's Sew Weekly in sewing through the year, and in 2012 will keep challenges slightly smaller in scale.


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  1. I’ll bet you two had SO much fun. You both look amazing.

  2. Girl – you and Kazz look amazing! You look like an old time movie star and she looks like your awesomesauce flapper sidekick! LOVE!

  3. You both look fantastic! I especially love that you made your dress from an old bed cover and valance, of all things!

  4. This is amazing!!! You too are my heros! So fun!

  5. So Lovely! OH you both look STUNNING! How much fun!!! I love how your dress came together–great job on bringing all the elements you wanted! It looks FABULOUS! YAY! I’ve been dying to see you in a 1930’s creation for some time–and you look like a stunning deco starlet!!

  6. Oh wow, it’s fantastic, I love it!!

  7. Wow, I haven’t been a subscriber for very long but this is my favorite thing you’ve made! Love the color, love the style, love everything. I fear, if I had it, my husband would have to peel it off me as I would wear it everyday!

  8. Linda D. Campbell

    How lovely Veronica. You & Kazz, it was only a matter of time before you two STARS met up. Yes, I think you rocked the ‘Gasby’.

  9. I think I had that bedspread as a child…!

  10. Glamour with a Capital G – ladies you look fabulous. Wish I’d been more organised. Melbourne isn’t so far.

  11. I totally didn’t expect a bright green on a 30s dress but you are totally rocking it! Great job mixing and matching the patterns, it all came together fabulously! All these meet ups are so fun, wished I was there!

  12. I love putting together patterns the way you do to create an original design. Love your bold fabric choice! My creation this week was also an Oolong based dress.

  13. Wooooow omg what a great dress! LOVE

  14. Yay your dress was magnificent in real life as you were. I’m very much in love with the sleeves.Another fantastic Veronica Darling dress and it was an absolute pleasure spending this Great Gatsby challenge with you xxoo

  15. You look like a super gorgeous 1930s film star, I just love the bodice. I bet that bedspread and its previous owners never knew it would have a second life as something so amazing. And again you’re bringing the mad sewing skillz (that “z” is just for you) – pattern frankensteining win! You took the 1970s, the 1990s and the 2000s to make something definitively 1930s – go you! And your legs? Where did they go?! Is this a Veronica Darling first? I love the length though, it is very glamourous (but the dress will still be stunning if you perform a hem-ectomy on it) xx