Friday, October 15, 2010

Dress Design for Shabby Apple

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses

Well...Shabby Apple is having their "Dare to Design" competition again this year,

and you know what...
I am resubmitting my entry form last year. Not because I am lazy, but because I really love the dress I made. Maybe they will too this time around?

A little note about the dress...this is a half sized mock up of the actual dress so its unfinished obviously. The slip needs to be pulled up a tad and it needs a zipper and to be hemmed-- and the sewing is far from perfect...but you get the idea. Right?


I love dresses.

I would probably wear one everyday if my obnoxiously long torso didn't prevent them from ever fitting me correctly. I am so inspired watching Mad Man, which takes place in the late 50's and early 60's, and what I love is that women wore dresses that were perfectly tailored and detailed, instead of sloppy knits all the time. I truly watch the show just for the wardrobe. I wish we still dressed that way.

I designed my perfect dress, inspired by Mad Man:

The "Betty Draper Dress"

Here is what my dress design for Shabby Apple Dresses includes:

A pleated bodice that provides substantial structure to help coax a tummy into a more lovely shape, with pleats that open into a ruffle of sorts which nicely frames a delicate feminine collarbone.

Flattering elbow length sleeves--perfect for any season.

Generous pockets, because I firmly believe that all dresses should have pockets! Don't you?

Lovely hour-glass shape with its gathered skirt easing up on the gathers as it approaches the hips in order to provide just the right amount of fullness becoming on a woman's figure.

Full skirt hits just below the knee, and sports a peek-a-boo of colorful lace at the under-skirt slip lining.

Is made of stretch cotton poplin, so it's cool and breathable, and comfortable.

Its structure is one of form, with seams strategically placed to fit oh so well.

Is simple enough in its detailing to provide ample accessorizing a vintage broach perhaps.


(So... I didn't quite get a zipper put in....its not the easiest thing to do on a half-sized form...use your imagination.)


And even if I don't win, I might make one in several colors for myself anyway.

Wouldn't this color combination be nice for Spring?


Ohh...with these heels:
I bought them by the way...and even if I'm not considered again, I am really going to make this dress...after the baby bump is gone of course.

What would your perfect dress look like?


  1. can't wait to see it in different colors! you're so talented, you could totally start your own dress shop.

    you should make matching ones for you and avery for easter!

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  3. I hope it wins honey!OX, Mom

  4. I would vote for you, Danielle - this dress is so pretty! I love the pleated bodice and the whole tailored look. You are one talented woman!

  5. Hello, Danielle! I'm sure you should win now! I found a picture of your dress while looking for bridal dresses that may look like Betty Draper's ones. And I found yours and showed it to my tailor. She made me a dress that looks similar to your model. Thank you-thank you so much for your work) here's a gallery of my wedding photos, I'm in a dress inspired by you!

  6. I would pay you to make this dress for ME! I LOVE these styles of dresses too and I too desire to dress this way again. So....are you up for making this for someone? :)

  7. I want this dress! Yes, I'm stalking your archives b/c Kristin posted this dress in her intro of your guest post and I missed it way back when.


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