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This unique dress was created using fabric from a 1940's dress which had been irreparably damaged and a 1960's curtain. The technique used to pattern this dress is subtraction cutting, this eliminates waste from the process and gives a totally unique style.
The wearable parts of the striped fabric from the 1940's dress has been joined to create one large piece which in turn was joined with the curtain fabric. The dress has been lined with bronze lining fabric taken from a 1970's trench coat. There will be some minor discrepancies in the fabric, for example a hem-line from the curtain (near the hem of the dress) and some very small marks disguised in the folds. You will also notice a fourth fabric, on the inner lining of the skirt there is a small piece from a 1970's dress with Japanese garden print.
As there are so many folds and elements to the shape of this dress, I have left it to fall as it is worn, this can differ with movement. You will also notice the sides can be worn pulled out and layered or tucked in - which can form deep pockets. The back of the dress has a bustle style to the folds and as the lining is shorter, this creates a puffball/parachute effect.
My job is to salvage fabric that would otherwise go to landfill. There are not enough photo tiles available for me to share pictures of the original dress but I can do so if messaged directly. Unfortunately, there was no way I could keep the garment as it was and so I took it apart carefully and used every wearable piece. The curtain had such a wonderful 1960's design but being only one half, was too small to make a dress which is why I've added it to this design.
Every part of this dress has been upcycled from fabrics otherwise destined for landfill. It now survives to be re-loved and worn again and again.

Underarm to underarm 20" / 51cm
Shoulder to shoulder 13.5" /34cm
Armhole width 9.5" / 24cm
Across hips 28" / 71cm
Shoulder to hem 46.5" / 118cm varies slightly around the hem

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Upcycled Vintage Fabric Parachute Style Dress UK 16/18

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