I adore this 1954 Pierre Balmain creation. When I first saw this picture in L'Officiel de la Mode, I knew I had to make it someday. Originally I thought it was a skirt and jacket, or a basic sheath. Then I one day was going through another French fashion magazine, L'Art et la Mode, and I saw this picture.
Wowsers! I was so glad that I had found this photo before I had attempted making the outfit. I love the chiffon neckline. I also found this picture in the same magazine.
I like this version too, without the fur collar. I though about making the fur collar on my jacket detachable with an additional lace collar under it, but I didn't have enough lace to do it and I thought it might make the neckline of the jacket too bulky. I may try it later though.
Here is my version.
I was so excited to use my Eiffel Tower backdrop. But alas, the lines are all crooked, I will have to make sure that everything is lined up better next time. I do like the greys of the suit with the greys of the backdrop.
My restyled Oona demanded to be my model for this fashion.
I love this backdrop too.
I was able to squeeze out 6 of these outfits to sell on The Studio Commissary. They were a hit! They sold out in the first few minutes.
I plan to make more of these suits in other colors later this year.
When I went to make the pattern to sell, I decided I loved this bodice so much that I wanted to see what it looked like as a cocktail dress. I had some lace scraps left and was able cut out quite a few lace bodices. I sewed a chiffon skirt to the bodice and Tah-Dah! An adorable cocktail dress!
Rondolette looks lovely in this dress.
This will be the first time that one of my patterns will have two different options.
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