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Topic: Bette Davis' All About Eve Dress -- a crazy question  (Read 559 times)
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vorare
« on: January 07, 2008 11:34:09 PM »

Hello friends and lovers! I'm invited in two weeks to a "dead celebrities" costume party, and in my wildest of dreams I go as Bette Davis as Margo Channing from All About Eve.

My question is: do you know of a pattern or a method that might approximate Margo's party dress?

                

There's also a video on YouTube and replicas pictured here in fabric and here in polymer clay.

I'm not much of a tailor/seamstress, so I'd love to have some idea of what I'm up against. And seriously, this would make my life. Talk about having every Halloween sewn up for the rest of your life, eh? (No pun intended!)
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2008 03:54:34 AM »

I think it's do-able. It's just a matter of taking your time and doing it piece by piece. I'd say start on the bodice, then do the drapey over-the-shoulder bit, then the sleeves, then the skirt. I'm sorry I don't know of a pattern but it looks to me like something that could feasably be worked out.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2008 01:08:03 PM »

I also asked at the Sew Obsessed group on Ravelry, and mamafitz there came up with this pattern:

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4918.htm?tab=evening_prom_bridal&page=2

It's fabulous! I'll just have to pleat the bodice instead of doing the twisty thing, and add decorative pleated side-straps.

The order of operations you suggested sounds good. Thank you so, so much!
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008 01:14:03 PM »

I'd start with a strapless dress (and a better bra than Margo had... though I'm sure that Miss Davis wore it as part of the character.) And a full skirt.

Then tube sleeves in matching fabric, elastic on both ends. Then pleated shoulder straps, tacked to the bodice of the strapless dress and the top of the tube sleeves.

BTW, did you know that Miss Davis's "red" dress in JEZEBEL was really brown too? Since the film is B&W, the brown read as red.

Fab frock! Start looking for a cigarette holder, darling!
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