Finished Project: 1002 Nights Poiret Dress

I have just finished up my Poiret inspired dress!

Paul Poiret is one of my fashion design icons.  Making a dress that paid homage to him was really fun!

I felt so “high fashion” in it, because of it’s absurdity, so had fun with editing my photos to capture the way it felt.

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If you missed the prior post with more details about the making of this dress, you can find it here.

This “excuse” for making this dress (not that I needed one) was the Historical Sew Fortnightly’s “Fairytale” challenge.  Here’s the info for the challenge:

The Challenge: #6- “Fairytale”  Inspired by Paul Poiret’s “One Thousand and Second Night” party.

Fabric:  The tunic is all poly with little rubber dots on it.  Pretty horrid, but has a great look when made up for the “Poiret” look.  The dress is a black satin rayon, which they actually did have in this time period.

Pattern: Underdress: My Cordelia skirt pattern and the 1910s Blouse pattern with an altered neckline and no sleeves.  Overdress:  Very loosely based on a bodice pattern from the period, but mostly entirely self composed as I went along.

Year: 1913-ish

Notions: Indian import trim, hooks and eyes, snaps, hoop wire, bias facing.

How historically accurate is it?  If it wasn’t for the fibre content, it would be pretty close.  I’m knocking myself for that, though, and giving myself a 40% accuracy marking.

Hours to complete:  I have no idea.  Maybe 12-ish?  It went pretty fast, but I puttered in 15 minute increments on it over the span of three weeks (didn’t make the “fortnight” due date).

First worn: Today for pictures!

Total cost: Hmm…. considering the only thing I really bought for this was the dupatta, I think it was around $35.  Everything else was from the stash.

More outfit details:  My shoes were thrifted, my hat is authentic Edwardian, and the brooches, etc are vintage, with the exception of the necklace and earrings, and the choker I used as an accent on the belt.  All of those are new from Ebay, bought over the last seven years or so.


16 Comments on Finished Project: 1002 Nights Poiret Dress

  1. Kait
    April 7, 2014 at 5:08 pm (8 years ago)

    This came out gorgeous! It looks like like an authentic Poiret & the accessories are great too!

  2. Bre
    April 7, 2014 at 5:46 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks amazing! So regal. You remind me of a peacock!

  3. Kim
    April 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm (8 years ago)

    Spectacular! I love the high fashion attitude, too-you look amazing!

  4. Stephanie
    April 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Looks so fabulous! And I love the mood you captured in your photos. Just perfect! :D

  5. Ahuva
    April 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm (8 years ago)

    it’s magnificent!! such beautiful details and colours and you look fantastic in it!

  6. mancunianvintage
    April 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm (8 years ago)

    Amazing creation – you look fab!

  7. girliefrank
    April 7, 2014 at 11:54 pm (8 years ago)


  8. Red Point Tailor
    April 8, 2014 at 3:06 am (8 years ago)

    STUNNING! AMAZING! and fun!

  9. Lisa
    April 8, 2014 at 4:36 am (8 years ago)

    This is incredible!

  10. Carolyn
    April 8, 2014 at 5:25 am (8 years ago)

    That is truly some kind of wonderful! Now I want to make one for myself too! You look *perfect*!!

  11. WendyBee
    April 8, 2014 at 6:00 am (8 years ago)

    Absolutely stunning! And in 12 hours, and for $35. Wow. Put a project in the hands of a pro and just watch the sparks fly. This project is truly amazing and I love this dress. I’d be tempted to crash parties just to show it off. Brava!

  12. ette
    April 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm (8 years ago)

    So beautiful, really a lovely project!

  13. Lisa
    April 8, 2014 at 1:21 pm (8 years ago)

    WELL DONE! It looks great!

  14. Siri
    April 8, 2014 at 2:33 pm (8 years ago)

    It turned out lovely! :)

  15. Rochelle New
    April 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm (8 years ago)

    WOW! This look is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.

  16. Laura Mae
    April 11, 2014 at 8:55 pm (8 years ago)

    Gorgeous and super dramatic!! I love this style on you!

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