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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Making Over My Beaded Silk Dress

I found this gorgeous beaded silk dress at a thrift shop years ago and have been saving it for something, but I haven't been sure exactly what.

It's heavy- both with beads and with the lined silk fabric.  Just gorgeous.  The label says, "Victoria Royal Ltd" made in British Crown Colony, Hong Kong and the other label reads, "Wolf Brothers" Florida.

Here is a close up of the bead work
I am taking suggestions as to what to do with it.  It is missing a few beads and not in perfect condition, but gorgeous none the less.  Although it says size 12, I'd guess it's closer to a modern day 8-ish.  

I was wondering what it might be like turned into a handbag or something else.  Do you have ideas?  I would hate to waste all that intricate beading.  It's just so pretty.


  1. I love the bodices that are completed on a well made dress. Is there any way one can make it a dress instead of turning that lovely bodice into something else?

  2. here's a post script to the post. One of my glass friends said she would love to fix the dress up and wear it. I will be shipping it to her. I love happy endings- whether for stories, people and even dresses who deserve to be loved.

  3. Happy to hear this lovely dress will get a new lease on life, Marcy. Intriguing about the sizes... I guess it is true that 1/ bodies sizes and shapes are different today, and 2/ the fashion industry assigns "smaller" sizes as a marketing tool these days. One of the reasons fitting/sewing from vintage patterns is especially challenging.


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