Satin Scoop-Back Dress

cream satin scoop back dress

Guys! I love this dress. I feel like I need a wedding to wear it to now or something.

The fabric is this cream satin from Mood Fabrics and I loved working with it. It seems to be pretty high quality but it was really affordable too, so that made me happy.

Two tips for working with it though: #1 use glass head pins instead of plastic ones. This fabric isn’t very forgiving and leaves holes left by thicker pins. #2, if you’re going to be gathering at all, use quilting thread. I had issues with the thread breaking on my gathering stitches due to the thickness of the fabric. Editor’s note: When you’re working with duchesse satins like this one, take care to pin only in the seam allowances where it won’t show, as pin holes leave marks. I use a waxed silk thread when I need a heavy-duty thread for basting or gathering.
cream satin scoop back dress

Pattern-wise, I decided on Simplicity 5954 (out of print) after knowing I wanted a scooped back and then seeing this version on Lara’s blog, Dreamingofavonlea. I loved how she changed the zipper closure to a button closure too so I decided to do mine like that as well. Thanks for the cute idea Lara!

cream satin scoop back dress

Then I used the front bodice from New Look 6723 because I wanted a higher neckline to balance out the low back. I also added cap sleeves.

cream satin scoop back dress

cream satin scoop back dress

Oh and I cut off 15+ inches from the original skirt pattern. 15 inches!! Guys that’s like a mini person. They certainly didn’t mess around in the 60s, that’s for sure. This actually turned out to be a real pain because I of course didn’t realize that the skirt wasn’t going to work until after the fact.. as in I had finished the hem and everything. Ugh, so that was fun to go back and unpick.

cream satin scoop back dress

Here’s the inspiration pic. Cute, except it was $295 dollars. No I’m not kidding, J.Crew will be the death of me, I swear.

 

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  • Diana
    July 29, 2013

    Pretty as a picture comes to mind when I look at you in this dress. A lovely rendition of your inspiration photo. I love the look of the covered buttons on the back.

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      That’s really sweet of you to say, thanks Diana!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 29, 2013

    You did a wonderful job creating this cute dress from the J Crew inspiration photo. I like yours better with the capped sleeves and the back button closure is beautiful!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Wow really? Thanks Sarah! That means a lot.

  • Carolyn
    July 29, 2013

    I love how you turned your inspiration picture into a wonderful well-fitted dress for yourself! Great job!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn! It helps that I’m a poor college student and have no choice either way. haha don’t you love when sewing saves you money? It’s the best!

  • lsaspacey
    July 29, 2013

    I love your version much more than the J. Crew version. I prefer your shorter cap sleeves.

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      I think this is probably the best compliment you could give me, thank you so much! Also thanks for commenting because in the first place because it led me to find your blog and I really love it. I’ll be following you from now on for sure.

  • Amanda S.
    July 29, 2013

    It’s lovely! I love the high front and low back. Great job!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks Amanda! It’s nice because I never have to worry about showing too much cleavage. haha, one less thing to worry about right?

  • Lauren
    July 29, 2013

    It’s so pretty! I especially love the back, with the low scoop and the buttons. I’m also jealous of how good you look in that pale cream/white – positively ethereal! Me, I look sick :P haha!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks so much Lauren! I positively doubt that but that’s seriously really nice of you to say, thank you. I’m jealous of how well you can pull off 80s print fabric so I guess we’re even. Really though I’m obsessed with those one Maritime shorts you made- I want to make some like it for my August Mood project actually!

  • Ginger
    July 29, 2013

    Oh, Haylee, this is so, so beautiful! I love it! Seriously gorgeous! But don’t wear it to a wedding or you’ll be too much prettier than the bride! ;) I can’t get over how lovely this is!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      haha Ginger you are the sweetest! I doubt that but hey maybe I’ll have to remember that for future ex-boyfriends weddings? hahaha just kidding, just kidding. Really though thanks a lot, you always leave the sweetest comments.

  • DebB
    July 29, 2013

    Your version is much cuter. Great job!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Ahh thank you! That seriously means so much for you to say.

  • Amy
    July 29, 2013

    You are always so cute! You made a great match for your inspiration photo. Bravo!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Amy you are always so sweet, thank you so much!

  • Lori
    July 29, 2013

    This is so gorgeous on you, I love the back. Wonderful job.

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Thanks so much Lori! I’m glad someone does (my mom’s not a fan, haha)

  • Cissie
    July 30, 2013

    So pretty. You could be the bride!!

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      Thank you Cissie! You are seriously so nice. Hopefully that doesn’t happen for at least a FEW more years, but with all my friends getting married lately, you never know! Ahh that freaks me out, no I’m waiting a few more years. No I want to wait at least a few more years. haha thanks again though!

  • Sandra
    July 31, 2013

    what a great dress – 15″ off the skirt, that would be such a waist of great fabric. Your covered buttons are just perfect.

    • Haylee
      July 31, 2013

      I know right? What blows me away is how they actually got away with wearing dresses like that back then. Soo incredibly poofy! A part of me is kind of jealous actually but you never know with fashion trends these days, maybe in a few years we’ll be wearing them again. :) haha thanks again Sandra.

  • Rory
    August 18, 2013

    You look angelic in that. The back of the dress is just darling on you. What a great job.