True Vintage

Papermoon to CurvyCouture

Back in May, I had the best day of shopping of my entire life. We were in Los Angeles and visited so many incredible vintage boutiques that I was in absolute heaven. I snagged some amazing pieces, but one of my purchases was a couple of metres of a vintage fabric from Papermoon Vintage.


There was several different fabrics and patterns in a trunk and at only US$25 for a whole lot of it, I figured why not! I didn’t have a specific thing in mind that I wanted to have made as I knew it would depend on how much was actually there, but I knew I could at least get a full swing skirt out of it.


The fabrics weight and texture is what initially drew me to it. It’s a broadcloth so most likely used for curtains but I really like that! Most of the time when I’m in a fabric shop, it’s the upholstery fabrics that draw me in the most. I love heavier weights, they always feel a little more luxurious to me.


When I got back to New Zealand, I measured up exactly how much fabric there was and started having a think about what sort of style I wanted. I contacted Judy from CurvyCouture by Judy Dee as she’s done such great work in the past and asked her advice on what was possible with the amount of fabric.


After establishing that I did indeed have enough for a dress with a gathered skirt, I decided I wanted a semi-simple silhouette of cap sleeves, 1940s style square neckline, self-covered buttons and a self belt. Judy drafted a pattern and created this beauty. It was so exciting to get the final product back and see the fabric no longer in just a big bolt of material but a beautiful dress!



Of course it fits absolutely perfectly because Judy is a wizard with her craftsmanship. I didn’t have time to go to Hamilton where she is based for a fitting but she’s made several things for me before and knows my shape. Ever the practical dressmaker, the front is actually sewn up so that there’s no issues with gaping at the buttons.



For accessorising this dress, I went with neutral creams for the the gloves and shoes, a light yellow hair flower and a vintage brooch. When I wear this dress in cooler weather I definitely think I will pair a green cardigan with it!

Full Outfit Details
ShoesB.A.I.T Footwear
Gloves and Brooch – Vintage
Hair FlowerSophisticated Lady
PetticoatMalco Modes



Thank you to Katherine of The Undefined Photography for these gorgeous snaps inside Pah Homestead. All that wood panelling looks gorgeous with the colours in this dress!

If you’d like to get something made by CurvyCouture by Judy Dee then get in touch via email – [email protected]


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6 replies »

  1. Absolutely stunning. The colors compliment your skin tone and hair color perfectly.
    The cut of the dress is so diverse. I would think it could easily warn for a day time luncheon and dressed up for an evening on the town.
    Judy Dee is a masterful seamstress!

  2. Lovely! I also had a dress made for me from fabric I purchased. The fabric wasn’t vintage, but a nice floral from a craft store. When it was finished…it fit in the waist. That was it. I had to take it to ANOTHER seamstress to fix. Now it’s one of my favorite pieces. If only we could do every outfit like this! You are lucky to have someone who is a master at their craft. Really love the pattern!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous dress, the floral print is so beautiful. I also like heavier fabrics, they feel much higher quality than those very light cottons for example. Obviously not all light cottons are low quality, but heavier weight makes fabric feel more… luxurious.

  4. It’s truly amazing…you are as others said lucky to have such a talented lady to be your seamstress….I have yet to luck out but once….the skirt with the embroidered pocket from Carla Sue Vintage which was perfection…I keep looking.

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