I've loaned one of my 1980s dresses to the V&A Club to Catwalk exhibition. Today I discovered that The Scarlett Dress pattern is available for free download on the V&A Museum website, for a limited time only. This is fabulous news for dressmakers with a penchant for glamour and 80s subculture!
My old friend Juliana Sissons made the original for me in 1984 for my 21st birthday. We devised the look together, both inspired by old-style Hollywood glamour, always with a twist. Juliana made the pattern and I found my fabric - red stretch ciré jersey.
I wore quite a few dresses back then that were very narrow at the ankle, requiring me to hobble around, and this is one of them. Looking back I have no idea how but I wore this dress really quite a lot, and with very high heels. Ha Ha!
Back in June I met with Juliana at the V&A when I dropped off my black Judy Blame beads.
Here's my dress on the stand when we arrived. Look at the attention to detail on the mannequin who has my red swallow tattoo.
The exhibition was still being set up and put together and my dress needed some fiddling with.
Then I had to part with my beads. I've probably mentioned this before but it was quite a wrench!
I'm really missing them at the moment as there is a fair bit of social whirling going on where they would be the perfect accessory to some of my outfits.
Anyway, Juliana has reproduced the pattern and sized it up accordingly (the bespoke original is tiny) and the best news is that you can download it for free for the duration of the exhibition. Go here for more information about the dress, and where you will find the pattern and instructions.
If anybody makes it, please let me know. I'd love to see how it goes.