Ava and Lana BFF

Faryn is making a wedding dress for a friend (she's a better man than I am, gotta tell you) and the friend is looking for a pattern for a dress like Ava Gardner's in this picture:

Ava and Lana

No, no, I'm totally kidding you. She wants Lana Turner's dress. What I want to know is what kind of event accommodated both outfits … Ava's dressed for a day at the office where she may just have to move some file boxes, and Lana is dressed for, well, a wedding. Possibly a wedding in an Old West Saloon, where high kicks may or may not be involved.

It doesn't seem to have affected their friendship, though:

Ava and Lana

I know nothing about Lana Turner and only slightly more about Ava Gardner, so I am relying on you film buffs to enlighten me.

And in the top picture, there's a guy in what looks like white tie, and in the bottom there's a guy in what looks like an Eisenhower jacket. Go figure.

As for the dress, you should be able to modify a fairly standard off-the-shoulder gown to be like this. Add a slit and some ruffles, sprinkle on some bling, and you're done! But if you have a link to a similar pattern, please leave it in the comments for Faryn …

54 thoughts on “Ava and Lana BFF

  1. I vote for a silk duchess satin. My wedding gown was made from it and I adored it. Great body and movement, nice sheen without being too shiny, and it drapes beautifully. I think the tulle and beading would pop against it and look elegant. I also think a vintage or antique brooch at the top of the tulle would be really cool!

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  2. i looked up both ladies after reading this and neither seemed to have a very happy life. but they both sure wore dresses well, if that counts for anything…by the way i am rather new to your blog, and i love it and the vintage pattern wiki. awesome. thanks.

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  3. I would suggest looking at Sewingpatterns.com. They have lots and lots of pattern brands Ive never seen anywhere else. If it exists they probably have it.

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