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I am going to attempt to make my own prom dress formal this year.. I have made many many dresses before and I made my last year’s prom formal too, but this year, I saw a dress that is just WAYYY to expensive and not really the colors I would like. So I want to use different fabrics and try to re-create it. It was a sweetheart neck corset top, lace up back style dress with a ton of tulle to poof it out for a ballroom gown bottom.. I have looked everywhere, and I can’t seem to find a good pattern for one with a corset top. PLEASE HELP!


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    Jan 2, 2012, 04.55 AMby patti-r

    Read this: Check Kate’s post also:: burdastyle.com/discussions/someone-help-me/topics/can-i-combine—2

    Check this, has most of your requirements except for the sweetheart neckline: http://www.simplicity.com/p-6744-misses-miss-petite-dresses.aspx#t-0

    Hope it helps,

  • Missing

    Jan 2, 2012, 12.51 PMby Ruth Brown

    Try to get photos of the original if you can, inside & out. Find a similar pattern to use as the basis of your design…be sure it’s compatible with the fabric you want to use. DON’T CUT CORNERS! Boning, lining, etc. are all very important if called for. Take your time…make a muslin…good luck.

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    Jan 3, 2012, 01.31 PMby blueshoegal

    Don’t make your corset out of stretch fabric! the lining should be Herringbone (Cortil).

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      Jan 3, 2012, 11.37 PMby katexxxxxx

      Look for ‘coutil’: basically it means ‘twill’, and can have a plain twill finish, a herringbone finish, or a satin finish. For a Victorian style corset it is the ideal fabric, but it is expensive.

      Brandi Wain, do you have a pic or a URL for the original frock? It would give me a clearer idea of the construction needed to make something similar. You may be able to get away with making a bustier type top, or just a boned bodice, rather than a full corset.

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    Jan 30, 2012, 06.18 AMby Elizabeth Zimmerman

    I’m making my own prom dress this year too!! Anyway I would suggest Simplicity pattern 5006, it’s a lingerie pattern, but it fits all of your requirements and it might help you with the skirt too!! I hope this help and that your dress turns out great!!

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