Added Jun 26, 2011
My friend Naomi loves this dress by Stop Staring
However she couldn’t afford the £150 that it sells for in the UK; I (foolishly) said that I would try and make something close to the original for her.
This is the result. It’s not perfect and some of the steps were a nightmare but it turned out OK! I used a ‘stiff’ black stretch bengaline for the dress and pink striped/ridged bengaline for the kick pleats and covered buttons. I inserted pink ribbon as piping across the bust and around the collar, I also used it to bind the arm holes. The dress has a back zip and hook and eye closures at the neckline.
It took a lot of work to make this and although the result is nowhere as nice as the original I have learnt a lot and Naomi loves it! I have never made clothes for anyone but myself before so this was something of a challenge!
This was also my first time drafting a pattern from scratch and I had to make quite a few alterations to fit my friend properly (She also lost weight during the process!). Saying that I was impressed by how welI it came together, I am most pleased with the way the collar turned out and the kick pleats. I will definitely be using the techniques learned in the making of this again.
I wouldn’t recommend the’stiff’ bengaline to anyone as a dress making material though as it is very intractable and awkward to work with! The softer bengaline used for accents was a dream to work with and the piping was suprisingly straight forward too.
Sorry I don’t have more pictures of Naomi wearing the dress, I only snapped a few blurry shots on my phone camera before she took it!! I will add more when she returns from her holiday in France. I have included a picture of the original Stop Staring dress to show where the idea for this dress came from.
Black tight weave stretch Bengaline (bought online)
Pink, ridged, soft Bengaline for kick pleats and for covering buttons.
Interfacing for collar
Hook and Eye Closures for back of collar.
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