Added Oct 5, 2010
by Amanda Flynn
This dress design has been in my head for a good couple of years now. I’ve had the fabric in my stash (I actually made a skirt out of some of it 3 or so years ago) and the bright splotches of blue were just calling my name. I wanted to create a 1950s inspired gown that would be super fun to dress up in and make me feel like royalty.
Oh yes, and I needed something to match the amazing 4" blue satin heels I got last year in London (laceys from BULLFROGS). I call them my “Buckingham Palace” shoes, and they needed the proper ensemble. :)
The dress was made using McCALL’S 5042, and the only major adjustment I made to it was to add the deep V in the back. I wanted something to counter the high-cut front of the neckline (which I actually ended up cutting down or else it would have been a turtle-neck! ;)
I wish I had tweaked the bodice and made it wee bit more fitted, and also lengthened it for my long waist, but over all I am happy with how it came out. The overskirt is 8 yards of tulle (I love how cheap it is! :) in two layers, split open down the front, and detachable (in case I’m not in a “poofy” mood). The belt is just blue ribbon and a fancy “diamond” button.
This ensemble was giving me a real Princess Diaries vibe, with a little bit of Alice in Wonderland thrown in (thus the playing cards and teacup). I really love it. :)
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