Added Apr 15, 2008
no pattern, just wanted a 50’s bell skirt, with a bit of volume, a strapless torso, and would experiment with what i wanted as a neck line later.
i buy patterns, but have so much impatience i just jump in in sections. (am doing a sewing course soon though!)
the 2 feet of loose stips of velvet (just zigzagged on the bottomfront) open up the opportunies this dress has for wearability!!!!
I’ve never sewn with tulle before, but theading inch thick zig zags onto a piece of cotton, then tacking stitching that onto the linen skirt bottom, then zig zagging it onto the linen with a machine, and then removing the tacking stitch – turned out wonderfully!
so my only mistake in this one was not remeasuring my torso template as the dress was too big at the end, so my original ‘true waist’ retro bell shaped dress slunk towards my hips, i fixed this by putting the strip of black velvet on the top to cover my chest, and found that a lower waist slimmed the dress down on me loverly!
-3 hours bodice(with zip)
-2 hours – underskirt with tulle and darts and velvet trim on skirt.
-1 hour neckline, finishings.
- 2.5/3 m thick beauuuuutiful black cotton with metallic silver embroidered cotton paisley design. (read: heavy!)
- 2 metres of white linen to form inside and under skirt of dress.
-invisible zip for torso
-3+ metres of 4inch wide velvet stretch strip, to form neckline and bottom of skirt.
- 1 metre of tulle, cut in quarters, gathered and stitched onto an underskirt peeping from under the dress.
to mum for the velvet strip i had no idea i’d ever use, and formed the wonderful unique versatile neckline and accents.
to Roethke at craftser.org for her tutorial on how to make a half circle skirt.
and to a few brief seconds in this video:
for showing me how to make a torso pattern off myself.
excuse the photography – will retake all creations once new camera!
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