Added Nov 20, 2011
My lovely sister Alyce asked me earlier this year if i could make her Formal Dress. Here in Australia, once your finish your final year exams you have a big dressy Formal to finish school.
In May we sat down and decided on a dress style- taking cues from Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection, but with a few changes- incorporating a strapless sweetheart shape and including a corselette.
Alyce’s style is refined and simple- she doesnt like a lot of bling or anything over the top, so we stuck to a dress that was simple and refined.
After making a trial that she was happy with we went to purchase our fabric from Tessuti , who i have always found to be extremely helpful and have a great range. We bought silk georgette and silk satin in a dusty rose and as we couldnt decide on the day we purchased over the phone our tulle in a latte colour.
The corselette was made from a cotton material (actually old sheets- it had a herringbone pattern and was very thick!) with steel boning and hook and eye tape finished with grosgrain ribbon.
The bodice was princess seam with five layers of material- tulle, silk georgette, silk satin, cotton material and silk duponi and plastic boning. The skirt was a half circle skirt made of tulle, silk georgette and silk satin. Unfortunately the silk materials were not wide enough to construct the skirt from two pieces- so these was made into quarters.
The flounces were constructed from tulle with an organza bias binding finish. It took me a bit of time to construct the front flounces because of the curved bodice.
While the dress took me a long time, as i am really only a beginner sewer, i am really stoked with the outcome. The idea was to have a dress that was simple, elegant and beautiful, just like Alyce, and i think, combined with her accessories, hair and make up, we nailed it. She got lots of compliments off her friends and the parents around.
I think she felt she looked beautiful and special- and on this alone, i am a really happy and proud big sister. I liked the fact that for one of her biggest moments in her life so far, i was able to help and bring her ideas and style to life.
Photos by Flutter and Click Photography
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