Added Mar 5, 2011
I must say this dress is the most challenging piece of clothing I’ve ever made – and at the same time the most rewarding. I made it allready over a year ago, but haven’t just got the photos taken…
I made the dress for my “Old dances”, witch is a traditional ball for Finnish high school’s second year students. Traditionally students used to wear real old dresses and suits (for example my mother wore a dress from the 19th century in her old dances), but nowdays most girls have modern princess dresses with bright colours and tons of sequins and sparkly fake diamonds. However I didn’t feel comfortable wearing a dress like that as I wanted a dress that would be at least a little oldfashioned. So I ended up making my ball dress myself.
I used a 50’s pattern that I got from a girl in my craftschool. Anyvay the pattern didn’t have any instructions with it and the patterns were tiny and meant to be enlarged. With a little help of the girl I finally got the pieces in right size. Sewing without instructions wasn’t that hard because the pattern was so simple. I sew six bones to the bodice and used also an extra layer of fabric to give shape. I also made a tulleskirt to wear under the dress.
Lining, taffeta, chiffon, zipper, bones, cotton fabric for the bodice, button, hooks for the belt, tulle
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