Added Feb 15, 2013
I was so happy when I read about this competition, as this is the first sewing competition I’ve been able to enter. I was even happier when the deadline was extended, as I fell ill during the making if this dress.
The dress is based on the Elizabeth Gathered Waist dress pattern. I used the master pattern to create a princess seamed bodice, while lowering the neckline both in front and back, adding a little dip in the front.
As I’m a fan of clothing that is somewhat practical to wear, I decided to make a front closure on this dress (hook and eye tape) to make it easier to dress myself.
Besides having fun with this project, I decided to challenge myself somewhat, creating my first basic skirt (the jersey underskirt) and work with a slippery satin and tulle.
I also wanted to see if it was possible to make a dress with two skirt options (hence the “Kinder Surprise”-name): The tulle petticoat consists of four layers box pleated tulle in off-white and powder pink and is sewn to the bodice. The bodice is made out of a double satin layer, and the underskirt and tulle skirts are sandwiched between these together with the eye-side of hook-and-eye-tape. The black satin overskirt (half-circle-skirt) can be fastened to the dress using the hook-and-tape. In the end I got a little black dress with party factor, especially once the black skirt is removed.
A wide satin ribbon serves as belt on this project, and the edges on the black skirt is trimmed with a satin bias tape. The contrast between the shiny satin ribbon and bias tape and the matte-satin I used in the dress adds a nice touch to the piece.
The closure and the hook-and-eye-tape connecting the overskirt to the bodice can be seen in the detail-pictures.
I’m heavily influenced by the 50’s, but I think the 80’s also deserves to be mentioned on this project.
Matte satin, tulle, jersey, hook-and-eye-tape, bias tape.
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