Added Jan 11, 2014
There is a little story behind this dress.
The 7-year-old princess in the dress asked her grandmother to make her a dress as her Christmas present. The princess has exquisite taste and picked out beautiful duck egg blue raw silk for the skirt, embroidered bridal silk in cream for the bodice, a gorgeous satin for the sleeves and bridal lace for the over skirt. She choose a sea-green chintz for a sash to top it off. Then she explained to her grandmother how she wanted the dress to look, and they drew the design together.
Grandmother, who makes award-winning quilts and thinks nothing of doing all nighters perfecting her intricate designs, panicked at the thought of making this dress soon after. So it was that one dark and wet November afternoon was spent looking through a pile of Burdastyle magazines to find the right pattern, cutting the pieces and discussing the plan of attack for assembly.
Two weeks later, grandmother brought the whole lot to me having stared at the neatly laid out pieces and notions, feeling the weight of responsibility with just a month to go before Christmas… Yes indeed, she suffered a severe case of ’sewer’s block’! I am sure we can all empathise.
Anyway, you’ve guessed by the picture that the story has a happy ending, the dress was made by Auntie Flosiepoos and the princess danced happily into the night on Christmas day, having upstaged the king and queen and all the other princesses in the fashion stakes.
Made using pattern 145 from BurdaStyle 2/11 with the skirt lengthened to the floor and a lace over skirt added. Fully lined (apart from the sleeves) with a netting petticoat for shaping. I put French seams in the skirt’s side seams to prevent the silk from fraying. The zip was sewn in by hand.
dupion silk; embroidered bridal silk; scalloped bridal lace; jacquard satin; chintz; netting and a simple cotton lining.
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