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Frills galore

Added Dec 4, 2011

by jennifermhall

Townsville Queen...




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Designed by my daughter from model photos on the web, I made a pattern for the bodice from a short dress she’d bought and adapted another dress pattern for the skirt base. After many hours of elaborate calculations, we cut, hemmed and gathered many many lengths of frills, from 3cm at the waist to 10cm at the hem. Some contrast colours and fabrics were added to the main beige chiffon for frills, as we could not find a variegated chiffon at Spotlight or Lincraft in town.

Material Notes

The bodice is a mock swede, self lined and boned, with underwire and some padding. She wanted it tight but then could not fit in the lovely meal on the graduation night! Price of beauty…




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Chiffon, Leather/Fur

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    Dec 5, 2011, 02.09 PMby tiffanee

    This dress is absolutely wonderful! I wish I had the patience to make one – it is really stunning!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 08.12 PMby nookie

    love the dress, particularly the choice of the brown bodice!

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      Dec 6, 2011, 12.46 PMby jennifermhall

      The design and choice of colours is hers. Her older sister also came shopping with us to help choose. We made a good team. She also designed the lace dress I have posted recently.

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    Dec 4, 2011, 07.42 PMby asperge11

    very pretty ! and well done for having the patience to make all those ruffles !

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    Dec 4, 2011, 04.16 PMby infinite-plus-one

    I agree with meggiemoo you really are patient! But it payed off, this dress is gorgeous and it looks great on your daughter!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 12.53 PMby meggiemoo

    This is absolutely beautiful! Is the dress a floor-length one, or a shorter dress? Congratulations on doing all those ruffles, I would have gone mad after the first couple of rows, but the effect is truly stunning.

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      Dec 6, 2011, 12.44 PMby jennifermhall

      Thanks Meggiemoo and everyone for your comments etc. It is floor length and she wore little beige boots (very high wedges). I will post some steps for this project soon to give some tips on the frills. I let the plan roll around in my mind for weeks and discussed the most effective techniques with my fellow costume seamstresses in the Townsville Choral Society.

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