Added Sep 16, 2013
I am officially in love with this dress. For months I’ve been plucking up the courage to do this and 4 weeks ago I bought the Bombshell Dress Tutorial on Craftsy.com and took the plunge.
I used original vintage penny dot 50s fabric (an eBay find) and I can promise it was worth all the hand stitching and couture finishing, not to mention the funof fitting it to myself and drawing new cup lines in the mirror whilst wearing the toile!
If you’re going to make it, buy the tutorial, I’d say. And be prepared for a few patient weeks. And then you’ll just fall in love with the result :)
A few things I varied from the tutorial……
I used satin covered Rigilene boning instead of steel – all that work with pliers and crimping just isn’t me and I find Rigilene does a great job.
I used vintage hem lace that I’d bought from the US, rather than rayon and I did a catchstitch from both the top of the fabric hem to the body of the dress and then from the top of the lace to the body of the dress for extra secure hemming.
I lined the skirt as this cotton has a fairly loose, line- like weave and I wanted it to keep the shape in the skirt, rather than bag around the butt – never a look! Lining hem trimmed with red ribbon – just because :)
This fits me much better than Alma the dummy, so I will get some photos done and uploaded!
original 50s cotton
cotton musin to underline
cotton to line
Grosgrain for waist stay and zipper guard
Vintage hem lace
standard zipper (to create lapped zip)
Satin covered Rigilene
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