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Katie's Military Ball Dress

Added Jan 6, 2011

by moldybean6

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Daughter Katie needed a dress to wear to her Boyfriends Army Military Ball. She choose McCall Pattern M5382 and choose champange taffata with black lace. This dress looks complicated but really isn’t. I was even able to sew a purchased bra into the top, that way there was no worry about the dress slipping down while dancing.

Material Notes

For a size 12 you will need about 2 3/4 yards for the dress and 2 1/2 for the lining. One 14 inch zipper and about 5 years of lace.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear
Lace/Sequins, Taffeta

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    Jan 7, 2011, 09.01 PMby auntlizzie

    Thanks for sharing the how to on inserting the bra. That is such a great idea, and I think I will use it in the future! An absolutely beautiful job on the dress!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 07.15 PMby lienepien

    WOW! Lovely!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 09.21 AMby zenica

    Your daughter must have looked stunning!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 07.58 AMby blmfld

    what a great idea about having a bra inside the dress…i have a big bust and sometimes i get sick of always have to have straps on dresses!!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 05.13 AMby smiley20903

    very nice..i made this in red…

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    Jan 6, 2011, 06.03 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    This is beautiful. Can you share how you put the bra in? I will be making my daughter’s prom dress for next year and it would be a great thing to learn.

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      Jan 6, 2011, 06.09 PMby moldybean6

      The ruffled part of the top (Overbodice) was seperate from the bodice. The bodice had a front and back…so I deleted the boning and bought a strapless bra…put the bra between the bodice front and back….slip stitch it into place and left the seams open towards the back for the bra straps to come through.
      I got this idea from looking at a book about Princess Di dresses…she never wore a bra, all of her dresses had built in corsets!

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    Jan 6, 2011, 05.01 PMby loves2sew555

    very very pretty! I love the lace. Gorgeous!

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