Added Jun 22, 2013
I made this dress for me to wear at my friends wedding. I was the made of honor and wanted to wear something special. I had a vision of leather bodice combined with flowing skirt. I tried to find chiffon for the skirt but as the fabric choices are quite limited in stores in Finland I found this beautiful viscose which ended up working wonderfully. The viscose was pretty hard to work with, luckily I have serger/overlock machine to hem it with. The leather for the bodice was originally from very ugly men’s leather jacket. I like the idea of recycling old materials.
I used two patterns as a guideline for the dress, the burda swing dress for the bodice and chiffon maxidress pattern for the skirt (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/silk-chiffon-maxi-skirt). I had to alter the bodice to fit properly. I made them separately and then sew them together before sewing the zipper on the side.
This is how it turned out. I really loved my dress.
Photo credit for the first photo: Miika Ylhinen
Leather bodice from second hand material. (It was butt-ugly 80’s men’s leather jacket size XL)
The skirt is viscose with cotton lining.
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