Added Oct 22, 2011
This was a bit of a challenge! I drafted this pattern (read more about that process on my blog ), the bodice was inspired by an old photo and by various “tied-back” dresses around the internet (like the one from burdastyle member cationdesigns!), and the skirt is a 2/3 circle skirt with a scalloped edge (my first time doing a scalloped edge). I really like the bustier-look of the bodice, even though there’s no “support” to it, other than muslin underlining and self-fabric lining.
For some reason this dress makes me feel like marilyn monroe haha :)
the fabric is quite sheer, that why I underlined it, and made a separate underskirt to go with it (and other flared, sheer skirts). The dress isn’t perfect (the zipper in the back looks like it doesn’t close all the way), but I’m happy with it!
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