Added Jan 8, 2010
The dress is my own design and I worked my own pattern for it.This one was a little too close. Finished it 1 hour before I had run out the door and jump in a cab. I think I greatly underestimated how long it would take to make that skirt. 2 days!!! But I love it! And so happy I spent the week working on it.
This dress is strapless so I decided to use a medium weight fusible interfacing on the under bodice for support. Hope to get a good foundation to drape the dress on. Wanted to go with steal spiral bones for support but did not find them here in Seattle. Ended up with the plastic sew in stuff from the local fabric store. I divided the skirt into 10 panels to make the fabric design work with my idea. It took 3 hours just to make the skirt pattern! Because my top fabric is sheer each panel ended up using 3 layers of fabric and I had to stitch and turn each panel to hide the seams before sewing them all together. To sew the panels together I lined them up side- by-side and used a zigzag stitch to hold them together. I also backed the joining seam with ¼” ribbon to give the seam extra strength. Would not want to risk breaking a stitch when dancing and have my back end hang out. I found the ribbon worked well for this purpose and will have to use this technique in the future.
Red embroidered net fabric, dark red polyester satin, red polyester georgette to back the skirt panels without adding bulk, and purple lining. Red sequins sewn down panels in skirt for design detail. invisible zipper.
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