Added Mar 16, 2008
New York, New Yo...
I made this without a pattern. I kind of just went for it. It’s my dream dress: big petticoat, big skirt, rows and rows of vintagey lace, yellow pleated waistband, draped lace bust, v-shaped corset and a big bow.
I first made the pleated waistband. I used a tutorial from SewStylish magazine that involves a 12" diameter cement cylinder and tons of string. It was a thousand times easier than actually having to fold each pleat, I really suggest you buy the issue if you have to ever make pleats. It’s got a girl in a brownish dress on the cover with like metal appliques on her dress I think. I can look up the exact issue if anyone cares. I first made it out of yellow satin but it looked too orangey so I redid it in the new yellow fabric. Then I made the skirt. I first made it out of cheap muslin (it’s like 6 panels maybe?) and then worked from the bottom up sewing each row of lace. I dyed the lace using ecru RIT dye but left some white. Then I attached the waistband to the skirt. I made the bodice by draping lace on an old strapless bra on a dress form. The top piece of the left side becomes the bottom piece of the right side and so on and so forth. I attached the bodice to the waistband and made the corset with grommet tape and ribbon. I then made a giant tube, ironed it flat, sewed it on and tied it. Wala, finished dress.
Yellow satin, yellow cotton, assorted lace and eyelet, ecru RIT dye, grommet tape, 1/8" ribbon, muslin, kite string, 12" cement cylinder, iron
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