Added Apr 10, 2014
Austin, Texas, U...
STEAMPUNK!! Yeah!! I made this dress in a marathon session, just in time for Halloween. I also made Simplicity 2207 for my sister before I constructed this one. I didn’t realize how much work was involved for both. This one has knife pleats on the bottom edge of the skirt, which are crazy-amazing when they’re finished. If you’re short on time, you could swap out the zippered skirt for an elastic waist — it’s all hidden by the bustier and jacket anyway. But the bulk of the work is in the jacket. Give yourself a LOT of time to make this one! I’d like to remake it in a safari style with khaki and redo a lot of the tailoring and finishing mistakes I made on this version.
I was fortunate that I was living in Los Angeles when I made this dress. I went to the Fashion District and found an anomaly in the weave of this taffeta (it looked more like shantung silk). I was able to bargain down the price to $3/yard (!!) and it reduced the material cost substantially. I’ve been experimenting with spiral boning lately and I would probably use that instead of the featherweight stuff (you only get 1-2 good wears with the plastic type).
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