Added Aug 1, 2012
I have had my eye on the Bustier Dress with Draped Detail Pattern #122 for ages. However, I decided it needed a little makeover to go with what I had I imagined. So, I made a totally new variation to fit this vision.
I had been coveting this gorgeous vintage silk 1970s fabric that I found at an estate sale last summer. It had been begging me to turn it into a gorgeous long gown for some time.
I started making the dress using the bodice pattern as a base, but adding an extra layer over the bodice to cover the bustier, and then created a lengthened wrap skirt instead of the original skirt with the detail. I added large gold eyelets to the front and back of the bodice so that I could add black and silver metal chains as straps and an exposed gold zipper, giving it an edgy look.
The overall dress was inspired by Brigitte Bardot vacationing in Saint Tropez. I wanted a breezy, sexy style that could transform from lounging by the pool by day to sipping mojitos and dancing the night away.
My lovely friend (and Bardot look-alike) Aubrey modeled for me! I photographed her using a wide angle lens and a silver reflector. Unfortunately I had to be my own photo assistant and hold a 5’ disc propped up on my foot while taking photos. I’m sure I was an amusing sight.
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