The Cherry on Top Frock
Added Aug 30, 2010
This Cherry red frock was created for my lovely friend Miss Natasha for her birthday. She so wonderfully threw a Mad Men party and gave us all a chance to doll ourselves up and live the dream for one night.
The Cherry on Top frock is a combination of 2 vintage patterns that matched together perfectly. The skirt and the bodice back are from Retro Butterwick #B4792, which I used for one of my previously listed dresses – A Dress to Drink Tea in ( http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/a-dress-to-drink-tea-in ) and the bodice front is a 1962 vintage pattern that I loaned from a friend. Unfortuantly the cover packet is in shreds so I am unsure of the style number. However, it is a very simple bodice with a boat neck and 2 darts in the front and back.
I used a thick, stiff cotton drill for the skirt and the bodice that had a slight sateen sheen to it and it was just a dream to work with. Over the skirt I added a red chiffon which admittedly was not such a dream to work with. I Cut the chiffon on the same pattern as the skirt but added a little more to the circumfrence to give the skirt a real “swishy” look. This was the first time ti had ever worked with sheer chiffon and it pulled, gathered, got stuck in my machine, you name it, it happened! but after watching some informative tutorials online and messing around with my tensions I finally got it working smoothly.
Underneath all those yards of fabric I attached a pettiskirt to the lining. This was something I was also new too! In the end I gathered something like 15 metres of tuelle and bias bound all off it – phew, glad thats over! but it gave the skirt the volume that Miss Natasha really wanted and she looked fabulous in it!
Happy Birthday Miss Natasha! :)
Thanks to Nic Gonzalez of “Two Eyes, Two Hands photography” (www.twoeyestwohands.com) for the lovely photographs.
Red Drill Cotton, Polka Dot Chiffon, Stiff Tuelle and a never ending roll of bias binding!