Added Jul 4, 2010
St. Peter, Barbados
My friend Trudi flipped over the Rodarte for Target dress and decided she wanted a similar thing for a friend’s wedding back in May….with a few adjustments, of course. She didn’t want the bows on the shoulder, but a detachable band for the waist, we did a deeper slit at the back so her hair wouldn’t be mussed and we only lined the bottom to keep a lingerie-y feel. We put an invisible zipper in the side so she could get in easily.
The fit was great, but Trudi ended up wearing a back-up dress because there are a couple things we weren’t so happy with – I’ve got to re-do the binding on the armholes and we decided we will take the lace trim off and dye to a darker shade, as its too matchy-matchy.
We’re proud of the dress because Barbados doesn’t offer a lot of variety in fabrics and trims, but we still found some champagne-coloured charmeuse and glittery gold mesh. Trudi had to stand on a sheet to fit, but I still managed to get a lot of glitter all over the floors! We took the fabric outside to shake most of the glitter out because it seemed too costume-y, but its invasive stuff!
The dress is done in 2 parts – I developed a camisole and added a gathered skirt for the underneath and the mesh is a separate over-piece. Both are joined at the waist.
Its something of a work-in-progress but Trudi is never short of invitations, so I’m sure she will get some mileage out of this dress before too long!
Charmeuse, poly-silk lining, lace edging, glittery mesh
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