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My niece asked me to make her a dress for Christmas.
She sent me a photo of this dress: http://www.woodress.com/cocktail-dresses_en/red-cocktail-dresses_en/sexy-strapless-sweetheart-neckline-short-mini-skirt-pink-cocktail-party-dresses-style-a516_en which she has fallen in love with.
I want to make a two piece; a seperate skirt and a seperate corset top. I figured out how I want to make the top, but I’m stuck on the skirt. She likes the frills but I really don’t want to make hundreds of seams in hundreds of strips of sheer and slippery fabric. So I’m looking for other ideas that are less time and fabric consuming but has the same impact. I’ll try to talk her into a full circle skirt with a petticoat, but I expect her to want frills or something.


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    Oct 12, 2012, 01.48 AMby purplejb99

    Perhaps you could try making the ruffles with a tulle or stretch tricot chiffon? It would still use a lot of material, but it would work well if you’re concerned about keeping the integrity of the dress. Neither of those fabrics will fray, so you could at least avoid having to hem them (I made the mistake of making a petticoat with silk chiffon once, it was a nightmare trying to hem what seemed like miles of thin, slippery fabric!). If you buy enough yardage, you could simply cut it into strips (as long as possible), gather them (it goes quickly if you have a ruffle foot), and then sew them in tiers to a base layer, no hemming required. I would even imagine that, as long as you pick a fabric that won’t fray, you wouldn’t even have to attach the strips to each other. You could simply line them up and stitch them in layers onto your lining! From the picture, it also looks like each ruffle has a few layers, so you could stack a few strips on top of each other before gathering, then fluff them with your hands after you’ve finished sewing to make them a little floofier. Good luck!

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    Oct 12, 2012, 07.00 AMby soozy

    I didn’t know there was something like tricot chiffon, that’s a great idea. I think the ruffles are spiral shaped strips. That way they will get a lot of volume once stretch to a straight strip. I prefer multiple layers of chiffon fabric, circleskirts in different measurements. With a petticoat. I’ll try to convince her.

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    Oct 12, 2012, 01.12 PMby sewingfan1

    The ruffles look like loads of circles of fabric to me that have been folded in half, then into quarters (and maybe into eighths) into a cone shape and then sewn to the skirt where the folded fabric forms a triangle. I saw that technique used on a similar dress pattern in an earlier Burda mag. They didn’t bother hemming the edges as that slightly frayed look just added to the overall effect. You’d need loads of circles (and patience) I think!

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    Oct 18, 2012, 09.34 AMby Wendy Ruggles-Wolfe

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    Oct 21, 2012, 08.21 PMby Liz Hardwick

    If you use net or tulle for ruffles serge the edges – have a look at The New Creative Serging for serging over fishing line – ISBN 0-8019-8382-7

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