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A silk dress fit for a princess

Added Sep 18, 2012

by thewallinna

Dublin , Ireland






It was an attempt to conquer silks. Interesting halter dress pattern combined with some pretty crepe-de chine gave me a very satisfying outcome.

When I tried to play around with the bust pieces, I came up with an alternative way of wearing the dress. Instead of tying the straps behind the neck, I let them go over my shoulders, cross over on the back and tie a knot in front.

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    Aug 3, 2014, 02.58 AMby OuterSunsetSewist

    Looks great and I love the option that you discovered!

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    Oct 1, 2012, 04.55 AMby chrysanthem

    Thank you thewallinna, for your post (and all the troubleshooting tips). I’ve had more trouble with this pattern. Be curious if anyone else ran into these problems and if you found solutions: 1) it’s hard to find fabric with a width of 57 inches. As a result, I’ve had to experiment using a cheaper, heavier synthetic fabric to see if it’s possible to spit the main body piece. 2) The bust pieces end up being really stiff with interfacing and the bust pieces fall open. They do not sit very well on my chest, though I’m pretty sure I measured my dress size right. Thanks! Will post as my project progresses.

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      Oct 2, 2012, 12.25 PMby thewallinna

      Hi chrysanthem :) I can answer your questions taking my own experience as example
      1) It’s true that the 57" wide fabric is not easy to find, but I noticed in the shops and online that a lot of light-weight fabric is exactly that width. Since you live in the US, I’d suggest you to check out MoodsFabric or Gorgeous Fabrics.
      2) I did not use the interfacing for this dress, but only lined it. To reinforce the seams, I sewed-in the stays (pieces of self fabric) along the bodice edges. Not only stays reinforce the edges and prevent them from stretching, they also keep the shape of the bodice. Let me know if you have other questions. I am happy to help if I can.

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      Oct 3, 2012, 08.48 AMby chrysanthem

      thewallinna – thanks for your response. great tip on MoodsFabric & Gorgeous Fabrics. I’ll check that out. Meanwhile, I’ll try to redo the bust pieces without interfacing and see if it helps. Thanks so much!

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    Sep 27, 2012, 11.50 AMby Vivat Veritas

    This is so pretty! I am going to get the pattern now:)

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    Sep 21, 2012, 03.38 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    `So, so sorry i was trying to make a new post and by accident i marked your answer to my question as inapropiate, i feel so dummy!!!

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    Sep 20, 2012, 12.21 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    Lovely dress, i would like to try this in jersey knit, i have and issue with knit fabrics lately. By your experience with the pattern, what do you think of my idea?

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      Sep 21, 2012, 02.09 AMby thewallinna

      I think it will work well with lightweight jersey to create the soft drape. What kind of jersey knit have you planed for this dress?

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    Sep 19, 2012, 07.57 AMby SassyT


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    Sep 19, 2012, 03.31 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Beautiful! I love it.

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    Sep 19, 2012, 02.25 AMby bethmaryharley

    Wowsa! This is the best princess dress ever! Can you do high kicks in it like a proper kick-ass princess? I love the fabric (I wish I was brave enough to try silk!) and the new way of tying it looks great! :)

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      Sep 19, 2012, 04.23 AMby thewallinna

      hehe ;) Thanks for the lovely comment.Of course I can do high kicks in it !

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      Sep 20, 2012, 09.49 AMby bethmaryharley

      Woo hoo! I had a book when I was a kid about a wrestling princess, but even she couldn’t do high kicks in her dress! :)

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