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Every Body Bodice

Added Aug 24, 2009

by gracesamson

Burbank, Califor...






A dress bodice that looks good on EVERY BODY! You can add skirt length in mini, midi or maxi to design a dress for any formal event in your life.

Material Notes

We began with a basic silhouette I liked from classic 30’s Hollywood movies. I “frankensteined” a patten together from vintage patterns, one new pattern and then free-hand drafted the rest. Then, my mom and I made a truly couture dress, by lining the entire bodice in silk. We also added chiffon over the bodice to give my dress a Grace Kelly feel. You can add any design elements you want to make your dress make “red carpet impact.” The possibilities are endless!




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Organza, Satin, Silk, Taffeta, Tulle


Frankensteined Pattern Designer

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    Dec 25, 2009, 11.26 PMby jescarose

    hey, does the pattern have seam allowance in it? i want to make it for my new years eve dress :) i watched the episode on sew and so and it looks even better than in the pics on how it fits on you.

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    Oct 29, 2009, 03.08 PMby ardnael

    is it possible to if you could picture of the front of top up? i want to see what this looks like?

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    Oct 15, 2009, 07.54 PMby gracesamson

    Hey, Guys – You can watch the whole “Prom Dress” episode which features the Every Body Bodice at www.janessewandso.com for free! If you make the bodice PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share the pix with me. It’s my first “Frankensteined” pattern, so I’d love the feedback. I loved doing it!

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    Oct 3, 2009, 06.34 PMby pinupglamour

    Hey! I saw your show! I love watching your moms show!

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      Oct 5, 2009, 08.02 PMby gracesamson

      I’m so glad to hear that! I’m pretty excited – we just shot a Halloween show yesterday that I got to host because my mom broke her shoulder. She’s healing very nicely, so I’m grateful for that! But, I had a blast trying out my skills as a host – I helped a 9-year-old friend of mine turn three thrift store pieces into a genie costume – SO CUTE!

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    Oct 3, 2009, 06.33 PMby pinupglamour

    Hey! I saw your show! I love watching your moms show!

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    Oct 1, 2009, 07.04 PMby kosmika

    Burda 36, right? :)

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      Oct 5, 2009, 08.00 PMby gracesamson

      European 38, I think. Is Burda different? I’ll see if I can figure it out. Americans. Not so good with metric! >;-p

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    Sep 28, 2009, 08.36 PMby lala86

    ok then, if you’re size 10… I think that must be a 38 in burda. So your bust contour must be around 88 cm…. am I right? (this information is only in order to know the dress size!) Also, more picks are not that much needed as the video on your site is very didactic! thanks for shearing once again…

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      Oct 1, 2009, 06.28 PMby gracesamson

      Okay, Miss Wordsmith!

      Yes, the video is intended to teach! Glad you found all you were looking for. If you make the pattern, please, please, please let us know because we love to feature videos of folks who have made projects from the show. You can send a home video to us or upload to YouTube and send me the link!

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    Sep 28, 2009, 07.12 PMby gracesamson

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      Sep 28, 2009, 07.28 PMby gracesamson

      Oh, darn. This was supposed to be a link, but I miffed it, somehow. Anyway, if you go to the Blog, then the Guest Column, scroll down to the post that has all the snapshots from prom. Hope this helps. I’ll try to get it all prettied up!

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    Sep 28, 2009, 07.05 PMby gracesamson

    Oh, and I’m a UK 10 and a European 28. Here’s a link I found with a conversion chart: http://www.i18nguy.com/clothing.html

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    Sep 28, 2009, 07.04 PMby gracesamson

    Hey, Guys – I tried to add some new images to the pattern, but they come out really tiny and cut-off. Anyone have any suggestions about how to post them in bigger form so you can view them better? My blog post is going to be published soon, and it has lots of images in it, so keep looking out for that under the Guest Column. Bear with me, getting used to the new layout of the site, etc. – I feel like such a newbie again!

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    Sep 27, 2009, 07.13 PMby magdelina

    the size really isn;t clear…

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      Sep 28, 2009, 06.44 PMby gracesamson

      Hey! The basic size is 8-12. I left it in that range because you can really adjust it to any bust size, just like trying on a bra – you can cinch it in or let it out and even add more to the cup size, as needed. So, it requires a little draping and adjustment. Hope this helps.

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    Sep 24, 2009, 02.30 AMby malyce

    like the dress but sooooo need more pictures

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      Sep 28, 2009, 06.45 PMby gracesamson

      No problem. I’ll put up some more shots of the dress…just gotta figure out the best place to put them! Hang on and thanks for writing!

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    Sep 23, 2009, 06.30 AMby galatina

    Looks lovely. More pictures would be great – I’d love to see the front too!

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    Sep 23, 2009, 04.59 AMby Anna Perkins

    Would it be possible to upload a few more pictures of this bodice? It looks beautiful, but I can’t see the front and I’d love to be able to appreciate the whole thing. Thanks much. :)

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    Sep 22, 2009, 07.47 PMby lala86

    thank you very much! the pattern, it looks clear so far. just to know, if the pattern is your size.. which size of Burda are you?

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      Sep 28, 2009, 06.46 PMby gracesamson

      I’m a size 10 – not really sure what my European size is. Good point. I’ll figure it out and get back to you!

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