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Sea foam Bombshell Dress

Added Sep 7, 2011

by Vivat Veritas

Tokyo, Japan






It was such a mistake to wait until two days before attending a wedding to start making a dress to wear for the event! It was particularly dumb considering I was planning on making a bombshell dress. It was much more time consuming than I expected. In the end, it turned out alright, but I stressed myself out trying to finish the dress. I ended up finishing it on the day of the wedding.

The fabric I bought was cotton seething in sea foam color. I tend to go for dark blue, purple or lavender so I wanted to try something new. I didn’t realize it was such a bridemaidsy color until I was close to completing the dress. Thank God that we don’t have the bridesmaid tradition here in Japan. No one thought I looked like a bridesmaid because they don’t know what they are! The game would not have worked if it were a wedding in the States.

The pattern is a Burda pattern that came with Craftsy.com’s Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress class I took. I do like the pattern a lot. The sweet heart neckline is really lovely, and I like the sarong skirt. I did not have enough fabric to make the sarong skirt, so I used the pattern I previously drafted myself. It is an I line skirt with pleats in front and darts in back.

I cut out the smallest size pattern, and made a muslin. I’m not sure what the measurements should be for the smallest size, because I didn’t have time to read directions, but it was way too big for me. I ended up taking 6″ all around the bodice. I’m not sure what happened?! I usually fit the smallest size of the Burda pattern just fine. I was so glad to have made the muslin though! I would not have been happy if I jumped in with the fashion fabric just to discover that the dress didn’t fit at all.

I usually go for an invisible zipper, but as suggested in the class, I used flat zipper. I do like the look of it, and it is easier to zip up than an invisible zipper. Sometimes I fear that I will kill the zipper when I’m using an invisible one.

The entire dress is underlined with muslin fabric. I love the effect of the underlining! It gave so much structure and shape to the dress, without being stiff like it would have, had I used paper-like iron on interface. I finished the skirt slit opening with grosgrain ribbon, that was left-over from making a waist stay.

For the top part, I lined it with the same fashion fabric, and also boning. The bust is padded. I attached the lining by hand, while watching Season 4 of project runway.

This is only the second strapless dress I have ever worn, the previous being my wedding dress. Thanks to boning in the bodice and waist stay it fit pretty well, better than what I would be able to buy at a store. However, I still felt a bit insecure about the bust line, and I had to pay attention not to reveal my breasts accidentally. I felt a bit “bare” at the wedding… everyone else had some kind of shawl or cardigan and I wished that I brought something to cover my shoulder. Surprisingly, the dress fit better by the end of the day, after all the food!

I think I am going to make shoulder straps so I can wear this for other occasions.

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Material Notes

cotton, muslin, plastic boning, thread, flat knit zipper, grosgrain ribbon




Garment Type
Bridal, Classic

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    Jan 21, 2012, 07.58 PMby Tokie Ang

    it was a great job for 2 days working :D and u look gorgeous in it :D

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    Sep 8, 2011, 03.11 AMby hannahlee

    Looks great on you! Such a good color. I can’t wait to have the time to make my bombshell!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 10.41 PMby cuada

    It looks great- i’ve waited until the last minute to make wedding outfits for myself too- you always think it’ll come together quicker than it does, thankfully you got it finished, and it fits really well too.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 02.36 PMby alefthandgirl

    I love the color.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 02.03 PMby hanolalaith

    That’s lovely on you! I’ve been seriously considering buying the class as well. Would you recommend it?

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      Sep 7, 2011, 11.19 PMby Vivat Veritas

      yes i would! it was a great course, and i think its worth the money, if you are interested in couture sewing!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 01.59 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Fabulous colour!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 12.23 PMby baka-pepica

    ist very very nice!!!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 11.47 AMby BeYou TiFul

    Gorgeous dress, great color and it suits you perfectly! This looks very much like a dress I made for a friend of mine, well done.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 08.19 AMby innuendo

    It was useful to read your notes, because I cut all the parts of this dress from fabric LAST summer, but haven’t started sewing it yet. Yours looks really good!

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      Sep 7, 2011, 10.53 AMby Vivat Veritas

      thanks! looking forward to seeing your version as well!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 07.52 AMby ichigogirl

    Gorgeous, and the colour is fabulous. I think I like it better with your style skirt than the original, this is more grown up, less little girl.

    I would never have thought of the bridesmaid-issue unless you had pointed it out, hehe. With a big, fancy shawl it’d look less bridesmaidsey, I think though!

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      Sep 7, 2011, 10.52 AMby Vivat Veritas

      aw glad to hear! i was so worried about looking like a bridesmaid, but nothing could have done since i finished the dress on the day of the wedding! lol

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    Sep 7, 2011, 02.57 AMby pink-cornelia

    love it! love the color as well!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 02.55 AMby turtlegirl00

    gorgeous dress! I really want to make this dress—I like your skirt—great modification!

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      Sep 7, 2011, 10.51 AMby Vivat Veritas

      thank you! i think im going to try sarong skirt or half circle skirt though:)

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    Sep 7, 2011, 01.45 AMby tulips371

    This is soooo cute!!! Very well done for 2 days!!

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