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Three tiered scalloped dress - Valentino inspiration

Added Nov 8, 2011

by G-A-

Oxford, United K...






I really loved the dress on the last picture in the FW 2010 show from Valentino (photo credit to InStyle), which inspired me to do a similar skirt. I drafted the pattern myself, from a simple hemi-circular skirt (with no darts) and made three tiers. I also modified the back to have it longer than the front, in the same way that the original dress did.

I used facings for the scalloping,and a really useful tutorial from the Coletterie blog. I have constructed the tiers directly onto the lining. I Where I could improve is the closures: putting the invible zipper gave me lots of trouble and it’s still a bit bubbly but I am really happy with the overall cute (but not too much) aspect of the dress and I only used a wool remnant (about 85cm by 150cm) from a previous project to construct the skirt. The fabric is not as sheer as the photos seem to show.

Material Notes

Ivory wool challis, ivory lining, ivory invisible zip.




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic
Polyester, Wool

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    Nov 29, 2011, 05.32 PMby kelleymcaloon

    I would improve it by making the back smooth. Put the seams on the side, including the zipper. Just my opinion. I think its beautiful!! great job

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      Nov 29, 2011, 09.17 PMby G-A-

      Great idea, I hadn’t thought of that (I basically did exactly the same back than the original). Although I am not quite sure I had enough fabric to follow this great suggestion.

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      Nov 29, 2011, 11.35 PMby kelleymcaloon

      Thats whats great about sewing for ourselves. We get to try and try again!!

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    Nov 29, 2011, 04.49 PMby janene

    Great vision. And fabulous execution!

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    • Bulles-bleues_large

      Nov 29, 2011, 09.17 PMby G-A-

      Thanks Janene!

  • Bulles-bleues_large

    Nov 16, 2011, 09.37 PMby G-A-

    Thanks for the nice comments!

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    Nov 13, 2011, 11.13 PMby lenarrrd

    This is just lovely! Nice work :)

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    Nov 13, 2011, 07.40 PMby chased-away

    what she said! ;)

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    Nov 13, 2011, 07.08 PMby JulietSews

    This is too gorgeous for words! Great job

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    • Bulles-bleues_large

      Nov 13, 2011, 08.32 PMby G-A-

      Thanks, Juliet! That’s so nice a comment.

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