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Lady_Mame
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Date: 2/13/12 2:15 AM

My friend would like me to make a flouncy, frilly, "cupcake" of a formal dress to wear to the symphony. I've been sorting though patterns and I'm finding lots of long, lean, sleek strapless numbers but no birthday cakes. I've looked at the Big 4, Jalie, Kwik-sew and StyleArc. Simplicity had a knock-off Oscar de le Renta, but I'm just not seeing anything much. Any suggestions on where to go a-looking?

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Date: 2/13/12 4:21 AM

When I think of a cupcake dress, I thinks of a lot of layers of tulle or a dress with a fuller skirt. There are alot of patterns like this. I have a couple ideas.
Mccall 5850- I would add 3-4 layers of tulle with a curly hems just to give it a fuller appearance.
curly hem tutorial

Burda 8174- I already has the cupcake look with the circle skirt and a fitted princess seam bodice.

OOP simplicty 2693- This pattern is more on the frilly side, but is beautiful and I think it would make a cute cupcake dress. If she want a fuller skirt you can always add a petticoat.

If all else fails, go fabric shopping. My best ideas come when I am shopping for fabric.

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Date: 2/13/12 4:51 AM

I really don't know what you mean by cupcake dress, but if you want frills and flouces there are plenty in Vogue 8729. Check out that bow at the back!

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Date: 2/13/12 10:21 AM

Have a look at ballroom photos here for lots of cupcakes!

One thing your friend might want to keep in mind is that these things are usually BIG and take up a lot of space. Unless she is sitting in a private box with extra space and chairs that can be moved around, she might want to keep it scaled down a bit. She doesn't want to envelop herself and her seat mates in crinoline. Oh - and practice getting in and out of bathroom stalls. Have fun making this one. I have 20 yards of sparkle organza awaiting the start of my next one.

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Date: 2/13/12 10:51 AM

Do you know where they get their patterns?

The trouble isn't the skirt -- I can whip out a big, full, 1950's skirt -- it's the bodice. I'm not finding a noisy bodice.

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Date: 2/14/12 5:37 PM

Um, has your friend ever been to the symphony in Washington? I can pretty much guarantee she'll be the only person there in a formal dress. We lived in Portland and had season tickets to the symphony, and were *constantly* overdressed (DH in a suit, me in a LBD, or a suit with a silk brocade jacket, etc). We're native midwesterners, and it was a bit of a shock to us how casual "evening" dress in the PNW was! (Our neighbors, who were natives to the area, used to joke that "evening" meant that you wear socks with your Birkinstocks! )

...That said, we still dressed up. So, I'm totally in favor of it, but she should be prepared to stand out.

(I also have no idea what a "cupcake" dress is.)

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Date: 2/14/12 6:07 PM

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(I also have no idea what a "cupcake" dress is.


I'd guess that it's a frothy, full-skirted gown with a lot of 'stuff' going on, maybe something like this or this?
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Date: 2/14/12 9:29 PM

Is it a gala? Because my experience matches stirwaters blue -- here in San Francisco it is a jeans and a nice blouse crowd, unless it is opening night or a fundraiser.

Assuming it is the Spokane symphony -- correct me if I'm wrong -- here's what they say on their website:

"What is appropriate dress?
The Symphony provides a sophisticated musical experience, without sophisticated rules. Comfort is the key to enjoying your favorite Symphony music. We want your evening out to be as fun as possible, so dress up or dress down...as long as you dress comfortably."


-- Edited on 2/14/12 9:33 PM --

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Date: 2/15/12 0:43 AM

Lady Mame - I use various things to make the bodices of my gowns. The current one is just a blouse pattern morphed onto a skirt. I think maybe it was originally Vogue 9771

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Subject: Cupcake Dress Date: 2/21/12 12:50 PM

Oh, we know that we'll be overdressed. I think that's the point?

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