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Date: 6/8/12 4:36 AM

So I've been looking around for a pattern for this style of dress. The closest I've found is here

Does anyone know of a better pattern for this dress?
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Date: 6/8/12 9:51 AM

Mmred - I would make a full length dress from the bodice fabric or a bodice with attached full length skirt then basically attach several of the skirts like the pattern you show to the skirt. You will need horsehair braid or crinoline to make the skirts bell out at the bottom.

Lovely dress! I can see it all in chiffon or something drapey and bias cut - challenging to work with but with a great result if it works.

ETA - Here is a link that shows some of the work I did on my avatar gown. Only the top layer is similar to your idea. I cut away the parts I didn't want just working by eye. You could do that with your first layer, then remove it from the dress and use as a pattern to make all the other layers?
-- Edited on 6/8/12 9:57 AM --

------ to follow the progress on my next ballgown.

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Date: 6/9/12 1:02 AM

A quick browse of Ebay produces two Tom and Linda Platt patterns: P932 and 2799. Neither's exactly right (okay, understatement :)), but might point you in the right direction. I'm sure there's a closer OOP Vogue pattern (you might want to check Etsy), but the exact image is dancing just out of reach.
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Date: 6/10/12 1:52 PM

Simplicity 1876 could at least get you started on the skirt. Maybe add a few more tiers using the same patter pieces? I haven't actually looked at the pattern so I am not sure it will work.

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Date: 6/10/12 9:24 PM

I tried to make something similar once. My plan was to make several layers of skirts, each one with a different hem, then sew them all to the waistband. Unfortunately, even though all the skirt layers were fairly thin, it ended up being *way* too bulky to sew in one seam at the waist. If I had it to do again, I'd sew them in rows to some kind of underskirt, so that they weren't all in the same waist seam. Dance tutus are often made this way, probably for the same reason. So my advice would be to put some thought into how to attach each skirt layer. As someone who has made many garments from sketches (often costumes for comic/anime characters) I have found that sometimes artists draw lovely garments that are *very* hard to accurately recreate in real life!
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