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|Fabric:||Silk Dupioni [See other projects in this fabric]|
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I have decided that I need this Blue Monarch Dress by designer Luly Yang.
Last year I even drove into Seattle to stare all the gowns in her shop windows. This dress was featured in Luly's 10 year anniversary show in 2012 called A Monarch's Tale, with included her signature red/gold Monarch Dress. I really like the red/yellow one, but my BF preferred the blue.
Before I start the big girl version, I will make this for my Barbie first. I constructed the dress as follows:
- First, I made the top layer of wings. I painted them using fabric paints for dark colors that I had leftover from painting this cocktail dress. I used a butterfly wing picture as a template for the markings and painted them by eye-balling it. They are all a little different like real butterfly wings I considered making a pattern for Spoonflower and buying it there, but I think the hand-painting makes it feel extra special.
- The bodice is cut from this free Barbie dress pattern. Unfortunately, I sewed it a little large at the back seam so my bodice overlaps quite a bit. I sewed velcro on it for the closure. To similate the lace on the real dress, I used some antique black trim.
- The skirt is a simple circle skirt. I suspect the real dress has gathers at the waist, but I didn't want that kind of bulk in the Barbie waist.
- I tried to make the 'tulle' overlay out of some sort of polyester chiffon. It's a little too stiff but it's the only thing my local store head. This chiffon has about the scale of tulle on the Barbie dress, so that worked well...
- OK attaching the tulle to the dress was a catastrophe. I think I will need to do something like a circle skirt for that too. You can't see it in this picture, but the tulle doesn't have enough fullness to cover the skirt. However, it's impossible to gather it up any more and still make it look good. Plus despite measuring several times, it's too short. I'll have to go back to the store for some more chiffon this weekend...
- OK, scratch the chiffon idea. The rolled edge fell right off the fabric. So I pawed through my stash and found some black tulle and used that instead. I didn't have much, so it's a elongated half circle with enough circumference to go around the entire skirt. I even like the look of the tulle better since it doesn't have the rolled hem that was necessary with the chiffon.
- For the last step I finished the lower wings. I finished off both layers by painting silver sparkle hairspray onto the wings to simulate the Swarovski crystals on the real dress. Looks really cute!
Made to fit my Year 2000 Celebration Barbie.
Did it look like the photo once you were done sewing with it?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Barbie's measurements suck to sew for.
Deep Navy Dupion. The original is black, but this will be a good substitute from stash.
This project is done! I am really pleased. I will have to go dig around and find my Barbie's stand so I can display her in my sewing room.
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