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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Creating the "perfect" prom dress ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Creating the "perfect" prom dress
Recreating a RTW dress while maintaining my sanity
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Date: 3/16/12 1:34 PM

My daughter has fallen in love with a prom dress she saw online, and I need to make something as close to it as possible (with modifications to show a lot less cleavage!). Of course, there's no pattern that really fits what she wants -- I tried getting her interested in other dresses that would be easier to make, but of course that didn't work! So, I'm going to try to do this while maintaining some level of sanity, but I have many questions! I'm hoping you ladies with more experience might have some answers.

Here's the dress she wants -- DISCLAIMER -- this is her taste, not mine!



I could have a little different back (as long as there's still plenty of bling), but she likes the shape and the lace insets. I was thinking of basing it on McCall's 6075, which has more of an A line shape, and would just make it fit closer through the waist and hips. I also considered New Look 6401. Any thoughts on either one?

In any case, the inspiration dress is made from knit jersey, but I want to use a satin. Does it need to be a stretch satin? If so, what would I use as underlining? I normally line satin with silk organza, but obviously that would negate the stretch properties. I was kind of thinking I could use regular satin as it won't be skin tight, but if that's not going to work, I'd rather know ahead of time.

Any suggestions or ideas?

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Date: 3/16/12 5:58 PM

Vogue 8358 seems to me a good starting point. Just add embellishments and it becomes really similar to the pictures you posted. Not the same, but it would look alike.

New Look 6401 could do with modifications.

McCall's 6075 is similar to the picture you posted.

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Date: 3/16/12 5:58 PM

Yikes, I hope my daughter doesn't want anything that aggressively sexy when she's that age. Vogue has a nice columnar jersey gown that you could start with if you were willing to reconsider jersey.



There are any number of great neue mode dress designs at sewingpatterns.com, many with beatiful back details, but of course not one exactly like that.

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Date: 3/16/12 6:00 PM

Quote: nightowlgal

In any case, the inspiration dress is made from knit jersey, but I want to use a satin. Does it need to be a stretch satin? If so, what would I use as underlining? I normally line satin with silk organza, but obviously that would negate the stretch properties. I was kind of thinking I could use regular satin as it won't be skin tight, but if that's not going to work, I'd rather know ahead of time.



Any suggestions or ideas?

Choose a pattern for wovens and not for knits. Then follow the pattern's instructions about lining/interlining/interfacing.
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Subject: Creating the perfect prom dress Date: 3/16/12 6:10 PM

Vogue 1032 is similar for the inset panels and overall shape, you would just have to find a way to modify the pattern to eliminate the train.
As far as the fabric goes, if you could find a pattern that was meant for cutting on the bias, that would be more forgiving and closer to a knit dress than a satin gown cut on the straight grain. No patterns are coming to mind at the moment that are cut on the bias, but maybe someone else has a suggestion.

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Date: 3/16/12 6:30 PM

Vogue 2859 may be a good starting point if you want to use a woven fabric.
The basic shape is very similar, adjusting the straps & back would be easy and it would be a nice base for the bling! Bodice fitting would need to be perfect if you use a woven - although Hollywood tape can do wonders.

Best of luck with it.
janine

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Date: 3/16/12 7:06 PM

These are all great pattern suggestions! I already have McCall's 6075, but I'm going to run out and get Vogue 2859 to take a closer look. I missed that one when I was scanning thru online, probably because the main picture doesn't show the dress. I like the shape of that dress a lot. Reading the description online, it says it has a side snap closing. I've never seen that before -- maybe because this is a vintage pattern?

And rest assured, my daughter will NOT require any tape because the version I make is going to be PG rated! I think although she likes how the dress looks online, she'd be uncomfortable actually wearing something that revealing. At least I hope so!

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Date: 3/17/12 1:56 AM

I would use an invisible zip in the CB seam. Snap closing is not unusual for a vintage dress, but not at all common now.

I think that this dress (the vogue pattern) is actually quite modestly cut - nevertheless, the strap attachment to the back is reasonably flimsy so 'side exposure' is a real possibility!
-- Edited on 3/17/12 1:57 AM --

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Date: 3/17/12 10:35 AM

Echolalia, thanks for putting the spotlight on that Vogue pattern. The dress is great. I think I'll pick it up at the next sale. I don't need any evening gowns, most likely, but that blouse would be great at work made up in broadcloth.

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Date: 3/17/12 11:31 AM

I will make a comment that if this dress is reasonably priced and comes in her size, buy it. All that bling at retail is expensive and making it yourself will not be cheaper.

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