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akkaer1
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Date: 7/2/13 2:14 PM

The Dress

I am inspired by this dress. In fact, I love it. However, since it is out of my price range I'm going to try and recreate it (with the help of my grandma but hopefully going to try and make it by myself majority of the time) Anyways. How do I create this? I've been sewing dresses, mostly little girl dresses and my prom dresses for almost 5-6 years now and have the basics down..however, I do not know how to make my own pattern. Is there a good pattern out there that gives me this basic shape? And for the heavy floral pattern beading is it just beading along the lace?

I know, I don't know what I'm getting myself into. Please do not tell me to bag the idea, I can't afford to buy a dress myself and this will have more meaning to me than buying one.

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Date: 7/2/13 3:01 PM

First of all check the patterns even old vintage
For that type of a top mainly the top not the
Trim part. You can add parts from differen't
Patterns. I did one similar to that one.
Work with the top first then a simple bottom
With some of the similaritys.
it's a lot of work its worth it
Have fun

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Date: 7/2/13 3:25 PM

I think that, as long as you have plenty of time to work on the project calmly and at your own pace (i.e. you're not getting married in the next couple of months), there's no reason you shouldn't be able to make the dress of your dreams.

Some things to think about...Would you be comfortable with combining two or more sewing patterns to get the desired look? Are you hoping to find a pattern with draping on the front, or are you okay with draping the fabric yourself onto a plain bodice pattern? My advice would be to concentrate on finding a pattern that has the front neckline you want, as the cutout detail on the back wouldn't be too difficult to add to a plain bodice (even without previous pattern drafting experience). I'm sure others here will come up with some good solutions. Good luck!

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Date: 7/2/13 10:30 PM

I would combine patterns, for sure - my stepmom made gowns, she did this all the time. But make a muslin first, of the top, and maybe the first foot or two down of the skirt. I wouldn't do this without making a test garment!

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Date: 7/3/13 1:03 AM

I would start by looking for patterns that have aspects of the dress. Even if you end up drafting or draping your own pattern it would be useful to see how someone did that sort of bodice or skirt. If you can also look at a bridal store or at formal gowns for these elements. How does it look on you, how is it put together, do I want the neck line exactly this way or higher etc. It's a beautiful dress and I'm sure you can make exactly what you want if you can take your time and make the practice garments to get it just right.

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Date: 7/3/13 6:29 PM

There was a Vogue pattern a few years ago 2849.It is an amostn strapless with very low back bodice. The waist is lower but you could establish the natural line and attach the skirt there. Your skirt looks like layers of irregular length drapes falling fromthe waist.I haven't seen any patters like that so if you can find a skirt shape pattern you like you can create the effect of the draping for the top layers yourself The heavy beaded lace that forms the keyhole and straps ,you could drape it to get the right look or use a fitted bodice pattern to cut out the design English net is pricey and hard to find.Its used in heirloom sewing alot. I've combined point d'esprit netting mixed with lace a few times for that airy look. carry

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Date: 7/4/13 5:38 AM

This is just to show you how easy it is to creat the cut-out section:

Danielle cut-out

another cut-out

Both these dresses were made using the Burdastyle Danielle dress

I think if you found an ordinary dress pattern with a princess seamed bodice and a waist seam, you could easily use that as a base.
Then you can add the cut-out layer on top of that, like they do in the original.

For the skirt, it looks like the layers are rectangles of fabric, pinched in the middle and then attached to the waist from that point.
That is my interpretation...

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Date: 7/4/13 8:55 AM

No pattern, but here's a tutorial on how to make a cut-out back:

Cut-out

For the beaded trim, search for "beaded bridal trim" or "beaded bridal applique". A lot of fabric stores carry it, and I know there's a lot on Etsy.

Judie

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Date: 7/4/13 4:12 PM

This V8360 Might be a good starting place, it has the cut out, and lower back to apply the lace to. I would use the full strap, and applique the lace on the dress.
You can purchase lace, and apply the crystals yourself, use swarovski, and you will get major bling.Also, consider adding rocaille beads, bugle beads and sequins to save money In the picture, although it is a bit blurry, it looks to me like the bodice is surplice, as in this pattern. The only thing I see different, is the waistline may be higher in this pattern. But.. it has a nice definition, and place from which to drape the netting. You might consider getting some soft tulle for the underlayers as it is less expensive than the cotton netting, and then top layer of the net.

you could add a slight train at the back, or make the train with the drapery. You might add a cummerbund of net over the empire insert in front to lower the waist slightly.

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