Hello! Don't feel embarrassed! I've always found wrap tops to fit one side over each "sister", left over left, and under right, and right over right, and under left. If you wear a very supportive bra, they won't go under, per se, just kind of overlapping the lower bit. That would be my best advice, if you have a problem with them, switch bras.
I actually saw this movie today, and the dress in question was made out of a pair of curtains. In the background of a few scenes, you can see the "pattern pieces" cut out against the window. While I realize they're not going to be completely accurate, it'd be a good starting point. The bust does look like four individual pieces, with princess seam-like lines, and an empire waist line in the front. Oh, and it dips down in the back a bit, like there's no back bust piece, just the line of the empire waist carried around and hemmed at the back.
Stripey-Cat, that is exactly how my mother started to teach me to sew! It was actually with paper bags, and by hand, but same general principle. I second pillowcases as a very easy way to start, but panel skirts are equally easy, and you may find more use for them (I know I only use the two pillowcases). Also, little draw-string bags are easy and useful.
If you posted a picture of the neckline you're wanting, you'll probably get a more accurate answer, but the best way I (a newbie at sewing) have found to hem a neckline is to use a facing...that is, a piece of fabric cut to the same shape as your neckline, sew the right sides together, flip the facing to the inside of the garment, and top-stitch. Or use fusible interfacing, which I have yet to try. I like the look of top-stitching. Hope this helps! Good luck!
I had a similar problem, and it turned out my thread wasn't staying taught, and was getting wound around some inner part of my sewing machine that thread isn't supposed to go around. So yeah...rethreading my machine, and putting the foam washer-type thingy (I'm sure it has a real name) over my thread helped immensely.
This happened to me when I made my first circle skirt. I found that making the waist band narrower (less than 1/2") made all the difference in the world. The first time I tried to do a wide (1.5") band, and since my band was square, and the skirt was flared, it pulled the skirt up to the square piece's circumference. Does that make sense?
That last one, at least, looks like a plain towel folded in half and sewn across the center for the length of the top of the hood (or about 5" for a child). Does that make sense?
I also babysat a little girl who had one of these that looked like a towel with the center cut out (fold the towel in quarters, and cut in a 1/4 circle...I've never gotten a formula to work out for me, properly, I always just eyeball it, starting too small and working til it fits.) And then a smaller square of towel folded in half and sewn up the back, then attached around the circular part, classic hood style. She wore this like a poncho, and loved it. I'm sure you could also attach the same sort of hood from the center of a straight towel, and achieve the same general effect as the ones in the other pictures.
This might be a stupid question, but if your skirt is red/purple, why not just leave the corset red? (They both look really pretty, btw!)
Other than that I'm not much help. But I did also want to vouch for that chemise tutorial. I used it at Halloween with much success. Except I didn't make a casing for my elastic, I just stitched it straight to the neck and cuffs with the elastic stitch, so I'd have a small ruffle. It came out very nice and comfy, and completely suitable for Ren Fest.
It's funny, but I was actually looking at cheesecloth the same time I bought the rest of the fabric. I really don't want to mess with dyeing it, though. After showing my husband a few options, he chose the "put through the washer and dryer a few times with jeans" method of just slightly frayed. Thanks for the advice!
What's the best way to make a distinctly ragged edge?
My husband wants a cowl for a "Ghost of Christmas Future" outfit for a Christmas costume party we're having, and he wants it to have a ragged, ghostly edge. The fabric, though, is that faux suede. Not butter-suede, rather the knit one that has a satin-y back. In the past, when I've tried to make that material look ragged, it's come out with a very Peter Pan type look, and that's not what we're going for.