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Topic: How would I go about making this [Diane von Furstenberg] dress  (Read 1532 times)
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« on: February 02, 2009 02:38:30 AM »

Hi, I absolutely adore this dress by Diane von Furstenberg and since I can't find it anywhere, or afford it for that matter, I've decided to make my own. I was wondering what materials I would need to buy in order to make it as I'm pretty new to sewing.

Here is a pic of the dress I organized:


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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2009 04:22:53 PM »

Well, first you need to get your fabric together. From what I can see, it looks like lace over gray fabric. Then you want to find a pattern. I would suggest combining this pattern's bust and straps: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8488.htm??tab=dresses_includes_designer&page=2,with this pattern's bottom: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8529.htm??tab=list/very_easy_vogue_dresses_br_includes_koko_beall_designer&page=all, and then adding ruffles. Here is a site for a ruffle tutorial: http://www.flamencreaciones.com/2008/10/how-to-volantes/.
Since you are a beginner, I would try making it in a different, cheaper fabric before attempting the lace. You can always find great things on clearance at Joanne's for about a dollar or two a yard. That way you have some practice before spending alot more on the lace.

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2009 04:49:35 PM »

Well, first you need to get your fabric together.

That will indeed be the most difficult part. The dress is not made from lace over gray but instead it is a chiffon with a "lace print". I don't know how likely you are to find that but you could use any chiffon fabric.

As for patterns I would go with the first on the pp linked to and instead of doing the tucks at the top of the dress I would finish that top edge then gather it and sew it to the bodice with the top exposed (lay the skirt portion on top of the bodice as it would be worn and topstitch them together). Add ruffles to the bottom and it's done. Those look like circular ruffles not gathered ruffles and the pp link explains both. Circular are more work so you might want to try a sample of both to decide what lloks best and what you are willing to do.
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