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« on: March 01, 2010 09:43:27 AM »

EDIT: In the end I used vogue 1079, here is the link to the finished project: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353770.msg4134423#msg4134423 Smiley
Hey!
I want to amke my prom dress, and searched net-a-porter for inspiration and i fell IN LOVE with this Lanvin dress!! Even though it looks a bit like a nightie  Cheesy

http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65377#

Its actually a wedding dress but I'd make it a different colour (not sure what colour yet,, maybe icy blue or deep red..)

I love it but I really don't have much idea where to start. Any advice would be so helpful! Its really hard trying to work out its construction without seeing it. From the description, I think it is gathered at the shoulders and then the belt is put on to pull it in under the bust.

I can't find any patterns that appear like this, I have found this, do you think it could work?
http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/23208

I'm not sure...
And all the applique and everything! Its like a mammoth project! But i really want it! Any suggestions would be so thankfully recieved!!

Thank you

sarah
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010 02:33:14 PM »

That is very pretty!  It also looks like a fairly simple design, with very precise details.  This is another pattern that may come in handy:  http://www.simplicity.com/p-1642-misses-special-occasion-dresses.aspx

I think the major features you're working with here are the band beneath the bust, the maxi-length with gathering in the front (maybe back?), and then two things.  First, it looks like the bust is several layers of chiffon that stop short, and are gathered onto a flat strap that actually goes over the shoulder.  Second, I'd bet my boots on that applique being on a separate under skirt, with a split, cape-style skirt going over it.  Look at the way the fabric drapes by her arm and hand, and then down to the hem.  You can see the edge of several layers of chiffon going down her left side, and ending in a slightly curved hem at the bottom.  I'd say you're looking at a minimum of three layers of chiffon skirt, plus a lining.  If I were you, I'd pick one or two features of the dress that you absolutely love and can't live without (the silhouette?  The applique?  The cut?) and start from there and work your way out.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010 05:05:50 AM »

Hey, just in case anybody else is interested in this dress, i decided to go with this pattern :
http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1079-products-9199.php?page_id=861
i got it nice and cheap off ebay (though delivery from america was slightly delayed by the volcanic erruptions!)

This pattern's nots exactly the same, its slightly more structured but the sillouhettes similar and i think it will look nice, i have some gorgeous olive green chiffon than i can't wait to cut up! Will post pictures when I'm done!

Sarah x
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