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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2010 05:03:00 PM »

Thanks for the picture of the back.  I love the cascading ruffles.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2010 09:34:31 PM »

This is so Amazing!! All those ruffles would have driven me crazy! That corset looks awesome!
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« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2010 11:20:06 AM »

OK i hope this helps for those who want to know how i did it. The shirt is a basic boat knit shirt with elastic on arms and neck  big enough to stretch off the shoulders. the corset came from here with some severe lack of income mods and a Frankenstein of a slice effort form a borrowed pattern.

http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/

the skirt came from here

http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/sean-skirt

i added added some extra  because my kid is a bit bigger than the pattern took out the darts gathered the  skirt to the waist band and went to it..


PS i hate slinky fabric....... and i could not get the hems to roll so i use hem tape to keep the sharp edges and points.

The apron was  a t shape cut from broad cloth and faux satin something. The arms curved into the length. This will be your frame make sure you make it double the length tall at the waist so you can fold over. sew right sides together leaving a enough room to pull it inside out. then iron once you do this and the silk will be the inside and you will sew the ruffles to the broad cloth.

Then you cut ruffles from anything and everthing you can find 8 to 10 inches tall and as wide as you can get it. 90 to 120' was what i was working with.
RUFFLE CURSE yell at the ruffler sew yourself to fabric cry and plead to anything and anyone to help only to have your dog make a bed on your pile of ruffles.

After you ruffle you start at the bottom and add one layer at the time one on top of each other hand stitching the ruffles to the frame.

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2010 11:34:58 AM »

part 2..

before you go all the way up for the ruffles you must fold over your edge i use a very very very stiff interfacing between the  fold which fused I will not do this again... but i wanted the security it would hold the weight of the ruffles.

this left the satin showing and sewed this fold down. I ruffled all the way to the fold.
Then i darted to form to her body and added the closures that clip on the front.


The last thing i did was gather the front of the apron and drew it up a bit underneath and secured it with a stitch. on each side so you can see a bit of the skirt under it.

What i would have done differently i would have added the ruffles first before i sewed the frame together.I would and should have made the shirt in the same satin as the skirt but i ran out of fabric and they did not carry it anymore, i was desperate.

The ruffles are 3 different fabrics a sheer, cotton something and a dollar a yard special from hancocks. Infact everything i use i got form hancocks and lets say check clearence.. 20 cent a yard boning, all fabric was a 1 or less the closures were 50 cent a pak ...


The corest was easier than the apron..... any question i will try and answer and i will borrow the corest pattern back and see who made it... it was some l company my friend had bought it off line.....
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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2010 08:35:40 AM »

Wow!!!  It is absolutely amazing Smiley
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tiaragoth
« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2010 03:52:53 AM »

Great dress! I'm so glad it didn't defeat you. I bet you got lots of compliments  Smiley
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missfrechette
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2010 10:05:40 AM »

you did an amazing job with this!!
my prom dress was similar.
i wish i had the removable bottom though, mine was so big.
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