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« on: April 19, 2011 10:13:24 PM »

So, while I'm a newbie poster, I'm a long time lurker. . . . lol!!

My daughter is in her school musical this year, and her part is the Texan's wife in Guys and Dolls.  I found out from her teacher today, that he wants her to look "young Dolly Parton" (with bling, if possible) . . . in bright/pastel colors.  (and referred to easter eggs and such).  AND, per my daughter, he wants to do a costume parade on Thursday. . . . in 2 days!!

So, here is where I am asking for help.  I am looking to see if you can point me to a pattern (or two) that I might be able to repurpose some of the material/clothes that we have to make something that would work.  I am a novice sew-er, so I am thinking nothing too complicated!!  LOL  (nothing like a challenge, right??)

I am thinking maybe something like this???
(sorry, I'm not 'old enough' to post photos yet)

If I had an irock, I would do something like this to it .  .  

The other complicated part, is that payday isn't until next week, so if I need to purchase something, it needs to be VERY cheap!  (unfortunately)

I would LOVE any help that you all can offer!  It would be so very much appreciated!!!

« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011 10:15:08 AM »

That's awesome! Well, not the two days part Sad But the costume is gonna be cute!

That first image was hard to find the original source for! It was taken in 1972 and is from here:


I'd make a dress with a simple sleeveless bodice and a circle skirt. I'd do a separate sheer blouse with the gathered sleeve cuff and a bottom band that is sparkley/blinged-out. Seeing as you can't see the back, may as well make it open-backed, with a double hook-and-eye closure at the bottom band, and a single fabric-covered button and crocheted loop at the top (which would be consistent with the date). Sheer is a pain, though; you'd have to do a rolled or narrow hem along the open edges of the back. You could also make a collar at the top of the blouse that matches the waistband, which would be very disco Cheesy

Because your daughter will be sweating abominably on stage, make the dress out of a cotton bedsheet if you can. The blouse is perfect fodder for an unloved sheer curtain. You can dye nylon curtains Wink If you can hit up the thrift store this evening or early tomorrow, I bet you'd find something to either take apart and use the fabric from, or like I said, bedsheets and curtains. If all else fails, you can make the dress part out of an old adult's tee, with a gathered skirt instead of a circle skirt, since it's the sheer over-blouse with sparkly bits that really makes the outfit.

NOW! Onto the actual patterns.

Here's how to make a circle skirt:


You didn't say how old your daughter is, which makes this a wee bit problematic, but if she's older, the bodice of the Coffee Date dress is PERFECT:

size Euro 34-42: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress-multisize-sample
size Euro 32 petite: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress

If she's under six, then this bodice is fine (I've used it, but made the front neck lower than the back):


If she's in between, well... There's no tutes or patterns on either here or BS that are useful (that I could find and are free), so the only thing I can say is measure her and draft something that's in between the two example bodices. You can use her own clothing as a guide to how much bigger than her the dress would need to be so she can move comfortably.

The sheer over-blouse is just a front panel and two half-back panels plus blousey sleeves, with the bottom edge gathered into the sparkly band. Since it's supposed to be loose, it should be fairly easy to just trace a shirt of hers and add a little to all the edges. The trick will be having it not too long as to blouse at the waist, but not so short that it's pulled tight over her chest.

I'll check back later in case you have questions or need diagrams.

Best of luck with it all Tongue
« Last Edit: April 20, 2011 10:42:35 AM by Alexus1325 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011 12:16:54 PM »

Oh my gosh!  You have no idea how much this helps!!!  you are amazing!!!

My daughter is 17, so that first dress should work wonderfully!!

Now to pose other questions . . .

the musical is set in the 50's . . . so the dress is wonderful! . . . . would you still do a sheer over it?

I have a pastel green large sheet that I can use.  I was thinking of doing it in 2 pieces (skirt/top) so that the skirt can be worn later (if she so chooses) . . . and planned on doing a circle skirt.  However, would that top still go with it?  Would you still do the ruffle for the 50's style?

(make your dress black and remove the ruffle, and it seems very Audrey Hepburn!) Smiley
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011 12:47:08 AM »

So I poked around for extant 50s sheer blouses, and it seems the back-buttoned variety were less common. The front-buttoned ones were made more or less just like a regular blouse and either worn over a dress or tucked into a skirt with a matching bodice underneath. The back-buttoned ones are mostly "waist" types, as in Edwardian blouses, with pintucking and a V in the front and whatnot, or they looked like front-buttoned with fake buttons and lace on the "placket," etc, except they buttoned in back. Probably they were worn more for (false-)modesty than to keep a lady comfortable in the coolth of the evening.

Most of the extant blouses I've found in my quick look-see are elbow-length sleeved to sleeveless, so they probably were worn during the warmer months only. Here's some pictures you may like to drool on:





I think you could just make a sheer version of the Coffee Date dress's bodice with the puff sleeves taken from JJ, or if you're feeling really ambitious, make JJ herself:


JJ runs a bit big, FYI, but if you're using just the sleeves, that won't really matter because of all the gathering.

PHEW! Back again in the morning to see how helpful that was Tongue

PS: I really love costuming Tongue

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