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« on: February 29, 2012 06:51:36 PM »

I really want to make something like this but I don't know where to start, so any help would be great! 


Doesn't need to be exact, but the general feel....
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012 08:16:58 AM »

Holy cow... it's pretty but thats going to be hella lotta work.

My thoughts:
The skirt looks simplest to start with as it's just ruffles. I would reccomend a back zipper to hold that all together, you could even go with an exposed zipper as it would go with the look. The hip...er...bustles could be sewn onto the ruffle skirt. I would suggest bunching some tulle beneath themto give them volume, unless you want to play around with wiring.

The top; It looks to me like it could be acomplished through a vneck top with a corset style torso, so you would sew the top and then sew a corset onto it for the pieced look.

Hope this helps!
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2012 12:05:37 PM »

I would actually make a vest/top first, and then attach the ruffles at the hips in layers. I notice it's open both front and back and intended to be worn with a skirt, so another option is to make a one-piece dress.

BurdaStyle has free dress patterns that you could use as starting points, with perhaps the One-Shoulder Knit Dress being the easiest option. You just need to figure out which size would exactly fit your measurements plus one inch for ease so that you can use a woven fabric instead (just measure across the pattern pieces and subtract the seam allowances). I would put a zipper in the back, so you'd have to cut it in two pieces and add in seam allowances. You can use plain old printer paper to adjust your pattern pieces once you get the right size cut out. As for the fabric types you'll need to embellish the hips, here's what I see from top to bottom: 1 inch wide lace trim, 3 or 4 inch wide lace trim, mesh or net (not sure which), and organza.

OR, you could use a knit fabric, and just make sure all your embellishments are stretchy as well. You'd need to read up on sewing with knits if it's something you're not already familiar with, as there's a lot of little things that are very different from sewing with woven fabrics.

I hope that was helpful, and good luck Cheesy

« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012 08:30:21 AM »

Do you want this as an accessory over an out6fit, like in the first picture, or as an entire outfit?

The crossover strap could be made from a strip of vinyl, (or even a long belt) with a double layer of ruffle lace, one short, one long. If you want it as an outfit a black lacy thrift store singlet or night dress would do nicely.

The strap on the other shoulder would be made in the same way as the crossover strap. Add a buckle or some other means of fastening it, if you stitch it in a complete circle it will much so much harder to get on and off.  Attach with a ribbon or chain above the shoulder blades across the back. If you don't attach it to something at the top it will fall straight off! Or you could use double sided tape.

The skirt is just several layers of sheer fabric in varying lengths. To get the odd length at the sides I would sew the middle of a long rectangle, not to the ends, so two corners hang at the front and two hang at the back. To get the volume, use a stiff tulle under the top layers, and stitch the whole thing on upside down. You might want to add a softer layer under the stiff tulle because that doesn't feel nice on your skin and is uncomfortable to sit on.

Good luck, and have fun!

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