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« on: November 24, 2006 04:42:23 PM »

Hi, I have been lurking about on this site for ages and ages and finanlly now I have the occasion to post.

For starters, I am not entirely new to sewing, but most of what I do is by pattern (with tiny modifications, of course XD) or is so simple I can make it up as I go along. To give you an idea of my medium skill I have sewn three kimono, four corsets, a few casual dresses, many different styles of skirts, a set of jedi robes, a fully length full lined black wool cloak (by far the hardest because the lining was a two-way stretch material), and little purses and knick-knacks innumerable.

Now, I have decided it is time to graduate to making my own prom dress and for this coming April, and for once have not procrastinated. I am planning ahead of time, and need some help from more experienced craftsters.

What I want to make is this:
- A lavender silky/satiny skirt that sort of is gathered up in places so that it falls in drapes. I saw a costume pattern for such a skirt ages ago in JoAnn's that was for Civil War reenacments but I cannot remember who the maker of the pattern was.
- A skirt that goes underneath the first skirt that is made of black pinstripe material, the stripes on the seperate panels of which meet diagonally where the overskirt is drawn up. I haven't seen any sort of pattern for this, but I think it will be relatively easy; it's just a matter of having twice as many panels as there are drapes and I can use that to make a basic skirt that is full at the bottom. Also, now that I think about the fullness, I will most likely sew in some sort of crinoline since I don't intend to make a hoop skirt to wear underneath.
- A top made of the same lavender silky/satiny material as the overskirt that I want essentially to look like the bodice of a Greek dress, traditionally loose-fitting, but with my modification of being form-fitting except in the front where the neckline drapes.
-An underbust corset in the black pinstripe to hide where the skirt meets the top.

I have my accessories already, I think. I have got some beautiful nearly shoulder-length lavender gloves that I got at a consignment shop, some great black slingback heels with a rounded toe and little tiny bows, and a black top hat that Neil Gaiman (the writing god) signed at a book signing with a silver sharpie.

I am sewing my boyfriend a black kimono to wear, which will have little lavender accents.

What I most need help on is the overskirt. I have done a Greek-style dress so the top is no problem, the underskirt should be simple enough, and I have enough experience with corsets to help me with the underbust one, but the draped overskirt I don't even know how to approach. I am going to continue to look for the pattern I had seen, and experiment with making a muslin copy first.

Any ideas, comments or suggestions?

Thanks, Emily.
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2006 05:34:44 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2006 05:55:58 PM »

I think I know what you're talking about for the skirt and I think I've seen them before - either in the bridal section or in the costume section. 

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2006 06:21:01 AM »

Wow. Thank you guys so much. It actually is the McCall's pattern. I thought I had looked through theirs, but I guess I had missed it. Anywho, after I get off work I am heading to JoAnn's to look at some patterns and fabric prices. I have set aside some money from each pay period, so by the time it comes to buying the fabric, which apparently will be about 5 1/2 yards of each fabric for the skirt alone, I think I will be able to make it work.
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2006 08:17:17 AM »

Aw that was my #1 design. Undecided

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2006 10:15:18 AM »


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