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« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2006 08:47:13 AM »

Thanks for the reference pictures. Has anyone else made this yet? I might have a go when I have some more time.

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« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2006 05:52:44 PM »

i dont really remember this possibility for  a pattern being posted....but i found mccalls pattern 3959 either view A or B would work...i would need to be shortened but its a good base to start on if your not really that fantastic at drafting your own patterns yet

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« Reply #32 on: May 29, 2006 04:02:12 PM »

OMG!!! i love this i made it once and sld it for 120$ it was like within the first 2 weeks of the video relsease
« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2006 12:01:10 AM »

My computer is in the shop and I've tried to post this 3 times on my hubby's and I'm not having  a lot of luck. 

Tafeta would work well in this dress but most tafeta is acetate and will discolor with age and with perspiration.  That is something to consider. 

Most skirts that billow like this at the bottom are lined with what would loosely be called an a-line lining.  It is usually about 3 inches shorter than the actual skirt.  The top skirt is full and is interlined with netting to give it more body to stand out.  Then it is gathered onto the lining at the bottom of the dress (in this case both the lining and the outer skirt would be cut at an angle....the lining shape just mimics the basic shape of the full skirt.  The seam is hidden between the two linings when the skirts are connected then the whole thing is sewn to the waistline of the garment. You would want to use real netting as the interlining to the top garment because it is stiff and scratchy and won't collapse. It is possible that the lining is colored.  I don't know.  I haven't seen the video.  If it were, it would be visible in this case because of the slope of the skirt.

I would recommend that you use tuille for the top netting around the bust area.  I would catch it between the top lining and the bodice rather than just sew it on.  It will be more comfortable.  Tuille is softer and finer and shouldn't irritate like netting would.  It is also prettier.  I don't think that illusion, which stretches would look as nice. 

« Reply #34 on: June 21, 2006 10:58:16 AM »

I've been folowing this thread for a few weeks now, and I'm getting really excited!  I would love to have a prom dress of this style (I'm thinking a dark green for the body with black to replace the red). The problem is that I don't know what fabric to use, and I can't afford taffeta. Embarrassed Any ideas?

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« Reply #35 on: June 21, 2006 12:38:07 PM »

personally, I don't think you'll get quite the same effect without the taffeta-- Joanns carries it in all sorts of colors, and they usually send out fairly decent coupons if you get on their mailing list.

it's not that expensive though, honestly-- you don't have to get silk taffeta or anything like that. There's nylon that looks just as nice. If not, better.

That being said, you could probably do a decent approximation with satin and lots of tulle.

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« Reply #36 on: July 24, 2009 01:55:43 PM »

I just found this thread, and as I am going to recreate the helena dress fro my eighth grade formal, I thought I'd post some snapshots/drawings of the dress. None of the drawings are my own, but rather they are all pics I have collected from various internet searches, and pictures my friends sent me. Smiley Enjoy!


« Reply #37 on: November 03, 2014 06:51:54 AM »

I know this post is ancient, but if anyone put together any patterns, I would really like to see them. I want to use this dress as a project for my Fashion Arts class this spring.
« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2015 10:48:32 AM »

its look like this dress is for vampires
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