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Topic: christian lacroix dress? please help!  (Read 2473 times)
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« on: May 25, 2006 06:59:13 PM »

i found this picture of kirsten dunst in a christian lacroix couture frock at the spiderman 2 premiere in LA:

there's also a bunch more pics of her in the dress here:

i am totally in love with this dress - i want to make it over the summer (since i still have a lot to learn about sewing) and wear it to homecoming.  any ideas about how i could make it?  thanks so much!
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2006 02:32:15 PM »

Do you have a dressform?  This is a somewhat difficult dress to make if you don't have a dressform to drape the fabric from.  It's more diffucult to do this with the flat pattern method.  My only suggestion is to freestyle this all the way.  Take some scraps about a yard each and drape them over your own body or someone similar in size to you and cut away layers.  Mark the sewing lines and add rope or ribbon for the neckline strap.  Good luck! Since this dress is a little wild, you can get away with raw edges and with fabrics like chiffon and silk, hemming them are a pin in the ass.  It will give it a cool rock and roll feel.  I looked over some patterns but it will be too many alterations for a beginner sewer like yourself. 
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2006 12:33:22 AM »

I love this dress, I have to agree with educo it would be easier with a dressform.
I had a look at the picture that was a close up:
Start by treating this as a circular skirt (that's pulled up over your bust).
Allow extra length for the center front section that dips over the bust.
Know you have a base to start from, you have to mark the center front panel the finished width, the panel at the front is pleated so allow for pleats.
Under the arm is more circular sections or even bias cut godets its kind of hard to tell if I had time I could test some it on some fabric, this section you may need to trial and error.
Then it's a matter of applying the ribbon and trimmings, diamante.
I'm a dressmaker so whenever I have to patternmake  I look at the garment one section at a time so that it makes it easier, if you need any more help let me know good luck!
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