My favorite kind of dress to make is a replica. It’s such a fun challenge and I don’t mind when they are not perfect because I know nothing ever is perfect. This dress was no exception although overall I love the dress. Below is my inspiration photo.
First I like to break the dress down and draw it out on paper. This dress appears to be a tent dress with angle cut bell sleeves and a scoop neck. I chose a vintage piece of mud cloth that I had been hoarding for years.
Yes, you can cut that prize fabric!!
Next, I cut out all of my pieces and put them on my dress form. This is where I get to make all of my changes. Lower or higher neckline, wider sleeves or anything else I want alter. This is the fun part although it can make or break my replica.
I used every scrap on this dress and then needed to use bias tape for the neckline binding and tie casing. This is the part I really wish I had not done, I feel it takes away from the dress. You can see a little better in the morning light selfies I took of my self.
Professional photo by RP3 Photoworks and modeling the lovely Jessica Hale in the featured image.
Behind the scenes~
In other news I got to go to Portland and Washington last week. Here are a few of the fabric stores I got to visit.
Our Dayton Dressmakers Meet Up is having a fabric hop of our own November 12th and anyone can come! We are a friendly group, click on the link with the details and let me know if you can make it.
Thank you for reading!