Lets get this clear. I AM NOT A DRESS MAKER! My dress maker Mother bought me my first bought dress on my 10th birthday because I begged her to, I tore the frill off at first break at school (we laughed about the cheap quality) I had home made dresses all my life and when I became a teenager she tried so hard to teach me. But NO I don’t follow patterns wouldn’t follow rules and refused to sit patiently and learn her craft. My Mum will be rolling her eyes reading this. Sorry Mumma you know it I am a HACK I find my own way trial and error and I am too stubborn to follow rules. So this is the Sue Bryce hack version, hand stitched no patterns. Really this was me wanting a little creative project on an idle Sunday when it’s to easy to go sit at the computer and work. Total Cost $39 and a whole lot of fun.
1. These mannequins are expensive the cheapest I have found are $90 but they are really good to drape and pin on to. Also If you are attracting visuals for your brand your marketing PDF and social media they look great for Blogs and Posts etc and Behind the Scenes remember its all about marketing on the periphery.
2. this is a $10 wholesale corset bra it was brand new and it was white. I stained it with 4 tea bags rinsed and dried (It is easier to pin and drape on an existing bodice) You can also buy ugly old dress and cut the shirts and sleeves off to use the bodice to build new gowns. This would be the hardest part for me to make and because I am not a dress maker using the structure or recycling old dresses is the best.
I pinned the tulle where I wanted it to go and cut it. I had so many options here to create different shaped neck lines.
I used a thin piece of ribbon for the waist band and cut the tulle roughly in about 1.6 m long strips, using 12 long pieces I one by one pulled them through the ribbon so thats about 20 yards of tulle that I got for $1 a yard wholesale from the fashion district in LA. I havent ever done it this way before so it means the strips are not stitched together. It makes the skirt fuller and it moves differently I will shoot it on Wednesday and see if it effects the movement of the dress or how my client sits in it.
With all the strips pulled through I then stitched around the ribbon while it was on the mannequin being careful not to stitch the mannequin fabric ha.
I used two different colors of tulle every second strip so there is texture in the skirts.
Leaving ribbon at the back creates a wrap around that means most sizes can wear it
I used white tulle as its cheaper than colored tulle. I stained it with tea bags and then rinsed the tulle thats why it looks scrunched and vintage. The softer the tulle the better it looks.
I then stitched the breast line tulle on to the corset and up and over on to the straps. I thought if they over power the client to much (too wide) I can stitch them a little thinner at the top of the shoulder.
Here is an alternative to the corset I found this belt for $10 and the client can bring their own bra or a billowing blouse would look very beautiful. I always use these skirts on the hip so they look more flattering as they are bulky and can make even little waists look fuller if the wear the skirt lower then the bodice or corsett tapers the waist. Remember the client can also bring their own corset this helps personalize styling
Now I have stitched the skirt and the bust line Im using the last scrap of tulle to loosely cover the bodice
I pinned it on and then tacked it on to the bodice gathering as I stitched. I followed the line that the corset already had to make it look authentic and emphasize the existing lines.
The accouterment I found trimexpoonline for $9 I added that for extra bling sparkle.
Over all the tulle cost $20 the bling cost $9 the corset $10 and I had a lot of fun. I have already showed my client for this wednesday and she said YES PLEASE can I wear that ha so I will post her images later this week. Enjoy playing and please show me your creations and ideas.