I am soo pleased with how this dress worked out! I'd seen soo many versions of this online and kept seeing 'interesting' interpretations of that bodice and I was determined to make mine and make it right! I made this dress to wear both to my friends wedding and to wear on the cruise and I'm glad to say it made an appearance at both occasions.
I'm normally an instant gratification type of person, but with this dress I wanted it to be perfect so I took my time and made this over a period of about two weeks. I didn't want to rush it and make a mess. So instead I done it in little parts with other smaller, more managable, projects in between! Don't get me wrong, this dress was no walk in the park to make. I had some major issues with it so let me explain.
The main part of the dress and the lining made up a treat first time. I chose to omit the boning on the bodice as my fabric was rather thin and I didn't at all want it to show through. Also my bust is dispoportionate to the rest of me so I find when I put boning in to help with that area, it's normally a dissapointment. This goes for things I've bought RTW as well, I always whip the boning out for a more comfortable fit. I also omitted the waist stay as again I was concerned it might show through in a way I wouldn't be happy with. Considering this, the dress held it's shape very well and didn't crumple the way I thought it might.
Now on to the joy that was the amazing sweetheart bodice. I hand tacked all the pleats in place before pressing them into place with the help of my tailor's ham. I'd seen a few versions on the blogosphere that had this part gathered rather than pleated and I really didn't like that look for me. So I done the pleating, which felt like it took forever, but in reality it was probably only an hour or so. I then machine basted that and the bias straps into place and found, that mostly due to my lack of bust, that it was wayyyyyy to big up there! So I unpicked it all and stitched it in much lower down than before. Now, this was by no means a perfect fit but it was much better and looked fine when I put the dress on. My last problem was what I was going to do about a bra. Well let's just say that eventually I realised one wasn't necessary and done without! Ha, not to get personal or anything on the internet!!
Once I'd sorted the fit there, I attached the lining, left the dress overnight to allow the bias parts of the hem to drop, then hemmed it the next day. And I instantly fell in love.
For me this dress wasn't a cheap make. I bought the pattern at full price (£7.25) and treated myself to Liberty of London's Carline print for the main fabric. I'm fortunate I work in a shop where I can buy Liberty at £14.99/m minus staff discount (and our boss gave us an amazing deal on our first metre) so in total my Liberty came to £29.00ish. The red for the bodice and cream lining were bought in Fabricland in Canada for a total of around $10 and are simply polycotton sheeting. The reds aren't a perfect match but I figured I'd never get it exact so the brighter was better in my mind. I think they look fine together. So the total cost of this make was just under £45.00 but it's a dress that's worth a lot more! I had enough of the Liberty left to make these cute bows for my shoes!
One of the best things about the dress is the way the skirt moves. I wish I could have got a better picture of it moving whilst I was Ceilidh-ing the night away but I didn't. So this pic of me holding the skirt will have to do! It was fab having the fullness to move about in.
Finally I want to do a massive shout out to my Hairdressers, Robert's Hair Design on Duke Street. I've only ever went to one hairdresser my whole life thanks to the crazy, curliness of my hair and I never fail to amaze at how well they deal with my hair cause I hate doing it myself! This time I went in with a pic of my dress and asked for something suitable, so Samantha got to work and put it all up with some awesome 1950's style pin curls around the back! It fitted so well! So a massive thank you to Samantha and Robert and the rest of his team(and for all his facebook likes of my makes!!)
Sticking with the vintage look, I bought some red lipgloss, a colour I've never in my life worn as it was the only colour right to go with the dress. And actually I kinda like it! Something tells me I might bust it out again with other outfits!
I wore the dress the exact same way whilst on the cruise, minus the hair, which is what I'll leave you with.
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