Isn't it absolutely gorgeous ?! So of course, there are no tutorials or patterns online on this particular gown so I decided to try something with my dress form. I drew lines on her and proceeded to make pieces from those drawings. I tried a first corset in t-shirt and it turned out to be WAY TOO BIG - Duh! I worked with a stretchy fabric and forgot to account for the stretch - rookie mistake !!! So on to a second trial with smaller pieces. It fit !!! Yay ! Now for the skirt part... I measured my waist and hips and figured out the length I wanted. Then, I made my pieces with some ruffling allowance on top. (If you want more details on how I proceeded, just ask me) Now, when you draft a pattern yourself, it is always better to make a mock-up of your garment with the same type fabric before you use your GOOD fabric. So I looked through my stash (once upon a time, I wanted to make and sell undies so I had bought a TON of stretchy pj's and nighties.) and found the necessary fabric. Since it is a mock-up, I did not mind mixing the fabrics, even making pieces with different fabrics.
So here is my mock-up prom dress on the dress form:
The bodice-corset is not yet attached to the skirt part. You can see the little PJ patterns (doggies, cats, butterflies, teapots...). I added a few roses from one of the main fabrics just to decorate a bit. I wonder if you guys have ideas to embellish it ?
Here is the back part:
Although it seems too small, the stretch is good and I am going to be able to insert a zipper. I have a crinoline under it (which I bought for 1.50 at Goodwill - woot woot !).
The bottom edge is not regular because I ran out of fabric and was too lazy to fix it. I might have to do it or to cut the bottom about 6 inches. We'll see.
Another close-up on the bodice:
So the real dress should be made with red t-shirts. I just hope I have enough... My dress is not as poufy as Angela's but I could alter it. I would just have to make the skirt panels wider. But I think I like it like that. Plus, wider skirt panels means more fabric...
So if you guys have any idea about embellishment, I am all ears !
Oh, and by the way, I have NOT graded any lab report... oy vey !