This dress is my New Year's Eve dress. (( How in the world? Did you make that? ))Yes, it can be done by you, too! I followed the Craftsy course led by Gertie (Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing). The Craftsy course featured a Burda pattern for evening dress #122A Bustier Dress w/Draped Detail from the 05/2011 Issue of Burda Style Magazine. The course itself is a series of videos that walks you through every detail of making this dress from start to finish. It was great. I loved it, and it was a great way for me to get back into sewing regularly.
Modifications: I omitted the drape detail as is shown in the course. I modified the bust cups to fit me... I added about 1.5" to the top of the cups and 1" to the bodice. There was also the swayback adjustment to the bodice top (Tip: If you adjust the bodice piece widths, don't forget to add extra space to the corresponding skirt pieces so they still match later). To make a rounder cup, I flattened the design line of the bust pieces where they join top to bottom; it makes a less pointy cup.
|belt accessory, top stitching|
|just strike a pose... serious adri|
|back view; surrounded by cardboard|
The outer dress fabric was purchased from the sales bin at Karstadt in Munich. The grey cotton lining was from Ribes y Casals in Barcelona. The grey acetate or some kind of nylon skirt lining, Petersham ribbon, and zipper was from Orag-Haus, Munich. The spiral steel boning, casing, and caps were from Spitzen Paradies. The belt clasp was a birthday gift from my friend, Véronique. It was part of a collection of vintage buttons she gave me. And, a big thanks to Alyson who convinced me to make this dress as a sew-along with her! Thanks, Alyson!!
Part 1 of how I made this dress can be found here.