Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress »
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Whimsical, Retro / Vintage
What was your inspiration?
I was planning on using this dress for Halloween, my daughter's (see her so embarrassed by her mother?) Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party, and a steampunk wedding as seen in the photos. I was trying for a Queen of Hearts dress. I didn't finish for Halloween, nor for the birthday party, but I'm here wearing it at the wedding. For the wedding, I was also going to make a dark red polonaise to go over the top of this number fabric (http://www.trulyvictorian.net/tvxcart/product.php?productid=35), but didn't even start.
What are you most proud of?
I am proud of actually completing this dress. I am proud of actually wearing it in public. I feel now, after Gertie's amazing teaching in her class, that I can sew anything. She taught such great techniques, I feel confident to try something like the polonaise. Thank you Gertie!!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I liked having a deadline and the goal of completing this dress. I am not an experienced sewer. I do a lot of knitting, spinning, and other hand-crafts, but would not call myself a sewer. My advice to someone thinking about this project is: just go for it and learn something new!
I also didn't think it would be a good dress for me (I pretty much don't have any difference between my bust, waist, and hip measurements). I saw all the pretty young girls who have great figures in the project pages and thought I'd look awful in this dress. But I just started imagining everyone I saw on the street in this dress and thought, "If it was fitted to them, they'd be cute!" So I went ahead and did it. I used the larger sized steel boning, and got a good strapless bra. Whatcha think?