Bird Recital Dress

Project Description

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website Name of website or photo Butterfly Dress(Burch Street Clothing) Link to website or photo www.birchstreetclothing.com/prod.php?itemID=230&colID=9 What are you most proud of? The customization of the best design elements of all the patterns I used. I'm also happy with the sleeve beaded trim detail. What was the most fun was giving myself the freedom to think outside of the box and try new things with this project, something I don't usually feel brave enough to do. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The first thing I did was draw several pictures of the kind of dress I was imagining. The thing I did not want was to make a bird "costume"- too corny!!! This dress ended up being elegant yet whimsical which was just right. The best advice I could offer would be to definitely MAKE A MUSLIN from the pattern(s) before cutting fashion fabric! I cannot stress the importance of this step enough.Personally I tend to get excited to sew my fashion fabric and don't want to do this step, winging it as I go, but I'm glad I did. I just put the muslin on the dress form, tweaked, pinned, pinched as I liked then cutting the diagonal angles I wanted instead of the symmetrical pointed edge the Butterfly Dress called for. Draping the fabric to see how it responds is also a good idea. Knowing the outer layer would be sheer, I made the under layer shoulder straps out of nude ribbon so the effect would be strapless. I've made the Vogue pattern before which is boned and strapless but every time I performed in it, I found myself hoisting the top up every time I went off stage. I couldn't make the dress too tight because I needed to breathe. FYI, singers do need to breathe! LOL! So the nude strap idea for my dress in this case, was so much more practical to wear. In the end, it was one of the most comfortable performance gowns I've ever made/worn.

What you will need

  • Silk Organza
  • Polyester Lining

Q&A with CatzSop

hansity asked:
I am so impressed with your sewing. I enjoyed reading about all 3 of your projects!
CatzSop answered:
Thanks so much. I love the creative process of sewing. It's rewarding to be appreciated by other sewers.