The Kimbra Dress

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I am most proud of the fact that I was able to create this dress without a set pattern for it. I blended two different dress patterns and altered the front bodice to add the center sheer panel. I am also proud of the couture techniques that went into this dress. It came out perfectly and fits my friend like a dream...or a custom garment :) What advice would you give someone starting this project? Always take the time to make a muslin before starting a project. I actually had to make two muslins - the first one was an entire size too big! It would have been quite the challenge to try to resize the dress if I hadn't made a muslin beforehand. It also took some time for me to figure out the center panel and I would have ruined the fashion fabric with all the ripping out and re-evaluating that had to be done.

What you will need

  • Black Satin underlined with silk organza.

Q&A with LadyTap

Calumn asked:
Not only making muslins, but using the stitching line on the muslin. I made muslins before with the standard 5/8" seam allowance. I would make alternations, but I was guessing and the next muslin never fit and I didn't know why. With the stitching lines on the muslin there is no guessing, I feel confident in the alterations I've made and I don't need to make 26 muslins for one dress. I love the dress you made!
LadyTap answered:
I definitely agree, and thank you!
Scheri Manson asked:
Wow your version of this dress in fantastic. Was so nice of you to make for your friend. She looks lovely in the dress. So do you have plans to try your hand at another coutre dress for youself?
LadyTap answered:
Thank you very much! I am working on one for myself right now actually. I will be sure to post that project when it's completed :)
Jo la Fleur asked:
LadyTap answered:
Thank you :)
pcampbell asked:
What an amazing dress! Well done! How did you do the front ruffle and the sheer bodice? Very fun!
LadyTap answered:
Thank you! I used part of a dress pattern for the ruffle, and the sheer bodice was a lot of trial and error. It took a few tries to find fabric that would be strong enough for that placement but still be nice and sheer. I'll try to find the patterns that I merged and post them as a reference.
ValUK asked:
I actually think that yours is much nicer than the original and suits your friend perfectly!
LadyTap answered:
Thank you! That is very sweet of you to say.

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