This was my initial idea for the red dress. I was inspired by a fellow student, Joyce, who's this really cheerful girl with a fondness for romance. I wanted loads of red roses to go on the hem, all around, with vines coming down from the waist. In the end, while actually sewing the dress itself, I fell in love it it's perfect simplicity. The bridal tulle on top gave such a nice, but subtle effect, that the dress didn't need all that drama. I left the floral touch out and instead opted for a charming little piece of bling on the waist belt.
I'm really glad I hadn't bought all those roses yet!
How did I go from paper to mannequin? I taped my mannequin with where I wanted the seams to be and then traced along those tapelines to form pattern pieces. This was very tricky and did cause me some trouble while assembling the bodice. The skirt is a full circle skirt (one satin, one tulle).
As for the petticoat underneath, I simply drafted a shorter satin full circle skirt and added ruffled tulle layers to it. In order to make the tulle layers stand out on their own, I hemmed each layer with fishing thread. Yes, actual fishing thread from the local sports store. The heavier, the better. It took a tremendous amount of time to create that petticoat, but the dress needed the volume! Why didn't I make a crinoline hoop skirt? Well, I wanted the "underskirt" to be as swirly as the top. Now when the wearer twirls, the petticoat will twirl along with the top layers in a more natural way, whereas a hoop skirt is rather static. Sitting down in a petticoat is also much much much more comfortable.
That's it for Sketch Sunday, untill the next!