Wedding Dress Wednesday: Chance discoveriesPosted: September 19, 2012
After I found a skirt I wanted to recreate, I had to start thinking about the style of bodice I wanted. As I mentioned before, I really wanted shoulder straps. I feel in love with the idea of a low-cut back – the problem being, of course, that I had no idea how to make one. Obviously I could’ve tried to taking a regular dress pattern and removing a piece from the back, but I was worried that would just end in the whole thing falling apart!
Instead, I went hunting for patterns, and eventually found this one:
I looked online and found a version where the stitcher had added pleats at the shoulder to give a more sweetheart effect to the neckline (do you think I have been able to find it again? Of course not!). I wasn’t sure whether I would need to add a panel to the waist, but I figured it would all work out once I started sewing.
But everything was soon to change! On a quest to figure out more about the skirt, I asked advice from a work colleague who has a background in fashion design. She wasn’t sure how it was constructed, but she found a photo of a dress with similar skirt construction, which I noticed came from Drape Drape.
Of course I had to order a copy! It was only afterwards that I stopped and looked at the bodice:
It was exactly what I wanted, and made me realise just how much I was settling on the previous pattern. Now I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my book so I can get started on my mock-up.