The Rose Fairy, Part One

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This outfit will be the first in a series of rose and flower themed dresses I’ll be making – one will be more costumey (this one), the other more high fashion / red carpet, and the last likely a ball gown, because it is something I’ve been dying to attempt again). I am pretty excited for it, although I admit I’m not 100% sure it will turn out exactly how I want, but here’s hoping it goes perfectly. The post below will describe making the base for the outfit, a skin-colored leotard.

This was a surprisingly easy task, and I actually finished it in a few hours one evening. Since I was using a four way stretch skin-colored fabric, my pattern only had two pieces that were cut on a fold – the front and back. I made the leotard fairly high cut since I want the skirt to have a slit up the side, and did a sweetheart neckline for the front piece.

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I didn’t have any scrap fabric with the same way way stretch ability, so I went ahead and cut it out of the skin color fabric and hoped for the best.

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I needed to make a few adjustments – firstly, I had to make the bodice longer, as it was too short and therefore sat weirdly. Next, I had to adjust the leg holes and make them cut slightly higher. However, other than that it fit like a glove.

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I went ahead and made adjustments, then sewed the two new pieces together. I didn’t line this piece, or hem off any of the edges, because I hope to cover them completely in flower petals and so they shouldn’t be seen or be a problem. I wanted to keep the leotard only one layer thick so it would be more mesh colored and create an illusion of bare skin in some areas.

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Next, I went ahead and attached straps. I attached one skin colored strap, made of a tube of mesh fabric, and one of a clear plastic. The flowers will only go up one shoulder, and I wanted to make the other one invisible.

And then I was done! I was pleasantly surprised by just how easy this process was, although sewing with slippery mesh fabric is an absolute pain. I still have to make the skirt, and then will come the painstaking process of attaching lots and lots of petals.

Inara

 

 

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