The Halloween Dress 2015

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I’m back! My surgery went as planned, so I’m slowly getting back into things. I did manage to finish my Halloween dress for the year, which is a nice accomplishment. After seeing the finished product, I was tempted to call this the retro pumpkin dress, which sounds silly, but I absolutely love it! It’s definitely 50’s inspired, and I still think the fabric is adorable. ย This post will cover making the dress, and hopefully I’ll have photos soon!

I did a pretty bad job documenting this dress, but I got enough pictures to get an overview of the process. First, I drafted up a pattern. I did originally mock it up on my dress form, but I decided since I only wanted two pieces – front and back -, it would be easier just to hand draft it.

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I made sure to add in darts and seam allowances, and cut this into a mock up, which fit surprisingly well! I made a few changes (mostly taking in the bust), and cut it out of my fashion fabric and lining.

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I ironed this and sewed the lining to the front and back necklines, leaving the arm holes raw. I understitched these so the lining wouldn’t show.

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I decided I wanted a contrast bias tape on the straps, so I used orange bias tape. I ironed it and pinned it to the sleeve holes, originally intending to do a tie shoulder bateau neck sort of thing. I actually eventually decided against this, but that’s why there is extra hanging off in the photos.

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Iย sewed it on with contrast thread that matched the rest of the dress, and started on the skirt. The skirt is essentially 3 big 45″ rectangles sewn together and hemmed, so it was quite easy.

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I attached the skirt to the bodice after gathering it down (twice, because the strings broke the first time). After I hemmed the skirt, it was done! I adjusted the tie straps and modified them into regular shoulder straps.

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I love how it looks on. I’m wearing it here with a Va Va Voluminous Shortย Petticoat from Modcloth, which gives it a lot of volume and I think really completes the retro aesthetic. Excuse the bad quality phone picture, but it gives an idea of the final product!

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For everyone who asked or sent me messages about it, my cat is doing much better! And hopefully I will be fully recovered soon, too and back to sewing semi-constantly!

Thank you for reading,

Inara

 

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