New Dress Idea

New Dress Idea

I must admit, I am getting a lot of ideas for dresses from watching ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Although some are a bit risque and styled for American Smooth, instead of the more conservative International Standard, I think that some could convert nicely. I especially admired the dress Tatum O’Neal wore on the first episode, probably because it was simple. I also liked the fact that it was black. I don’t think all ballroom dresses have to be a bright gaudy colour to get noticed.
I had bought black fabric a long time ago from Joann’s (shocker!)- very cheaply, I might add. It has a very nice feel to it and has a matte, velvety finish. I started off with the standard panel pattern, and changed the neckline to go straight across. I also needed to cut a teardrop in the front of the fabric in the middle of the chest. Straps, with 1 inch elastic inserted cross in front and in back. The rest is virtually the same as my master pattern with a nice flowing skirt at the bottom. Because the fabric had a nap , I had to cut all of my pattern pieces in the same direction, which ended up taking a lot of material, considering how wide the bottom is. Luckily, I had bought enough material.

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