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Month: March 2006

Attaching Chiffon Underskirt

Attaching Chiffon Underskirt

I am now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel with finishing this dress! HOWEVER, this post has taken me especially long to do because the photo upload on Blogger is slow and/or not working. Does anyone else have the same trouble??? It’s now time to attach the underskirt to the inner bodysuit of the dress. To do this, I will first put the dress on the dress form and pin up the skirt to reveal…

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Making the Chiffon Underskirt for Black Standard Dress

Making the Chiffon Underskirt for Black Standard Dress

The chiffon has been hanging for about a week, and it is now time to make the underskirt for the black dress (as pictured right). It will consist of a skirt, made out of the same material as the dress, and 3 layers of the chiffon attached to it. The underskirt will be sewn to the built in bodysuit and then the chiffon length will be adjusted accordingly. First, I sewed the chiffon pieces together to form 3 skirts. To…

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Hollywood Glam

Hollywood Glam

I have always loved old movies. Lately, I have been renting dancing movies from the 30’s and 40’s for fashion inspiration in making ballroom dresses. Movies with the likes of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and the ever beautiful, Rita Hayworth. Yes, not only was Rita Hayworth a beautiful movie star, she could dance. According to Fred Astaire, she was one of the most gifted natural dancers he’d ever danced with. Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino. In 1941,…

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Cutting chiffon

Cutting chiffon

You guessed it, I decided to go with the chiffon! I decided to make an underskirt for the black dress with 3 layers of chiffon. To make them as full as possible, I will be making them full circles. This means I will be cutting 6 half circles of chiffon. Materials required: 1. Chiffon – at least 5 yards, 60 inches wide.2. Dressmakers curve – to make a half circle pattern (I used a Kwik Sew pattern piece (Kwik Sew…

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Black Dress inspired from Dancing With the Stars

Black Dress inspired from Dancing With the Stars

I’ve posted what I have done so far with the black dress. I think it is looking very much like the dress Tatum wore on Dancing with the Stars, however, I am going to be making this a Standard dress, not American Smooth. “In the international style, dancers are in the closed position, pressed close together — this is classic ballroom dance, taught all over the world.The American style, however, allows dancers to open up — they can separate and…

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