This week I’ve been working on something that has been loitering in the studio for a while. In 2014, I made my Shannon dress. I later had the hem dip dyed because I wanted to stand out from the other ivory bridal wear on offer at wedding fairs. It was such a popular dress with its colourful petticoats but after numerous fairs the hem became trashed and ripped. As I hate waste and the silk was so lovely, I decided last year to cut up the skirt to re-use it for another bodice.
With this bodice I wanted to step away from my usual soft sweetheart neckline and make something a bit more sexy and low cut. I also decided to drop the waist, I think the curve of a woman’s waist as very feminine and a beautiful shape. I made the bodice but it had been on the back burner because of a busy bridal season last summer and then having a baby this year. I’d been thinking about what skirt to do for a while and in the spirit of re-using what I have, I decided to use my Sophia skirt, it has a feel of romantic tutu, quite Degas’s dancers.
However the Sophia skirt waist measurement was too small to fit my new bodice so I needed adjust the skirt to fit. The Sophia skirt is a circle skirt so it’s just a matter of calculating how much to lower the waist to make it fit the dropped waist of the new bodice. See my calculations below:
By calculating the radius of the skirt waist and subtracting it from the radius of bodice waist, I now have a measurement of 2.6cm to drop the waist on the skirt.
Once the new waistline was established I could attach it to the bodice and then start to play around with decoration.
I recently bought some Ginger lace from http://www.bridalfabrics.co.uk for another project. I had a fair amount left over so I started to play around with placement with roughly cut out appliques. I need to trim them neatly next time I work on this dress and sew them into place. I also need to decide what petticoat to have underneath.
I’ve decided to call her Darcey after Darcey Bussell. What do you think of it so far?
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