I saw this gorgeous dress at the festival today, a light flowy sun dress, all in white, with a long, full skirt, lacing up the front, tent sleeves, and an elastic rouching across the back. It was made of all these really delicate, kinda sheer fabrics, but had this gorgeous, almost brocade look to it.
I have wanted a white sun dress for years, but the image in my head is extremely difficult to find a) in today’s fashion trends, and b) in my size. But this, this dress was it. This dress was perfect in every way.
…except it was a teensy bit too small in the bust, was extremely delicate along the seams, and the only two she had left were both damaged…
But after gushing about how much I wanted it to my mom, she convinced me that we could easily sew our own, of much better durability and fit and comparable price, at home over the summer.
So now I’m doing all this research on pattern drafting, and I am finding such magnificent resources, and I really really wanted to share them with all you other potential crafters out there, so here you go!
- how to draft a basic custom bodice block
- how to draft a basic 10-12 piece custom corset block
- how to draft a basic custom sleeve block
- how to adapt a basic sleeve block for tent sleeves
- how to adapt a basic custom bodice block for a custom bra (YES YOU HEARD ME RIGHT)
- resource to buy bra hardwear and notions
- one way to sew a double breasted women’s vest (adapting could probably be done from this)
- how to draft a double breasted vest/jacket (haven’t read through this all yet, but it looks extremely thorough and with many many variations)
- how to sew bloomers
- how to sew elastic rouching
- how to sew a basic circle skirt (you can also make two of these patterns, and sew them together along one edge to make it double-y full)
- how to sew a basic handkerchief skirt (the skirt on the original dress was kind of a handkerchief skirt on top, then a series of interlocking strips along each side of the square, and then I think the bottom morphed into a circle skirt)
- you can also make a skirt with a number of horizontal rectangular pannels, the top one fitting your hips/waist, and each one below it being longer and longer, then gathered at the top to fit the lower edge of the one above it, until the bottom is the desired fullness/length.
- basics: how to measure yourself
- basics: sizing chart
- basics: ease chart
pretty darn sure that this is an /excellent/ start to my making-my-dream-dress project, along with potentially several other sewing projects. :D
Ah, such good resources!