I’m sewing a frothy goddess frock – just for the fun of it.
It’s a nice break from the UFPro pile, and commissions, and historical costuming I’m working on, all of which have specific requirements for their creation.
The dress was kind of inspired by this week’s poll. I don’t understand all this modern vampire and werewolf and zombie craze. I want to be a fairy. It turns out that I’m not the only one who wants to be a fairy – well over half of you have the same impulse. So I’m making a fairy frock. Not a tinker belle fairy frock, sort of a fairy godmother meets the traditional faerie queen fairy. A study in contrast: natural materials with an etherial feel, elegant formality and whimsical fun.
I liked the idea of making a dress that looks a bit like a sarong tied around you, and a bit like a Regency gown. One that blends total relaxation and classical formality.
The fabric is an ivory cotton voile with tiny woven-in stripes of silver, perfect for a earthy but celestial frock.
The first prototype was lovely, but had unfortunate hip-widening tendencies:
So re-did the skirt a little, and the bodice a lot (my prototype just had the fabric draped on a bra), and, in a lucky stroke of brilliance, I found a length of antique rayon tulle I have had for years, and it draped perfectly around the dress.
I’ve got a whole list of things I want to do to make the dress look better:
- add another layer of lining under the skirt
- drape another layer of fabric over the bodice to hide the seam lines
- re-hang the skirt from the bodice to get rid of some of the wrinkling and odd hang of the skirt
- re-cut a straight skirt seam into a diagonal to improve the fall of the skirt.
- re-pleat the back pleating of the skirt – it’s too wide, and makes the back look wider
- add false Regency-inspired back seams to help visually narrow the back.
In other words, I’ve pretty much completely taken the dress apart, and am re-putting it back together. But at least I know exactly what I am aiming for this time!
In addition to my fixes, I plan to raid my stash of vintage lace scraps, and ornament the dress with all the froth and flowers my minimalist soul can stand. I’m going to strew little lace flowers all over the antique tulle to hide the old mends in it. And add lace to the bodice. And to the train. Or at least that’s the plan.