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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Red Shakespeare dress

I made this dress on October 29th just in time for Halloween.  It is a size 6 adult dress and my daughter needs to grow a little to fit it well as she is about a size 2 to size 4.

halloween fun
277373_4688953663826_657722588_oBut since we have a lot that fit her now, that is good that it is a little big and she can where it next year.   My children have a 1 week long celebration of  Shakespeare at school at the end of every school year.  So this costume will see lots of wear during that week.
The nice thing about this costume was I already had all the supplies to make it on hand.  This dress uses a lot of fabric 13 yards.  Thus a very heavy warm dress to wear  which is good for Halloween.  The back is closed by lacing it up, yes she needs help from someone else to do that.  Not one zipper or button in the entire dress,there are   11 grommets per side 22 grommets total to close the dress.
IMG_1744There are several fabrics used in the construction of this costume, upholstery fabric (red leaves), upholstery fabric tone on tone cream fabric, cream silk to line the drape part of the sleeves and line the inside of the fitted sleeves, burgundy satin on the out side of the drape part of the sleeves.  The bodice is lined with the cream upholstery fabric  this will make it last longer.  Every seem is enclosed in bias tape so as not to fray. This red fabric wanted to ravel as soon as it was cut, thus the reason for 20 hours of cutting and sewing in one day if I had waited it would have unraveled on its own before I even got to sewing it. 664577_4688948503697_692561570_o The sleeves are also fully lined but they are lined with cream silk to make it more comfortable and soft on the skin as opposed to upholstery fabric which is harsh at times.  There is gold cording to lace up the back.  I used black velvet ribbon on the sleeves with an over lay of upholstery braid.  I also used gold, cream, and burgundy upholstery cord on twill tape to highlight seams, neck line, and hem.  Because of all the linings and seam bindings and the shear number of pieces this dress had this is probably one of the hardest dresses I have ever sewn.  If I was to sell a dress like this its price would be between $600- $1000 dollars depending on the fabrics used.

I do want to make more complicated patterns like this in the future for my children to have. I took some of these photos with my phone so not the best of quality on some of them.

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