This dress was the fabric’s fault

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

I made this dress to wear to a friend’s wedding in March.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

The red & navy silk brocade was a new purchase, but everything else was made with scraps & remnants already in my stash. The side drape is made with the rayon wool blend that I used for my navy strapless dress, the silk edging is left over lining from the same navy strapless dress, the corset was made with left over red & navy silk (which was interfaced, prior to sewing) & the dress lining was made with left over fabric from the skirt of this dress. So turns out it was worth keeping all those random remnants & fabric scraps.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

As well as using up a lot of old remnants, this dress was also a bit of a franken pattern creation. The main bodice is from Simplicity 2639, the skirt is from Vogue V1174 & it’s all held in place with an internal corset made using Simplicity 5006. All three patterns have had a pretty good workout over the past 3-4 years & well & have well & truly cemented themselves in my ‘go-to’ collection.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

The construction process was a little adhoc. I started with the corset. The corset was made as per the pattern & I added spiral steel boning.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

Next was the bodice & dress lining, I modified the neckline of bodice pattern (Simplicity 2639) to match the neckline of the corset pattern (Simplicty 5006), because it’s a softer sweetheart neckline & I prefer it. I cut out the dress bodice & I put the bodice pieces together & attached it to the corset & lining.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

The next step was to add the silk ribbon that runs around the top of the bodice. Rather than drafting up a pattern, I put the bodice on a dummy, arranged the navy silk ribbon the way I wanted it, pinned it in place & then slip stitched it in place.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

Last of all was the skirt. I made up the skirt from V1174. The only alteration I made was to eliminate the pockets. The skirt was stitched in place on the bodice and then I hand stitched the drape in place. The drape is just a rectangle of fabric gathered at the side.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

All in all, the dress came together relatively easily & without any major dramas, which is kind of surprising since I didn’t really do a good job of planning it out.

Red & Navy Silk Brocade Dress - Orchids in May

P.S. In case you’re still wondering why this dress was the fabric’s fault, read yesterday’s post.

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9 Responses to “This dress was the fabric’s fault”
  1. Cynthia says:

    This is so gorgeous! Well done! Bravo

  2. Wow! Very impressive :)

  3. JoanneM says:

    Simply stunning.

  4. Karen says:

    This is absolutely beautiful! How well you have “interpreted” that stunning fabric. Next to the bride, of course, I bet you were the most admired person at the wedding!

  5. Marie says:

    Wow, what a stunning dress. You look amazing.

  6. Michelle says:

    This is really, really gorgeous! I had to link over from Burdastyle to read more about it! An interior corset is an amazing idea! It looks like it would be difficult to execute, but perhaps, that’s just my inexperience speaking.

  7. thornberry says:

    Stephanie, that dress is truly gorgeous – and more importantly, you look so stunning in it! Beautifully constructed too – thanks for sharing the details.

  8. Aside from your wedding dress I think this is my favourite thing you’ve ever made. WANTS!

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