Modern Victorian New Year Look

You heard me.

I decided to make a New Year’s dress this year. It wasn’t done by New Year’s so I wore my LBD #1. My 4 year old daughter wanted us to dress up, so we did. It was fun. Even our 2 year old little boy let himself be dressed in the 2T suit he wore for my sister’s wedding last summer. Cuteness.

Back to the look I created. I’m not calling it a dress because it’s actually a top and a skirt. I wanted to make it a dress but the way I designed and cut it made it difficult to do in the end.

I started with a four gore skirt. There are two silver panels and two black panels. The black is the same material I used for LBD #1 (I did get a bolt of it, you know). The silver is a poly dupioni (or so it look to me).

I still think I want to make an underskirt for it to give it some poof- but not too much poof.

I got an invisible zipper foot for Christmas and installed both the zipper for the corset-like top and the skirt with it and I have to say I can see why I didn’t used to like installing zippers- and why I did so many hand installations. Basically, every garment sewer should have one.

I have so many pictures I thought I’d just leave you with a slideshow so you can see the overall process.

I draped the corset top and did a little math to make the 4-gore skirt. The draping of the bodice went so well I’m going to drape another top like this one. It fits nicely and is snug but not too tight.

Even with draping the bodice, I ended up with too much fabric against my lower back. When I stand up normal, you can see the bunching. Look for it and give me pointers. I am thinking it’s due to too much fabric. Is that the case?

You’ll also see the progress of the sides of the bodice. There are photos of the fit being all wrong and the changes I made to better the fit.

Enjoy! Thanks for reading.

Can I just add that either my husband jinxes the camera or I am the least photogenic person on the planet.

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5 thoughts on “Modern Victorian New Year Look

  1. attachlings says:

    Lovely. Your talent always captures me. 😀
    And I don’t think you are unphotogenic at all! But there seems to be lighting issues in these pix.

    Mary

  2. Liz says:

    There are some pictures that don’t look as good as they could, but they also don’t look like you. The pictures that do look good look like you.

    • Leila says:

      Thanks Liz. The lack of good pictures really bothers me. I feel like what I make would look way better if only I’d get better photographs of them. Maybe I should enjoy the no-snow-in-early-January policy of Indy and take my duct tape double outside to photograph stuff on it.

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