I fell in love with the dress the bride is wearing. It was one of the few examples I could find of a dress that didn’t feature front lacing which was something that I desperately wanted to avoid for fear of not being supportive enough.
So I sketched out the dress to take with me to the fabric store. There I picked up some gold trim reminiscent of what the bride is wearing and looked around for a suitably shimmery red fabric, but couldn’t find anything that was within my price range.
Going home, I sorted through my stash and found just what I had been looking for: three and a half yards of a dark candy apple red satin (at least, I think it’s satin – I’m terrible at identifying fabric). I’d bought it almost two years earlier when it was on huge clearance at Joann’s. I believe I got it for around $2.50/yd.
I started working on October 18. I draped a bodice muslin on my duct-tape dress form, Barbara. I couldn’t really fit the pattern on myself so I had to approximate and eyeball the fit in the mirror when I tried it on.
When it looked right, I cut out two more layers – fashion fabric and some leftover sturdy plaid – and sandwiched it all together. The bodice had two pieces, front and back, that were almost identical. Both sides were left open for lacing.
When that’s done, I finish the seams all the way around.
Fabric: Satin and cotton
Year: c. 1500
Notions: Thread, lacing rings, white and gold trim, black ribbon
Hours to complete: Seven days.
Total cost: $15 for fabric. $2 for trim. Everything else from stash. Altogether, about $17.
Post Zero: Master Post
Part One: Background and Research
Part Two: Caterina (my sister’s outfit)
Part Three: Lucrezia (my outfit)
Part Four: Lorenzo (my brother’s outfit)
Part Six: Wearing it All (Halloween 2014)