Final project for my Draping class.
This dress is three pieces: the bodice, the mermaid skirt, and the bustled overskirt, which snaps onto the mermaid skirt.
The bodice has a satin shell with lace overlay, muslin interlining with boning on all vertical seems, and satin lining. It laces up in the back, and closes tighter on me, but this mannequin is a bit bigger than I am. The skirt an eight-gored mermaid of satin with lace overlay and fully lined with satin that closes with an invisible zipper. The overskirt is bustled and handsewn; also satin. It is open in the front, so once it snaps on it covers up the skirt's zipper. I am going to sew some tulle into the bottom of the main skirt to get it to flare out at the bottom, but right now the dress is on display at my school. Beaded trim and lace trim was all handsewn on. The hem has about 5 yards of trim.
The pattern and design were all completely made by me. It took forever, and I was working on this dress nearly every day for a month at least, but I'm so happy with it.
This was one of the two Basic Draping Award and $2000 merit scholarship winners.Copyright Megan Pippenger. Steal my work and I will attack you with a seam ripper.