A Rose Bombshell Dress…

I have finally finished the bombshell dress that I started back in August! I won’t go into much detail about the construction of this dress as it has been so well documented in other places. It’s actually really straightforward to construct but a bit time consuming.

I used a fairly cheap lightweight cotton printed with roses from Fabrics Galore and matched this with a white silk/cotton blend I had stored in my stash for a while, but also from Fabrics Galore. I chose not to underline the skirt as one of these days I am going to make a simple slip that I can put under lots of different skirts.

I ignored the suggestions for straps and decided on making my own adjustable and removable straps using bra hooks and rings that I already have. I prick stitched the loops on the inside of the dress, being careful not to let the sewing show through to the outside of it.

My first properly vented skirt – I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to do one! Isn’t it ridiculous how satisfying little achievements like this are?

And a quick peek on the inside: I used Rigilene sew in boning for this dress. I am intending to make a second version of this dress and that one will be boned. But because this is a such a light coloured dress, it will get dirty really quickly and I can’t afford to send it to the dry cleaner’s every time I wear it! (UK dry cleaning prices are pretty steep compared to the US) So it needed to be washable.

I’ve not been adding my label to many things recently… Sometimes I just don’t fancy adding it to quick and easy projects like tops because I know that they won’t last very long or are not that great. Any one else do that?

I know everybody has said it already but I will say it again – the best thing about doing this course is learning things you didn’t already know… But for me, it was also about learning the rationale behind these things. I know some of my sewing patterns say you need to add waist stays, but I never really understood why or even how to attach it properly…

Also, draping the bust cups to make a FBA – seriously, a revelation for me!!

Since reading Gertie’s blog and doing this craftsy online class, I am definitely a convert to catch stitching and find it really satisfying to catch stitch. Here’s my hem and it’s scandalous red seam tape…

Overall, I’m really happy with this dress and how it turned out. I will just have to wait until the summer to wear it now!!

10 thoughts on “A Rose Bombshell Dress…

  1. Mela says:

    It’s gorgeous. I am really loving all the floral versions of this dress. The red flowers makes it a bit more, dare I say it, sexy. Did you make it to wear it for a special occasion?

    • Freya says:

      Thank you! No particular occasion, but I liked the look of the dress and the techniques involved. It’s always good to have a dress that has a bit of va va voom in your wardrobe too!!

  2. ooobop! says:

    Fabulous dress. Great thinking behind the fabric so as not to incur dry cleaning costs too! I must get round to doing one of these but still a bit daunted!

    • Freya says:

      Thank you!! Don’t worry about being daunted, I can’t recommend the course highly enough. Gertie really explains the technical side of things in a very straightforward and easy way. Personally I think you could be a beginner and still attempt it, because the explanations are that clear!

  3. Tia Dia says:

    This is just beautiful! I love the rose print. My prototype, as it were, was in a striped cotton that I just didn’t care about if the project was a disaster, but after crying over it (I’m a busty gal, and the fitting almost did me in on this one) I’m going to make it up in a print. I love yours – it’s so bright and cheerful!

  4. ms. modiste says:

    This is beautiful! Also – I have a RTW dress in that exact fabric that I bought last summer! (I don’t know why I’m always so surprised when us sewists can find the same fabric the big guys use.)

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