Making a Candy Wrapper

2 Jun

My friend Candy will need a Latin ballroom gown within the next year or so and since I have SOOO much extra time to sew, I insisted that I would make one for her.  This is good, because it gives me a bit of breathing room between my last Standard gown and the next one… or two… or three.  I do have several in the planning stages.  *sigh!*

Anyway…we kidnapped Candy and made her stand still for an hour or so while we wrapped her in paper tape, sustained only by a cup of coffee and this is what we got.  She is not this lumpy in person!  We have not perfected our paper tape dummy process by any means, but it will help me make a muslin that will fit pretty well even though we don’t live close enough for constant fittings.

The first basic leotard that I made using Miss Wrapper as a model turned out to fit the real thing perfectly.  Yay!  Since then I have been scrounging through the stash for any stretchy thing that I can find to use for practice pieces.  After a few variations on pattern pieces old and new, I made a muslin that looks like it has the right idea.

This is the back of the gown.  The front will have a slight drape and the back will have this dramatic open back with a lovely deep drape.






It uses the drape/cowl from New Look 6222:










which is an OOP pattern sent to me by a Pattern Review friend back when I was making dress #2










One more fun photo.  Three different fabrics and some gooey marshmallow-y looking stuff.  That is the expanding foam that we put in Miss Wrapper to keep her from collapsing.  anyone recognize the pale blue fabric?  Yes, it is indeed from the Victoria Gown and the Winter Sky aka Disney Princess Gown.  I have more than enough to make a full muslin for Candy’s dress and a friend has taken enough for a full dress, as well.  I got the whole bolt for $35 at a thrift store!  After this, every scrap is headed to the recycle bin.  I have seen enough of it for several lifetimes.










Oh yes, there will be long sleeves, or at least elbow length, and a diagonal, flounced skirt with plenty of flounce and maybe a contrast underskirt that will show through. The fabrics are gorgeous and purchased at bargain prices in a trip to the LA fabric district.















It is really sparkly!

All right – enough chat.  Time to work on the skirt so I can have something ready for the victim….uhhh…my good friend…to try on at the Grand Ball Pro Am Fiesta at the end of the month.

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