Aicelina Examples - Illinois, USA
I made the Arwen's BR Gown for a fairy tale themed ball. Time was short so this was a quickie version limited not only on time, but to what I could locate in materials at the local Super Walmart. I had amazing luck so never count them out!
I made my pattern using a basic t-tunic as a starting point. It's very simple and can be adapted to many things. Just type in "t-tunic pattern" on any search engine and it will pull up various sites with instructions. It's not hard at all so don't be afraid to try a t-tunic.
Since I'm just under 6' tall I bought 4 yards of the black velour. There was a little bit left over even though I made the gown long enough to have a decent puddle of fabric trailing on the floor which was beautiful for the overall look, but I'll confess not too great for dancing in! The neckline was edged in a bias cut of the underdress fabric.
For the underdress I again used the t-tunic pattern but made it with an elbow length sleeve. The dress itself is only knee length since I had only 5 yards of fabric and I knew the lower portion of the sleeves would require a lot of fabric.
I have a diagram of the shape I cut for the lower sleeve. I used almost a full yard for each sleeve. The open part on the diagram is where I attached the lower sleeve to the upper sleeve.
The time consuming part was cutting the two necklines to lay similar to what the pictures of Arwen show. It took about 1 1/2 hours of trying the gowns on, marking with a pencil/straight pins, whipping the gowns off then gradually cutting them until I had the look I wanted. There must be an easier way....
I edged the under dress neckline and elbow with a 2" strip of the organza then over that sewed on the woven trim. After that I attached the lower sleeve then sewed all the side seams and hems. Total work time into was around 4.5 hours....that's not counting the time I obsessed over which dress to make! I'm not going to admit how long that was.
What I learned was that I will probably not use craft trim again even though it looks great because it's stiff and a bit scratchy. It's good for a last minute fix if you have to though. I would make the lower sleeves longer on the bottom too. I liked how they turned out but due to the lack of fabric I couldn't make them as long as they needed to be.
This page was last updated 11/21/09