Now let’s continue down our rabbit hole and discover the details of this skirt!
~ The Petticoat ~
The petticoat isn’t entirely noticeable at first glance, but if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of it a few times. The petticoat gives width to skirt and, being striped, it adds exotic flare to the dress.
Photo’s of the original dress below.
~ The Embroidery ~
If you read my post telling the story of this creation, you’ll know that I bought an embroidery machine just for this project! When I started making this dress, I had decided I was going to hand sew the embroidery; I knew it would take some time, but I couldn’t think of any better alternative.
I traced photos of the embroidery on the computer so that I could get a crisp pattern. I then proceeded to print out the pattern and trace it onto the fabric. Fortunately, I only traced one section of the pattern before I got the very wise advice to do some test embroidery to see how it looked as well as how long it would take! Novel idea, right?!
Taking that advice, I started to embroider a piece of scrap fabric. What followed was a frustrated Bella Mae! It was not comparable to the original embroidery in any way and with that, it had taken at least an hour to get through just one section of the pattern. Considering there are 8 sections in each repeat of the embroidery design and a total of 7 repeats…it was not going to happen!
What came next was mega research for the best quality, yet 1inexpensive, embroidery machine and a quick purchase of a Brother PE-770 Embroidery Machine on eBay!
After using the machine for this project and a few others, I’ve found that I’m absolutely in love!
~ The Skirt ~
The outer, sheer layer of the skirt is 2 tiered, with the first tier having large box pleats at the waist and the second tier gathered and attached to the first.
Next, comes the solid layer of the skirt, which lies directly underneath the sheer layer. I made it a 3 gored skirt to give it a nice width.
I then added a second solid layer to the skirt to add extra width but, I also have reason to believe this is the way the original dress was made based on this video. I created this second layer with a gored skirt, but this time, I added an 8″ ruffle along the edge.
And voila’ — it’s finished!
I hope you enjoyed the details of my dress. If you have any questions, just ask me in the comment section!
Be sure to check out my Pinterest board; it’s full of the many photos I used for the research of this dress.