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Making a tiered dress in shimmer salmon crepe de chine part 1

So I have decided I want to try to make a dress because why not right? I keep looking for things to grab my interest so I can start on the “Monica’s Closet” life transformation through fashion project; but everything I like is way out of my budget. I came across a Saint Laurent Tiered Babydoll Dress today and really liked it but I don’t have the $4,217 needed to obtain it.

Tonal brown silk tiered babydoll dress from Saint Laurent

Seller says…

Tonal brown silk tiered babydoll dress from Saint Laurent featuring a band collar, a silver-tone stud detailing, cap sleeves, a rear keyhole detail, a ruffled design, a straight hem and a leopard print.

PRICE: $4,216.91Buy It!

I am still working on discovering what works for me and what doesn’t. I really should already know. After all I’m well past the age to be still discovering myself; but life can throw you for a loop sometimes and in the process it can change you physically from what you were before it took you on a horrifying ride through the eye of a tornado. So here I am trying to figure out how to dress so that I can look and feel my best; but every time I come across something in a style of clothing that I think would suit me it costs way too much money. Since I am already in the habit of cutting up bedsheets and making dresses out of them I figured maybe I should try to make clothes similar to the styles I like but can’t afford. By the way making dresses out of bedsheets is something I discovered today I am not the only person who does.

WIKI HOW – How to Make a Dress from a Fitted Bedsheet

How to make a dress from a fitted bedsheet wiki how image
How to make a dress from a fitted bedsheet – Image via wikihow.com available under a Creative Commons License

And Bedsheet Maxi Dress

Admittedly my bedsheet dresses don’t look quite so professional as all I do is just cut a hole for the neck and call it a caftan style dress. If I’m feeling ambitious I might run a drawstring through the neck so I can also use it as a skirt. I like to be nice and loose and comfortable, and I also like tiered dresses, which is why I think I like the Saint Laurent dress. It’s tiered and it looks like it’s nice and loose and comfortable; but I couldn’t find anything similar to it in my affordable price range so I thought about fashioning one using skater skirts. And I came up with this design below.

Picture of a tiered dress mocked up in photoshop from a tiered skirt

I found a leopard print skater skirt on Amazon and used it to fashion the above dress in photoshop. I was seriously going to buy 5 of the leopard print skater skirts and try to turn them into this dress but I figured it would be cheaper to just try to make a similar dress from scratch.

The Skirt used to fashion the photoshop mock up of the above leopard print tiered dress

Crazy Girls Womens Ladies Belted Skater Pleated Jersey Plain Leopard Party Skirt

Seller says…

  • Ladies Belted Skater Flared Pleated Plain Leopard Skirt
  • Length…40 cm (Approx.)
  • 95% Polyester 5% Elastane
  • Wetlook Skater Skirt With Elasticated Waiste Band
  • Standard Sizes – S/M-US4/6 & M/L-US8/10
PRICE: $15.00 Buy It!

The crepe de chine shimmer salmon fabric

crepe de chine shimmer salmon fabric

This is a picture of the swatch of the fabric I purchased from fabrics.com. I ordered 8 yards. I figure that should be enough. And I also ordered some woven braid trim in case I should want to trim the collar edge. I placed the order today so I still have to wait for the items to arrive before I can get started on my tiered dress attempt. Considering I don’t really sew per se this should be interesting. I don’t have a sewing machine and don’t know how to use one anyway; but I’ve made hand-sewn clothing for myself before. I have no idea how I will make a tiered dress from scratch; but we shall see what happens.

Another possible style for my tiered dress made in photoshop using a picture of a coral skater skirt.

tiered dress mock up for crepe de chine shimmer salmon fabric

The skirt used for the dress mock-up

Crazy Girls Womens Ladies Belted Skater Pleated Jersey Plain coral Party Skirt

PRICE: $14.00 Buy It!

Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.

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