Cocktail Dress: Renna

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I was kinda lovin’ the Oscar De La Renta gowns with the high/low hem. That’s when I came up with the idea of having ruffles on the inside of the gown. I wanted to look for a strapless gown pattern with a sweetheart neckline. I found one on Simplicity’s website, Pattern #1606.

Bodice and Skirt

**Please excuse the legs. Quite the lady like look after years of Muay Thai Kickboxing and falling while running. Hence, the scars**

It’s okay that the ruffles weren’t sewn all the way up. The photographer is angling up slightly.  It would be one awkward moment if people actually kneeled down to look up into my skirt.

 The Process

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I started with this sketch idea


Found the pattern and cut it out. Lengthened the skirt.

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Made the muslin, fit the muslin, changed some details then constructed the dress

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Voila! It isn’t exactly like the original sketch, but it’s very close. Things always change along the way for a number of reasons. It could be technical or aesthetic reasons, but as long as I love the final look, I feel accomplished.

Aside from the obvious differences between the pattern and the final dress -Ruffles, High/Low Hem, Fabric- There were additions to the inside of the gown. The bodice has more structure. I added hymo, siri, interfacing, hard and soft boning. The extra “padding” for the bodice is to create a built in corset so that the dress will stay up on its own. The beauty of creating a bespoke piece is so you’ll feel like a million bucks. That feeling can go a long way when you know everything was constructed to the best of your ability.

I feel like a super star.


Photo Credit: Chris Dinerman

Birdcage Veil: Self Made

Shoes: Sigerson Morrison (old)



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