My niece is turning 18 this month, and she is having a themed party. She asked me to make her a special dress based in the character Zarina from the movie “Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy”.
She visited us one evening and brought some fabric, beads and ideas if what she wanted.
This dress is what I came up with. The bodice is made of broadcloth, I shirred the entire back of it so that I didn’t have to worry about doing an invisible zipper (I have a serious fear of zippers – they haunt me). The broadcloth did look quite plain, so I livened it up with some cute trim that I had in my stash, it looks like a vine with multi-coloured sparkly flowers on it, I thinks it’s quite fairy-like.
The front panel is actually some really wide vintage German lace (also from stash), it’s intent is to give a corset-type appearance, my niece lives that part.
The skirt is a stretchy crushed velvet that I hemmed with a fancy machine-embroidery stitch. I just did a few pick-ups to give it the right drapey look and finished it with these sparkly red buttons that my niece picked out.
The metal belt is one that I had, the red beaded part was made by my niece herself – apparently it was really hard to find large enough red beads, and ever since then, wherever I go, I also notice an absence of large red beads, isn’t that funny?