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5 hrs 28 mins

Welcome to the Barbara Dress Project!

The Barbara dress is a simple, effortless chic dress that is perfect for brunch parties, luncheons or rehearsal dinner. And if you decide to make this dress in a different color, it can turn into a perfect ‘Little Black Dress’ that can be styled up or down with your accessories. 

Dress description:

  • Sleeveless
  • Tailored look with waist seam
  • Waist and armhole dart bodice, 4 darts front and back skirt
  • Fully lined with closed hem
  • Above the knee length
  • crew neckline, with concealed zipper

In this project you’ll learn:

  • How to drape a 2 dart bodice and fitted skirt, 
  • How to turn your draped muslin moulage into a sewable pattern
  • You’ll learn to cut and sew the top fabric and the lining
  • Fully hand finishing the dress

Fabric and Notions:

  • Cotton brocade top fabric
  • Ivory color, mid-weight polyester satin 
  • Invisible zipper 23” (The zipper length should cover from the neck to the hipline or 1” below HL)
  • Small size hook and eye

Other fabrics can be used are: 

You can use any mid weight fabric of your liking but this dress will look best in:

Brocades, Jacquard, Twill, Wool suiting, mid-weight Satin, Tweed, Gabardine, Taffeta, Dupioni

LESSONS

Lesson 1

Introduction

Lesson 2

Required Tools

Lesson 3

Muslin Fundamentals

Lesson 4

Muslin Preparation for Bodice

Lesson 5

Muslin Preparation for Skirt

Lesson 6

Draping the Basic Bodice (Front)

Lesson 7

Draping the Basic Bodice (Back)

Lesson 8

Draping the Basic Skirt (Front)

Lesson 9

Draping the Basic Skirt (Back)

Lesson 10

Transferring Bodice to Pattern – Part 1

Lesson 11

Transferring Bodice to Pattern – Part 2

Lesson 12

Transferring Bodice to Pattern – Part 3

Lesson 13

Transferring Skirt to Pattern – Part 1

Lesson 14

Transferring Skirt to Pattern – Part 2

Lesson 15

Transferring Skirt to Pattern – Part 3

Lesson 16

Cutting the Fabric

Lesson 17

Cutting the Lining

Lesson 18

Sewing the Bodice (Darts and Outline)

Lesson 19

Sewing the Skirt (Darts and Outline)

Lesson 20

Sewing the Lining

Lesson 21

Lining the Dress

Lesson 22

Attaching the Zipper – Part 1

Lesson 23

Attaching the Zipper – Part 2

Lesson 24

Project Review

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