|Sabe Battle Decoy, Episode One|
I am making the red dress first, then doing the overcoat/vest after. It looks like it is attached at the sleeves, so I will do that, but otherwise leave it unattached for the rest of the dress, relying in the belt to hold it together.
For the fabric, I went to a discount upholstery store and got 5 yards for of red polyester fabric that looks somewhere between raw silk (it is not) and some kind of shimmer. I got one yard of the same fabric in black for the v-neck.
I tried to look for a kimono pattern, but didn't end up finding much. I ended up doing a combination of two different patterns. I started with the bodice from Vogue 8789 (view A) and modified it slightly. It isn't a kimono style, but it has a v-neck in the pattern and that was close enough for me since it meant that I don't have to buy a pattern since this one is in my stash. I made the following modifications:
- The back of the bodice on the pattern had the v-neck on the back, as well, but I rounded that out so there is no v-neck in back.
- I made a bias out of the black fabric and finished the v-neck on the front and back
- I took out the back darts, since I wanted a less fitted look at the waist
|Burda 12/2011 V-neck Blouse|
I used skirt from Burda Style 12/2011 V-neck Blouse #106. The pattern includes a modification to make the shirt into a dress and has the pleat in front that I am looking for. I didn't use the top of the blouse because I didn't want to deal with the band around the lower bodice. I knew I would have to lengthen the bodice and get rid of the band, so it was easier just to use the Vogue.
Plus, two more issues.... I didn't like the pleats on the front (and it has many more on the back) and the instructions were terrible. I just didn't want to put in that much work on a pattern I was going to cover up with a black v-neck.
I like that it has puffy sleeves that should work nicely if I don't add the cuff.
Here is the dress so far without the sleeves. I am happy with the pleat in the skirt and I think the v-neck is close enough for me.
Sabe Costume Part 1 Dress
Sabe Costume Part 2 Vest
Sabe Costume Part 3 Headdress
Sabe Costume Part 4 Headdress
Sabe Costume Part 5 All Together Now