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Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Freyalise » Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:29 pm

Okay, so this is a costume I really, REALLY want to have for Dragon*Con this year. Problem is, I haven't the faintest clue on how to start getting it together. Would any of you more experienced folks recommend making it myself or trying to find a good approximation off, say, eBay? And if you'd recommend the former, do you know of any patterns that might help?
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Trill » Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:36 pm

It's a reasonably simple dress, the lucious red satin is what really makes it. You could probably find something reasonably similiar on ebay (especially given more than half a year to find it...) You could also try contacting one of the Chinese companies that make custom bridal and formal wear with a photo to get a quote to recreate it - I've heard lots of good reports on Milly Bridal and Landy Bridal. If you go that route, be prepared to send photos of various angle as well as sketches and written description.

If it were me, I'd make it myself. A deep plunge halter neck would give the right basic look, but I *think* it's actually a wrap dress with a long self fabric belt/sash at the end of the wrap making a lovely drape effect on the left side of the skirt, where it meets up. The skirt appears to be sewn together, the wrap effect is only the top. The bodice potion tapers to shoelace straps at the shoulder, which criss cross across the otherwise completely bare back.

You should be able to find a wrap dress pattern pretty easily, and modify to get closer to the look. Adding the belt/sash will help hold it in place where the neckline plunges but doesn't fall right off! Vogue V7521 might be your best bet - less fullness in the skirt, sew the front bodice with a slight crossover, use the option with the crossover straps in back but make them a bit thinner, add the belt, and there you go! http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V7521.htm

ETA: Couple screencaps, w/ commentary. I watched tinkerbell jesus Doctor for you! My poor brain! http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd29 ... ysaxon.jpg
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby loomborn » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:22 am

Trill wrote:I watched tinkerbell jesus Doctor for you! My poor brain!


I can't stop laughing at this... I want this on a t-shirt!

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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Freyalise » Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:54 am

TRILL YOU ARE AWESOME. My mother said she just ordered the Vogue pattern and we're going to try it out--I can't sew a stitch, but she can. I'd been wondering about the mechanics of the wrap style for a long time--like you said, it looks like a wrap dress on top, and with the tie on the side, but the way the rest of the skirt looked I couldn't for the life of me figure out how it was supposed to work.

Is there any way I can make it up to you for having to watch Tinkerbell Space Jesus? :D
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby baw61983 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:22 pm

Dare I ask about Tinkerbell Space Jesus? lol.
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby FBOBoss » Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:45 pm

I am trying to make Lucy Saxon's red dress, but am having trouble. It looks to be a faux wrap around dress. I can't seem to get my head wrapped around (no pun intended) on how to make the top part a wrap around and the skirt sewn together on all sides. Or is the dress a "regular" gown with a long sash tied at the waist to make it appear to be a wrap dress. Everytime I look at a close up of the dress, I have a different opinion. Also, are the buttons on the back of the dress real or just sewn on for the effect. Any and all help and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Trill » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:29 pm

baw61983 - Tinkerbell Jesus Doctor - my name for when the Doctor goes all glow-and-float in Last of the Time Lords. Can't decide if it leans more towards messianic imagery or "clap your hands if you believe" but either way, it's not my favorite scene. Had to watch it to get good screencaps of Lucy's dress, though.

FBOBoss- Maybe it would help to think of it as if you were making a wrap shirt, and a regular skirt - then you sew them together. It may look confusing but it's really not difficult to make a garment that wraps at the top but not the bottom. The top is a fixed wrap - it overlaps, but you don't actually tie and untie it each time. The sash also appears to be sewn on, basically it's the waist band of the dress, with extra material flowing off to make the long tie.

Look at the dress here - http://tinyurl.com/ykp8dr5
Similar design, just drop the waist a few inches. The bodice has a wrap and plunge, then there's the waist band, then the plain skirt.

As far as buttons in the back - I never noticed them, but at a guess based on 99.9% of modern fashion I'd say false buttons concealing a hidden zipper.

Hope this and my previous post here are helpful. As much as I've analyzed the dress I almost feel like making one myself.
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Freyalise » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:48 pm

Thank you Trill! FBOBoss is my mother. I convinced her to join up and post her questions here because she's been tearing her hair out. :)
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Trill » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:33 pm

Aww. Your poor Mom is so sweet to do this for you! I have been there, when you can't put the pieces together in your head for anything.

Some more reference pics to faux wrap dresses- most of them wrap a lot further around, but for that plunging neckline the wrap portion only overlaps slightly instead of all the way across the bodice front. It's less a wrap and more a crossover, really.

This skimpy little number has similar bodice style http://tiny.cc/YfweP

A more demure example http://tiny.cc/n07iV

Travelsmith makes several faux wraps,
http://tiny.cc/0jvp0
http://tiny.cc/woqTs

finished auction for a fairly similar style! http://tiny.cc/2lHNz
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Re: Lucy Saxon's Red Dress

Postby Freyalise » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:58 pm

I really wish I could offer her better advice, or any advice at all, but I don't know how to sew. :( At least I have a screencap collection for her to pillage?

Also, have I mentioned how incredibly awesome you are for doing all this research for us?
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