First off, good reference photos. I always request that my customers send me good, high quality reference photos of various angles of their chosen costume. This was probably the best for the detail in the dress, as it very clearly showed me the seamlines in the bodice, as well as the decorative embellishment on the blouse.
My customer requested a few variations. In addition to the one above, she also wanted a longer skirt. My response? No problem!
I used the awesome duct tape method I've referenced before to create the patterns for both the blouse and the bodice. They're slightly different lines, so I painted them on in different colors. First I cut the blouse lines, traced them onto pattern paper, than taped the form back together and recut on the bodice lines. Perfection.
As you can see, the blouse pieces were quite a bit larger than the bodice pieces!
For this version I used sew in interfacing, on the other version I used iron on. Either type works.
Boning was simple, as I just sewed it straight onto the lining/interfacing shell.
The quantity of boning depends very much on the type of fabric used, and the size and shape of the form. For this version, the fabric was relatively stiff and the form was small, so I used just six pieces. The other version was for a larger, curvier form and the fabric was slippery, so I used more.
What are those two green patches? Well, to avoid a 'uniboob' look you don't want the boning going all the way over the bust. however, if you're going to cut it off halfway, you have to cover the ends to keep it from poking the wearer. Hence the green.
I probably could have done the back without boning if I'd wanted, but I prefer to be safe on these matters.
Basting the inner and outer shells...
Ready to learn about eyelets and how to make that blouse? Check out parts 2 and 3!