The Settle Down Dress

Since I’m still working on my Blue Sonja Dress and don’t have a finished product to reveal yet (I know…what the heck?) I thought I would do a post about the garment that I am most proud of: The Settle Down Dress.

I became quite obsessed with the singer Kimbra last year, and I fell in love with the dress that she wore in her Settle Down music video:

It was fun and flirty, but that sheer panel in the front added just the right amount of sexy sass! Since I wouldn’t have any occasion to wear a dress like that myself, I decided to make it for my friend instead.  She was getting married and this seemed like the perfect dress for her to wear to her bachelorette party.  A Settle Down dress before she settled down!

 Alix Kimbra

I followed Susan Khalje’s Craftsy class – The Couture Dress – in making it.  We fitted her in a muslin to make sure it was absolutely perfect.

Since I was making this from a visual inspiration and didn’t have a pattern for the dress, I made what I like to call a hybrid pattern.  I took pieces from several patterns and merged them together to get exactly what I wanted.  I never could find a good guide for the center illusion panel, so it was a product of experimenting and lots of trial and error before I got it right.

Kimbra FrontKimbra Back My friend looked spectacular in her dress, and I loved getting to give her a custom garment for her party.

Kimbra Inspriation and MuseAlix Kacie 2 I spent a good part of last year making gifts for others, so I think this year I’m going to be a little more selfish 🙂

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