Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Dark Knight: DIY Crusader Dress

Six Six Sick Dress and Jeffrey Campbell chain heels.

For the Spellbound party we did for Violet Hour on Friday, Christina and I wanted to make something extra special. We thought our outfits should convey the dark and Gothic inspired tone of the night, but wanted to avoid being too overtly campy or literal about the theme. Christina thought it would be cool to translate an old 66S medieval knight-inspired outfit, which had been made out of sheer mesh with a sequined cross on top, into a nicer, finished dress. While I hand stitched the sequined crosses from giant gunmetal paillettes, Christina constructed a flowing, drapey dress from sheer black chiffon, which she finished at the edges with twill tape. The instructions for making the dress are a bit too complicated to explain (sorry), but making the sequined cross applique isn't that difficult, and only took me about 2 hours per cross.

We started by cutting out the crosses from interfacing, making them about 2 1/2 inches wide. I slowly zigzagged the sequins up, eyeballing the distance between each row and column of sequins to be 3/4 inch apart. I think we ended up using about 450 paillettes per cross. When we were finished, we whip-stitched the top portion of the cross to the bodice of the dress, making sure that the bottom of the horizontal bar of the cross lay flush against the seam of the empire-waist of the dress. We let the bottom part of the vertical bar of the cross hang loose over the flowy lower portion of the dress, so it would move more naturally. We were really happy with the results, and I'll probably try and think of more things to embellish with plenty of sequins now that I'm starting to get into the rhythm of it.

Sorry for the absolutely atrocious camera phone pictures, my real camera is still completely broken, and I need to go out and buy a new one! In the meantime, my weirdly distorted iPhone photos will have to do.


The back of the dress is low cut.


Zig-zagging the sequins up and across the cross.

The finished cross sewn onto the bodice of the dress.

-Tiffany

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25 comments:

lulu said...

That looks awesome! I'm going to try and come back and see you guys... soon... sooon...

The Stylemaster said...

no way, this is amazing! great DIY!

Kat George said...

Very beautiful. I love the shape of the body!

xx

Tili_lili said...

I loove this, so inspiring.
Where did you buy the sequins? expensive?

Queen Michelle said...

Oh good grief I LOVE this! Anything medieval and I'm completely hooked so a knight themed dress and I'm dying! Stunning.

minorkeys1 said...

the dress is so whimsical but edgy at the same time. it's gorgeous! especially love the overlapping front hem and pailettes
jules

joy said...

I would love to see your studio where you make you=r stuff. I am slowly creating mine in my apartment. Total work in progress.

Amanda said...

LOVE what you did with the cross. i want to attempt something similar with a shirt dress. thanks as always for the inspiration

Damsels said...

i love it so much the cross and the sheer

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

You guys are amazing. It came out beautifully.

jennine said...

g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s

Shen-Shen said...

Dooode that is SO awesome. Looove the sequins.

Cruz said...

Very nice! I like your interpretation of the goth theme.

STARR said...

The shape of the dress is soo nice <3

burnthesebones said...

so amazing! i love anything black, sheer, tulip shaped, and crosses, so this dress is just perfection.

you've inspired me to attempt working with sheer fabric again!

sarah said...

that dress is epic!! i love the cross, especially in that its not madonna-y, but abstract...
another challenge well done ladies!
xo s

Winnie said...

Wow another amazing DIY. Sewing the sequins would have driven me mad though. Glad they were big sequins rather than the teeny tiny ones!

Mare P said...

aaahh! i just love everything diy!

DELIGHTFUL said...

Stunning!

Juliet said...

you girls have amazing talent to diy!


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pigtails and blushing cheeks said...

WOW. love this so much!

Laura. said...

this dress is amazing!

your such a great d-i-y-e-r

Vern P said...

rock it girl! with i could channel your diy skills. btw, i stopped by double happiness on sat..thinking about going on a tues!

Vern P said...

oops! and by double happiness...i really meant, happy ending!

Frou Flu said...

that dress is lovely lovely lovely! how you do all these on your own amazes me... you are truly talented:)