Saturday, 31 October 2020

Halloween Dress

This is, without doubt, the most bonkers thing I've ever made; which makes it seem quite apt right now!

It was inspired by my love of Halloween and this fabulous dress that Rachel Maksy made recently.  I have only recently discovered her youtube channel, and I just love it.  The inspiration for the bodice came from these beautiful vintage Thea Porter dresses,

I ADORE this black dress, and would love to try and re-create it.  Those sleeves!!


 and these much loved dresses from Coco Fennell.

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The whole dress is self-drafted, and I have been wanting to try and re-create that bodice for quite some time.  It was difficult to work out how it was constructed, and I'm glad I tried it out on this and not some expensive fabric.  The tricky bit was attaching the trim, and I'm not going to attempt to explain what I did, other than to say that I totally over-engineered it and learnt from my mistakes!

The trim I used was polyester bias tape, and I think it would be better with cotton lawn or polycotton bias tape, as they are lighter weight.  Also, next time I would attach the bias tape before sewing any of the seams together, even though it would take some precise measuring from the cut edge.   I am keen to try this again as a "proper" dress, so will report back. 

I love this style of bodice with the midriff yoke, and have made some other styles of this, which I will be sharing.

My fabric is some orange cotton, and some black and silver mesh with spider webs on it - both were from ebay.  Originally I was going to use one layer of mesh, but it looked a bit puny so I used two layers.

This is one layer of mesh


The orange underskirt is a quarter circle, which I haven't tried before, and I love it.  The bottom layer is one rectangular fabric width of mesh gathered at the waist (and when I say gathered, I mean randomly pinned and basted...).  The top layer of mesh is two rectangles seamed at the centre front, and gathered as above.

For the bodice I cut two layers of mesh, then basted it to the orange cotton, and treated it as one piece of fabric.

I flipping love these sleeves, and you will be seeing more of them.  I slashed and spread my sleeve block to create gathers at the sleeve head and a wide sleeve.  Then the hem is gathered into a little cuff. 


I love the madness of this dress, and it pleased me to make it, and isn't that what it's all about?!

Happy Halloween,



  1. It is fabulous. I love it and Iwould have worn when I was younger and thinner. G

  2. Very pretty. I am not Halloween crazy, but this is classy, I would have worn it.

  3. It's such a fun dress - definitely perfect for Halloween!

  4. And I love the idea that 'next time I would attach the bias tape before sewing any of the seams together'..... A winter solstice version?

    1. Yeah, I really want to work out how to do this right!!

  5. How did I miss this? It's amazing!


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