The “Dita” Dress

 

The Facts

Fabric: Wool Suiting $13.73, bodice lining $3 or $4 I forget sorry!
Pattern: Simplicity 2213 $.99
Year: Current
Notions: thread
Time to complete: 5 or 6 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$18.72

 

Hey guys I’m back this week for the Red challenge! Life got in the way last week and I also didn’t get a chance to comment on my last post but THANK YOU everyone who left a comment.  I really appreciate it.

I started this dress eons ago.  But I kept putting it off.  I was inspired by this lovely dress Dita von Teese wore:

Perfection amiright?

I did have plans to add sleeves and make the skirt slimmer, buuuut I got kinda lazy and just wanted to finish it. :P

Here’s my finished version:

I really love how it came out!  Also a va-va-voom dress like this needed long hair so I cheated a bit with a wig lol.

I pretty much used the pattern as is.  I did have to fiddle with the bodice quite a bit but that’s to be expected.

I had inserted a center back, hand picked, lapped zipper but I didn’t love how it looked so I went to go insert it by machine and then, well got lazy again and decided to try the Mena test.  It slid right on!  No zipper required.  So that was a bonus.

The bodice is lined but not the skirt.  And the hem is hand finished with some red lace.

I only wish I had somewhere to wear this dress to tomorrow for V-Day but maybe I’ll just wear it anyway around the house. :D

 

 

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christi.adell

Christi lives in the Atlanta, GA area. She's a stay at home mom with a 2 1/2 year old who thinks she's at least 15. She wants to eventually make an entire wardrobe filled with nothing but fantastic handmade items.

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  1. With a dress like this you had better make some plans, and quick! You did a fabulous job. How amazing to just be able to slip it on, and it flatters your figure as well.

  2. Gorgeous – the long hair really sets it off but I suspect that it will look flash with your cute short hair.

  3. Wow – that’s one va va voom dress!

  4. Stop being so gorgeous all the time! Love the fit of that bodice! You look great! xoxo

  5. Wowsa! you look fabulous. Great take on your inspiration.

  6. Wow! You look absolutely stunning and so true to your inspiration! Great job! I’m betting your husband will be thrilled as well :D

  7. Wowza! Super cute and your heels are fab.

  8. That’s a fabulous dress! I like that it’s flattering but also because you haven’t made the skirt into a wiggle, it’s going to be sexy comfy. And you seriously suit red. I also love that you seem to be going for a different colour hair/wig/hat…head covering every week haha. I’m quite in awe as a woman who’s roots are in serious need of some red dye and have been for a couple of weeks. Love the fun you’re having in the photos.

    • Thank you! Yes I’m actually glad I didn’t make it a wiggle also. Probably would’ve been a little too much, you know.
      Lol at my hair changes I know! But I love switching up my look, its one of the nice things about being a girl.

  9. Jaw-dropping bombshell! Great fit. I like yours better than the original– with a less wiggly shape below the bodice you’re more likely to wear it often.

    • Thank you! I agree actually. I love the fitted one she wore but probably only she can pull that off in real life and not look a little street walker-esque, lol.

  10. Purdy lady! Heck if you can’t find a way out for V-day, then you always have Halloween to dress up as Dita von Teese! Fantastic job :)

  11. The drape on the dress is awesome! I wouldn’t have thought to use wool suiting. Great job!

    • Thank you! Well I’ll be honest, I used the wool because its a red orange color like the inspiration and it was CHEAP! But it sewed up nicely so I’m glad I choose it.

  12. You look great! I didn’t even realize it was a wig. :)

  13. Amazing look and red is a great color for you. It’s great to be a girl!

  14. Wow! This is sassy and fabulous. Love it!

  15. That’s hot! If I was around, I would’ve taken you out for Valentine’s day…that dress needs to be seen and drooled over.

  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Super sassy and fun – you look fantastic!

  17. Hot Hot Hot, you look absolutely amazing. Your wig is fantastic! Eat your heart out Dita!

  18. Gorgeous, and a perfect fit.

  19. Well hello there! I was totally thrown, like “I know that face!” The dress is perfect, and I adore the wig & flower.