Kate Middleton, the talk of the country, can’t put a foot wrong when it comes to fashion.
For her first day as a Princess she choose to wear high street brand Zara, also worn by her sister Pippa and most recently the PM’s wife – the fashion label of the sophisticated ladies.
Naturally, when I heard the royal blue dress was from Zara I jumped straight on the website (as did my sister I later found!) to find it was sold out in all sizes.
End of that then. But no I thought, this is just a simple under dress with a pleated bit of float stitched on top. Simple I thought, I’ll make one!
Here goes the story…
How To : Make Kate’s Blue Dress
The actual dress -
Nicole’s beaufrog dress -
|3 meters of Royal Georgette Polyester = £6.45||Sewing Machine|
|1.5 meters of lightweight cotton = £4||Mannequin|
|1 cute blue button = 11p||Pattern making book / pattern|
|Blue thread = £1.15||Iron and ironing board|
|Lot’s and lot’s of pins!|
First of I had to understand the structure of the dress and plan the base. I used the bible that is Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich to create the pattern for a simple dress.
This book allows to create the basic pattern for almost anything, it’s all about learning the basic block then adapting it for your design.
Traditionally a dressmaker would create the pattern on tissue paper but I created this one on the computer (in Illustrator) then printed it out across A4 paper and taped it together.
From this pattern, you can then create your basic underdress, tweaking the darts, shoulder, neckline and length on the mannequin.
Creating the pleats was the trickiest part of the make. I created 1 inch wide pleats on the sewing machine then ironed in the pleats while pinned down on the ironing board. Lot’s of effort went into creating them but I knew the dress just would not compete without perfect pleats.
I then attached the pleated material to the under dress sewing wrong sides together. The shoulders of the under dress had to be unpicked then re-sewn with the pleating. On the back of the dress there is a cute little button with a loop to secure it.
Finally, a hem was placed on the under and over skirt. Creating the hem allowed the dress to be more fluid and floaty.
Teamed with a smart blazer and belt, I have a dress good enough for a Princess!
So there you go, that’s my interpretation of the Kate dress.
Hope you enjoyed watching this come to life and look out for my follow up post where you’ll see the dress actually modelled.
Nicole @ beaufrog