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Diaphanous Flower Dresses

This is an ongoing series of dresses that represent seasons or holidays. Each dress pairs heavy fake flowers with lightweight airy fabrics and full silhouettes. So far the series consists of three dresses, one that represents summer, one that represents fall, and one that is halloween themed.

The Fall Fairy: 

This dress is inspired by fall and the warm tones of the season. It’s made from organza and chiffon with horsehair in the hem. It’s decorated with hundreds of fall themed flowers and had a peach toned overlay of tulle. The bodice is lightly boned and also decorated with flowers and tulle. The dress laces up the back and has a sash of tulle around the waist.

I have three blog posts on the process of making this costume, along with four videos.

Making the Bodice [video]

Making the Skirt [video]

Making the Accessories [video]

Applying the makeup

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The White Rose: 

This is the first dress I created for this series, the skirt is made from organza and chiffon with horsehair in the hem. Red and off white flowers were glued into the hem and it was overlayed with white tulle. The bodice is also made from organza and chiffon with boning sewn into the seams. The bodice is decorated with  more flowers as well as pearls and jewels around the neckline.

The entire dress is sheer aside from the waistband which is made from white cotton sateen.

I have two blog posts about this dress, as well as a video showing the headpiece process.

Making the Bodice

Making the Skirt

Making the Headpiece

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The Glittery Gothic: 

This dress was inspired by Halloween decor, unlike the other dresses it has a base of solid black, but it does feature a tulle overlay which makes the dark color look light ad airy. The hem is filled with glittery black roses, spiders, pumpkins, and glittery christmas decorations.

The bodice is heavily boned to create a conical shape, it laces up the back with silver grommets and orange ribbon. The dress ties at the shoulders with bat fabric.

I have two posts about making this dress, along with a video that shows the matching headpieces.

Making the Bodice

Making the Skirt

Making the Crowns

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17 responses to “Diaphanous Flower Dresses

  1. MalteseLizzieMcGee

    October 16, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Are these dresses one piece or two piece? They’re all gorgeous, and I might try making something similar one day, but I’m worried about there being too much bulk at the waist if I make a one-piece dress.

     
    • Angela Clayton

      October 16, 2014 at 8:27 am

      They are all one piece, built as two separate pieces then sewn together to be one. The skirts are pretty heavy so you would definitely need to have a sturdy waistband if you made them two pieces. And I don’t see why sewing a skirt to a waistband would create any less bulk then sewing it to the bodice.

      Thank you and best of luck if you make one!

       
  2. Connor

    November 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Definitely itching to make flower royalty costumes, after seeing your flower dresses! I can’t be certain the princes wouldn’t just wear dresses and coats, though. That’s a strong temptation.

     
  3. kristen

    November 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    These are so amazing! You’re very talented!

     
  4. Meline

    March 3, 2015 at 8:29 am

    oh my god ! i love it, i want the same! “the fall fairy” is my favorit. continue!
    sorry for the errors i am french😉

     
  5. Kaila

    March 24, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I love the idea of these dresses! What would you do to make a longer version or can I use my own dress pattern then add the top accordingly

     
  6. Hattie

    April 8, 2015 at 6:49 am

    after seeing your dresses i have decided to use yours as inspiration for my final piece at college, i want to use voile pom poms on the skirt instead of flowers…. do you think it will still have the volume and puff the skirt has with the flowers? or will the pom poms weigh it down?

    thanks

     
  7. Freya

    May 7, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    do you wear other underskirts under these dresses? or is the tulle enough to puff it up?

     
  8. harveerkaur

    July 6, 2015 at 7:09 am

    This is so creative. I want to make a full length one for myself.

     
  9. Sibon

    September 15, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Are you selling costumes?

     
  10. dfas

    October 28, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I love the fall fairy costume!

     
  11. Chelsea Campbell

    March 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    How long does one dress take to make?
    Can I have a list of supplies as well as how much of what was used? I plan on making this for an upcoming convention, and it would be a big help!

     
  12. Elvy

    April 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Interesting – I’ve seen similar dresses on pinterest and I thought you copied them, I think they were made by chotronete but looking at the date you posted yours it’s probably just a coincidence.

     
    • Angela Clayton

      April 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      Hers were created more than six months after mine, and she used the same exact method. If anything hers are copies of mine (which she decided to sell)!

       
  13. Vickie

    April 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    LOVE these dresses…. would like to use some of your ideas to make a fairy dress for my granddaughter… how do the glued on flowers hold up to washing or is this intended to be a one time wear dress?

     
  14. Patrycja

    July 10, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    The White Rose is my wish for my wedding ;/
    can you do it the same for me ? is possible ?

     
  15. Patrycja Jędryczka

    July 10, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    The White Rose is my wish for my wedding ;/ can you do it the same for me ? is possible?

     

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