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Pictures of this vintage "Rose de France" Dior dress have been haunting my dreams for many years. I just love it!

The main problem in recreating something like this is, of course, the glorious oversized silk floral fabric design. I often come across this issue . . . the fabric I have dreamed up in my head or see on a vintage piece just does not exist at the fabric store. Boo. Hiss.

Well, now that quite a few companies like Spoonflower and My Fabric Designs offer print on demand fabrics, I was one step closer. Heavy textured silks are still not an option, but it is definitely better than not having the option of making your own print.

The next hurdle was that I am basically a complete Photoshop/Illustrator newbie. Knowing what I want to print is one thing, but to go about creating it is a whole other story. The super frustrating part is that I want to do all sorts of complex things with a program that is completely foreign to me.

There was a fair amount of yelling at the computer screen during this process. But once I started searching for tutorials, things got a bit easier.

I started out simple. To get a better understanding of a repeating pattern I used this Instructable creating basic patterns in Photoshop. This Instructable was also very helpful to get me more comfortable with the basics of the program.

Step 1: Fabric Design

First things first . . . get acquainted with Photoshop. Illustrator is probably the better choice, but I am taking baby steps. There was also a deadline to contend with.

I was skeptical that the printing process would be printed exactly on grain (I have come across too many fabrics that are not to be trusting on this point) so straight lines and patterns seemed best to avoid. As a test and to familiarize myself with seamless repeats, I printed a sample of the random polka dot pattens I came up with running through the Instructable tutorials. I also ended up reading through some library books to help me on my journey, but there was a lot of wading through information that I did not need, so the online stuff really worked well. But simple dots were not what I wanted for this dress.

I really adore oversized florals. I may end up looking like an old sofa cushion, but I just don’t care! So I continued messing around with Photoshop, this time with photos of roses (thank you to my neighbors with all those amazing blooms!).

I ended up choosing a silk/cotton blend for my textile. It had a nice sheen to it, without looking too shiny. And silk/cotton blends are just lovely to work with!

<p>That looks amazing! How long did it take to make?</p>
<p>Haven't seen a petticoat like that since the 50's. Memories.</p>
<p>They are so wonderful to wear (although I am glad I don't have to every day). This particular one made it just a bit challenging getting in and out of the car!</p>
Wow! <br><br>I read a lot of Instructables that at a glance are not on topics that I'm personally interested in. I do it because I like to open my mind to new ideas and learn new things. It's also fun to read an instructable where the author's enthusiasm or skill is its own reward for the reader. This Instructable was rewarding for both the author's obvious skill and enthusiasm and I enjoyed reading it just to be in awe of one and share in the other. I also gained a greater appreciation for the fancy frocks of my favourite stars of yesteryear like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. <br><br>So thanks for sharing your amazing talent and your joy in creating your dream item. I'm sure it will inspire many others to create their dream thing. <br>Oh, and not to mention it's an incredibly well done Instructable.
<p>beautiful! a lot of loving energy and work went into it and it shows - bravo!</p>
<p>This is a truly STUNNING gown! You can't really call such an adorable piece of fashion as a 'dress' .... &amp; I really Love the fabric design!! I can imagine how you felt wearing that petticoat too .... I remember how fabulous I felt as a 10 yo wearing a rope petticoat! :) I don't know how to look at any more of your items than 3 ... but I'll certainly try to catch up on anything else you've sewn. Thanks, it's gorgeous. :)</p>
<p>You always do amazing work and this is so over the top amazing! Thanks for sharing your process with designing the pattern as well! Also, you should enter this in the epilog contest. It's incredible! </p>
<p>This is beautiful. Great job.</p>
<p>Absolutely Fabulous!</p>
<p>Great dress &amp; you look great too. Nice instructable.</p>
<p>Hi you are looking fabulous in that dress. Fabric design of this dress is outstanding.</p>
You look great in it! Nice work!
<p>This is fabulous! I have always loved these types of dresses - some are called &quot;Lucy&quot; dresses. Having a good knowledge of sewing, I can appreciate the planning and execution of such a project. An amazing, beautiful creation!</p>
I didn't join Instructables for dress design, but caught sightof thisdress whils scrolling. Just wanted to say- Great work! Looks great!
<p>What a lovely compliment! Thanks!</p>
<p>Interesting and informative! I second that: good to know you can design your own fabric. Love that!</p><p>I know it's hard to think about, but how much time and money was involved in this from start to finish, roughly?</p>
<p>I did not keep track of my time for this project, but with trying to learn a little of Photoshop and my multiple mock-ups of the dress, there is probably around 100 hours of time. But since I love the creative process, I don't think of that as a crazy amount of time. The materials are tough to track as well, since I have a sewing room full of things like silk thread for hand sewing, and spiral steel boning, and cotton that I use for underlining, so those things were purchased years ago. But I would guess there is at least 2 or $300 worth of fabric/supplies in there.</p>
<p>What a gorgeous dress! Maybe you already have a small waistline, but the netting in the skirt makes it look tiny. A couture production!</p>
<p>One of the perks of wearing a petticoat (and/or having large hips) is that is makes the waist look smaller!</p>
<p>Oh how gorgeous! This reminds me of the dress my grandmother wore to her second wedding, only in a soft lilac silk organza. It was heaven and I loved watching her dance in it with the skirt swaying with each step. Took me down memory lane. Thanks for the share.</p>
<p>Absolutely DIVINE! Your tailoring skills are outrageous! When I was running a bridal salon I would have hired you in a heartbeat! By the way, your shoes are just perfect. Adorable hat. Need a pair of gloves and pearls. </p>
<p>You've done an outstanding job of recreating a stunning vintage look, right down to hair, underpinnings and accessories.</p>
<p>Great article and project!</p>
<p>you look stunning in that dress. </p>
I must say Miss Laura, the stunning beauty of this design is surpassed only by that of its designer within.
<p>Absolutely lovely! The photography is worthy of a Tim Burton movie.</p>
<p>I no longer &quot;do&quot; dresses, but this is fabulous! and I appreciate all the techniques you shared. Still a great learning experience for a &quot;no dresses&quot; gal. Thanx for sharing and looking forward to seeing more from you.</p>
<p>1947 - New look by Christian Dior </p><p>For me the best way to magnify the feminine spirit.</p>
<p>Fantastic, I love that dress!</p>
<p>That's an impressive amount of work!</p>
<p>more work than I would be willing to do but the dress is gorgeous!!!! Did not know you can design your own prints. Good to know.</p>

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