When I saw Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner wearing this stunning Rodarte Dress, I fell in love… in LOVE!
Rather than thrift flipping, like I did with this midi dress, I used second hand, dead stock fabric to create this dress and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
So, let’s dive in!
Tools & Materials
Just a reminder that my original video is in the middle of the page. You can watch the entire process and read the entire transcript there if you’re interested ♡.
Drafting the Perfect Bodice
A well-fitted bodice is the foundation of any dress. Here’s how to draft yours:
Start with a Base: Use a previous dress pattern, like the Maura dress I did prior, as your starting point.
Modify for Rodarte: Adjust the pattern to match the Rodarte dress’s design, especially focusing on the sweetheart neckline.
Front and Back Bodice:
Split the pattern into top and bottom sections. Trace and modify the pattern to create the top and bottom sections of the bodice.
Draft the back bodice piece, ensuring it matches the front bodice pattern.
Creating the Flowy Skirt
The charm of the Rodarte dress lies in its flowy half-circle skirt.
Drafting the Skirt:
Use waist and hem radius measurements to draft the skirt. Adjust the pattern to create an inverted V waistline for the front and a subtle train for the back.
The Statement Sleeves
I love a good puffy sleeve… they add a touch of drama to the Rodarte dress. That said, I tend to love them on other people. For me, I make them a little less puffy to because too much puff makes my shoulders appear larger than they actually are:
Draft a Basic Sleeve: Start with a basic sleeve pattern.
Puff it Up: Modify the pattern to create puffy sleeves using the slash and spread technique. This gives the sleeves volume and drama.
Constructing the Dress
With all the pieces ready, it’s time to sew them together:
Bodice: Sew the bodice pieces together, ensuring a snug fit.
Waistband: Attach the waistband to the skirt, ensuring it aligns perfectly with the bodice.
Skirt: Sew the skirt to the bodice, ensuring a seamless flow.
Invisible Zipper: Install an invisible zipper on the left side for a clean finish.
Sleeves: Cut out and sew the sleeves, then attach them to the dress.
Finishing Touches: Hem the dress for a polished look.
Bonus Dress for Daisy
If you’ve watched any of my videos, then you already know that I can’t help but include Daisy in the process. I thought this dress was too cute and the idea of Daisy wearing a Daisy dress made me little wobbly-kneed.
And there you have it! We’ve officially duped a Rodarte Dress.
Creating your own Rodarte dress is not just a test of your sewing skills but also a testament to sustainable fashion.
While the process might be challenging, the end result—a stunning dress that’s both eco-friendly and stylish—is worth every stitch. So, wear your creation with pride, knowing you’ve made a fashionable and eco-conscious choice!
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