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Unread 06-04-2013, 07:51 PM   #1
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House of Flying Daggers, Beauty Dress

Hi all! First post! (so yeah I'm a little nervous).

I am currently attempting to recreate the House of Flying Daggers beauty dress. I think it's a tunic with panels on top of a circle dress, but I'm not 100% sure! I've never made something this difficult before, and I would really appreciate any kind of help that I can get! Especially from all the professionals on this site.

For a reference, here's a fantastic gallery with exactly waht I'm talking about.

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Unread 06-27-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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You are looking at two pieces, yes. Loose tunic with slits on the side front and side back seams and a strapless dress underneath with a full skirt. I don't see anything that should cause you any major problems (hopefully). I think the only part that is really fitted would be the top of the dress. Otherwise the fit isn't very important.

Great little outfit! Hope this helps!
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Unread 06-28-2013, 06:05 AM   #3
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I also agree that it is two, or more, pieces to the outfit. You can do the under portion either all as one, doing a strapless dress, or you could make a tube top separate from the skirt. This way you dont have to worry about the weight of a full skirt potentially pulling down your top.

The outer tunic, if you wanted a pattern to work from, is really similar to this:

You'll need to modify the neckline a bit, and substitute the super long sleeves, but the tunic seems to be a decent jumping off point. And, bonus, that series of patterns has some excellent skirts and dresses that could work for this.

Also, the trim around the edge is likely going to be costly, but, I've found that http://www.mjtrim.com/ is really excellent for their selection and variety of options. And they ship amazingly fast.

Good luck! I can't wait to see how this turns out - that costume is absolutely stunning.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 02:28 PM   #4
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For the long flowing sleeves, they actually button inside the cuff of the tunic sleeves. I watched the making of the movie years ago when I first bought the movie on DVD and they long sleeves were totally separate. It would make getting dressed much easier I think. And if you wanted to wear it without carrying those sleeves around you could.
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