Here's Quinn's question:
My name is Quinn Emery. I'm 16, I love to sew, I'm a junior in high school, and I'm also homeschooled. Thrifting is my passion! The reason I'm emailing you is because I am wondering if you could help me. I have seen this dress, as I'm sure you have, the dress Emma Watson wore to the London premiere of Harry Potter. The Oscar de la Renta one. It's beautiful! (here's some pictures from Pinterest!)
I am utterly in love with this dress, but have no idea how to even go about making something like this. I can see myself wearing something like this to prom. Do you possibly think you have any ideas on how to do the tulle skirt? Any suggestions? I'd love to hear from you!
As for making it. The skirt—I honestly have no idea what it’s like on the inside/under all those layers, but it looks to me like you could get the look by making a flared skirt ( a 6-panel one would be simple) of a pale grey fabric and then attaching lots of squares of tulle. It looks like they took 2-3 layers of tulle in handkerchief-sized squares and attached them from the middles—does that make sense? You could play around with lots of tulle squares of different shades of grey (JoAnn has lots) and starting at the hem of the skirt, work your way up adding them in random sort-of rows! Overlapping etc.
As for the bodice, I’d recommend a simple strapless dress pattern, and then the sheer piece under it. You could use this pattern but only cut out the sheer layer to about 2” below where it overlaps with the bodice, and attach it by hand underneath. You could even use the skirt from that pattern and make it floor-length, although that would make it super full!
Do those ideas get you started?
Readers--rise to the occasion, if you like! Any other tips or ideas for making this? Or maybe you've seen the perfect pattern somewhere. Please, chip in!