1910s | Dresses

Simplicity 8399 Titanic style gown made with sari fabric

June 9, 2012



  • Pattern: Simplicity 8399 Misses’ Titanic inspired costume. View A.
  • Pattern sizing: N 10,12,14. I cut a size 12.
  • Fabric: 100% white cotton for bodice lining. 100% dyed satin silk for bodice lining and underskirt. Black chiffon for second overskirt. Sari fabric for bodice and overskirt.

I made this Titanic style gown for Costume Con 30. I couldn’t afford the beautiful heavy beaded net indian fabrics @$100+/yd, so I opted for a full length sparkly sari on sale for $25.

The biggest dilemma with this project was how to cut the sari. The print on the sari was one way and printed on an angle. Great if you are draping it on your body, bad if you are cutting it to make a gown as there is no real mirror image of the pattern. I finally figured it out after losing most of the sari to bad cutting decisions.

The pattern itself is a good one, and I would use it again if I needed another Titanic style gown.

Find out more details of my experience with this pattern on my blog.



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