DIY: Constance Wu's Marchesa Dress from Crazy Rich Asians.

We've been blown away by all the love Olivia's received and it all started from this pretty blue Marchesa dress from Crazy Rich Asians. We did it for fun and we did it out of inspiration. We love everything that the movie meant. Olivia adores this dress and she's so happy that it reached so many people, including Constance herself.

We wanted to share that love by creating our first DIY video of a pink version of the dress --> Youtube. It was hard. It was awkward. It was a lesson. When I finally figured out a flow, editing was kinda fun.


Please keep in mind that all measurements are based on Olivia's size; she's about 40 inches tall. I also revised the amount of fabric I used for the pink vs the blue one.

Supplies Needed:

Sewing machine (I do all of my work with this)
3 yards of 54" matte tulle (we used rosewater)
5.5 yards of light stretch tulle (also rosewater)
3.5 yards of dark stretch tulle
1/2 braided elastic
Matching thread
Needle
Scissors
Sewing pins
Large safety pins
Mini safety pins (I used these)

 

Most of my supplies were purchased at Joann's. For the blue version, I used the same collection of tulle (probably harbor mist and icy blue).

It might be easier to supplement the written instructions with the --> Youtube video <-- because I didn't take very many photos while recording.

Disclaimer: my sewings skills do not go beyond 8th grade home economics. 


Skirt:

1. Cut 3 yards of the light stretch tulle to match the 3 yards of the matte tulle. Open them up completely and layer the matte tulle on top of the stretch tulle.

2. Fold them in half (the short way), with the matte tulle being on the outside. Sew along the middle of the open edge, starting and ending 8-10 inches away from each side (see first photo below).

3. Flip it inside out and fold the top inward toward the bottom until it's in half. Make sure you still have a loop vs a simple fold.

4. Pin and sew along the folded rim, measuring enough space for the elastic to fit inside. Leave about 2 inches un-sewn to loop the elastic through (see second photo below).

5. Measure the elastic around the waist of the model. Leave some extra length to layer the ends to sew it shut later.

6. Insert a large safety pin through one end of the elastic.

7. Reach into the fold of the skirt where the opening is along the rim. Guide the safety pin/elastic through the circumference of the skirt.

8. Once the two ends of the elastic meet again, sew it together (see fourth photo below). Then, sew the opening closed. Even out the ruffles over the elastic.


For the blue version, I used a simpler method to sew the skirt:

1. Cut 3 yards of the light stretch tulle to match the 3 yards of the matte tulle. Open them up completely and layer the matte tulle on top of the stretch tulle.

2. Fold them in half (the long way), with the stretch tulle being on the outside. Pin and sew along the closed rim, leaving enough space for elastic to loop through.

3. Measure the elastic around the waist of the model. Leave some extra length to layer the ends to sew it shut later.

4. Insert a large safety pin through one end of the elastic.

5. Guide the safety pin/elastic through the circumference of the skirt.

6. Once the two ends of the elastic meet again, sew it together.

7. Pin and sew the open seam below the elastic shut, leaving an 8-10 inch slit at the bottom. Even out the ruffles over the elastic.


Draping:

1. Cut 2 yards of the light stretch tulle and 3 yards of the dark stretch tulle (according to a 40 inch Olivia, you may have to measure accordingly).

2. Fold the tulle in half (the long way) and cut along the fold (see photo to the right); do it for both colors. Then, separate the halves.

3. With the finished skirt on, drape one piece of dark tulle over your model's shoulder. Let the front touch the ground and allow the back to overflow.

4. Drape one piece of light tulle over the dark tulle (see photo below). Allow it to hit the floor in the front and the back. Trim it if you need to.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other shoulder.

6. Using a large safety pin, pin the two pieces of tulle together at the halfway mark of the light tulle. Do the same for the other side.

7. Cinch and hand-stitch at the safety pin mark for each side.

8. Leave it aside to work on the hand-sewn flowers.


Flowers:

1. Using 1/2 yard of light stretch tulle and 1/2 yard of dark stretch tulle, fold each peace into halves again and again until it's 4-5 inches wide.

2. Cut off a section and cut it into a circle.

3. Take 6-8 circles and layer/stagger light tulle on top of dark tulle. (You can take an extra step by folding the circle in halves 3 times and trim the top into a half circle to create scallop shaped flowers.)

4. Cinch the bottom middle and sew it in place. This can be random stitches throughout the bottom. Play around with it until you're happy with how your flower looks.

5. Repeat steps 2-4 as necessary until you have 9 flowers.


Draping + Flowers:

1. Hand-stitch 4 flowers over one shoulder piece and 2 flowers over the other piece. You can opt to safety pin them on instead of hand-stitching (if so, I'd wait until after step 6).

2. With finished skirt already on, drape one set over each shoulder.

3. On the back, twist and criss cross the dark tulle underneath the light tulle.

4. Wrap the dark tulle around to the front of the waist, over all the fabric and criss cross.

5. Bring it back around and tie a double knot (or a bow). Trim the back end of the dark tulle if needed.

6. Adjust the draping at the front of dress.

7. The flowers at the waist are a little tricky. You can hand-stitch 3 on the waist or you can use mini safety pins like I did (just be very careful). When hand-stitched, if the dress is taken on and off, the position of the flowers might need to be adjusted (haven't tested this theory yet).


Please tag us if you recreate it.. we would love to see!

PS. Did you watch Crazy Rich Asians?
 

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