Rose Tyler – Idiot’s Lantern Dress Construction


  • Pink matte satin (Peau de Soie) from OnlineFabricStore.Com
  • Pink beaded sequin fabric from BigZFabric (note: It’s colored more closely to my photos, not the stock ones)
  • White cotton poplin


  • The pattern was drafted by me (top and skirt), and closes at the left side w/an invisble zipper like the original. For the top, you can use pretty much any basic top w/princess seams to alter for the top. Butterick puts out a fantastic one that I actually used for a LOT of costumes before I started drafting my own. It is by far one of the most versatile patterns I’ve ever found. The skirt is a pleated half circle skirt drafted by me using a similar method found here, but using knife pleats like the original. I didn’t actually hem any of my heavy satin until I had the skirt part finished. I also felt like the bodice didn’t have enough going on, and ended up sewing even more sequins all the way around.
  • Pick the beads and sequins from the seam allowance. Trust me on this. It takes FOREVER but it’s worth it in the long run.
  • The skirt has TWO pink petticoats underneath for volume, though I may take some out at some point. I sewed white tulle to the bottom of one of the petticoats to give it the same look as Rose’s dress.
  • Take your time. I broke so many needles while sewing the top, even with picking the excess off. It’s not worth losing an eye due to a flyaway needle.

Progress and Dress Photos


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