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OSCARS 2023. Red Carpet Dresses Review by Tatiana Kozorovitsky. Sewing tips.

The 95th Academy Awards took place on March 12, 2023.

As always, our attention was riveted on the Red Carpet, to the celebrity gowns from the most famous designers in the world.


I made a small selection of several dresses in different styles to show you how, based on the DRESSMAKING ACADEMY tutorials, you can make them by yourself.


Now I want to focus on dresses based on the design of a classic bustier with a detachable cup. Here are some useful sewing tips on how to make these dresses DIY.


Mindy Kaling in a white dress from Vera Wang.


In the second half of the ceremony, Mindy surprised the audience by dressing in a replica of the same dress, but in black.


Agree, both are great!

Our Academy has almost all the patterns and instructions that will help you sew this dress.

Bustier pattern for 12 sizes.


Video course (with additional patterns) on bustier sewing technique:


Video course on drafting an individual pattern and sewing a corset:


To make exactly the same dress, you will only need to add the detail under the bustier cups and peplum.



These details are easy to create in a mock-up way.

You will find a pattern for a straight silhouette skirt in the Skirts and Petticoats course.

Note that the dress should be sewn from a medium-weight fabric. Thin, flowing materials are out of place here.


On the Oscars 2023 Red Carpet, Mindy Kaling's sheer bustier outfit was not the only one.

Lady Gaga shone in Versace dress


Phoebe Waller Bridge in Dolce & Gabbana


Halle Bailey in Dolce & Gabbana


For these three luxurious dresses, you can use the DRESSMAKING ACADEMY course on sewing a corset with drapery:


Under the drapery, there is a transparent bustier corset:


The course shows the full technology of sewing such a corset, using the model as an example, the modeling of the pattern is explained, i.e. how to change the shape of the neckline, the bottom line, and even how to move or change the slope of the reliefs.



The evergreen classic that never goes out of style: a corset dress.

An evening dress with a corset is a sophisticated and elegant outfit that emphasizes the female figure and gives it grace and chic.

This explains why corset dresses remain the most popular on the red carpet.

Here are a few memorable gowns from the Oscars 2023 ceremony.


Vanessa Hudgens in a Chanel dress:


And Michelle Williams by Chanel Couture


At first glance, these dresses may look completely different due to various decorative elements. However, they can be sewn using the same technique using the same pattern.

The only differences between dresses can be related to decorative elements such as hem trim, pockets, lace, beads, and other embellishments. These elements may change the look of the dress, but they do not affect the actual cut.

Therefore, if you pay attention to the main features and design of these dresses, you will see that they are similar. It is important to understand that decorative details can drastically change the appearance of the outfit, but practically do not affect the sewing methods of the inner corset base.

To sew these magnificent dresses, you can use the lessons from the course "Premium Dress" from DRESSMAKING ACADEMY library.


The technical drawing of the base of the dress is as follows


Now take a closer look at the dresses of Jessica Chastain and Michelle Yeoh.

Jessica Chastain in a custom made dress by Gucci Fashion House


Michelle Yeoh wears Christian Dior Couture


Although these dresses look very different from each other, their design is still the same. The only difference is the fabrics and decorative elements used.

The course from DRESSMAKING ACADEMY library - “Wedding dress with a deep neckline” will help you sew it.


Using the "pattern constructor" principle explained in the course, you will be able to design a pattern that matches your chosen dress silhouette and neckline shape.


Although it sounds incredible, all the dresses in the following collage can be created using the same design and technique.


In these photos you can see (from left to right):

Angela Bassett in purple Moschino dress

Cara Delevingne in a luxurious dress by Elie Saab

Kerry Condon in a delicate yellow dress by Atelier Versace

Sofia Carson in a white dress by Giambattista Valli

Stephanie Hsu in Valentino.


Take a closer look at the course "Draped wedding dress on a soft base"

This course is for those who wish to master the creating dresses like that.

The first part of the lessons focuses on the technique of creating the base for the dress, which can then be decorated, for example by adding draperies.


The second part of the course shows the method of hand making a skirt, demonstrating the technique that allows you to create skirts of various shapes, ranging from the classic to the most daring options.


And, finally, a separate chapter of the course is devoted to the creation of decorative elements in the technique of Luneville/Tambour embroidery.



If you want to learn more and to take your sewing skills to the next level, I recommend you to check out our all-access membership Dressmaking Academy VIP.

Click here to learn more >>


With love,

Tatiana Kozorovitsky

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