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« on: September 02, 2007 01:15:58 PM »

I have become a dress convert. I made this one yesterday, Simplicity 3775, View D, size 20. I'm about a size 16 in RTW, which makes the measurements for size 20 realistically a bit small, but since the whole thing was going to be made out of a slinky Japanese swimsuit-style fabric, I knew I could get away with it (and 20 was the biggest size, the jerks). And let me tell you, I LOVE this dress!

The problem I have had with dresses, especially the clingy type, is the... lumpiness through the midsection. You know, if you're wearing tights and a bra, stuff gets squished around (if you aren't wearing a one-piece, which I rarely do). The GENIUS of this dress is the gathered midsection.

There was a problem that the pattern envelope did not give yardage for 45" fabric, and that's all I had. Luckily, I had a ton of it, so ultimately there was enough. The widest pattern piece is the skirt (which is two pieces cut on the fold) and it just barely fit on the folded 45". I don't know how much yardage I ultimately used, but if anyone really needs to know, I'll figure it out. I had had this fabric in the stash for years, so I'm thrilled I could finally make something out of it. I knew last night would be one of my last opportunities to wear something like this before the weather turns, so I made it yesterday -- start to finish in about 4.5 hours.

I tried like crazy to get a decent picture of me IN the dress, but the best I could do was this blurry shot:

This view dips pretty low in the front, but I'm learning to love my cleavage (and finally got some good bras!), so I don't mind. If I make the dress again (and I hope to), I will lengthen the bodice to accommodate the extra boobage, but this fabric is stretchy enough to bring the seam down to a reasonable location. Just remember to take out all that basting!
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2007 01:34:37 PM »

Your dress is so lovely! As a big gal myself, I totally understand the midsection problem so this is a great solution. You look absolutely gorgeous in it.  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2007 01:35:09 PM »

You know what, you wear that dress well, ma'am. I think it needs a pair of sexy red pumps to go with it!
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2007 01:38:38 PM »

I love it! So classy, and in my humble opinion it flatters your "boobage" to the fullest degree.  Tongue  great job!

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2007 01:41:26 PM »

That would look so good on me! haha.

Great job, looks fab on you too,

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2007 02:57:29 PM »

man i LOVE this dress! the fabric, and style! and it fits you so well. i need one! hehe! do they have sleeve options?
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007 04:10:39 PM »

Thanks, everyone. Ya know, I'm glad I at least got SOME kind of picture of myself because the dress really does look different on me than it does on the dummy. There's no way that midsection would pull down over my hips like that. I suppose maybe it would if I made it 2 or 4 sizes bigger... But I really don't think that's necessary (or possible).

There are different sleeves, necklines and lengths, and even different midriff treatments in the pattern. I'll probably try the crew neck if I do it again.
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2007 05:20:30 PM »

That fabric is so awesome, i love the colors. And it looks awesome on you! Good job!!
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2007 06:25:05 PM »

Absolutely beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2007 06:54:28 PM »

very flattering and thanks for sharing your sewing experience and what you would do differently/the same---the fabric makes all the difference in fit and style--it is fabulous!

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