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ourworldscollide
« on: February 11, 2008 02:19:19 PM »

i've set about to make this dress which i love
perfect for spring!

(they are HUGE pictures, by the way)

http://img147.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=36817_keiracelebutopianet6_122_1068lo.jpg
http://img168.imagevenue.com/view.php?image=36884_keiracelebutopianet10_122_52lo.jpg


its not clear to see, since her arms are hidden by the cardigan whether it has sleeves or not
but yeah. it has a placket down the front and a round neck, doesn't it?
and gathered at the front?

oh, and this looks rather similar
http://wiksten-made.typepad.com/wikstenmade/images/2007/10/27/punky1.jpg

I have no idea how to make this. Any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 03:14:57 PM »

To me it looks like it does have sleeves (short sleeves), her cardigan looks bulkier.
Im not sure how to go about making it though it doesnt seem too complicated
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tidesong
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 08:23:34 PM »

It looks more than gathered to me. Might be a modified handkercheif shape if that makes sense. I'm not sure if I see a bib detail... or if its just plain buttons down the front.
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ourworldscollide
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008 01:39:14 AM »

I do think it would look better withsleeves
but i'm relatively new to making clothes and they sound pretty complicated!


well if you look at it zoomed in closely it doesnt have a yoke/bib, just a sort of curved gather
and what's a handkerchief shaped dress?
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2008 09:28:51 PM »

I must be hallucinating the other day because now it doesnt seem very hankerchief to me anymore, those dresses are the kinds that look like if you took one and cut a hole in a middle and wore it giving it a wide flare and uneven hem. So I am very sorry about that.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 07:13:35 PM »

It's definitely not a handkerchief hem - I think it's just a normal hem that looks uneven because the pictures were taken while she was moving and because the dress is quite baggy.  To me, it looks like a simple skirt (maybe a half circle?) and top with a long button placket.  The hem between the skirt and top looks like it was sewn with wrong sides together.  I can't tell if it has sleeves, but I think it would look nice with short sleeves.  You could probably modify a basic shirt dress pattern to get something very similar.  Make sure you find a really lightweight cotton, or you won't get the same breezy look as keira's dress.

On a non-craft note, is that Orlando Bloom?  Are they together now?
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ourworldscollide
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2008 07:41:45 AM »

thankyou,
I found one of my grandmother's vintage vogue patterns that is actually quite similar Smiley

Are sleeves hard to do?

And no, it's her boyfriend Rupert Friend
but they do look quite similar!
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008 04:07:22 PM »

I don't have much experience with sleeves (I'm new to sewing clothes), but I think puff sleeves would be easiest, since you don't have to worry about matching them to the size of the hole.  There are a few sleeve tutorials at whatthecraft.com; that might be a good place to start.


Ah, now I feel silly!  Keira's boyfriend really looks like Orlando Bloom to me (like, identical).  I guess I don't pay enough attention to celebrities!
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008 02:17:12 AM »

ooh, ive now found http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/8 on burdastyle.com

If i shortened the sleeves, i could get a really similar dress?

Well, sort of!



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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2008 05:31:52 PM »

Oh, good find!  Make it with lots of ease (maybe go one size up?) in a really lightweight cotton, and I think you would end up with a very similar look.
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