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« on: March 03, 2008 09:33:12 PM »

So, I'm making formal dresses for my girls for an upcoming event later in the month.  I've posted pics of the first one I made and I'm nearly done w/ the second one now.  Done enough to take pics and post them anyway.  Cheesy  I need to put the zipper in but I can't do that until I finish the petticoat.  I was short on fabric for the petticoat slip so I could not finish it.  I can't put the zipper in until the petticoat is sewn in so.....I'm at an impasse right now.  I need to run to Joann's again.

But, I took pics anyway and would like to share.  I think it turned out nice.  There are a few things that bug me but I think that's normal for anyone who sews. 

My daughter, Elaina, and her 'twirly' dress:







"Let me see you twirl!!!":




Without the jacket:



"Twirl again!!":




Okay, that's it.  Sorry about the quality of the pics.  I will get better ones one of these days.  I noticed that I need to hem the inner skirt some more, it really shows the difference in length when she twirls.  It'll be lots more poofy when I get the petticoat done.

So, what do you think??   You like?  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008 09:39:12 PM »

That's adorable.

did you use a pattern?
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008 09:42:15 PM »

Yes!  I forgot to mention.  I used Vogue pattern #7819.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008 09:43:00 PM »

What a princess!
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2008 11:51:54 PM »

It looks great!  I love the length...usually formal dresses on children are still tea length or higher- it's so cute to see it almost to the floor  Cheesy  Love the shrug too  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008 04:18:29 AM »

I LOVE the length, I never see enough long skirts or dresses. I know that fabric is a real pain to sew!

Your little one looks beautiful in it!
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 06:28:38 AM »

That is freaking adorable.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008 06:53:57 AM »

Very, very pretty!  I love the colors!  Is that a difficult pattern?  I'd like to make my daughter a similar style dress for Easter!  I have maybe 2 Vogue patterns but haven't yet made anything with them.
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2008 07:24:10 AM »

wow! gret dress, great twirler!
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2008 08:52:54 AM »

Thank everyone.   Wink

I am pleased w/ the color choices, they turned out way nicer than I thought they would. 

Is it an easy pattern?  I guess it depends on your skill level.  For me it was simple but Vogue seems to make it harder than it needs to be.  Normally you start the bodice by sewing the shoulder seams together but Vogue has you do them last and it becomes a very frustrating thing to do. And then there is hand sewing involved and who wants to do that?  LOL  I would do the bodice like a 'normal' pattern next time, save the headache.    The skirt is massive compared to the waist of the bodice so there is tons of gathering involved and it almost doesn't fit the way they have you line things up.  That part irritates me a lot b/c I can't stand it when seams don't line up, I'm anal about that.  But in this pattern, the side seams are not supposed to line up and I get frustrated every time I look at the dress.  It would be waaaaay too much work to try and get the seams closer so I left it.

Overall, it's a very basic pattern.  A simple bodice with a gathered skirt.  Jacket is very, very easy too.  I'd say, go for it if you want to.  I love how full and fancy it is.  And little girls love nothing more than full, twirly dresses.  Cheesy
Now, the petticoat.....whole nother story!  I've discovered that I HATE netting.  It's incredibly frustrating to work with.  I guess I'm a glutton for punishment though.  I insist on having a petticoat.  LOL 
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