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« on: August 19, 2008 10:34:35 PM »

One of my best friends goes to school in the States and is pledging for a sorority this year.  Apparently, there are some ceremonies where the pledges have to wear white dresses which cover their shoulders, and as she doesn't own a white dress, I made her one as her birthday present. 

While watching Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, she requested a design inspired by her jumper at the start of the film.  She also bought a pattern for a much drabber dress, from which I salvaged the sleaves and rough shape for the bodice while replacing the skirt, adding a waistband, omitting the zipper, and overhauling the back.  It came out looking just like my sketches, which makes me very happy.

This is what I came up with:



I thought the high back from Sabrina's jumper was a little matronly, so I made a keyhole (ignore the bra straps)



And some lovely heart-shaped buttons, paired with my very first button holes!!



I think she likes it!




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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008 10:53:16 PM »

It is adorable, but the keyhole back gives it sass; I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008 11:23:26 PM »

lovely! the closeup of the buttons shows off the embroidery on the fabric nicely too. what a gorgeous fabric it is! great work all round, you must be so pleased with yourself Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2008 05:11:56 AM »

This will be way cuter than anything else anybody else has and you will get a bunch of orders, if I know American sorority chicks as well as I think I do, at least Southern ones.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2008 06:04:19 AM »

That is an adorable dress! I adore the back. I was thinking of pledging a sorority this year and it's so hard to find white dresses that I like (I'm sooo picky about white) but I might follow suit and create my own. Congrats on a very pretty dress!
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2008 07:05:47 PM »

the back of that dress is super sexy
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2008 07:32:00 PM »

the heart buttons are so cute!!! this looks great
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2008 10:03:44 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I'm very proud of it and it's nice to hear positive feedback.
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2008 06:27:59 AM »

This is lovely!!
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we have the same bra!!! haha
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saramoo
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2008 01:35:47 PM »

That's very cute, I love the sleeves.  My sorority only had to wear all black, never white, which was far more practical, but cultish looking Tongue
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