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« on: February 14, 2009 10:01:44 PM »


I made this dress for my sister (Simplicity 3503).  I found the gorgeous fabric in a half sale price at the Fabric Barn in Nelson.  The label said it was made in France and it's lovely quality.  According to the measurements on the back of the pattern my sister is a 12-14.  I'd read that this dress runs large so I cut a 10, thinking that would be pretty safe, but I ended up taking a further inch out of each side seam!  So I'm thinking the 8 would've fitted nicely.  Apart from having to resize the dress it all went pretty smoothly.  I'd done top-stitching on the top and bottom of the midriff piece and up the side seams of the skirt so re-sizing was a right pain in the bum - lots of unpicking!  Oh well.  I love the gathers at the shoulders and the way the shoulder seam sits forward, and I love the back.  Think I might have to make one for me!  Grin 

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Comments and criticism gratefully appreciated!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2009 01:10:20 AM »

Very cute. You did a good job.

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2009 09:59:44 PM »

oooh love it! the print is super cute too.

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2009 09:48:57 PM »

love it. thanks for the review  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009 06:53:02 PM »

Gorgeous, your sister is sweetly blessed to have you make that for her!

« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009 08:42:25 AM »

That is great! I just cut that pattern out last week to be ready to sew!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2009 01:44:11 PM »

cute!!! i love the fabric!

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2009 10:30:40 AM »

I just made this same dress out of some really soft jade jersey. I wish I had known that the pattern would come out so large...I cut a 14 and had to take the waist in a ton. I have a gray jersey sheet I just got at the thrift store that's going to a second version of this dress, though, so now I know what I need to change.

Yours is beautiful!
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2009 01:57:38 AM »

Thanks for the photos of the back!  I have the pattern but I had no idea that it looked like THAT!  The drawings don't make that clear.  I just made the halter version of this pattern and I love it.  But I REALLY love the back of your dress so I'm going to try that next.
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2009 07:04:18 AM »

you did a great job!!! i just bought this pattern off ebay, I really want a maxi for an important event and this pattern actually has the long maxi in it.  Do you think a beginner will be able to wing it?  Some people have said that there are some steps missing. This will be my first real dress, I've only practice on muslin before.  Thanks!!!

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