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« on: February 04, 2010 06:33:24 AM »

From Cate pattern on the Burda site. A lot of people had issues with the pattern pieces but I took too many flu pills one day and after that it was really easy to understand.

I did change the skirt pattern - used a 1/4 circle skirt, because the skirt in the pattern is VERY full and makes you look pregnant. I wasn't and didn't want to look like I was. Other minor change was that I beaded the bodice instead of sewing a tab of fabric over to hide the ruching. I also added buttons to the bodice as I don't trust my zip inserting skills. The zipper begins where they end, but is hidden in folds of skirt.

Happy accidents: The gathered skirt at the back. I got something wrong with the formula for the circle skirt, and the waist was much too big. So I pushed it all around the back, and quite like the effect. And the little rise of the front hem: the fabric wasn't quite enough for my height plus heels - bias cut uses so much! I considered cutting all the way around the bottom to even the hem, but decided I didn't want to lose the length at the back. Turns out it made it much easier to walk, dance, etc., and my pretty shoes weren't wasted.

Bought the fabric (raw silk) in September, hemmed the skirt the night before the wedding (28 November). Don't tell anyone but the lining was made from an old cotton bedsheet and didn't get hemmed, only pinked. Smiley

Thanks for looking!

Bodice detail

Full length

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« Last Edit: February 05, 2010 08:19:48 AM by CarlaRH » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010 06:42:51 AM »


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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010 06:45:41 AM »

So pretty!  The view from the back is just gorgeous, all the flowing fabric. 

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010 06:57:51 AM »

Really wonderful!
It looks like the dresses in the Jane austen movies Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010 07:02:50 AM »

How beautiful - both you and the dress! I love your whole look, and you're completely right about the happy accidents, the hem and the gathering are really flattering.

« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010 07:37:28 AM »

It's beautiful!  You're right, the length and back gathering are great sewing mishap side-effects

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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2010 09:50:28 AM »

Stunning dress. And I love the length in the front. Very happy accident =)
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2010 10:42:17 AM »

its my dream dress! I have been looking for a pattern like this for weeks! duh! can't believe I never checked there!

« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2010 10:54:25 AM »

I love it.You look wonderful in it and it's nice that you have made the little alterations to suit you. The 'mistake' with the skirt length worked out perfectly in terms of the pretty shoes and dancing! good job.

NB: I'm off to find the pattern now.
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2010 11:18:24 AM »

"Oh, that's pretty!" I actually said that out loud when I saw the pictures. I'll have to bookmark this thread for when I need inspiration. And congratulations on getting married! Cheesy

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