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« on: June 09, 2010 05:13:24 PM »

So I've sewn most my life, but I hardly ever use patterns. I just always kinda wing it Cheesy

But I decided to buy a couple patterns that I could use this summer, to cut down on my spending. I buy wayyy too much clothing Roll Eyes
Well, I am HOOKED! I was SO happy at how nice and easy it was to make something with a pattern! No frustrating myself and ripping a bunch of seams! haha.

This dress was Simplicity 2362, view E. I slightly modified it... which I will go into detail about below.






The front has a sweetheart neckline, and little gathers. It fits sooo well! I added 3 limeish-pinkish buttons.


The buttons match the lime cotton lining in the top. YEP!! Fully lined, and faced! BAM! I would never do that on my own Wink


This is where my modification came in. The pattern called for a 12" hidden zipper, but I wanted the raw, metal zipper to show. It was from a pair of bondage pants that an ex wore in high school Tongue


Oh, yeah! What's this?!?!


My first real pockets!! I danced around a little when I finished this part! I have never made pockets like this before, and I'm soo glad this pattern taught me how! Plus, I HATE dresses without pockets! Cheesy

So yeah, this pattern was pretty easy, and the result is SOOO flattering. I wore it out for a friends birthday and was just feeling SOO awesome from the complements. I think I will be making my own clothing a lot more now, it reeallllly pays off, and makes the end result so much more special and worth the money Grin

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010 06:52:57 PM »

The fabric is awesome! I love the top! Cheesy great job
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2010 07:43:47 PM »

That is a fantastic job, love the material, love the confidence you have while wearing it!
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010 07:47:44 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010 07:56:45 PM »

Suits you perfectly!  You are just oozing confidence and style!
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2010 08:39:35 PM »

So cute I just love it. So sassy!
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2010 12:10:13 AM »

so awesome Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2010 01:36:33 PM »

Looks great! I love the buttons and gathers at the top.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010 09:18:25 AM »

love this! i definitely have to get this pattern now, and i typically hate patterns, but i wanna learn how to do those pockets too! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2010 07:23:14 PM »

I love this dress! Thanks for letting us know how easy it was to put together because, amazingly I bought that same pattern last weekend @ JoAnn's 5 for $5 sale and haven't really looked at it Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2010 07:32:48 PM »

I love it!! You look fabulous. I think leaving the zipper sort of raw is a great touch...so unique.
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2010 06:30:07 AM »

Wow!! Thanks guys for all the amazing complements!! I'm actually going to wear this dress to a summer picnic right now, and you guys have totally made me feel like a million bucks in it!! Grin

threehang- GET IT! You will do a little happy dance too when you finish them Cheesy

and scrappy, WTF, LUCKY!! I wish I waited and got it for $5 hahaha! I had to pay $16 or something ridiculous! And look at it! The whole thing maybe took one day. And like I said... I don't DO patterns, so it probably took me longer than normal Tongue
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2010 10:51:15 AM »

I would love that dress if only the zipper were not out there for everyone to see
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2010 09:25:18 AM »

i really like the whole look ya got. and the exposed zip is very cool, the only thing i would have done diff is turned over the top tabs of the zipper, but yours is unique that way!
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2010 09:38:34 AM »

I LOVE pinup inspired clothing, but I spend all my time making kids clothes. Will definitely have to start making some for myself. Well done you killed it! Grin
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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2010 12:03:50 PM »

It's awesome. I love pockets in anything, especially dresses! Exposed zipper = awesome
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2010 09:11:00 AM »

Great job! I just made this pattern over the weekend, and it was my first time sewing clothing. I agree with you-- the pockets are great, and I was surprised how easy they were! This pattern is definitely versatile as far as the skills needed... I feel like a pro after this one. And I love your version, and the modified zipper. You did a great job, and you should be proud!
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2010 03:53:07 PM »

The exposed zipper is awesome! I wish more dresses and skirts had them - they make a dress totally stand out!! -x-
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« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2010 01:11:17 PM »

Yay, I'm glad you found the genius of a pattern Grin You look great!
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I love this dress.
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