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« on: July 17, 2011 02:38:06 AM »

It's been a long time since I sewed anything this big for Minime, and a long time since I used a pattern. So, here's the information...

pattern: 7. butterick. fabric 8 for a massive remnant. zip and bodice lining free, buttons on the bows free. dress took a bit over 8 hours to make; 1.5 hours pattern cutting, 4 hours machine sewing and pressing, and fixing pressing mistake (I tried to iron polyester on hot and had to patch where I burnt it lol; this fabric hides a multitude of sewing sins), 3.5 hours hand hemming (am I a martyr, masochist or both?) and adjusting; it was an age 6 pattern made to fit an age 5 child lol.
I've taken it in on the bodice in a way that when she grows, I can let it out again. it will fit her for an age lol.

here's the little taster pic...

ok, so firstly you know I'm into reduce, reuse, recycle right? well the fabric was bought new (remnant, end of roll DIRT cheap) but the zipper and bodice lining were originally part of my friend's ancient, ugly and incredibly mid nineties prom dress. the buttons on the bows came from my mother in law. Aparently they were once on one of my husband's baby outfits. d'awwww!!

this outer fabric felt like it would be a nightmare to work with, but it wasn't! it was lovely! polyester satin, feels beautiful and heavy to the touch and was a dream to sew (though not a dream to line up, pin, baste or iron lol)

it's a deceptively full skirt. I hand-hemmed it too because I'm a martyr perfectionist.

I lined the bodice, but not the skirt (mainly due to lack of suitable fabric). again this is reused fabric, the lining was made from the lining on my friend's old prom dress.


Sophie LOVES the dress, which I'm glad about because I was worried that after 8 flipping hours of work, she'd hate it lol.

« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011 08:50:38 AM »

very cute! you did a wonderful job. and boy does she look happy!

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011 08:56:16 AM »

the dress and little girl are adorable!
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011 10:32:28 AM »

I love it (and it definitely looks like your daughter does too) I bet it's a great spinning dress! Nice work

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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011 11:09:04 AM »

I bet it's a great spinning dress!

oooh yes lol. it's very swishy, very dancey and very very five year old party-y. worried about how she will cope with party games in such a long dress, but she's told me I'm NOT allowed to take it up any further lol.

« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2011 11:22:05 AM »

Very cute!!! Cheesy I love the bows in the back.

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