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« on: December 07, 2012 05:48:43 PM »

I've been working on this dress for ages. It's one of those projects (I know most of you can relate) that I started, got frustrated with, and put down for a few months. It's my third commercial pattern (Butterick 6582). Honestly, I'm kind of upset with how it turned out. There's no ease in the hip area at all (my fault for not measuring and cutting more carefully), the neckline is way too high and strange-looking, and the bows sit much farther back than I would like. Still, I'm proud of it. The invisible zipper took a serious amount of time (primarily to make the bottom edge not look screwed up). I regret not sticking with the pattern's directions of sewing it such that there is a line of thread on either side of the zipper (showing) (does that make sense to anyone?). There's also a teeny, tiny hole near the seam at one point, and I pray it doesn't open further. I tried putting some iron-in interfacing behind it, but it didn't stay on. And I hope and pray the seams don't bust at the hip when I sit down after a few times of wearing it. I think I'll be okay if I slim down by running a couple extra miles the day before! I had to do some doctoring to the darts, which were a huge pain. I had obviously chalked them on unevenly, so they're actually much longer than they're supposed to be (lengthened some to match). It was for the better, though, because it tightened the bust area (there was way too much room for me initially). At least two of the darts look super wonky, but you can't really tell when I'm wearing it (I think). The bows took forever because of issues with the pattern and redoing them completely (done by the pattern, they're massive). Thanks for looking, and thanks to those who helped me in these forums when I got stumped!





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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012 07:09:35 PM »

Wow, it turned out really pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012 08:12:12 PM »

Wow, it turned out really pretty!

Thank you! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012 08:59:11 PM »

It is beautiful.  Such a lovely fabric too. You did a good job with a difficult material and the back view photo shows this off really well. Gorgeous.
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2012 10:04:42 PM »

OMG! Gorgeous!!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012 07:50:43 AM »

It is beautiful.  Such a lovely fabric too. You did a good job with a difficult material and the back view photo shows this off really well. Gorgeous.

OMG! Gorgeous!!!

Thank you both so very much! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012 08:05:34 AM »

You tackled some pretty difficult things all in one dress!  The fabric--gorgeous...shiny fabric tends to show everything, so brave choice!

Any zipper is tough--I still ahve to look at the instructions when I put in an invisible zipper!  Good job!

You should be proud that you finished it and can wear it!  Each one will be easier and easier to do!

Keep sewing and posting your projects!

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012 12:39:55 PM »

Great job. That's a lovely color!
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« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2012 09:09:09 AM »

You tackled some pretty difficult things all in one dress!  The fabric--gorgeous...shiny fabric tends to show everything, so brave choice!

Any zipper is tough--I still ahve to look at the instructions when I put in an invisible zipper!  Good job!

You should be proud that you finished it and can wear it!  Each one will be easier and easier to do!

Keep sewing and posting your projects!

L

Thank you! And thanks for your help along the way. I'm sewing decorative pillows today, and I keep having to redo the zipper. Something is wrong with my brain today! Anyway, I should have pictures soon for that. Smiley

Great job. That's a lovely color!

Thank you so much! I do love teal. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2013 05:30:35 PM »

Very pretty!  You did a really nice job!
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