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« on: December 26, 2012 11:38:57 PM »

This hand-made tie dye looks like a cotton candy nebula, which is exactly what I wanted.

The only material purchased for this dress was the pattern ($5.40) and the zipper (~$3). Stash busted!

I started this dress one afternoon, wore it sleeveless and unhemmed to dinner that night, and finished it the next day.

About the pattern (Burda #108B). The reason for the teal stripe is that I didnt have enough of my tie dye, or so I thought, because it turned out that the pattern is huge! Following my measurements, I cut out a size 40/42, adding seam allowances. I had to remove about 8″ from the pleats and side seam (which was more towards the front of my body). I was able to do some shaping through the pleats, which are designed as unflattering straight lines on the pattern. Also, the back gaped horribly at the top. I lowered the sleeve cap and added some width to the back shoulder.

Aesthetically, I extended the pleats about 1.5″, so that the fullness was released at my hips rather than natural waist. I lowered the neckline in front and back, replaced the facings with bias tape, tapered those dumb bell sleeves, and added the contrast band to the much shorter hem. Also, of course, pockets!

I was concerned about covering too much skin and looking frumpy or juvenile, but I also didnt want to show too much skin or look too Molly Ringwald. Luckily my husband was on hand to help me with design decisions, and it turned out great!

More words and photos on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=4556

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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012 02:25:31 AM »

Gorgeous!  And I think that the teal stripe actually makes the design all the more stunning.
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012 07:17:28 AM »

What a cool dress!  The colour is fabulous and I love the style.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012 02:55:33 PM »

What a fun dress!
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