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« on: March 29, 2013 03:12:43 AM »

I've always loved twirly dresses with fitted waists, but they were never around... until I started being pregnant and breastfeeding, which meant 99% of them weren't wearable! I have a bit of a mental block about sewing clothes for myself, but one of my New Year's resolutions was to make myself six garments this year. This is number one. (Yeah, I'm not exactly ahead of schedule...)

I designed it myself. The bodice was drastically altered from a rather ugly Ottobre button-up shirt pattern; the skirt was my first-ever circle skirt. Construction issues included an unflatteringly boxy top; a complete dismantling and feminising of the bodice; the subsequent addition of an invisible side zip so I could get back into it; a peculiar lack of fittedness once it was all sewn back together; a vague plan to shir the waistband; and finally the helpful suggestion of a friend, namely "Buy a belt". Well, duh. $2 later at the op shop, the dress looked a whole lot better.

Pardon the photos - my husband and five-year-old daughter took 'em, and their skill levels are comparably dubious.

I love the twirliness of the skirt. It could really use a tulle petticoat, but I'll buy one - I've worked with tulle a few times lately, and the stuff is the devil.

Anyway, it's not perfect, but it's one of the very few... indeed, possibly the only garment I've sewn myself which I feel able to wear out of the house without embarrassment. So that's a start!
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013 03:34:42 AM »

I love your dress, you've done a fantastic job!
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013 07:11:14 AM »

Wow, that seems like a tough project to me, but I love your results.

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013 08:56:26 AM »

It's awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013 09:34:06 AM »

Anyway, it's not perfect, but it's one of the very few... indeed, possibly the only garment I've sewn myself which I feel able to wear out of the house without embarrassment. So that's a start!

Congrats! That's an accomplishment for sure! It looks fantastic.

« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013 02:26:51 PM »

Wow, the dress looks great! i love the sailor neck thingy (no idea what that's called) and the matching white on the sleeves. looks like you're off to a great start for your 6 outfit resolution!

« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013 11:15:50 PM »

That dress is too cute!  I love sailor dresses.  Also, I really like your hair.

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2013 06:38:19 AM »

So cute! I've always wanted a sailor dress!

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2013 10:08:16 PM »

Love this! Wear it with pride - it looks fabulous!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2013 03:36:47 PM »

That's super cute and looks like it could fit and look nice on several different body types.  I love that first picture.  It LOOKS like it was taken in the 50s.  Smiley

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