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« on: May 05, 2013 06:21:51 PM »

Im calling it a miimii because, when it was on a hanger before the side seams were sewn, my husband asked whats up with that muumuu youre making? And since its smaller than a muumuu it must be a miimii.

I used Simplicity 3835, which is an out-of-print Built by Wendy pattern. Luckily I was able to borrow it from a lady in my sewing group.

My step-sister-in-law got the purple fabric in Hawaii years ago. Its a mid-weight cotton with fabulous drape. The orange collar was cut from a scrap of my wedding skirt, and the gold/blue trim was in my stash. In fact, the only new material for the dress was the $.50 zipper.

Im really smitten by the orange/violet combination. I was inebriated when I made the original decision, and Im so glad I trusted myself!

I made many modifications to the pattern. The biggest change was that I lowered the neckline by drafting a new collar. Since the neck was lowered, there was less excess fabric to be gathered, which I might add back in if I make this pattern again. Instead of the back side darts I shaped the zipper seam, and added darts to the front.

I finished all seams with bias tape, cut from a random polyester in my fabric cabinet. I also made a belt, with orange stripes. Im not sure if I prefer the dress to hang loose or to wear it with the belt. The belt has a tendency to create the illusion of a belly pouch

more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=5280

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013 11:11:38 PM »

I love it - and you look sooo cute in the first picture!
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013 06:45:28 AM »

cute little miimii!  I love the neckline, and the colours. 

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013 09:44:06 AM »

That's awesome and looks so summery.  

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