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« on: July 01, 2013 10:18:46 AM »

Yaaay! It's entry day! I see that nobody else has posted anything past me and am starting to wonder if I missed a memo...?

Anyway, here's my latest creation:



And the button closure on the halter, although I don't plan to ever unbutton/rebutton it (I just slip it over my head):



Here's a closeup of the button flower necklace:



I did use a pattern. Burda 8174 to be exact:

http://www.simplicity.com/p-7244-burda-style-dress.aspx

I made view C with only minor modifications (like adding an extra line of topstitching on the bottom hem) and just one that was very noticeable. I made the bodice and then realized it was several inches too large. But the seams would be in all the wrong places if I just cut from the loose ends that would later be attached to the zipper. I cut the center piece of the front of the bodice exactly in half and sewed it back together. That took away 1 1/4" for the new seam. The bodice was then the *perfect* size! Seriously, the seams lined up with the skirt and everything! I did topstitching on that new center seam. I thought it looked really nice and gave it more of a corset-ish look.

The button-flower necklace was not my idea. It came from here:

http://www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/2012/02/no-sew-fabric-flowers.html

I did a variation on the one-circle "pattern." I cut 3 circles: 1 black denim and 2 purple tulle. I layered them and sewed them together straight down the middle, folded the tulle over to one side (left side is now 1 layer denim, right side 1 layer denim and 4 tulle), and then continued with the pattern as if it were one circle of fabric. I think it turned out really cute.

Comments and questions very welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013 01:37:27 PM »

Your dress turned out great. I love the addition of the purple tulle to the bottom and your necklace. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013 02:22:56 PM »

Great style!! I totally adore your dress and the necklace! What's the pattern?
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013 02:26:48 PM »

Such a great dress and especially like the little additions you made. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013 02:33:43 PM »

Very cute, I love the purple tulle it adds a nice touch!
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013 03:26:24 PM »

Your dress turned out great. I love the addition of the purple tulle to the bottom and your necklace. Great job!
Such a great dress and especially like the little additions you made. Smiley
Very cute, I love the purple tulle it adds a nice touch!
*gasp* Thank you lovelies sooooo much! I hardly have any purple in my closet at all and picked the color in the store. I figured I'd go to the store and pick whatever color suited my fancy and then pick out everything else (thread, satin lining, etc.) to match.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013 03:27:59 PM »

Great style!! I totally adore your dress and the necklace! What's the pattern?

Thank you! The dress pattern is Burda 8174; it's part of the Burda Young series. The necklace instructions can be found here:
http://www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/2012/02/no-sew-fabric-flowers.html
...with the modifications I described in the original post that I think turned out really nice.
Happy crafting!
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2013 05:45:24 AM »

Love the topstitching!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2013 06:51:11 AM »

I think it is great that you were you were able to solve your fitting issue and that it turned out to be a "bonus" detail down the front!  That is what I love best about sewing...you can make your own modifications for fit and style!

I think it is a modern take on the LBD...it would be darling with a shrug or cardigan when the weather gets cooler...and a change of accessories will also change the look...

Very cute and practical LBD!  Love it!
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013 08:09:23 AM »

beautiful dress.  I love the purple details.
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