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Topic: Pleated Sweet-Heart Dress (aka Free Love)  (Read 2614 times)
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« on: November 13, 2013 07:52:49 PM »

Named for its delightful paisley-ish heart pattern. <3

I just graduated and realized that I haven't posted any of my finished work here for almost a year! And that's just really not okay. I promise to slowly bombard you, though, rather than posting everything at once, haha.

I picked this fabric up at Fabricland years ago and had been saving it for "just the right project." Ie. I was too afraid to use it for anything, haha. But then we had a draping assignment and it started right around Valentine's Day and I was bummed about not having a cute dress to wear this year, so all I could think about was sweetheart necklines, the colour red, and adorable prints. It was finally time for the paisley heart print fabric.

My friend/classmate was kind enough to model for me in a photoshoot we did in August, as she looks good in everything I've made.

Here's my original design (During construction I decided the bow was a little too much):

The dress features a sweetheart neckline with gathering at the bust, a separate bodice panel to remove the need for front darts, and a pleated A-line skirt. The straps and back are one piece, so the straps only needed to be attached at the front. I lined the bodice with the same red cotton I used in the pleats (which I adore, btw) so there's a little flash of red around the straps when they shift. I also pressed the pleats so that they're always open.

And a shot of me in the dress from an earlier photoshoot, just because it's nice to have made something in school that I can actually wear (the trick is to "accidentally" switch a mannequin that's your size when you realize it's a possibility). This shot is a recreation of a pin-up photo done at the store owner's request.

I may not have finished the dress in time for Valentine's Day last year, but I'm ready for 2014. Smiley
I'd love to hear what you think of it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013 11:58:37 PM »

Stunning dress! A piece I'd love to have in my wardrobe Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2013 03:47:29 PM »

Quote: "(the trick is to "accidentally" switch a mannequin that's your size when you realize it's a possibility)."  Grin Grin Grin

Such a cute dress. And I like how you thought out the whole process, including starching out/ironing out the pleats of the skirt. And I am glad you saved the fabric for something "special". You deserve it, and I hope you enjoy it...glad you could also share with your friend.

Ooops. I like your shoes. You wouldn't be named Dorothy, would you?  Grin They set off the dress wonderful. And so does your lipstick color. Those are blue-reds, and your complection looks wonderful in them. Here is your kiss...for Valentine's  Kiss


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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014 01:51:30 PM »

An absolute stunner! The pleats work well with that dress - and I love the peek of red on the straps in your photo. Nice touch!
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2014 01:58:22 AM »

Very cute dress. You look cute with the dress.

Keeping myself together one stitch at a time :-D
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2014 02:04:15 PM »

Cool dress, love your poses  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014 09:26:17 AM »

Valentine's day is right around the corner, and you have a darling dress to wear!

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2014 12:25:52 PM »

This is addddorable!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014 01:27:08 PM »

Such a pretty dress and great fabric choices. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2014 06:53:14 PM »

Oh my gosh, I adore everything about this.  Gorgeous.
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