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« on: May 30, 2014 12:11:20 AM »

Last night I completed my dress for tonight's Summer Ball.

The pattern is Simplicity Project Runway 2444 Smiley
I love this pattern, partly because it's such an elegant dress, but mostly because the pattern also contains a croquis-kit, where you trace the woman's figure then trace the dress elements you choose onto the figure.  How cool is that?  Cheesy
Here's my initial design:

It wasn't an easy sew, despite being the second time I've made the pattern, I was having a few sewing machine issues : blowing its bulb (can't get a spare until the weekend), top and bottom tension issues and blunting two needles (hit a pin, oops, my bad)

Anyway, my favourite element of this pattern is this cape collar:

I used tiny pleats instead of a gathering stitch because of tension issues; I like the effect in the taffeta, since the fabric is so crisp.

Here's a close-up photo of the bow in the front of the dress.  The pattern gives it two long tie-ends and leaves you to tie the bow yourself.  I'm not sure how good I am at that, to be honest, despite the fact that I adore bows.  I usually construct bows with seperate loops of fabric so that I get that kind of cartoon-bow effect.

I'm looking forward to wearing it tonight and showing it to my friends before they all go home for the summer

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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014 07:45:25 AM »

A lovely dress.  Hope you have a great time at the summer ball.
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014 03:05:53 PM »

It's wonderful, the fabric looks very luxurious in this deep color and I looove the collar Smiley
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014 11:53:25 PM »

The ball was good, and my friends liked the dress.
One of them is interested in buying a copy of the pattern, too Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014 08:14:23 AM »

Very pretty!  I love the color combination.

« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2014 09:29:13 AM »

I really like the fabric and colors you chose! Lovely dress(:

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