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Topic: Green & orange oriental wrap dress (based on a TopShop design)  (Read 20314 times)
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« on: February 25, 2006 02:21:23 PM »

I saw this dress while looking through TopShop's website recently:



I love it, but a) the bastards don't make it in my size (what the hell, every other dress but not this one?? argh.), and b) I could make that!

So I did.

First I drafted my pattern pieces and made a muslin. If you're interested, here's roughly how it was constructed, since someone already asked in another thread: pattern pieces & how they fit together.

I got some gorgeous drapey matte, silky dotted fabric from Walthamstow market for 1 a meter and some matching goldenrod yellowy-orangey fabric for accents at a different shop in the market for 75p a meter. It took me quite a while to get the fit looking exactly right, but I got the sleeves exactly the way I wanted them with a slit at the elbow, and two covered buttons for the outside closure (there are two hook & eyes for the inside closure). I finally got through all the handsewing hems today, so it's officially finished! yay!






(pardon the "no makeup, it's Saturday" look, please!)


(closeup of the fabric so you can see it's all made up of tiny dots)

What do you think? Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2006 02:44:59 PM »

very nice - I love that you pulled out the orange colour of the fabric - makes it fun and funky!
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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2006 02:49:54 PM »

Wow... I like yours so much better.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2006 03:16:12 PM »

Well not that I've got something relevant to say, but I love this dress Smiley I think I'm gonna have to risk losing my mind and get my hands on the sewing machine again ..
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2006 05:09:55 PM »

Beautiful!!  The style if very flattering and the fabric is awesome!!  You did a fantastic job!
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2006 10:24:42 PM »

I love your take on this... you started with a sweet and gentle inspiration, and you got totally 60's mod on us....

it's really lovely. so much fun.
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2006 12:20:56 AM »

that's gorgeous!! i love yours much more than the original .. because

a) your fabric is waaaaay prettier
b) it was made with craftster-lOve. <3

*thumbs up*
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2006 02:31:21 AM »

I really do have to get my butt upto walthamstow market at some point , the fabric is gorgeous.

I like how you adapted the dress into your own style too , and props to you for making your own pattern.
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« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2006 03:24:51 AM »

Your dress is gorgeous! Props to you for drafting the pattern yourself. You rock.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2006 09:29:05 AM »

very cute!  i may have to attempt a dress like this myself!  adorable!
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