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1  Red Silk Dress - adapted for/ by me... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sewCZgal on: May 03, 2010 08:09:33 PM
About a month ago I posted my practice dress for this "auction dress".
I used 2 or 3 commercial patterns and changed them around to achieve the design I wanted:

After a month, on the eve of the auction I finally made myself cut into the 100% silk fabric I bought at Hancock's, in the decorator's section. After that it was one f#$# up after another. I sure learned a LOT about silk: frays like crazy unless serged very densely, has no stretch at all (unlike my cotton mock up  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  )
BUT,now that it's finished.... I love my dress  Kiss

May I introduce you to "the ultimate red dress"...

in action:

The skirt does not poof out because I decided I had no time for the underskirt, but people loved the dress anyway!

I also made this fabric flower "Kanzashi flower" - the Japanese art of fabric folding and glued it on a hair-clip and put it in my hair. I felt a little bit silly but got tons of compliments on that, too.

It was a great night, I felt great wearing the dress, even though it was a bit snug - very fitted  Wink  
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2  My new school auction dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sewCZgal on: April 06, 2010 06:18:51 PM
I decided to wear a red dress for my our school's annual auction. I bought a lovely red dress but then realized that I actually wanted to make one Smiley And a little more modest so that parents don't think their kids' teacher is inappropriate  Wink
So, I bought this awesome decorator's silk fabric:

and started messing around with patterns to get the look I wanted. This red dress was my inspiration (what I want mine to look like):

While adapting the pattern pieces I made a mock-up, that actually ended up wearable Smiley

I want to move the pleats a little more towards the center of the skirt, and not rip the fabric when pulling it through the shoulder straps (will make them wider next time). But all in all, I am pretty happy about the final (or, rather, semi-final  Wink  product).

It was a lot of fun adapting the bodice piece from standard neckline to this oval shaped cut-out (there is a clear snap sewn onto the lining). I did it all on paper first and then cut the fabric. The drawing (and re-drawing and re-drawing), to get the exact shape of the oval, was fun.

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