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1  Woven Bodice Dress with Pearl Accents in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: March 26, 2012 09:40:27 PM
Hi everyone! This is my most recent project in a veryyyy long time.

My inspiration was the lovely Chie of Vivat Veritas. Chie is an amazing seamstress and I am constantly inspired by her work! I encourage you to look her up!

The dress is made from black cotton sateen and accented with glass faux pearls. I made it under a slight time crunch, so although I think I've done better work, I'm happy with how it came out! I used a pattern that I drafted myself.

Thank you for looking!
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2  Another McCall's 5879: Red with White Piping! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: August 02, 2011 09:26:34 PM
I love this bodice pattern because it's so simple but so satisfying. This time around, I made it with straps that tie into bows at the shoulders and inserted a strip of white piping between the bodice and skirt!

The fabric is red sateen. It's really easy to sew with and doesn't require lining (though the bodice is fully lined).

My one criticism of this dress is that the ties shouldn't be quite so long, and I wish I had a made a fuller skirt. But overall, I'm quite happy with it

Thanks for looking!
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3  Mustard Yellow Peter Pan Collar Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: July 23, 2011 12:46:39 AM
I've been on a posting kick lately because of all of the recently-sewn garments I've made thanks to McCall's M5879 (which I scored in the bargain section for $1.99!)

I used the U-neck view for the bodice and the skirt is a gathered rectangle. The bodice is lined and there are darts at the bust.

I don't think babydoll silhouettes are super flattering on me personally, but I'm really proud of this dress and I can't wait to make more peter pan dresses in different colors!

Thanks for taking a look Smiley
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4  Daisy & Dots Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: July 21, 2011 07:55:10 PM
Hello there! Here is another dress I made using McCall's 5879 (this is the other one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386286.0), but instead of pleats under the bust, I made darts instead.

I love the bodice pattern because no zippers are required! It's also really easy, so it's the perfect pattern for a simple summer dress.

Thanks for taking a look!
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5  Little Bow Blue Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: July 19, 2011 02:43:24 PM
Hi! This is one of my latest sewing projects, created with the use of McCall's 5879.

I used the bodice pieces of the pattern, but just used a gathered rectangle for the skirt. The tucks at the hem were an afterthought, so the skirt is a bit shorter than I had originally intended, but thankfully still long enough to be decent Smiley

The dress is a pull-over style, so it doesn't have a zipper (I guess I should come clean and admit I have a small zipper-phobia!) and has two ties in the back.

My mom and a coworker said it looked like a baby's dress, but a cute one at least, so I'll take it Smiley

Thank you for taking a look!
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6  Red & Blue Poppy Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: July 04, 2011 02:08:15 PM
In honor of July 4th, I made a dress in appropriate colors!

This dress pattern is still a huge work-in-progress. My guess-and-cut approach is just barely working Wink

The dress has casings at the neckline for a tie to thread through and an elastic waist. It's very comfortable!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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7  Some dresses! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: July 02, 2011 01:34:39 AM
These are a few dress dresses I made in the past week Smiley

This dress was inspired by the Very Easy Vogue sewing pattern, V8380. I made up a pattern right on the fabric. It didn't work out exactly as I had hoped, but I'm pleased with the results.

These next two dresses have the same bodice, but the second has a less-full skirt because I ran out of fabric. Simple tube dresses with a ruffle at the top Smiley (These dresses are very similar to this one that I made last month: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381171.0)

Thanks for taking a look!
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8  Very Full Pink Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: June 16, 2011 02:51:19 PM
I made this skirt about a year ago, but yesterday was the first time I got a decent photograph of it.

I made it without a pattern because the shape is super straightforward: A rectangle for the waistband and a super long rectangle for the gathered skirt. It has a center-zip in the back and off-white lining because this fabric is very sheer.

I've worn it at work a couple times, and a few people have told me they love it (and even asked where they could get one Smiley)

Thanks for looking!
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9  Pink Ruffle Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jan.elle on: May 24, 2011 01:15:14 AM
So it happens that a lot of my sewing projects are made in pink fabric. I'm not quite sure how that happens, as pink probably is not the most flattering color for my skin tone, but I go back to it again and again.

I made this dress to wear on my boyfriend's birthday a few days ago. I made it on the day of in a few hours, so it has some technical "issues" but I'm happy to see a concept actually materialize as I envisioned it. A pattern was not necessary because the pieces are just different-sized rectangles. The bodice is lined and the top and waistline have elastic casings.

Thanks for taking a look! Smiley
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10  Yellow Bow Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by jan.elle on: May 09, 2011 03:54:22 PM
I've been in a sewing funk lately, but I finally got around to making a new dress!

The weather has been cloudy lately, so the lighting in the house hasn't been ideal, so I need to hold off on a mannequin picture for the time being.

This dress is made from a yellow sheet set I got at Ross (cheap bedding = muslin material). I drafted the bodice pattern using McCall's M5800 for reference and borrowed the skirt piece from Christine Haynes Chic & Simple Sewing . It has bust darts and an elasticized waist. The bow is a strip of fabric sewn horizontally down the middle to the lowest part of the neckline. I tend to like bows that can actually tie, but I might use a ready-made bow for the next version of this dress.

Comments and criticisms always appreciated!

(and you can see more information about the dress on my blog: http://lovemakesthegirl.blogspot.com/2011/05/make-something-monday-yellow-bow-dress.html)
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