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Red Cat, White Velvet
« on: January 17, 2007 02:02:35 PM »

Here is a dress I designed myself, inspired by Bettie Page. Now that I have the dress the only thing to wish for is the figure!  Wink

It is a simple shift dress with bias binding detailing on the bodice, hem and belt.  Since I liked the idea of being able to simply grab this from the closet and go I opted to include 1/4 inch wide elastic at the waist rather than adding a zipper.  I included, non-functional cherry buttons as a vintage-inspired accent.  I added pockets because I adore pockets!

In total, this dress is only 8 pieces and was a cinch to sew.  I like it because I can easily dress it up or down.  Let me know what you think!

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Aaurora
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2007 02:09:40 PM »

I love the fabric, very cute and it does look like it wouldn't be too hard to sew!
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my-a.d.d.
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2007 02:11:21 PM »

you rule! that dress rules! pockets rule!
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Red Cat, White Velvet
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2007 02:13:24 PM »

I love the fabric, very cute and it does look like it wouldn't be too hard to sew!

It is definitely easy peasy!  I am the type who always likes to have a "throwaway" project to work on when I am in the midst of doing something more difficult. 

Thanks for the comments!
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2007 02:18:48 PM »

You are as cute as a button and the dress is fabulous! Shocked
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2007 02:21:15 PM »

I just watched the movie a few days ago! And I saw the top of the first photo on the Most Recent Posts with Pictures page and immediately was reminded of something...well, there you go! Nice job, it's a lovely dress.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2007 02:27:17 PM »

Beautiful! What do you mean by the elastic at the waist?
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« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2007 02:38:55 PM »

that's great. nice bathroom too.  Wink
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Red Cat, White Velvet
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2007 02:39:12 PM »

Beautiful! What do you mean by the elastic at the waist?

Basically, if I was using a zipper I would have used a minimum of  three pieces for skirt - one front piece and two back pieces.  Instead, the skirt is only two pieces - one front and one back.  

When I attached the skirt to the bodice (the point in the process when I would turn the skirt inside out -leaving the bodice "right" side out - and sew the bodice and skirt ith the correct sides facing) I sewed an extra set of stiching near the back sean (invisible from the outside) which created a tunnel for 1/4 inch elastic to go through.

That way, it is easy to slip on without having a zipper and yet still form fitting.  

Does that make sense?  It is probably easier to show rather than describe but hopefully it makes a bit more sense.   Wink

 
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2007 02:40:48 PM »

oh I love it ! I have those same buttons too !
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