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« on: February 16, 2008 09:20:55 AM »

so i have created my second sewing project ever.
a dress. for our valentine's formal.

i started working on it over thanksgiving break.
and didn't finish it until an hour and 45 minutes before i had to leave. =P

i'm extremely pleased with the resulting gaaaaarment.
i've never had any sewing lessons or a grandmother who took me under her wing to teach me all the wonders of domesticity.

so i suppose i'm an abraham lincoln of sewing.
being self-taught that is. not assassinated.

it's a cream/wine red dress with a sweetheart top.
tulle sticks out around the bottom in the wine red color.
the rest of the dress is just made of broadcloth. because it was cheap. and i was a little scared to use something expensive and then biff the whole thing.

i beaded the sash. and then made a beaded tie for the boyfriend with left over fabric.
i actually did the beading on his tie first. which would explain the mild obscurity of it.
i've never beaded before. =P

and there i am wearing it. with assorted friends. ha ha. what an odd stance.

since making this, i've decided that tulle is not my first choice in any future project.
and that using hot glue to finish the seams around the zipper is a very bad idea.
i was having trouble getting the machine where i needed it.
so i used hot glue. and glued too close to the zipper.
so now it's a bit of a hassle to zip. too much hot glue acting as a barrier. =P

so. i hope you have enjoyed my chronicling of this dress.

have a lovely day. =)

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2008 09:37:01 AM »

wow! Not only is your dress beautiful, but your boy looks like my favorite musician! Do you listen to Nickel Creek at all? He looks A LOT like Chris Thile.  Grin Grin Grin  (also, consequently, he looks quite a bit like my husband... especially with the beard :-p)
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2008 09:39:23 AM »

Amazing dress. Esp knowing that you're self taught.

I envy you sewers! I have 2 machines...don't even know how to work one of them. I found it at a thrift store and thought I would use it.  Roll Eyes

I guess I'll stick to polymer clay.

« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2008 09:42:02 AM »

ha ha thank you. =)

and no, i don't listen to nickel creek, but i definitely had to google this chris thile man you speak of.
and you are quite right. =P it's a striking resemblance.

ha ha. the beard. oh so ridiculous. =P
he's a swimmer and isn't allowed to shave it for another two weeks.
soon enough he'll be pretty much hypoallergenic. =P

thanks again.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2008 09:44:39 AM »

i think you should give it a shot someday, quickflops. =)

you may be pleasantly surprised to find you actually have a bit of skill.
and it's incredibly satisfying to know you were capable of clothing yourself. with things you made that is.
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2008 09:54:53 AM »

Did you use a pattern?  Its a very lovely dress.  I like the silloutte and have been wanting to make something with a similar shape.
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2008 10:40:56 AM »

Your dress turned out looking really great!  I love how you matched his tie to your dress with the beads, too.  As for zippers, it sounds like maybe you weren't using a zipper foot on your machine, which is smaller, adjustable or kind of one-sided (depending on your machine, etc.) to allow you to get your stitches close to the zipper teeth.  A lot of very good sewers have trouble with zippers, though, so don't lose heart. 

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2008 11:15:18 AM »

wow, i love this dress.  i think it's amazing for your second project ever.  my second project ended up all wonky and misshapen.  you can actually wear yours!  the stars are gorgeous, too.  congrats!

« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2008 11:19:13 AM »

this dress is beautiful. i especially love the beaded stars on the sash.. and the colours.. and the tulle.. and.. ok, so i dont especially love anything.. i LOVE IT ALL. the whole thing. you did a great job! and its fit you great and looks amazing! love the idea of the matching tie as well. so ooo ooo cute. Cheesy
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