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« on: April 24, 2008 03:55:38 PM »

Hi all,

I bought simplicity 3780 1950's Retro a while back & wanted to know if anyone's made it yet...(havn't had any luck searching the web)
I want to make it for a wedding in a couple of weeks, but I don't want to spend days on it if its a bad pattern.  I made another simplicity pattern (3807)a while back and there were so many errors in the pattern/instruction that I gave up, not to mention it made me look like I was pregnant--in front AND back. 
Well, let me know what you guys think.
It's a gorgeous pattern...

Oh yeah, and do you think zipper & boning detail is too much for an intermediate sewer?

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008 07:44:00 AM »

my friend tried to make it a few months ago and gave up halfway through. she hasn't touched it since

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2008 10:23:39 AM »

gave up half-way through? well, i tend to do that with all of my projects if i dont give myself a deadline...
another question on this...
any suggestions on fabric?
I saw a nice print cotton a while back.  it was brown w/ 1/4 inch teal polka dots. i thought this matched up w/ solid teal for the trim might be nice...
this pic/swatch is similar but the dots are more of a jewel tone

« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2008 10:57:46 PM »

The pic doesn't seem to be working for me, but I think the fabric sounds like it would work for this type of dress.  You might look on www.patternreview.com for reviews of this pattern - you have to join to see the full reviews, but it's free to join.

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008 05:23:01 PM »

I think that fabric would be great!  I had actually planned on picking up that pattern when they go on sale next weekend at Hobby Lobby

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2008 09:33:30 AM »

hahah what a coincidence! I just logged in after months away to post the dress I made with this pattern (it's a thread called "The Porsche Dress" in the completed projects board). I thought the instructions for this were fantastic, actually, and it came together really nicely. The only big change I made was to shortened the skirt by 9 inches, which meant I could cut the front of the skirt on the fold and not have the ugly seam running down the centre... Because this was a retro pattern, there was minimal ease in the bodice, unlike the modern Simplicities that are known for their "help me I'm drowning" inches and inches of ease.

I'd definitely recommend it, and if you've got any questions, ask away.

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2008 03:53:25 AM »

I also bought this pattern to make to wear to a wedding and am looking forward to making it. I'm going to try to make a light petticoat to go underneath it to give it some extra shape (and take attention away from my rear!).
We'll see! But I'd really like to see your photos if you do end up making it!
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