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Topic: whirl away dress disaster to whirl away skirt fabulosity (Butterick 4790)  (Read 2846 times)
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« on: August 20, 2008 06:43:15 PM »

So, like other ladies I was dazzled by this posting https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=119224.0 and just HAD to have my own retro whirl away dress. I paid almost full price for the pattern and bought some fabric I loved...tons and tons of it to make this dress. I set to work and was chugging along, with the most beautiful darts popping out of my machine. I spent a whole Saturday holed up trying to finish it for a Christmas party. The whole time the neckline looked funny, but I thought, "Ha! It'll turn out!"


The bust was tight, but at the same time the shoulders and neckline were HUGE. The top looked like one of those full aprons that are like a shift dress, only way less flattering and with a ton of bias tape. However, I still loved the skirt part. So, what's a girl to do? In the immortal words of Tim Gunn...Make it work!

ta da! my new skirt!

Showing that it's still the same as the whirl away dress.

Some of the 8472 yards of binding that this dress takes:

and, of course, me spinning:

Here's what I did: cut it off, made a waistband that will accept a ribbon tie, put in ribbon, and put binding across the top of the red part.

I'd love any comments! I think I'll change the color of the ribbon belt. What do you think?

« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008 06:53:11 PM »

i love it as a skirt! how fun and cute:) and i actually really enjoy the green waist band ribbon. it looks intentional, like you were trying to pick up the green from the stems.
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atomic mary
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2008 07:21:03 PM »

it looks great!
i too tried this dress and i get many compliments on it (the 3 times i've worn it in the 2 years since i made it Undecided) but have had the same problems. such a pretty dress but so hard to wear! i think i may have to try this too! thanks for showing me how great it looks!
atomic mary
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2008 12:18:42 AM »

i love the dress but think its massively unflattering, and have yet to see it look really good on anyone (sorry people!)

i love your skirt tho', that works really well

« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008 12:06:28 PM »

Thanks! I think the dress is anti-boobies... Grin
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