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Topic: Summer Christmas Dress - modified Shari pattern from Burdastyle  (Read 2125 times)
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« on: January 22, 2009 09:03:23 PM »

It's a Friday afternoon, which means I'm at work and bored. Time to post a project!

For a while I've been hankering after a 60s style dress with a petticoat. And I had a lovely white fabric with big red roses all over it, that I thought would be perfect.

Unfortunately, the finished dress did not suit the petticoat I had made for it. Next time Gadget, next time.

But what I did end up with makes me so happy that I strike stupid poses while wearing it.


Okay, yes, I KNOW it looks like I'm frowning. But I'm not. Unfortunately, that's just my usual expression.



Hopefully that range of cruddy poses is enough to show you where all the seams lie. I really only used the bodice portion of the Shari pattern - the skirt is an 8 piece skirt with inserts... and a really high waist. I like my clothes to ignore my midsection, seeing as I'm quite thick and lumpy there.

The skirt ends up being a circle skirt, but it starts flaring just above the crotch level, so I'm not carrying excess fabric around my hips. And with no waist, I like to pretend that it makes me look taller (HA!)

I chose the Shari pattern because of its deep neckline - I like to believe that a low neckline sort of makes my chest look less expansive.

However, in making it to a size that fits my bust, the back ended up being way way waaaaaay too big. I cheated and just cut away a total of 10 cm (!!!!!) from the centre back seam.

10cms! Holy shit! I'm lucky that the pattern let me accommodate that - the only relic of my "How NOT to tailor a pattern" experiment is a pleat thing that runs down the front from the shoulders. It gets kinda hidden in the gathers that come up from the red bit, but you can see the shadows it causes in the two middle photos. I suppose I could have tried actual drafting and changing - but every time I've tried such a thing previously, I've never ever succeeded - I honestly can't reconcile a front that's two sizes different to the back.  Huh  Huh

If anyone's got any suggestions, please let me know. And as always - concrit and accolades are much appreciated. Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009 09:51:50 PM »

great dress!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009 10:39:16 PM »

Very beautiful!  I love the fabric and the fit looks great on you.  It looks very flowy   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009 12:32:08 AM »

very pretty! I love the fabric and the bodice section!
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009 02:14:25 AM »

Love the fabric and the cut you've created!  Perfect for the hot weather we've been having - you can swan around feeling elegant whilst those around you whither!
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009 03:23:54 AM »

Love the fabric and the cut you've created!  Perfect for the hot weather we've been having - you can swan around feeling elegant whilst those around you whither!

ESPECIALLY elegant when I team it with red patent leather heels and my floppy white sunhat. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009 03:51:55 AM »

Love it! I really love the fabric you used too! Good job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009 10:32:38 AM »

I love it! The fabric is perfect for it and it looks very nice! If you don't point out the mistakes...we'll never know!  Wink
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