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« on: July 26, 2009 02:35:47 PM »

So. I've been working nightmarish shifts for the last three weeks, and I realise it's my friend's wedding and I have precisely nothing to wear. Well, you know what I mean. Nothing to wear that's not been worn before.

I'd been planning on making something for it. I'd already made a dress for my Gran's 80th birthday from this pattern, but decided I wanted to change it. A lot.

The straps were just too long. The neckline wasn't right. The pleats? Too poofy and prone to flying out. And when you're combining a celidh with magic knickers, flying out is the last thing you want.

So a bit of design remodelling was done a prototype was made, I picked the most difficult to work with fabric out of my stash that I could possibly have picked (hell yes, those stripes MATCH, baby) and awaaaay I went.

And here are the results!

For three evening's work (one cutting, one sewing, one finishing), I'm pretty pleased. I made a complete hash of putting the zip in, as usual, and ran out of time to hand-sew the hem, so it's machined. Also, despite making a prototype which fitted perfectly, I had to take the back in by a good couple of inches. Most irritating. 

Couldn't believe that something I made stood up to three hours of Irish dancing without so much as a seam busting. Very, very proud!

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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2009 05:28:33 PM »

That's great!  Did you pattern it yourself?


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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2009 07:41:47 AM »

Love the dress especially the perfectly matched striped fabric!!  You did a good job with the fit! 

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2009 11:42:45 AM »


Very cute style.  It really fits snugly and shows off your figure; it looks good on you!!
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2009 04:10:46 PM »

Thanks Smiley

If by pattern you mean 'make the cutting out bits', then yes, I did. I just adapted the bodice pieces from the dress pattern I already had and deconstructed my prototype circle-ish skirt. If you mean, did I make the fabric stripy, the answer is noooooo! I did make it all crumply though... sitting on it turned out to be a bad idea.

A tip for boobalicious girlies: if you're like me and you've got a small back size but a rather hefty front, and have yet again over-estimated your size, don't faff about trying to take things in at the side. Just take a tuck in the centre back. The trade-off is that it'll look like the back panel was made in two pieces, but it will fit beautifully snugly and you'll get all the room at the front you need for your assets.

I think if I made this again, I'd stay away from the stripes. Too much of a headache to match properly. I might make the bodice an inch or so longer, just so I've got more of a waist it it. Then I'd put the zip in properly and learn how to not look like a manic idiot in a photo. That'd be a grand start!
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2009 05:24:41 PM »

So flattering on you! And the stripes are great.  I agree, I bet they were a pain!

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