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« on: May 21, 2010 10:38:01 PM »

Golden rule reinforced while making this dress: do NOT sew while tired!! What a week of disasters!

Cut out the pattern (New Look 6723)  - good
Sew front/back to side pieces - bad
Unpick and re-sew - good
Cut lining - wrong (waste of lots of fabric)
Sew lining front/back to side pieces - bad
Unpick and re-sew - good
Sew lining to outside fabric - bad
Unpick and re-sew - good
Sew skirt to bodice - good
Try dress on dressform - good
Notice skirt is see-through - bad
Buy more fabric for lining - bad
Unpick skirt, attach lining - good
Re-attach skirt to bodice - good
Sew zip - wonky but good
sew hem - good
Try dress - Finally PERFECT!!!

I would love to hear everyones comments, I showed a few friends and the response was less than complimentary. I love it though, it feels so summery. So middle fingers up to my friends - I'm wearing it anyway!!
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010 10:53:56 PM »

I think it looks great. I love the fabric and the cut of the dress. I had to laugh at your run-down of sewing it, it sounds much like my own disasters. It turned out awesome so tell your friends their just jealous, it looks great and you look great in it and you made it yourself so it's even better! Anyone can go and buy a dress, but to make one is a whole different ball game. Smiley Good job.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2010 11:07:05 PM »

Well, I think it is lovely. I love the colors on you, and the skirt length is great to show off your legs! If you wanted to dress it up a bit, a wide black belt would look gorgeous with it!

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2010 12:10:19 AM »

Let me tell you straight.  The trials you went through were a total PITA but absolutely 100% worth it.  this is beautiful.  I think your statement said it best "PERFECT" a second middle finger to your "friends" from me.

« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2010 02:03:53 AM »

I think it's really cute.  Grin I really like the fabric and the shape of it. Don't listen to your friends, haha.

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2010 03:55:39 AM »

Wow, what a hard time you had! But I think it was worth it, the dress looks great and better yet, it looks great on you! It's a shame that your friends didn't receive it well...they're probably just jealous. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2010 06:17:27 AM »

If you love it, you should wear it because that's all that matters. I like it a lot - I am completely in love with that print.

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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2010 06:21:45 AM »

Oooh! I LOVE it! Not everyone could pull that print off, but both that gorgeous orange and the cut of the dress look GREAT on you! You should definitely be proud! I second the suggestion of whoever said a belt might be fun too.  I wish I had your dress-making skills and I bet your friends do too  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2010 06:31:54 AM »

wtf?! were they jealous? cos i think it's great, AND you look good in it.
i would have given up around step 1.5 or 2, so good marks for bravery, too.

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« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2010 07:38:54 AM »

What Shocked Your friends don't like?  They are crazy.  It looks great on, and I love the fabric.  I love it with the pumps, but could totally see this with some strappy sandals!  Looks awesome, and you look great wearing it!  I agree with Nataluna, they have to be jealous.

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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2010 10:11:05 AM »

Hm mm, like the others I can't explain why your friends don't like it  Huh

I think it's both a good choice of fabric and of the pattern, because not anybody can wear a fabric with such a large-scale print. You have to be tall and feminine built so I am a bit jealous, cause I am to small for these kind of prints!

I hope your so-called "Monstrosity" does feel loved now  Wink
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2010 01:11:28 PM »

Your friends are jealous. WEAR it!

And use that pattern over and over. It really works for you, and you've got it all road tested.

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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2010 02:50:52 PM »

And use that pattern over and over. It really works for you, and you've got it all road tested.

i have to agree. the dress is great and looks great on you. and now, because you already know how to handle the pattern (or what's better not to do) i'm sure you could skip a few steps for the next one  Wink

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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2010 08:09:35 PM »

love it, you did a great job at least you did not sew yourself to it!

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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2010 01:31:54 AM »

I love it! The print looks super pretty and retro and the dress pattern suits you. I agree with some previous posts, your mates are just jealous if they can't say anything nice. You totally deserve some praise for the effort alone in completing your project. Nice work!  Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2010 01:45:27 AM »

That's beauuuutifulllll!!! All bright and summery...
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2010 06:00:18 PM »

The dress looks wonderful on you, that explains why the friends don't like it. You friends just can't handle that you look hotter then them in this dress and they know you will be the one getting the attention instead of the them. Wear it proudly!

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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2010 08:48:21 AM »

What a cheery flattering dress! The nipping in of the waist makes you have such nice curves without being clingy.

My take on the friend situation: (going by your username) While it's got a very retro feel, it's not really a psychobilly print, so it may just be out of character. I know I'd get funny looks from my friends when I would show up at shows still in my khakis and pink workwear, it's probably just not their style.
Doesn't mean it's not an awesome dress. Which it is.

Also, are your shoes in your icon from Iron Fist?? So jealous.
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« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2010 09:24:52 AM »

honey it's sooooo DARLING! I can see it paired with big orange and yellow flowers in your pretty hair! Here's just a thought, maybe save some time by using a slip instead of a lining? I often have that debate with myself...do i put in a lining or just wear a slip underneath?

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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2010 09:58:08 AM »

That dress is gorgeous!! The fabric is absolutely fabulous (not to mention that you look GREAT in orange Wink). Also I love the bodice of the dress. I don't really know what its called, but its so cute and vintage. Great stuff!

Also, yo friends are straight up trippin G!! Its a great piece so wear it proud!
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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2010 05:56:49 PM »

Oh my goodness!!! I am so honoured by all your comments!
I don't have words to describe how warm and fuzzy they make me feel Smiley

In answer to a few questions:
orange is not my usual colour, I'm normally in black, so maybe that did have something to do with my friend's reactions
Yes, my shoes are the Zombie Stompers from Iron Fist... I love them but don't get many chances to wear them (should just wear them shopping or around the house haha)
Sue, I never actually thought of wearing a slip instead of making lining! I guess that happens late at night, my brain doesn't function properly!

Again, thank you all so much, you have made me one very happy chicky!!!
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2010 06:09:35 PM »

Loooove it! So bright and happy, I love the fabric.

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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2010 05:55:56 AM »

I love this dress! The style is very nice and the fabric is gorgeous!! All together it makes a perfect summer dress. You're friends are definately just jealous of you super sewing powers. Wink

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« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2010 10:31:43 AM »

I am jealous of your skills. If I had made it I would have made a lower neck line, but that is because my chin would take over if I didn't. I love the color and think you should definitely wear it outside. Great job. I lol'd at the invisible skirt part. Your determination is amazing.

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