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« on: August 14, 2010 07:32:30 PM »

A few weeks ago, I was at Joann's and found this great (or so I thought) cotton lawn. I'm a sucker for border prints and it was red tag plus an extra 50% off so I got a few yards.
Of course, I go to pre-wash it and it turns out it's not color fast and stains itself, plus the print is off-grain. Well darn. It also irons terribly and I didn't realize the border wasn't the same on both salvages until after I cut it into pieces. Though that wasn't too too bad, since the difference was an extra stripe and I could just cut it off.
I ended up putting together a dress and skirt to use up all the fabric quickly and forget about the issues I had with it. I'm pretty happy with them, and I like that with a nice blouse, socks/shoes, and petticoat I can probably use them for a more lolita look (what do you think? yes/no?).

I only used a pattern for the dress bodice. It's McCall's M5232 chopped off at the waist and with a square neckline (I think this was my first square neckline and I'm pretty happy with how it worked out).

The bow and waist tie are both removable. The bow has a pin back but it's a little heavy so I end up using a few safety pins as well.

here it is with the extras removed:

and it's fully lined:

The skirt is half elastic waist with box pleats in the front and gathering in back.

It's also fully lined...

... and has pockets that are invisible if you don't know they're there, which I love

I matched the pattern on the skirt seams, though not on the dress.

Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking  Smiley
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010 07:58:15 PM »

ah! super cute!  i love everything about it, but especially the invisible pockets!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010 08:01:39 PM »

that's adorable, too bad about the fabric though, It would make a cute sailor dress.

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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010 08:09:08 PM »

that's adorable, too bad about the fabric though, It would make a cute sailor dress.

It's funny you mentioned that! I originally made it with a square neckline so that I could make a removable sailor collar for it. But I couldn't find a matching shade of white fabric for the collar because the dress fabric is just slightly off white (it looked odd when I tried red) and couldn't get the collar pattern to be a shape I liked. This project was just full of issues the whole time haha Tongue
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010 08:32:30 PM »

I love this! I would have never guessed that the fabric went all wonky on you.

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010 09:01:05 PM »

That is so adorable! And I agree, you would never notice that the fabric was troublesome.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2010 10:21:26 PM »

really love both outfits! they look very well done and professional - awesome score on the fabric  Smiley
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2010 10:36:55 PM »

Very Nice! Love how they are fully lined and made so well Smiley. I usually start with the intention of fully lining a garment and then grow less enthusiastic after having to cut out each piece twice!
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2010 12:17:38 AM »

this is so cute!! i like all the different pieces you made especially the skirt!!

« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2010 01:20:58 AM »

Really cute!

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