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« on: March 29, 2012 08:17:24 AM »

So, I decided to sew a dress to go to dinner in for my 1 year anniversary (April Fool's Day!) with my DB, but I didn't get going soon enough at it to be able to make a woven dress (aka make a muslin and then make a dress), so I decided to work with a knit so I knew it would fit.  I also decided that it was time to become less afraid of prints (I have so many solids in my stash) and to finally use this black/gray/cream fabric that I have been saving for a while.

I started off thinking I would use this pattern:  http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/33678

But you know how the Big 4 are when it comes to patterns that use knit fabric - they still add in ease (Why? WHY?!) when there should be 0 or many times negative ease for many knit designs to fit the body properly.  And...I had bought this pattern my "woven" (14-16) size (I usually make an 8 to 10 in knits), so even the smallest size looked like a sack.

So, I ended up with this, which is supposed to be in the spirit of Butterick 5383, but is based off of a self drafted knit pattern for another dress.  Though, I actually did end up using the sleeve from the pattern:

I am pleased with it as a dress in general, but it is just not sexy like I was hoping for.  (I'm also not sure about the print in this silhouette, but that's a different story)  I've determined that I pretty much need to widen (slightly) and deepen the V neck and that should help, and maybe a smaller band at the neckline would make it less casual looking, but I wanted to see if any of you had any good ideas for me!

I have to get the dress finished tonight, so I would appreciate hearing anything you can muster!

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012 08:37:31 AM »

If it were me working on making this dress more sexified...I'd add a keyhole cut out just below where the current vneck is, or I'd make more of a sport top look by cutting off the arms from the armpit to the vneck band (showing the entire shoulder, but having something around your neck and in the middle of yourback).
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2012 01:35:17 PM »

I agree with making the v a little deeper.  But...It really looks fantastic on you  as it sits, if you happen to run out of time Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2012 07:25:29 AM »

As it stands, I LOVE the fit on you from the waist down. I do think that the V definitely needs to be deeper and wider, right now it's not that flattering on your bust. I'd probably then pair it was some cherry red accessories (wide belt, chunky necklace, peep-toe pumps...) for a pop of vibrant colour against the black and white, or go for something fierce probably in gun metal with spikes to counter the floralness.  You have a wicked cute figure, show that sucker off!
Congrats on the anniversary and have a fabulous night regardless of what you do with the dress!

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