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« on: April 18, 2012 04:34:45 PM »

So as I may have mentioned in other posts, I scored about 25 yards of various flannel prints in Jo-Ann's Black Friday sale at $1.49 per yard AND a 25% off everything coupon. Totally bargainous. I've been waiting until my sewing skills improved before playing with it. I knew I want to make clothing with the cute prints but I'm not good (read: horrendous) at following patterns, and the last time I fitted a zipper it was a horror show. I finally felt like I was capable of actually making and fitting clothing. Hooray! I frankensteined this skirt and the bodice of this dress to create a basic pencil dress. I have to wear black and white for work so I'm always looking for cute, unique clothes in a rather boring palette, so I love my polka dots. I am so happy with the fit, though the finish isn't quite where I'd like it to be, but it was my first time making a garment with facing pieces. I need to finish the seams inside, and add a hook and eye to the top of the zipper, but I am super happy with it overall. It's also super comfy as I'm pretty sure the flannel is woven from fairy baby farts... So soft.

I am dead chuffed with how the zipper came out.  Grin

Next time I make this dress I will lower the neckline as I think it's a little clunky looking right now, and I may make the skirt just a little longer. Also, if anyone has any tips on how to put the bodice together with the facing I'd be mighty grateful. I'm not sure whether it was my computer, those patterns, or Burda as a whole, but for some reason I couldn't get the instructions so I did make it up as I went along somewhat, and I know the I didn't do the facing 'right'. Comments and critiques would be awesome!

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012 05:07:30 PM »

Gorgeous dress!  You look perfect in it, I wouldn't change a thing if I were you.  Good job!

« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012 06:17:02 PM »

It's so cute and what a great fit! Did the bust darts do that weird pointy nipple thing? I can't get them to curve in anything I've attempted to make.

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« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2012 06:34:48 PM »

Did the bust darts do that weird pointy nipple thing?
Grin Teehee, yes they did when I followed the pattern piece exactly. I ended up with something that looked a little like this...

The red line was the first line of stitching following the pattern, then I added the green and then the blue to round out the dart to make the bust more boob-shaped and less Madonna-in-that-Jean-Paul-Gaultier-bra-shaped.

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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2012 10:38:53 PM »

I LOVE it!!! You look fantastic and at least based on the photos it looks pretty darn well finished to me.  Polka dots are awesome and you married them with a really classy looking dress!  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2012 11:33:17 PM »

Really beautiful dress! I'm always on the lookout for clothes that are professional, but still pack a personality punch, and it ain't easy to find them. You did it the right way  Cheesy

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