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« on: February 14, 2016 10:52:31 PM »

Hobby lobby had a good sale last week and I couldnt resist getting 10 patterns and a bolt of clearance fabric.

 Wondering around I knew this fabric would be perfect for Simplicity 1061, which I picked up that day. I've never done anything this complicated before. Darts, lining, a zipper! I must have been out of my mind. I had the accent fabric in my stash already.

Getting into the sewing it really wasnt that had. I had the bodice done pretty quickly which had the most steps.

Then came time for.......the zipper. I hemed and hawed about doing the zipper for a few hours. It made me nervous as hell! I managed to get it in though. It didnt turn out like the picture and was a little bubbly but it was in damn it!
I got the black band to line up almost perfectly too!
The skirt didnt take long and all and I was done!

Im so pleased with the dress and I cant wait till I can wear it. I know Im going to make more of this pattern when I find more perfect fabric.

« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016 12:31:19 AM »

Whow, that's great. And that beautiful pattern on the fabric! AND that perfect accent fabric! You really did a good job.

If you'd like to hear a trick concering zippers: I always close the seam where the zipper has to go with a running stitch. Then I baste the zipper under that seam, making sure the opening of zipper and seam are right on top of each other. Then I just sew over left side and right side of the seam, pull out the running thread - voila, nearly invisible zipper.

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2016 06:30:49 AM »

I just love the fabrics you picked!

And,yes, the dress turned out fabulous! 

I also close the seam before putting in my zippers...I prefer the method called a lapped zipper where you only have to get one side nice and even...it just takes a bit of practice...

Can't wait to see how your other patterns turn out...wow--10 patterns will keep you busy, girl!

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016 06:35:01 AM »

I'm not a dress wearer at all, but I think that is a very pretty dress!  Great job!

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2016 07:39:28 PM »

Absolutely darling!  You will have such fun wearing this dress, it's perfect for any occasion and well made  Smiley  Don't you just love a good sale!

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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2016 06:11:33 AM »

What a beautiful dress! I wish I had the skills/patience/ability/drive to make my own clothing, but I go all cross-eyed at patterns that are very complicated. Great work!

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2016 11:19:58 AM »

Great fabric, great pattern and beautiful execution!
I'd love to see a picture of you wearing it.

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