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« on: April 26, 2013 04:55:10 PM »

I have made a few skirts before, two tops (both came out horribly), and a couple of purses. This is my first ever dress. I am a newbie sewer (only started a year ago) and I am self taught. While I know one other person who sews, youtube videos for questions I have save me (usually after I already messed up) and some books with guides and such.

I did the "lining" with white linen, and the overlay with chiffon. I actually had no idea how difficult that was to work with until I mentioned it to my sister-in-law who sews. I never worked with anything other than stable woven fabrics, I have never done an invisible zipper, and there is a ton more on here that are firsts.

I messed up a bit: the seams aren't perfectly matched, they are actually off by 1/2 inch. The top by the shoulders is a bit baggy. I could have fixed this if I would have made a muslin, but I didn't because I am still so inexperienced I didn't know that making one was something I should have done in the first place.

Overall - it's a success! Totally cute, clean, and springy. I will have to come up with an excuse to wear it out somewhere because it feels a bit formal, almost wedding like. But it's light for summer, it breaths very well, and I am happy with it's construction.
I am sorry I haven't quite figured out how to put my photo on here yet so here is the link.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013 05:48:48 PM »

Ohhhh, nice! It's simple and beautiful. Don't fret about the seams, no one will notice but you.

I'm self taught and a newbie as well, and tops are hard to make, ugh!

You did a great job, I'd like to see your skirts too. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013 11:09:20 AM »

Very pretty! It looks great on you  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013 01:57:02 PM »

This was a hard project for a newbie and you did it very well, your dress is very pretty and stylish!!!
Hm.... I just noticed that you were the one who made the two awesome purses!! You are very talented if you make these projects just for start!
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2013 03:50:10 AM »

I've been sewing for nearly 4 years now, I'm yet to make a toile! I totally would if I was sewing with anything worth more than $3/m!!! Your dress looks great! Working with chiffon is painful - especially if you hate the cutting/pinning stage, as I do!
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2013 05:31:30 AM »

Don't be shy to wear this beauty, it looks smashing!  And you've clearly already got the accessorizing down pat with that cute sash, so you can dress up or dress down as appropriate (I personally am seeing this under a denim or leather jacket for summer night walkabouts, but that's just me).  I also agree with the Nay, the goal should be to make things of fabric so inexpensive that practice runs are unnecessary.  I hate practising more than I hate failing.
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2013 07:42:49 AM »

What a beautiful dress. You did a wonderful job.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2013 08:34:53 AM »

Thanks everyone. BlairsBear I love the suggestion of the denim or leather jacket, I never thought of that and it is something I would sooo do.
I got everything for the dress at Joann Fabric during their daffodil sale, so the linen and chiffon were all 50% off! But yep I agree, next time I am making a muslin, I hate messing up more on a finished project than taking the extra time to make a template. And surprisingly, the chiffon wasn't so bad to work with, don't bother doubling it up, it will move a ton, but as long as you have the space to let it lay out (don't let this fall down to the floor), something underneath it, and something on top of it, it should stay in place pretty well.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013 11:07:26 AM »

It's beautiful, I love how light and airy it looks.

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013 03:46:46 PM »

So cute! Good job!

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