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Posted on:4/3/07 10:34 PM
Last Updated:4/4/07 7:15 PM
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Beve said... (4/14/07 1:12 PM) Reply
I love this dress! It looks great on you, and what workmanship! Thanks for your review..
AnneM said... (4/14/07 9:45 AM) Reply
Congrats on your perseverence. The finished dress looks great. I like the fuller sleeves; it works so well with the sheer fabric.
SewTwin said... (4/7/07 1:52 AM) Reply
Yes, I am also in the looked dumpy line, and I wore this to my sister's birthday party, and DD said I looked like the "Bag Lady"; although she knew under that dress I didn't. It was promptly filed 13!
Doris W. in TN said... (4/6/07 9:17 AM) Reply
Like Debbie Lancaster said, the bodice needs to fit snugly. In order to do that, I had to put a back zipper in my 'muslin' and the whole thing still didn't look right on me. I guess the dress is not my style but looks great on others. Thanks for your review....add me to the 'vindicated' list. ;-)
SandraB said... (4/5/07 10:37 PM) Reply
The dress looks lovely on you. But I know how it goes when you just don't feel good about a project. I made this dress a while back, and after wearing it a few times, it is just hanging in my closet. I think I stopped wearing it the day that someone asked me if I was pregnant.
Gold said... (4/5/07 7:56 AM) Reply
Love the dress!Well made.
fuzzygalore said... (4/5/07 5:47 AM) Reply
Aaah, much better :-)! Although you're going to need a slip, or at least a very nice bra, from the closeup :-). Love your sleeve godet idea, it does look much better. I've also lengthened the sleeve to 3/4, it looks a lot less dumpy, but your idea is much better for summer. Well, glad that's not as much of a wadder as it first looked...
Johsews said... (4/5/07 0:31 AM) Reply
Your changes made a huge difference- congrats on seeing it through. I am the body type that this dress looks good on- long waist, small bust, not much hip/waist difference, on the short side (5'3"). I've found the key to it not looking dumpy is to put ties in the side seams or at the back darts- it makes it still easy to get on but takes away that looseness. Try it again in a linen/rayon mix- those are my favorites for hot days!
Izzie said... (4/5/07 0:23 AM) Reply
Your idea to put godets in the sleeves is brilliant! I've made this pattern a few times, and the one thing I don't like is that the sleeves are too have solved my problem! Thanks!
cindy-lou said... (4/4/07 9:26 PM) Reply
Don't you love it when that happens?! I saw that comment too and never would have thought it woudl make such a difference (in fact, I wondered why on earth they put the skirt seam in front on that dress)-- now we all know. Thanks for letting us learn from your learning curve!
Dee2 said... (4/4/07 9:03 PM) Reply
You look beautiful in this dress! Glad that you were able to revise it. This was a real collaborative effort.
Debbie Lancaster said... (4/4/07 11:41 AM) Reply
Nancy, I found when making this dress that it's VERY important to get the bodice fitted snugly, or it does indeed look dumpy. You need to get it fitted as snug as it can be and still go over your shoulders. Then the skirt flows out from the bodice and looks great. The other thing that's really important is to make sure that the tip of the front bodice is just above your waistline, or else the proportion of bodice to skirt looks weird. I had to go through three or four muslins to get it to fit right! That looks like a beautiful fabric--I'm sorry you put the skirt in wrong, but that's an easy mistake to make, since it's counter-intuitive.
Nancywin said... (4/4/07 10:28 AM) Reply
OMG! Thanks for your comments - and I did go back and check the pattern. MY mistake! You would think the side seams go on the sides, but NO they go in the front and back! (Why oh why did I double stitch and serge that waist seam?) I guess I will tear it apart today and see what I can do with it. The color actually looks good on me when it is a sold color - I didn't think about the "sheer" factor and how it tones it down. I should have underlined it. I just love PR - thanks for all of your help!
slanden99 said... (4/4/07 10:23 AM) Reply
Very pretty dress. Sorry it didn't work out for you. Perhaps someone else could wear it--charity or friend/family
Hilary said... (4/4/07 10:18 AM) Reply
Well that's a shame, because it really looks beautiful on the dress form! But I understand about not having the color right-I used to make that mistake a LOT and now it is much less frequent, as I actually *think* about that now when choosing fabrics. LOL-I still get it wrong sometimes, tho! :o) Maybe someone else can benefit from this experience-who would love the dress!
Soliel said... (4/4/07 9:54 AM) Reply
Sorry it didn't work out. It looks well constructed, though. I don't understand the fullness thing...I don't see any fullness. Probably something that needs to be looked at up close. I know what you mean about the color thing...I've been more careful about choosing fabric, especially the color. I want it to work on all sometimes I have to say "no".
OP Gal said... (4/4/07 9:30 AM) Reply
Too bad this pattern didn't work for you. The fabric is lovely. I've wondered how this pattern made up, so now I know.
Rustybobn said... (4/4/07 9:15 AM) Reply
Oh, Nancy. I'm so sorry. I've seen versions of this dress that make the wearer look dumpy, so I know it can happen with some body types. This dress apparently looks wonderful on me, though, 'cause even my mother likes it.
Mini said... (4/4/07 9:07 AM) Reply
Didn't work for me either. It was quick and fun to sew, but never got worn. It's funny that I would never have bought this dress in RTW, but somehow thought the pattern would be okay on me:).
Marji said... (4/4/07 8:44 AM) Reply
Nancy, I'm really sorry that it didn't work out for you, but, like clin, feeling a little vindicated. I bought this pattern, then upon closer inspection decided Not to make it. That's what's so great about PR - we can learn from each others experiences.
Jane S said... (4/4/07 8:44 AM) Reply
Nancy, I had the same experience about 5 years ago when I tried this pattern. I did have most of the fullness in the front, as others have said, but it still looked bad on me. The short sleeves hit at the fullest part of my upper arm and the front waist seam had to be raised so it didn't cross my widest part...and then the fullness just hung there looking out of proportion. I'm with you, I never made it again and didn't miss anything except the time I spent on it.
carolynw said... (4/4/07 8:40 AM) Reply
Sorry this did not work for you Nancy but in a way it vindicates me - I made this twice as I thought the first one was ugly on me because of the fabric I chose. Tthe next one - just as unflattering so not making it again. If someone with as neat a figure as yours feels this way then I think I was on the right track!!
cindy-lou said... (4/4/07 7:00 AM) Reply
Nancy, you made a beautiful dress. Maybe your daughter would like it. It really is beautiful!
AnneM said... (4/4/07 5:50 AM) Reply
As I mentioned on the message board, I also am interested in this pattern but dubious on it. I think fuzzygalore has a point - I think the fullness is supposed to be in the center, so perhaps double check the instructions & reattach the skirt?
fuzzygalore said... (4/4/07 4:34 AM) Reply
Bad color is a real downer.. nothing can overcome that! Maybe a hint to go through your stash and get rid of similar colors before you waste more time on them ;-)?

But I'm intrigued by your comment that fullness is at the side in this skirt. Sounds like construction confusion, because a feature of this dress (and the similar Loes Hinse Portofino) is precisely that the fullness is at the center, with a slim fit on the hips. I also made this mistake in my first rev, and it was so icky that I undid the waist seam and rotated the skirt 90o the way it was supposed to be, improving the whole thing extremely. Take a closer look...

Annette1 said... (4/4/07 2:32 AM) Reply
That's the pits when something doesn't work out, after you've had to wrestle with the fabric, too. (I had a similar experience recently on a pair of pants.) It sure is pretty though. Maybe you can donate it to some organization, so somebody else can wear it, it's so pretty.
Em's Summer said... (4/3/07 11:51 PM) Reply
I'm sorry that it didn't work out, too, but I do agree with others that it looks really cute!
Lady_Mame said... (4/3/07 11:04 PM) Reply
I'm sorry it didn't work for you , as it looks very nice in terms of just itself. Maybe a friend could make it work so the project isn'ta complete wadder?
JenSews2 said... (4/3/07 10:54 PM) Reply
edited to say: The fabric looks very pretty...and the changes made this look WAY better!
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