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Pattern Reviews> Au Bonheur des Petites Mains> 40029 (Racerback Dress)

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Posted on:3/3/11 11:26 AM
Last Updated:3/3/11 3:27 PM
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JETrinity said... (3/30/11 4:22 PM) Reply
Crazy cute pattern. I absolutely love the dress.
DorothyK said... (3/13/11 2:20 PM) Reply
This dress is adorable. You did a great job interpreting the sparse instructions and inadequate pictures. How would it look with the wings simply hanging down at the sides?
mad stash said... (3/4/11 12:13 PM) Reply
I glanced over this pattern on their website & thought it was cute, but I ruled it out as 'not unique enough for me to justify ordering something from France.' Now YOUR version has me thinking otherwise! I like your fabric selection & styling better than the one on their website. Yeah, those double thickness zippers would be uncomfortable. You could use that kind of heavy twill tape with grommets running the length of it, but for people au courant, maybe grommet tape decoration is going the same direction as zipper adornments - regardless, you could wear it anywhere and look cutting edge!
pterion said... (3/4/11 9:38 AM) Reply
Very cute dress. I love these patterns but agree that the apron strings across the rear end are not a great look. I like your solution and I think it is in the spirit of these patterns to interpret them for yourself! The zippers do look uncomfortable but I like the unexpected use of them - maybe substitute something else - strips of some kind of lace or trim?
Fran G said... (3/4/11 7:23 AM) Reply
Excellent, extensive review.
mm said... (3/4/11 6:07 AM) Reply
You look great in it. It is quirky but looks charming. It also looks very well made and fits you to perfection. I love the straps.
sfshaza said... (3/3/11 10:16 PM) Reply
This is very cute! I do like the wings in front. I like the straps, but can understand that they might not be comfortable. Of course, you could put strips of fabric underneath, but if you really don't care for the look, you might want to experiment with self straps or a contrasting trim. Thanks, by the way, for your additions to the glossary. I do plan to add them but have been busy with work! And, I agree, with Peggy. It's so nice to see some of the more youthful designs made up. :D
pegsewer said... (3/3/11 8:00 PM) Reply
As a lover and reviewer of Au Bonheur patterns myself I think you did a GREAT job with the dress and the write-up! The zipper straps really look cute to me but I can understand they might not be so comfortable. Like you, I've found the patterns sometimes just give you an idea, and it's up to you to make it work for yourself----which you have really done well. Please keep making these patterns as you can wear some of the cute youngish styles that I can't but would like to see! Hopefully the next ones will arrive in better condition. Sew on!
FreyaStark said... (3/3/11 3:38 PM) Reply
An interesting project - you're brave to try it. For straps the obvious solution would be narrow straps in the same fabric as the dress, but for something less predictable you could try an interesting ribbon or tape if you could find a good range of trims.
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