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New Look: 6143 (Misses Dress) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:Pinkytoo
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Posted on:11/30/13 7:39 PM
Last Updated:12/1/13 6:43 AM
Project Photo:New Look: 6143 by Pinkytoo

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Silk Chiffon  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: Misses dress with neckline, sleeve and overlay variations; fitted bodice and pleated skirt

Pattern Sizing: 10-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Overlay option, fit and flare style

Fabric Used: Silk chiffon overlay, silk duiponi underlay

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Made neck higher and tighter, added grosgrain ribbon waist stay to support skirt and keep waist from stretching

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes!!

Conclusion: My niece is getting married in two week, and since I couldn't make her wedding dress (like I've been waiting 28 years to do) due to distance, I put my time and effort into my dress. When I saw the silk chiffon at Emma One Sock, I HAD to have it, it was perfect! However, once it arrived I found it had white netting backing and I didn't like the effect so I had to cut it off the back and out of the open holes - verrrrrrrry carefully! chiffon before and after. The next step was making a muslin; aside from the neckline adjustment it fit with very few alterations. YAY. Once I cut out the pieces I had to baste everything to keep the layers from slipping. back bodice basting Then I serged all the raw edges, since duiponi is so ravelly. Putting the pieces together was actually quite easy, there are only 7 pieces including the sleeves; and a back zipper. I did have to add another set of darts in the back since I lost weight between the muslin step and the dress step. YAY.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way this dress flatters, I think it is a good style for most figures. It was so easy I finished ahead of time and made a matching wristlet. StudioCheri Zippered Bag
Here is a picture taken outside which shows the real color. Belle of the Ball
A friend of mine said she saw a dress using a similar fabric in one of the high-end stores here but it didn't have the netting cut away...and she said it was "halfway to a thousand" dollars. I think mine will make me feel like a million.

NOTE: edited to add this link to the fabric - illustrating that the overlay was a border print so the pattern pieces were laid out on the crosswise grain, creating the scallop effect at the skirt bottom.

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carolinablue said...
great dress...your hard work was worth it!
11/30/13 8:08 PM
sewingcanary said...
SWEET!!! If the colors look half as good in real life as they do on my computer screen you have a WINNER – absolutely gorgeous! I’m curious how you did the fringe. It looks like it matches the appliqués. Did you do all of them? Whatever you did - WOW! 
11/30/13 9:26 PM
MrsCharisma said...
What fun fabric!! The dress is gorgeous on you as well!! And congrats on the weight loss! :)
11/30/13 10:20 PM
Baja Susana said...
This is a stunning cocktail dress and perfect for a winter wedding. The fabric is gorgeous, you did an amazing job, and wrote a very nice review. A stylish dress for a woman over 50 or under. It fits you beautifully and your sewing skills shine through. I love seeing a mature woman making a stylish, edgy dress. You rocked this cocktail dress.
11/30/13 10:49 PM
cmcarr said...
11/30/13 11:59 PM
Vonnevo said...
So beautiful & stylish !!!!!
12/1/13 0:40 AM
SewLibra said...
Love your dress! It's so dressy and chic, and the fabric is gorgeous. Poor bride, everyone at the wedding will be looking at YOUR dress. :-0
12/1/13 0:41 AM
Terri A said...
So stylish and *wow* fabric!!!!
12/1/13 1:50 AM
Pinkytoo said...
Sewingcanary -see my edited note in the review and the link to the Emma One Sock listing. :-)
12/1/13 6:31 AM
EleanorSews said...
Beautiful! Fits so well and your efforts resulted in an absolutely beautiful dress. The style with pleats not gathers is really nice.
12/1/13 7:12 AM
Miss Fairchild said...
You are a knockout! Gorgeous dress. The color is excellent, with the bits of red in the fabric. It goes excellent with your soft features. I'm sure you know that part of making a garment look good is not only how pretty the garment itself is, but how nice it looks on us. And you certainly have accomplished that. At first, I thought the dress was two pieces but then saw it's a dress. And that scarf hem! So popular in the early 70's, as it was my favorite hem for cocktail wear. And you pulled it off--bringing back a stunning retro look. To think it was the way you cut the fabric---on the cross grain. And the fringe. I never would have thought to add it. A lot of work, but a big, big payoff, I'd say! And a stellar review.
12/1/13 7:51 AM
Pinkytoo said...
Miss Fairchild, the "fringe" is part of the fabric - I didn't have to add it. In fact I thought for a while of cutting it off but everyone I asked said to leave it. :-)
12/1/13 8:59 AM
LlanoGirl said...
Wow, you have created something truly unique and beautiful! I love it!
12/1/13 9:11 AM
Vintagelover said...
your dress is outstanding. your creative use of this fabric and pattern are phenomenal - well done!!
12/1/13 9:23 AM
Chempac said...
I am in awe! What a fantastic dress!
12/7/13 11:09 AM
nothy lane said...
I love this dress. Great job. I am in the middle of making my version and I was wondering about how to support the waist line. Thanks for your review- I'm going to add groisgrain ribbon too.
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