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Pattern Review 9/5/09 1:55 PM
McCall's - 4381 Asian Inspired Top
full view side view side/back back view This summer, I was nominated by my department for an award and made it to the finalist round, which involves a presentation/interview. My advisor's first question on hearing the news was "what dress will you wear?" (he knows me well). Well, I have lots of dre...more...
Pattern Review 9/5/09 1:35 PM
Vogue Patterns - 8469 MISSES' DRESS
I've reviewed this pattern previously here. In this version, I drafted a new bodice on my dress form. Pattern Description: Semi-fitted dresses have lined bodice, midriffs, back zipper closures and topstitching details. A: mid-knee length and cap sleeves with elastic casing. B: 6" above ankle lengt...more...
Pattern Review 9/5/09 1:22 PM
Butterick - 5130
Pattern Description: Pullover A-line dress, above mid-knee, fitted (at bust) and has short or long, two-piece raglan sleeves with elastic casings, multiple elastic casings in bodice and elasticized empire waist seam. Hems are stitched. Pattern Sizing: 8-22. I cut a size 8 and took in the elastic t...more...
Pattern Review Work in Progress Work in Progress2/5/09 6:31 PM
Self Drafted Pattern - 34042-1005 Silver gown
Every year, there's a folk dance ball at my school in February. This ball is an excuse for me to sew a new gown, even though I have a perfectly serviceable prom dress at my disposal. As this year is my senior year, this year's dress will probably be the last formalwear gown that I make for a while, ...more...
Pattern Review 8/16/08 0:46 AM
Self Drafted Pattern - 34042-1004 Maxi dress
Other views: front side I've been gazing wistfully at maxi dresses on store mannequins for a while now, but I thought that I, being 5'4", would never be able to pull one off. I finally decided to try one on, and it was so comfortable that I didn't care about the length. I thus picked out a floaty l...more...
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