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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Polyester Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|This is indelicate and immature, BUT.....|
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY.....
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaw!!! Thirty-six here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm pretty stoked about existence in general, so any excuse to have a party about it....I'm down.
So last year I made my birthday dress. It was full length and looked like a cupcake with rainbow sprinkles and I loved it like I love bunnies and champagne (aka a whole heckuva lot). This year I was really stumped. And then I found this fabric at Joann's and though it just needed to be a 50's style strapless fit and flare. It's in serious running for my birthday dress this year. I'm working on one other at the moment that could be a contender. Seems wrong to pit dresses against one another, but such is life.
My original sketch
Close fitting bodice and slightly flared skirt and bodice variations, back zipper, and mid-knee length. I used Version A as a base and then added some design changes for the bodice.
8-22. I cut the 10 and it was perfect. I hardly made a single alteration. I might have had to pinch out an extra 3/4-1" when inserting the zipper, but pretty minor stuff.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of, but I changed the bodice.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't use them. I still get excited when I type that. A year ago I would have thought that was impossible.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It was a great base for what I wanted.
I don't know....polyester print woven something-or-other for Joann's red tag section and navy blue cotton to line.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed the lining first to test the fit. Once I was happy I cut another bodice out of the lining fabric and then drafted the fashion fabric over lay.
Newly drafted bits...
I put the lining on my dress form and pinned where I wanted the gathered bust to be. I measured it out and transferred it to the paper pattern. then I added a "heavy" 5/8" seam allowance for the cutting line. I retraced and that gave me the pieces on the far right and left. I cut out the fashion fabric with those and then basted them to the bodice pieces and constructed the bodice. It looked like the bodice in the picture, but with just navy lining on the bust.
The top left piece is the base I used to cut the gather bust piece. I did the same thing in reverse (adding the seam allowance to the stitching line I had marked. I measured from center front to the side seam and doubled that. (It basically looked like a long rectangle with the tapered bit at the end. I gathered and then pin basted to the bottom of the bust piece to the bodice to get the look that I wanted. Then I hand basted & machine stitched. I then repeated with the top. And finally attached the lining
I was going to add braided bias horizontally across the bottom of the bodice, but it started to look fussy. I just left them off.
I'm really happy with the end result.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This dress was really easy, and (for me) was a great fit. I'm definitely tempted to play around with it a bit more.
I tried this dress on this morning, and loved it even more on me than on my dress lady....serious birthday bash contestant. Although my boy dog doesn't seem convinced...
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