Category: boho

Flounce top (124, 6/2016)

Boho-ho 🙂

Well, in a magazine this top  it looks so airy, relaxed and delicate. The model rocks it.


I liked it right away and, although it is not my usual style, I decided to try it.

Fabric: 1.5 m (widths: 150 cm) of chiffon but used only about 1.20 m. Fabric should be very thin, flowy, and slightly transparent.

Modifications:

  1. I did not make any hem allowances because A. people who made it were advising against it (the pattern is wide) B. I am short. Well, it turned out that the pattern is indeed wide but it is also quite short!

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2. I did not do the lining and I think it was a good choice.

3. I have experience with the chiffon and its tendency to stretch, so I opted for self-tie spaghetti straps.

Notes: To me this top is lovely for a relaxed dinner with friends on a hot day when you know you are going to eat a lot… My favorite part about this top – how it looks at the sides. However, it does visually add some bulkiness to the frame (at least in my case). I think it would look the best on younger girls with nice shoulders.

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Oh, and I just checked some similar tops at “free people” and they sell them for about $100.

Sew it gorgeous!

Maxi dress (102, 6/2016)

Maxi floral dress.

Gorgeous dress alert! 🙂


 

Full disclosure.  I was using my phone as a camera. Lesson learned. The dress is beautiful but it looks so much better “in person” than in these pictures.

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Fabric: 3 meters (width: 140 cm). I got mine on clearance for a total of 9 dollars. Initially, I wanted to go for a more bright floral fabric for this dress, but then decided to tone it down and go for more casual.

Modifications: I added 2 cm to the neck edges (a lot of Burda patterns tend to be too open on my frame), adjusted shoulder seams  (1 cm down), changed bands width (10 cm instead of suggested 7). Reasons: I had enough fabric + wider bands are easier to turn inside out.

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Everything fit nicely in 3 meters and I even ended up adding 16 cm to the bottom (hence my dress is much longer). Notes for fabric – chiffon is just perfect for this model!

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Fabric for lining: 1 m (width: 160 cm).

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Here are photos of the lining, to give an idea how this dress could look like in short, sleeveless version. Oh, and I am holding the side as there is no zipper there yet.

I was debating to keep or not to keep the middle godet (detail 3) and went with keeping it (in May issue the godet parts made a big difference to a model 101). In this model the middle godet needed mostly to secure bands and as some sort of “oh, that’s interesting” feature. In my opinion, it is not really a must. It’s cool but if you really don’t want it (I know from reading a forum that many ladies did not like it for some reason) you can adjust the pattern. All you need is to add 1.5 cm to the bottom of part 1 and top of part 4. But I personally like this godet as it adds more flow.

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It took me a couple of days to complete this dress. I bought the magazine and fabric on Saturday, traced the pattern and almost finished chiffon layer on Sunday, did lining layer on Monday evening and finally put everything together on Wednesday. Here is the dress without sleeves. It is quite nice.

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Final results.

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Although, this dress has many details and lining, the sewing part was pretty strait forward and I would rate it – easy but takes time.

Overall, this is a very nice, romantic summer dress.

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Enjoy summer.

Sew it gorgeous! 

Boho dress (101, 4/2016)

Masterpiece.

I knew I had to make this dress the minute I saw it. It is gorgeous, no question.

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Material: 2 meters (width 150 cm). I bought this fabric a week ago for a different project but I really wanted to make this maxi dress and the fabric store was closed, so I just decided to try if there is a way to fit everything in 2 meters (recommended lengths for this dress is 3.90 m!). With my mad candy crush 20160507_175917skills I managed to squeeze almost all parts BUT the part 8 is upside down. It is not recommended, but I thought about pros and cons and gave it a go. It worked out in my case, but once again it is not the proper way to do it and if you are buying fabric for this model, go with 2.5 or 3 m. Another part that did not fit – back lining (part 4) and I made it from another fabric.

 

First of all – this is not an easy dress to make. If the pattern does not fit, it would be rather challenging to adjust details due to lining and an unusual cut. That being sad – this dress is really feminine, beautiful, and would worth the trouble. Just be ready, you probably won’t finish it in one or two evenings.

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Modifications. I am short and I had only 2 meters of fabric so I shortened this dress by 17 cm (it’s a lot!). With my height (158 cm) it is still a maxi dress and I wear it comfortably with flats. I made allowances at the front neck edges ~ 2 cm and tried to make front a little bit more covered. My friend Natalia who made photos of this dress told me that it is totally fine and looks good as is, but I am wearing this dress with a scarf a lot and considering to add some lace ribbons to make the top more covered. To each their own, but I thought that this piece of information is rather important.

Technical details that might be useful:

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Another very important thing – the top part of this dress (both front and back) is quite open, so in my case there was no way to wear it with a bra. Big deal for me. So my solution was to take a bra with a similar color, cut off all straps and sew cups only to the inside of the dress.

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And the last piece of advice, don’t drink and then try to sew the top part of this dress. It requires lot of attention and precision. You can have a glass of wine after you finish this dress 🙂

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Sew it gorgeous!