Tag: 6/2016

Halter dress (106, 6/2016)

Tropical halter dress.

This is a short post, as I plan to post one project a day for the next 7 days (I have a backlog of dresses I made in summer and fall).

I did this dress over the weekend and I am pretty happy with it. The pattern was a little bit unusual but it worked out beautifully at the end.

I had only ~1.70 m of fabric so my halter band is much shorter.

note: the back of the dress is really low cut and it could not be used with the normal bra in my case, so I fit a bra (with all straps cut off) inside the halter (between the fabric and the lining).

The fabric I used for this dress is like a very fine net. There was no need to use any seams to finish the bottom.

I like this dress as both cut and fabric is very “vacation” to me. Oh, and the most important thing about this pattern – the skirt pattern rocks! It is soooo good, I used it 3 times already (will try to post soon).

Sew it gorgeous!

 

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!