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Monday, March 15, 2010

Cream Knit Dress

Here are some pictures of my most recently completed sewing project.  I used a pattern of my moms from 1974 for the base of the dress...but ended up making ALOT of alterations.  Most of the alterations were due to the fabric streching sooo much.
The idea behind the dress was to make something that I could wear in the summer and winter depending what I wore under it.  I chose to not sew in any lining because I wanted to be able to switch up what colour of slip I wear under the dress. 
I really don't know why I even bothered using a pattern when I didn't leave a single pattern piece the same.  The pattern for the skirt part had a few panels...but I didn't want any extra seams or flare because of the fabric I was I eliminated that by overlapping the skirt pattern pieces to eliminate the seam and extra flare.
I added a ruffle around the neck of the dress because I have been loving ruffles lately...I was planning on keeping the ruffle on the bottom of the skirt..but it wasn't co-operating with that got eliminated.
  With the fabric I used stretching out so much I had to make the shoulder seam 2 inches lower...take in the side seams under the arms...and gather the under-bust seam with elastic.  All that I did for finishing the arm hole and hem was serge the edges...and you can't even see the serging. 
Here's a close-up of the fabric I used  I found this fabric for $4.00 a meter in with a bunch of cheap random fabric...people always underestimate what a person can make out of cheap random fabric!
I'm quite happy with the end results and am definatly looking forward to wearing it!!


Brianna said...

This is lovely, can't wear to sew how you style it up!

Kimberellie said...

Wow! Amazing! I want to see you style it too! Looks like it will be an awesome and versatile dress!! Great idea with no lining!

You are talented!!

Daphne said...

Absolutely love it. I have been looking for a lace dress with vintage feel like this. I can't beleive you made it by hand! One idea on styling it is wear it under a simple trench coat with heels or boots. I saw that look in a magazine.

Blythe said...

You made this??! It's amazing! It looks totally finished and professional. I love the style as well.