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Monday, September 20, 2010

Sewing Project: Dress for my daughter's wedding


Blogger readers of the past year might wonder what on earth the name of my blog means because there's been little fabric, thread, or paper posts. And I've missed puttering about with my hands, making something for me to wear or for my home or as a gift. 

Now that the wedding is behind us, I hope to get into a bit of a creative groove. Of course, my "day" job (which pays nothing) as a student still takes priority, but a little time for sewing can be carved out with intention.

So here's the first project - the dress I made for Ashley and Owen's wedding. It's an adaptation of Vogue 1108. I'd read that the off-the-shoulder look was constricting to wear so I recut the bodice (three times) to make an "on-the-shoulder" outfit.


I've been a member of Pattern Review for a long time, but haven't really used that resource as I should. Today I posted my first pattern review over there. It's a step taken with much trepidation as I don't consider myself an expert seamstress and assume everyone else can sew better than I can. Here's a link to the review for any sewing fans out there.

I enjoyed making this dress - it has some interesting construction details, a boned inner foundation, and those pleats. I think it turned it out well and I was happy to wear the dress, made of silk duppioni for the big celebration. 


12 comments:

  1. Talented sewers get to strike off in any direction! I love the concept that one doesn't need to be bound by the pattern and that you turned it into your own. It's a lovely and classic dress and it fits you perfectly! (Another plus of creating your own clothing.)

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  2. This is an amazing dress. Thanks for letting me know.

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  3. This is such a pretty dress--love the design and the fabric.

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  4. Lovely lady ..fab dress great job...wish I could sew that well..

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  5. I can't believe you made that! Good grief, woman...what can't you do? That is gorgeous!

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  6. Great colour...great pattern...lovely job! And it looks wonderful on you.

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  7. What a pretty dress - elegant, deceptively simple-looking. Perfect!

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  8. You couldnt have done better. It looks very chic, and I love the fabric.

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  9. Fabulous dress and it looks beautifully made. I love the gathered bodice - it's very elegant and flattering.

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  10. Wow you sewed the dress? Beautiful. You are very talented. Clarice

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  11. Hello, I am writing from Australia. I read your review about the dress pattern and followed the link to your blog! I have just bought the pattern to make the dress for me to wear to my friend's wedding, but I was wondering whether you found the skirt constricting? I noticed there isn't a pleat/vent in the back for extra walking room. Did you find it an issue?

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  12. Rosie,

    I wasn't able to reply to your comment directly, so I hope you check this again. I did not find the dress constricting to walk in. However, climbing into a high vehicle might mean hiking the skirt up. If the dress were any longer it would be a problem and then I'd probably put in a walking vent. Hope this helps.

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