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My friend Elyse is going to the Sex And The City 2 movie premier on May 24th and I am creating a dress for her.

Elyse’s younger sister assists Sex And The City director Michael Patrick King, and asked Elyse along to the premier in New York city. Elyse recently had a beautiful baby girl named Lola (cue the Kinks’ song) so she’s seeking a flattering fit for her postpartum body. She loves deep v-necks and has found a gorgeous antique lace necklace she’d possibly like to incorporate into her emsemble.

Elyse & I looked over some dress patterns on BurdaStyle (as I want to turn this into a project available for YOU too) and we decided on using the Jenny Dress as our primary pattern block. I am basing Elyse’s size off of the BurdaStyle size chart bust and waist measurements as these areas will be the most snug. I’m going to begin by lengthening the skirt pattern to reach about mid-calf for a 1930s Hollywood glamour feel. We decided on hammered silk as the primary fabric. Hammered silk is my all time favorite fabric, I love the muted sheen and soft, bumpy texture. It’s elegant enough to wear to an evening event and so comfortable. Next I’m going to add some volume to the skirt, as to create tiny gathers at the waistband to hide the tummy a bit. We’re having our first fitting in muslin this weekend and I’ll keep you posted as to the outcome!


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    May 7, 2010, 11.28 PMby katevandalen

    Can’t wait to see the outcome!

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    May 5, 2010, 08.29 PMby threadsquare

    Can not wait!

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    May 5, 2010, 01.58 PMby pao

    I also forgot to say rock’n colors and great choice of fabric ;)

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    May 5, 2010, 01.57 PMby pao

    cool… can’t wait to see it!

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    May 5, 2010, 01.44 PMby calicocouture

    I’m looking forward to seeing the end result. I love watching the process of a garment being created.

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    May 5, 2010, 10.19 AMby ichigogirl

    Wow, cool comission! I love the necklace top right, gorgeous. And Jenny is a favourite (one of the patterns that make me think it might be worth it to paste all those pieces of paper into a pattern despite serious lack of floor space to do it on). Looking forward to seeing the result! In pictures from the red carpet, perhaps?

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      May 5, 2010, 05.38 PMby alisondahl

      Have you ever tried printing the patterns at the copy shop? I know it costs about $12 here in the US but it makes my life so much easier and doesn’t take up as much time! I justify the paying a little extra by knowing I’ll have a complete pattern to use over and over again… Just a thought if you’ve never tried it.

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      May 5, 2010, 06.07 PMby wzrdreams

      I only taped the entire sheet together once. Now I tape them together in rows and I separate the individual pieces by row so then I never have to deal with a single gigantic piece of paper.

      I once tried calling around to copy shops in Brooklyn (Kinkos, Fedex, Staples etc.) and I couldn’t find anyplace that actually had the large format copiers with cheap paper for plain black printing. Everything was super expensive and high end or didn’t have the right size paper. Any hints on locations in NYC for this kind of printing?

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      May 5, 2010, 10.01 PMby ichigogirl

      2 great ideas, thanks!
      Also, now that you mention the copy shop-option, we do have a plotter at work (I’m privileged in that sense) so if I ask my boss I might actually be able to plot the copy-shop-sheet there… def. worth giving a shot.
      Otherwise the wzrdreams way is an option in case the copy shops here are less reasonable..!

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      May 10, 2010, 10.03 PMby burdastyle

      Yes, Staples in Park Slope and Staples in Williamsburg both print for the rates I mentioned above ($12). You have to be extremely specific and walk them through the process. Begin by saying that it’s a black & white print out. Then tell them it needs to be printed out on the 35" wide printer, they all have them, they just need to be coaxed.
      Good luck!

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    May 5, 2010, 10.03 AMby bjorgg

    Looking forward to see how it looks :)

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    May 5, 2010, 08.11 AMby wishofhappiness

    egar to see how it turns out! good luck!

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      May 5, 2010, 11.59 PMby couturecutie

      looked like you wrote edgar to see how it turns out!

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    May 5, 2010, 05.17 AMby bubbley74

    Are you aiming for the Wow factor or the demure factor or the classic,I cant quite see it as you are describing it Hope you put out regular posts on your project. Bubbley

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    May 5, 2010, 04.16 AMby wzrdreams

    I’ll be interested to see how it turns out!

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