Best Buddy Birthday Dress

Added Aug 31, 2013

by Debbie Allin...

Washington, Unit...

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I made this for my best friend for her birthday (aside from quick and easy things for kids, this is the first time I’ve made a dress for someone else). It’s so cute I tried it on too and it’s now on my to-do list for me :) I think it looks fabulously ‘Marilyn’ on her!
Nice pattern but it benefitted from some boning to the sides, otherwise it seemed to gape – it’s impossible to take in effectively to eradicate the gape, due to the halter front. But Rigilene keeps it close to the body – problem solved!
I piped the empire section but we left off the frill from the bottom.
Fabric has embossed flowers – really cute! I forgot to take pics of it but the dress is fully lined and there’s a pretty lace hem to the lining too.

Material Notes

Cotton, flower embossed. Cotton lining. Lace, Rouleau loops, covered buttons, invisible zip.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Summer, Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Material
Cotton

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    Sep 1, 2013, 04.36 PMby MissMaddiePi

    Thanks so much for your response – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it… I have finally gotten my sewing skills to the point where I can make clothing that looks (to me) of a quality that doesn’t scream homemade, but @ 5’1" – even “petite” patterns take a lot of work at the flat pattern adjustment stage – and almost always need some major tweaking in the toile stage(s), so I really do appreciate your reference heights and other details. I loved this dress when I first saw it and was so excited to see it’s petite sized (work, yes, but less than average-height drafted patterns) but I have had a seriously frustrating summer of UFHalter-styleOs! But I have high hopes for this one now… great to know it wasn’t tough to adjust, and will happily take your word on the Rigilene. And my best friend has a whopping inch on me, so… ohhh dear! Just had a flash of inspiration – same dress and fabric, one dark one light – I could totally make us matchy-matchy! Like she always wanted to do back in college but I refused, claiming ironic nausea… Thanks again for your help!

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      Sep 1, 2013, 04.41 PMby Debbie Allingham

      You’re more than welcome – hope it goes well and be sure to publish your pics on here :)

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    Sep 1, 2013, 02.18 PMby velvetribbon

    Pretty dress in pretty fabric choice!

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    Sep 1, 2013, 09.49 AMby Mary Athey

    Wow!! debbie what a fabulous dress, i’ve used the bodice section of this before. Everything about this is fabulous right down to the colour x

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      Sep 1, 2013, 10.31 AMby Debbie Allingham

      Thank you Mary :) I’m just so pleased that she’s pleased with it. x

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    Sep 1, 2013, 05.32 AMby MissMaddiePi

    Wow! Beautiful! It’s genuinely my highest sewing aspiration to someday be able to sew something just perfect for my amazing-how-has-she-not-just-put-up-with-me-but-actually-loves-me-and-always-will-bff. So your project resonates with me on a personal level – I want to make her something that’s both beautiful and makes her feel as fantastic as she makes me feel – and it looks like you did that for your girl – what a smile! Thanks for your review of the pattern as well, I always wonder about halters without extra support called for… and even more so I am curious about how truly “petite” this pattern is… Your friend looks like a classic athletic/proportional/hourglass energy miniature petite woman, at least in these photos – which could also be testament to your fitting and pattern altering skills… and halters with a separate midriff section like this pattern are only flattering if the proportions are correct. Did you find this pattern to be a “true” petite pattern? Thanks!

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      Sep 1, 2013, 10.38 AMby Debbie Allingham

      Thanks for your lovely comments :) I’d definitely suggest two pieces of Rigilene to the side – they fit down to the skirt seam and that seamed to sort out the gaping.
      We cut the largest size and took in slightly (like a lot of Burda patterns, I found that the size was 1-2 smaller than a shop bought size); the mid section was a pretty good fit but the top section was too big and was re-shaped to reduce the size around the top of the side seams, before adding the boning.
      To give you an idea of height, my friend is 5’4"; I tried it on too and it was a pretty good fit on me and I’m 5’8"! I’d need to slightly lengthen the mid section but not by any more than I usually do – I’ve a long body so always extend about 1" in a bodice.
      Overall pretty easy to adjust – just whip up a toile of the bodice and you shouldn’t find it a problem :)

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