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Birthday Dress for Nina

Added Mar 6, 2012

by kihli

Zurich, Switzerland






I made this dress as a birthday surprise for my friend Nina.
She found the fabric at our local Bernina store but although she liked it for a wrap dress, she didn’t buy it because she already has a small fabric stash (which shows a self control I can just admire). So i went and bought the fabric to make dress for her birthday. I thought that with a stretchy jersey fabric and a wrap dress I could take the risk and already sew up a finished dress, as it would not be too “fit sensitive”.
But during construction, it became more and more unsure about what seemed to be a good idea first. So now I just hope that she will like it, I will give it to her this afternoon ( I also bought a book as a birthday present, just in case…)

The pattern is basically the wrap blouse from Burdastyle 1/2012, shortened at the waistline and with a half-circle skirt added, and short sleeves. I then had to modify it a bit, though, because the original pattern was supposed for a much thinner fabric than jersey, so the whole wrap thing was too thick at the waist first, until I took off the belts again and made them a lot narrower and also shorter. I think it came out quite ok in the end, but now I think I won’t sew any jersey in the next ten years, at least not such a stretchy one, it was awful to work with, stretching and sagging and pulling down!

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    Mar 8, 2012, 02.39 PMby prettysewinggirl

    Beautiful work, and thanks for sharing your story :) I also find it most satisfying sewing for gifts! I am very sure your friend appreciated it, big time! happy sewing!

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    Mar 7, 2012, 05.20 AMby sophia329

    She must have been so happy to see the fabric she liked made into a dress! I’m sure she will like it even more than if she had made it herself because it was such a thoughtful gift

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    Mar 7, 2012, 03.41 AMby Rikamekko

    Lovely dress!Your friend must be happy wearing the beautiful dress : ) Well done!

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    Mar 6, 2012, 01.13 PMby blueartisan

    You have a very lucky friend! I think she will love it like we do! Stretch is difficult to work with even if you are used to it, I have made many an alteration for experienced sewers who have either made a stretch pattern out of a non stretch fabric or make a non stretch pattern with a stretch fabric, so well done for fixing the issues yourself! A full circle skirt will add a heap of weight to the top with stretch fabric so I am not surprised you had issues there, but it looks fantastic now so you obviously have a talent for it!

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      Mar 6, 2012, 08.23 PMby kihli

      Thank you so much! I learned a lot about stretchy knits while sewing this dress. And I now know why most jersey wrap dress patterns don’t have a waistline seam.
      As Nina seems to like the dress, I think it was well worth the workmand trouble!

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    Mar 6, 2012, 10.42 AMby schnui

    I think you have sewn a most beautiful dress for your friends birthday and I am sure she will love it. I think it is gorgeous.

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      Mar 6, 2012, 08.19 PMby kihli

      Thank you! She likes it, I am so happy!

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