Added Apr 20, 2012
Cardiff, United ...
I think this is the most professional dress I’ve made so far. That has a lot to do with the fabric, which is a lovely slightly stretch, thick cotton and was a lot more expensive than I usually go for.
I used Vogue V1102 after seeing lots of other members make it especially this one http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/italian-wedding?image=221424 (any idea whether you can link to other members’ designs in the based on section?)
Made a few slight alterations to the pattern, namely to shorten the hem slightly and make the bow thinner and folded over, I didn’t like the idea of being able to see the reverse of the fabric when it was tied. This dress needed more fabric than I had (I tend to fall in love with fabric and buy it before deciding what to make with it) so it had to line it in white rather than the same fabric as the dress. I also had to cut additional sections to sew into the skirt as the circle is HUGE and my fabric wasn’t wide enough. Tried to show the extra fabric added in the photos.
Loved making this dress, it was very simple and only took a day (although I didn’t stop for lunch or dinner as I was so engrossed in it!) I learnt a new way to do the hem as well, which is very helpful for circle hems. I sewed 1cm away from the hem, then pressed it up, then sewed again just above where it had been turned up, then pressed again and then sewed the turn up down. I found that pressing up on the stitching worked really well and gave a much more even look than most of the circle skirts I’ve done before.
Slight stretch cotton fabric
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