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Dress of indiscretion

Added Aug 16, 2011

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






This dress was originally planned in a different fabric, but I ended up using this super-soft heathered modal. It feels fabulous against the skin! I got a little lazy while cutting out the pieces from BWOF issue 5/2008, and simply used a size larger (versus adding in seam allowances) and hoped for the best. I also added pleats to the shoulders, and tacked down the buckle, as it was a bit heavy for the fabric.

Why so indiscreet, you ask? Well, let’s just say a seamstress can get tired of changing in and out of clothes when making fitting adjustments ;)

There was still quite a bit of taking in here & there, but I didn’t want to manipulate it too much, in case it started pulling. Should I make it snugger next time around? Do tell…

Material Notes

Modal, Vilene/Pellon bias tape, buckle



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Spring, Summer, Fall
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  • Firstroll-3_large

    Aug 20, 2011, 09.37 AMby integerclub

    This is such a lovely dress, I love how slinky yet casual it is. That modal must feel so comfortable!

  • Me_pecks_large

    Aug 16, 2011, 11.31 PMby nessys

    Well, I love it. Grey is one of my fav colours too – and this is super nice! Love the feature of the middle bit with the buckle – it looks great Honey! I hate fitting things too when you’ve gotta get in & out of something…. especially when it is as cold as it is now! Great work (and that tip re bra straps is a real winner) xxxx

  • Naburdaprofil_large

    Aug 16, 2011, 08.03 PMby janul

    I think it looks great on you, I wouldn´t change a thing! :)

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    Aug 16, 2011, 05.49 PMby nehmah

    A very-well fitted dress. (Please ignore the snarling drool when I look at the at the great fit of the demi-sash!) It looks well on you. I am going to keep flossiepoo’s tip re: bra lines in the future. Nehmah

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    • Cali_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 07.53 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks, Nehmah! You’re cracking me up :D

  • Img_3609_large

    Aug 16, 2011, 04.12 PMby flosiepoos

    Gorgeous. Perfect fit – don’t make it more snug, it looks really classy. You know it’s too snug if you can see the bra outlined on the back – that’s the benchmark I use when trying on something new.

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    • Cali_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 05.11 PMby threadsquare

      Great point! I’m going to adopt that rule from now on :)

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    Aug 16, 2011, 03.32 PMby mlichtenwalner

    I think the fit is perfect…as is the dress!

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    • Cali_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 03.54 PMby threadsquare

      Hehe…I see a few mistakes, but thank you :) ’Tis the nature of a seamstress, I suppose.

  • Trinket_large

    Aug 16, 2011, 03.25 PMby Sarah Grey

    Awesome! How do you like twin needle stitching? I tried it once on my old machine and it didn’t go so well… I put a couple sizes on order to try them out.

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    • Cali_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 03.51 PMby threadsquare

      Thanks, darling! It worked out for me this time, but you should see my first attempt at twin needle stitching. A bit of a mess, to say the least. I think the key might be to go with a slightly wider pair, and stitch slowly. Still can get it to be perfectly flat, like on RTW, though.

    • Me_pecks_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 11.34 PMby nessys

      I haven’t had much luck with the twin needle stitching either – but recently I heard that if you interface the hem first it works better – haven’t tried it myself but thought it may be useful for you!

    • Cali_large

      Aug 17, 2011, 12.40 AMby threadsquare

      nessys, I almost tried that! But I didn’t want to waste any of my brand new best friend, Vilene/Pellon bias tape. I suppose I could have done a trial run. That would have been logical!

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    Aug 16, 2011, 03.19 PMby flowergirl22

    it does look snug, and soft,,, nice colour i love grey,,fab dress

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    • Cali_large

      Aug 16, 2011, 03.49 PMby threadsquare

      Thank you! I love grey, too! Which is probably good, to balance out all the loud prints in my closet :)

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