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Hillary's Birthday Paradise

Added Jul 22, 2010

by nuiwida23

Portland, Maine,...






Tomorrow is my birthday, and for an early celebration I am posting this beautiful dress! The photos were taken at Ferry Beach, one of the many beaches less than 5 minutes from where I live on the coast of Maine. I am so fortunate to inhabit such a paradise!

This dress is based on the infamous Butterick 4790, with many modifications. Some of you may GASP when I say that I never made a muslin for this dress (in an effort to be more spontaneous/lazy). I have seen so many women use this pattern, only to contract “Saggyboob-Hunchback Syndrome”. To protect myself from succumbing to this unfortunate malady, I adjusted the angle of the wrap-around front to come up higher. In addition, the underlying front bodice was shortened a couple inches to tighten up the fit. I also filled in the scoop neck back, and I would advise all others to do the same!

I bought this fabric at least a year ago, and tossed it aside for a later date when I would have the patience to adjust the pattern. I don’t have any close-ups of the buttons, but they are vintage finds from a trip with my mother last summer. Perfect!

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer…now get to a beach!




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    Jul 26, 2010, 03.22 PMby mcginnhold

    Great Photograph! Dress+You+Fabric = Perfection

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    Jul 23, 2010, 04.29 PMby chillwear

    Love your version of this dress. I have the pattern and have hesitated to make it after seeing it made by others and not being fond of the fit. After seeing your version I might take the leap and try it with your tips. Thanks!

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    Jul 23, 2010, 10.49 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    What a great version of this dress and the fabric was obviously mean’t to stay in your stash just for this pattern :) I have this pattern too so I’ll be careful not to get hunchy back when I finaly make it xx

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    Jul 23, 2010, 08.07 AMby in-stockholm


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    Jul 23, 2010, 07.49 AMby sewella

    Happy birthday! Your dress is gorgeous! And not to forget that the fabric is lovely!

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    Jul 23, 2010, 07.49 AMby sewella

    Happy birthday! Your dress is gorgeous! And not to forget that the fabric is lovely!

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    Jul 23, 2010, 12.37 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    OK I think with your advice it will be safe to pull that pattern out, I picked it up for .50 cents at a clearance sale and have been avoiding it ever since. Thank you!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 10.23 PMby sarsaparilla

    You did an awesome job!!! The hunchback thing had been scaring me off making this pattern, but I may give it a try now!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 09.41 PMby tamezdc

    This is one of the best versions of that pattern I have seen! Good choice of fabric. It looks great on you.

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    Jul 22, 2010, 08.54 PMby ara43

    Your alterations definitely worked – this is the cutest version of this pattern I’ve seen!
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    Jul 22, 2010, 08.38 PMby laugh434

    I love that dress pattern! I’ve had it in my sewing bin for over a year and just haven’t found the right fabric for it. Yours looks adorable!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 08.31 PMby alden

    Awesome!!! you are going to have to explain this to me more becasue i really want to do this pattern but i have no idea how to avoid that tragic flaw

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      Jul 22, 2010, 10.37 PMby nuiwida23

      Sure, but we’ll need visual aids haha…and if all goes as planned, we can do it in person soon!

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