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Mermaid in My Garden!

Added Jul 22, 2014

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






A bombshell dress was for a long time on my to do list.
As I am totally fascinated by pattern construction, I decided to give it a try.

Startpoint was my already constructed base pattern which I made tighter as described in the book for a corsage.
Making the cups was not desribed in the book, but if you once understand the base principle, it´s not so difficult. Anyway, I made 2 muslins, the second one fitted me very well.

For sewing the cups I followed the tips of Gretchen Hirsch in her online class Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress .
I made padding fort he cups, so I don´t need a bra – very practical in summer.

The fabric had a flower border which I used as a ruffle – again a little bit shorter in the front.

I am very happy with my new bombshell dress!
The only thing I still want to make, is putting some elastic tape underneath the back neckline, so the dress fits tightly, because the cotton has some lycra and becomes looser when wearing it…

Material Notes

Cotton with some Lycra




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Classic, Romantic

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    Aug 8, 2014, 06.26 PMby Katarina Bally


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    Jul 29, 2014, 11.43 AMby nrobson

    spectacular shape

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      Jul 29, 2014, 12.02 PMby cris orange

      wow, thank you :-)

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    Jul 25, 2014, 06.47 AMby reginamara

    Awesome! The ruffle is gorgeous!

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    Jul 24, 2014, 09.38 PMby Luz Kettle

    Lovely dress… A real mermaid look,

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      Jul 25, 2014, 06.37 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Luz :-)

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    Jul 24, 2014, 02.23 AMby izbott

    This dress is very classy& I love the shoes!

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    Jul 23, 2014, 08.11 PMby lucielaurier


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    Jul 23, 2014, 06.00 PMby slmnstyle

    Soooo pretty! Great job with this dress and those shoes are to DIE for! Congrats in being featured too!

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      Jul 23, 2014, 06.13 PMby cris orange

      Thank you so much! The shoes are indeed my very absolute favourites :-)

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    Jul 23, 2014, 10.45 AMby yenny lee


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    Jul 23, 2014, 05.14 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is a fabulous dress Cris!! :) Congrats on being featured!

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      Jul 23, 2014, 06.39 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Ellen! Nice surprise being featured :-)

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    Jul 23, 2014, 04.45 AMby alice9163

    Amazing dress. Nice manicure to match your heels ;-)

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      Jul 23, 2014, 06.38 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Alice! I don’t make my manicure every day, so it’s rather hazard when it matches the outfit :-)

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    Jul 23, 2014, 01.30 AMby Irina Schwab

    So lovely, ah… I could never wear a dress like that (strapless), but you carry it so well! Interesting ruffle detail! I have attempted a dress that included a fitted bra-bodice. It is the vogue lavender dress. Sadly I cut it in a bigger size without a trial run… and the dress was simply too big!

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      Jul 23, 2014, 06.36 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Irina! It’s a pitty about your dress… Can’t you make it smaller?

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      Jul 23, 2014, 10.21 AMby Irina Schwab

      I can’t unfortunately! Once you cut the bra pieces you cannot undo and cut them again. Too many seams to match and line up. Impossible. Congratulations on the feature!!!! Just seen that xx

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    Jul 22, 2014, 11.26 PMby liliv-1

    Gorgeous style and very flattering for your figure!

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      Jul 23, 2014, 06.34 AMby cris orange

      Thank you so much liliv!

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    Jul 22, 2014, 11.22 PMby Mary Athey

    Beautiful dress cris and the shoes are fabulous, I love everything about this x

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    Jul 22, 2014, 08.56 PMby IDia

    So gorgeous! LOVE it! And of course LOVE the shoes

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