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Pattern Magic 2- Wearing a Circle (muslin) by urbandon

Added Apr 22, 2011

by urbandon

Sydney, Australia






Thank goodness for muslins. Not exactly flattering, (not that everything should be) but this ‘Wearing a Circle’ dress from Pattern Magic 2 isn’t that cool.

Anyway, the dress came out quirky but it’s nothing to write home about. Even in a heavier fabric wouldn’t help. Perhaps moving the opening in the hem may help- very far forward? If you have done this- any ideas? How did yours go?


Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Ethnic

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    Jan 24, 2012, 08.27 AMby Zyanya Walker

    i think it would look nice without the circle being closed on the bottom hem. it could then either be made in a very stiff fabric or a very soft flowing fabric without sitting weird, it would also look great in a medium weight fabric with wire sewn into the hem and moulded to sit how you want it to.. ?

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      Jan 26, 2012, 01.28 AMby urbandon

      I agree with you on the hem. Maybe the super-soft fabric would look better. Time to revisit Pattern Magic.

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    Sep 29, 2011, 10.05 AMby Rosanna Li

    I bought this book too recently but haven’t tried any of the patterns yet.. Now after looking at your pilot attempt, which is great because now I can see, maybe if it were done in an organza, like white organza, then it would effectively be stiff, transparent, you could still see the shape (could you stiffen that under curve panle with interfacing or something to hold its shape better?) plus highlight a simple tank top and shorts or something to that effect underneath.. I am going to try adapting this pattern to make some kind of cape, because I think that could be cool, but yes it is difficult with these very distinctive patterns because they are quite quirky too.. Thanks for sharing your project:)

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    May 12, 2011, 10.42 PMby bekaem

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      May 13, 2011, 12.32 AMby urbandon

      Ooooooh! Excellent! …of course one of my favorite designers- figures. It would look mad in leather.

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    Apr 26, 2011, 08.21 AMby ghainskom

    Maybe in a knit, like this one

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      Apr 26, 2011, 09.50 AMby urbandon

      Thanks for that.

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    Apr 23, 2011, 08.20 PMby FashionSewingBlog

    This dress has hanger appeal which can be the envy of even the greatest fashion designer. The dress in my opinion works, as it is a contemporary piece and at that level you are ticking all the boxes. You have an eye for detail, showing the dress off to it’s best advantage in all your photo’s. Look forward to seeing more… I am going to add this to my favourite page.

    Colleen G Lea

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      Apr 23, 2011, 11.36 PMby urbandon

      Collen, thanks for the kind words- maybe I shall look at this dress with fresh eyes.

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    Apr 23, 2011, 04.27 PMby kelepso

    I don’t think you should include darts at all, because this garment feels contrived with them. Since the garment incorporates a loose fit, it should drape, rather than being fitted. Nonetheless, I would suggest placing a strip of fabric on the sides of the garment to tie underneath each arm for a closer fit. That way, you maintain the drape and create a closer fit at the same time. Good luck and great start! Experimenting is so much fun.

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      Apr 23, 2011, 11.37 PMby urbandon

      Thanks Kelepso, Will give that a whirl.

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    Apr 23, 2011, 10.04 AMby Liora Litman-Cohen

    very interesting experiment.you are very creative and unique.keep it on!

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      Apr 23, 2011, 11.39 PMby urbandon

      Cool, thanks!

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    Apr 23, 2011, 06.43 AMby Ankica Dujakovic

    Don, I think that main problem is fabric. It seams to me that taffeta would be better choise. Also that chest seam occured to be kind of problem…But it is interesting and futuristic….and as usual,I love your work…

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      Apr 23, 2011, 08.24 AMby urbandon

      Thanks Ankica, maybe I I won’t write it off completely.

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