Added Apr 12, 2011
A simple party dress to celebrate my best friend’s wedding! Not that I wanted it that way, but it ended up being another raw edge dress again… but I like it! It’s a no-pattern, last-minute piece of garment I’m unexpectedly satisfied with. I only measured the bottom (skirt) part of the dress to get the width of my favorite skirt. I copied the same width for the other two parts, and the literally “T” figure is to cover the upper arm in drapes. The bodice is sewn but the sleeves are left raw and unsewn. Neckline is also raw (ah, I’m so lazy…) but I pressed reinforcing tapes to maintain the original line and to prevent it from stretching. Despite my planless, hasty, lazy sewing, I think the key to success was the fabric choice; choosing knit or softer fabric for the top and crispy or thicker texture for the bottom makes the dress look 3 dimensional, rather than a T-shape.
The lace on the shoulder is a leftover from my previous dress, a German lace placemat/centrepiece, and another leftover is combined with a fake flower pin (the pin was snatched off, of course) to wear a pony tail. (photo1)
The bottom fabric was one of my favorites among my stocks I got at an interior decor shop. I think it was a curtain fabric, and I love the shiny scratchy nuance of it (does anyone know the name for these type of fabrics?)
The first 4 photos were shot under incandescent light, the last two by fluorescent.
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