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Slinky Red Minna

Added Apr 14, 2008

by skaapie

Cape Town, South...






This is a great little party dress! But beware of charmeuse, it is definitely not a fabric for a beginner what with it slipping all over the place. (Much patience and basting required!)

I had to resize the pattern to a smaller size in the bust, which was challenging, but fun. I still ended up taking in the side bust area seams some more, and I think I lost some of the depth of the pleats because the end underarm seams ended up very high. I didn’t redo them at the time of making, because the thought of un-picking and replacing the invisible zip AGAIN was too much.

But the perfectionist in me will no doubt cause me to fix it before the next party comes along.

Overall, I’m very happy with the result, especially since the material only cost about $3!

Material Notes

Red Charmeuse


Invisible Zip




Garment Type


Burdastyle for Pattern

Boyfriend for photoshoot

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    Jun 9, 2008, 04.17 PMby spaghettiqueen

    Ooh…pretty! I’m currently working on my own ; it’s pale gray with brown vines, green leaves, and peach flowers. The lace is sand-colored crochet. I’m going to make mine a bit longer than the original.

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    Apr 17, 2008, 07.50 AMby nenasew

    I love it. Your red party dress will turn heads.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 07.19 PMby nikkiclare68

    This is a great dress! I love RED! Nice job!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 02.12 PMby ceregana

    very cute. love your posing too.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 11.43 AMby lcavagnolo

    This looks great! (I had similar problems with the armholes without adjusting sizes, so it may just be the pattern?) I love, love, love the color. ;)

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    Apr 14, 2008, 09.23 AMby mirela

    Looks great! I have sewn this in poly satin and was slippery like hell, I can only imagine how difficult the charmeuse can be. You did a great job!

    My armholes also ended up very high and I struggled with the plackets, found it difficult to have nice finished edges all around… I have to take pictures of it…

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    Apr 14, 2008, 06.46 AMby polychromatin

    Looks really nice! The fabric is perfect for it!

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    Apr 14, 2008, 05.21 AMby toupinette

    great job! You give me the lust to make a minna!

    Ps: I like your photos.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 03.21 AMby escorpio

    It looks great!

    I will start my own version of Minna this week, for a wedding I’m attending in May, hopefully it’ll look as great as yours.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 03.09 AMby mmmrphs

    Wonderful dress.

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    Apr 14, 2008, 03.05 AMby susisonne

    Looks totally fantastic! Great color!

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