Added Sep 25, 2011
I know it’s not the 4th of July anymore, but my company had their annual picnic with a theme of “Proud to be an American”. This translates for me as: time to sew something!
The dress I did sew for the 4th was kind of a flop but the print was perfect. Still not very work function appropriate nor was it very flattering (last picture). So I found BurdaStyle’s 06/2010 Three-quarter sleeve dress #107 and fell in love with it! Totally cute and appropriate for both work and the cooler fall weather!
So away I went ripping all the seams out of that awful dress (which still kind of smelled like fireworks :P). I had some extra fabric leftover and it was the perfect amount for the bodice. I cut away the shirred part of the dress and used the leftover to make the skirt. It was way thinner than the pattern piece but I think it was better because there weren’t too many gathers.
As I was putting it together, my boyfriend (with his blunt critiques of my work :P) said it looked like hospital scrubs, lol. Then I put the zipper in and it looked much better. I was very excited about it and it had a wonderful reception at the picnic. I had three ladies there ask me to either sew something or alter something for them. Yay!
I totally love this pattern and I’m going to make a bunch more dresses with it! More on my blog
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