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The Almost Engagement dress

Added Apr 7, 2013

by jreneedesign

Madison, Wiscons...






This is Butterick 5814, designed by Gertie (AKA Gretchen Hirsch). I cut a size 14 and made it up in a poly satin with a poly pongee lining/underlining. If you make this dress, use a much drapier fabric than I did! Something along the lines of crepe de chine, charmeuse, etc. I used plain old plastic boning and achieved my prettiest invisible zipper installation to date!

I didn’t decide to make this dress until a week and a half before my 2 year dating anniversary dinner with my boyfriend…and once I did it took me a week to get the fit approximately right. I cut, and almost sewed up the whole thing in 3 days (lots of lining, boning, etc) but couldn’t quite get it finished in time, so I wore another dress. And then…he proposed that night! Sure wish I had gotten it done.

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Material Notes

Polyester dull satin, polyester pongee




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage

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    Apr 14, 2013, 06.16 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    what a great story for a dress!!!! Maybe it wanted to be a rehearsal dress instead of a proposal one!!!! congrats for both achievements, best wishes!!!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 11.55 AMby kisses

    Lovely…seeing your own I cant wait to make mine

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    Apr 8, 2013, 05.19 AMby omgdora

    Fabulous and so hot! You’re making Joan Holloway proud.

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    Apr 8, 2013, 05.19 AMby omgdora

    Fabulous and so hot! You’re making Joan Holloway proud.

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      Apr 8, 2013, 03.06 PMby jreneedesign

      That’s high praise! I am a big fan of Joan. :) Thanks for the compliment. :)

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    Apr 7, 2013, 08.39 PMby Red Point Tailor

    Absolutly stunning!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 02.49 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colour. x

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    Apr 7, 2013, 02.33 PMby Mary Athey

    congrats on the dress and engagement. your dress is gorgeous. it really is a fabulous pattern.yours is the third i’ve seen including mine and they’re all red lol. great job x

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      Apr 7, 2013, 02.41 PMby jreneedesign

      Thank you! :) I really think this silhouette just begs to be red… ;)

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      Apr 7, 2013, 03.52 PMby Mary Athey

      thats true. its such a fab pattern is’nt it x

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