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10 Hour Dress

Added Oct 19, 2009

by bellamabella

Plainfield, New ...






This past weekend i had a wedding to go to, but since I (a) am a plus size girl (b) plus size dresses make you look like a tent with boobs © decided to not buy any clothes, instead i will make it…i decided to well…make my dress.

Originally it was going to be a Butterrick 1953 pattern. but when i made half the dress and put it on..well, i looked like a nun.
SO i said no. i need to make a new dress.
Wednesday night took out the black cotton sateen and started on a new dress.

This dress is a combination of 3 different patterns ( i will update this entry with the pattern numbers later on today)
The bottom, front bodice and back bodice. all different. But I re-drafted them to fit me perfectly.

Since i wasnt planning on a whole new dress, i forgot i needed a 14in black zipper. i only had a green one. and with the time ticking i made it work and sewed an invisible zipper. But i will change it to black later on.
the front bodice and pockets are lined with silk.

this dress was the most comfortable dress i have ever worn. it fit me just right and it didnt make me look like the awkwardly dress big girl in the room.

I was originally planning to make a jacket, but i decided on a cardigan instead.

The wedding was at 4pm, and i finished the dress at 230.
in total it was 10 hours of work

Material Notes

Cotton Sateen, Silk




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Mod
Cotton, Silk

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    Nov 10, 2012, 04.33 AMby anabella68

    love the dress with jacket wow wow!!!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 04.53 PMby vivvyshoes

    I am just about to embark on a similar project , I think my dress will be a mix of different patterns too, you look great in your dress, here goes watch this space!

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    Apr 13, 2010, 11.31 PMby flowergirl22

    great dress,, keep going,,, i will add mine soon i am your size

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    Mar 9, 2010, 03.32 AMby vein

    you look beautiful.. hope i’d learn to sew my own dress.

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    Feb 18, 2010, 10.19 AMby ranjani

    Oh, you look so beautiful. This is a fabulous dress! Really Well done.

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    Feb 18, 2010, 02.14 AMby sarchix

    You look beautiful! Way to go girl!!!

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    Feb 17, 2010, 07.46 PMby swhadfield

    You look beautiful in the dress and it’s obvious from the photos that you feel great in it too! Very well done.

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      Feb 17, 2010, 07.53 PMby bellamabella

      thank YOU!!! :)

      i really do love this dress

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    Feb 17, 2010, 07.46 PMby divajess

    You look fantastic! The fit and styling of the dress is perfect for you, and the pockets are a nice added surprise. I love your curly hair, too.

    You’re inspiring me to make my own franken-dress from the many patterns I have. :-) I have issues with fit too, as a plus sized gal…My bust isn’t as big as my hips might dictate, so often times I need to take it in there, and also in the waist. I’m afraid to change patterns up but you’re definitely tempting me.

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      Feb 17, 2010, 07.53 PMby bellamabella

      do it!!! im telling you. if you could wear that dress all day i would!

      i have worn it dressed up, and dressed down ( with motorcycle boots)
      you always feel great wearing something so comfortable.

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    Feb 17, 2010, 06.33 PMby shadyb

    Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

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    Nov 18, 2009, 03.12 PMby bellamabella

    i used the bottom half is vogue pattern 1074 Donna Karan New York.

    the top half is made up of two vintage patterns BUT you can use burdastyle #6046 without the sleeves and collar for a similar effect.

    ALSO if you use the kristen (burdastyle) pattern, in order to achive the proper look, you have to add another set of darts in the front and one set in the back

    i often find myself mixing and matching old and new patterns as well as making vintage ones bigger etc.

    also, not sure if any of you go here, but i buy all my name brand patterns (lol) from sewingpatterns.com

    sometimes they have great sales like 8 bucks for vogue patterns that normally cost up to 20 bucks.

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    Nov 18, 2009, 01.42 PMby Courtney Boudreaux

    OMG your dress is exactly what I have been looking for!! You look gorgeous!

    I am going to a “gold party” and am in the same predicament as you were, all the patterns were frumpy and all the nice ones were not for plus size ladies.

    When would you able to put up the pattern info as I have only just over a week to make it (with the help of others as I am a complete novice)! :D

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    Nov 6, 2009, 04.02 AMby nessys

    You look so beautiful in this – and I am impressed by (a) drafting in 3 patterns together and (b) how long it took you © how nice the fabric is. Well done Darl!

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    Nov 3, 2009, 08.58 AMby labetenoir

    so cute! so 50’s!

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    Oct 28, 2009, 09.27 PMby smanf

    You look stunning – this absolutely gorgeous! So many good things to say about it…not least the length is spot on perfect. Well done, I’m inspired! x

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    Oct 20, 2009, 04.31 PMby tatuswelle

    Love it! Fits you perfectly.

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    Oct 20, 2009, 06.38 AMby victors

    You look beautiful and the dress is, wow!!!

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    Oct 20, 2009, 02.48 AMby ginasophia

    I agree, that dress is amazing and such a great silhouette! I am definitely using this as a source of inspiration for my upcoming LBD… is that a circle skirt or a really full a-line??


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      Oct 20, 2009, 11.17 AMby bellamabella

      its a really full a-line. :)

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    Oct 20, 2009, 12.46 AMby missymay

    Looks gorgeous! What a great fit!

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    Oct 19, 2009, 05.30 PMby bellamabella

    ps. i cut a size 22 bottom, 20 back bodice and 22 front bodice

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    Oct 19, 2009, 05.30 PMby bellamabella

    ps. i cut a size 22 bottom, 20 back bodice and 22 front bodice

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    Oct 19, 2009, 05.29 PMby bellamabella

    i will post the 3 patterns. but you are so right. Plus Size fashion does not always show off ones best feature. and its sad. im not 80, so wearing muu muus are not going to work, never mind the fact that my 42ddd make me look like im prego all year round..lol

    i think when it comes to sewing your own garments, know what you want to show off and what you want to hide.

    also, picking the right fabric is key. i stay away from clingy textiles , i prefer something with more structure for a more streamlined look

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    Oct 19, 2009, 05.23 PMby kosmika

    I like it! :) you are right about the ‘big tent with boobs’ thing, it’s like they want to hide who is different from the standard.. you looks amazing in your dress, it’s very flattering and i’d like to know which pattens you merged to do this :) It’s a very good job!

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    Oct 19, 2009, 04.34 PMby mayadaughterofsun

    Beautiful. And I love how this violet cardigan matches with the dress!

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    Oct 19, 2009, 04.11 PMby redrose12

    This dress is completely fantastic! You look like a million bucks! Amazing work (and in only 10 hours!).

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    Oct 19, 2009, 03.34 PMby bellamabella

    Thank you guys soo much!

    as a plus size girl, i find it hard to find a dress (store bought) that will accommodate me. either the darts are in the wrong spot, or the waist is too low… Im not a huge fan of showing my arms but cap sleeves arent always the best look for a bigger girl.

    im a huge fan of cardigans because you can dress them up or down

    I was truly so comfortable in my dress. i didnt even want to take it off.

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    Oct 19, 2009, 03.30 PMby ncn6

    It looks great! The bust darts are perfect. I’m really loving the cardigan look, too…. I have a cardigan in just this color, and I’m feeling inspired now to wear it with a black dress!

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    Oct 19, 2009, 03.07 PMby skwarynia

    Perfect! Just for you:) I like the way this dress shows off your beautiful curves:):)

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    Oct 19, 2009, 02.41 PMby cam557

    You look amazing! The dress is beautiful and fits you perfectly. Excellent job!

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