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1st Ballgown

Added Sep 8, 2010

by madscouser

Wirral, United K...






I was invited to go to my friend’s summer ball at Imperial College London – a really big important & slightly post university! That’s great, not been to a ball since I was at uni – the main problem being I was skint and have no ballgowns in my wardrobe. The other main problem was I was invited on the 20th May and the ball was on the 20th June!!! Oh and I work full time and couldn’t take any time off! Oh and another problem – I’d never made anything as complicated as a ballgown before! :-(

After a good look around – I’m a tall, plus sized pear shape – so not the easiest pattern hunt – eventually settled on Burda 7667 using a stunning blue taffeta that was on offer at Abakhan my local fabric shop, however it had little blue sequins stuck all over it – but only on one side – so I used the wrong side for the dress. These sequins accidentally became a new ‘design feature’ on the dress – I managed to stitch the side panels in the wrong way round so the wrong side is on the outside!! However one of the girls in my sewing club caught sight of it with me moaning about having to unpick both rather long fiddly seams and stated that she actually liked it like that! I asked around and everyone agreed – so now the side panels ended up being covered in sequins!

I loved the ball – had a great laugh with my mate. The dress fitted great, looked great, was comfortable to wear & I enjoyed wearing it! We had some professional photos done, so that’s what I’ve uploaded.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear

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    Sep 9, 2010, 07.53 PMby soaringviola

    Really great dress what fits you very well! And I agree that it doesn´t matter that you used the fabric “inside out” on the sides, it might have looked a bit boring without… But this way it reminds me of stars on a dark blue summer night sky – perfect for a summer ball!

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      Sep 27, 2010, 12.31 PMby madscouser

      Thank you :-)

      Also with the skirt being quite full when I was dancing the sparkles on the inside of the fabric were visble, which added a nice touch :-)

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    Sep 9, 2010, 09.31 AMby nessys

    You look beautiful Love! That colour is divine and I am so glad you left the side bit feature of the sequins – I really think that adds a real “zing” to the dress. It fits you really nicely (esp around the boobs which is always difficult – well for me anyway!)

    Glad you had a fun time and kicked your up heals! xx

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      Sep 27, 2010, 12.30 PMby madscouser

      Thanks & I’m glad I made the mistake as well! :-)

      I did make a toile for this as I wanted to get the fit just right and having sooooooo many seams made the bust fitting a bit easier!

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    Sep 9, 2010, 01.38 AMby amyalberici

    You did a fantastic job! You look great in it too :)

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      Sep 14, 2010, 01.55 PMby madscouser

      Thanks (blushes) :-)

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    Sep 8, 2010, 08.05 PMby racadoo

    I love that shop!

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    Sep 8, 2010, 05.28 PMby Melissa Williams

    As a fellow not-ballgown-sewing, plus-sized, full-time worker, I just want to say WOW!!!! That dress is gorgeous!!! You give me hope that perhaps someday, if I apply myself, I too can sew a pretty gown for myself. :) Way to go!

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      Sep 14, 2010, 01.55 PMby madscouser

      Thanks Melissa, that’s very kind of you to say so & I’m sure you’d be able to make one for yourself – there’s a lot of fabric & straight lines involved but it’s not too bad a pattern to get to grips with! :-)

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