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5th Circle of Hell

Added Apr 1, 2013

by ladyshape

Edinburgh, Unite...






This dress looks nice but was in fact totally hellish to make. By the time I finished I hated it, myself and all of humanity. Now that I have had some sleep I am prepared to accept that it wasn’t specifically designed to give me a nervous breakdown. I decided to use a reissue of a vintage Vogue sewing pattern and up until the very last minute it looked like a crumpled up optical illusion that bore absolutely no resemblance to a dress at all. Of course the pattern did say not for use with obvious stripes or diagonals. That is probably why it took me 8 hours of crawling around on the floor with strange measuring implements and unidentifiable pattern pieces to even cut the thing out. To hell with grain lines. There are loads of techniques that are definitely ‘vintage’ because no one in their right mind would use them now. So when I make this again I will use different finishing and assembly techniques. I think that by persisting I have definitely earned myself a trip to the South of France to wear this, and a stiff Vodka Martini.

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Material Notes

Heavyweight cotton.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Mod, Preppy, Punk, Romantic, Vintage

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    Aug 8, 2013, 06.15 PMby lizziesewsew

    A work of art!

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    Jun 1, 2013, 12.27 PMby ink

    Oh gosh!!? Well your description gave me a good fifteen minutes of laughter and joy!!?… My god that dress is beyond S T U N N I N G ( can you make one for me too ) hehehe…. I have drooled over that pattern for so many years and to see it made with a stripe is out of this world ! Absolutely worth all of your pain and suffering because you will be the belle of the martini circuit in that work of art. AMAZiNG!

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      Jun 5, 2013, 10.00 AMby ladyshape

      Thanks ink!

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    Apr 11, 2013, 11.53 AMby Monjio

    Just Beautiful! The result is amazing!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 09.17 PMby claudinka

    Just finished my sewing hell, too, yesterday. But let you say that this dress looks amazing. Really cool!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 11.36 AMby pambox

    You know what? Multidirectional and mismatched stripes can look fantastic, and the flows and directions on your dress – especially with the thick monochrome stripes – are amazing.

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    Apr 6, 2013, 08.55 AMby Inga 888

    Wow, result of your hard work is fantastic! I have this pattern too, yet to find the right fabric to make the dress :)

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    Apr 3, 2013, 02.47 PMby turtlegirl00

    i hope after some time you have come to realize the dress is stunning!! it is an amazing piece and your persistence has paid off!!!

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    Apr 2, 2013, 08.18 AMby mokosha

    that’s the best looking dress i’ve seen in ages.. totally paid off for all the pain it gave you! you deserve gallons of vodka martinis as a reward :)

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      Jun 1, 2013, 12.29 PMby ink

      I agree totally with you… I am so smitten with this dress!

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    Apr 2, 2013, 05.02 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    the result is AMAZING!!! it was worth every effort and you have a stunning dress now! BRAVO to you!

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    Apr 1, 2013, 11.54 PMby ladymacbeth86

    it’s beautiful! Now you’ll have to wear it 24/7 to make up for the pain it was to sew.

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    Apr 1, 2013, 08.36 PMby sarahfbr

    it’s fab!! It might of been hellish to make but it looks worth it!

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    Apr 1, 2013, 06.56 PMby ladyshape

    Thanks ladies x

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    Apr 1, 2013, 05.48 PMby chillwear

    Wow I love it, but I’m sure it was hell to make ;-)

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    Apr 1, 2013, 04.39 PMby cathysews

    A triumph ! Looks fab and really cool.

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    Apr 1, 2013, 03.40 PMby Mary Athey

    its fabulous and well worth the nightmare you had. you enjoy your martini lol. i,,’ll have one as well x

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    Apr 1, 2013, 02.48 PMby dshepherd63

    Looks amazing!

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