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A Floral Extravaganza

Added Feb 16, 2009

by sarsaparilla

Brisbane, Australia






Another dress – this time, it’s the same pattern as my Blue Bow Cocktail Dress although I included straps and a fabric knot over the bodice gathers. This was pretty easy to make, despite my fabric troubles (I bought 10cm less fabric than I needed, and the fabric lady cut me 10cm less fabric again – imagine the troubles fitting the pattern pieces! I ended up ignoring the grain lines for the bodice pieces – I figured that it just meant the gathers wouldn’t sit as well and I was right. I took it slow and ironed the fabric at every stage. I also cut the pieces a bit scanty, so the seams are very narrow in places. I just have to try not to breathe much in the dress haha!) Unfortunately the lining makes the bodice far too heavy and stiff for it to be comfortable. Next time I’m definitely lining it my way :) Excuse the bare feet – I’m on the lookout for some tacky royal blue heels to match!

Material Notes

1.7m printed cotton; white muslin for lining; iron-on interfacing; thread; invisible zipper




Garment Type
Classic, Romantic

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    Feb 18, 2009, 02.16 AMby riverpatch

    It’s all in the pattern, layout and cut. An excellent beginning to making your own designs is to break all the rules when you don’t have enough fabric! Have you uploaded something you’ve designed yet, or are you still working up to it? I’m looking forward to seeing your own designs, I reckon you’re gunna be good :) BTW this dress is sooo cute!

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    Feb 16, 2009, 12.23 PMby erdronen

    very cute! i really like it :) great job!

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    Feb 16, 2009, 09.48 AMby polychromatin

    Very nice! Is this the Cate pattern?

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    Feb 16, 2009, 04.09 AMby ichigogirl

    Very nice! The pleated bodice is such a nice detail, I’ll have to try that sometime. I’d say thanks for beeing barefoot, there’s such a summer-feeling in your pictures, makes me believe in my heart that winter actually isn’t perpetual (it fells like it after four months and three more to go). BTW, I really like your other creations too!

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