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A nightmare finally came to an end...

Added Apr 7, 2013

by claudinka

Vienna, Austria






Oh my God, I am so relieved that this dress is finished. Took me almost 3 (!!) years and cost me so much energy and nerves. When I started I was very motivated. I even bought the original fabric – as you can see from the magazine’s picture (burdastyle 10/2009, no. 112B). But when working on it I got more and more disturbed by the chiffon (sliding around whenever possible, fraying to death), loads of french seams, seam ripping over and over again because I made so many mistakes, the rubber band casing. So I throw it into the corner… got it out again, nerved me again… throw it again in the corner. I think when I started it was just too advanced for me. Finally after some sewing classes and easier projects in between, I dared to work on it again. And somehow, I don’t know how, I finished it.
It didn’t come out as I wanted. Actually the waist is supposed to be much lower, now it’s an empire waist which I’m not very fond of ‘cause I think it doesn’t flatter me too much. But I didn’t know anything about a big bust adjustment back then and I am happy just because of the fact that it is finished and doesn’t give me a bad consciousness any more. I am ready to start with something new !! (Oh, isn’t there this skirt that I started 2 years ago and didn’t finish….? ;-)

Material Notes

Chiffon, rubber band




Garment Type

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    Jun 10, 2013, 09.39 PMby DrapedinCloudlets

    Wow, what a wonderful dress!

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    Apr 11, 2013, 04.33 PMby SassyT

    I love this dress, I can’t tell you have been through stress with it. Maybe Gerties tip on sewing with slippery fabrics may help next time http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/04/cutting-slippery-fabrics-with-tissue.html

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      Apr 16, 2013, 07.01 PMby claudinka

      Thanks for the tip! For cutting a layes a bed linen underneath and that worked quite well. Still there was the problemt that it wanted to slip away from the sewing machine.

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    Apr 8, 2013, 08.44 PMby claudinka

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Makes me even more proud and gives me motivation for any new projects!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 08.16 AMby hormiguica

    really lovelly!!!

    Great job

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    Apr 8, 2013, 06.11 AMby balllisaann

    This dress deserves a celebration and champagne! Take it out. It looks amazing. :)

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      Apr 8, 2013, 08.43 PMby claudinka

      Oh, champagne, you’re right. ;-) At least I’ve already worn it today and told everyone that I made it myself.

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    Apr 8, 2013, 05.52 AMby chichil

    Your dress is fabulous, it looks like you bought it some expensive store so it was definitely worth all your efforts!

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      Apr 8, 2013, 08.42 PMby claudinka

      Oh wow, thank you!

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    Apr 8, 2013, 03.08 AMby runningwithscissors1

    I love it! It turned out great.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 09.37 PMby liliv-1

    It’s a reallly great dress, the empire style is very flattering on you especially with the belt.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 06.29 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    Despite your nerves I think the dress is stunning and you look wonderful in it. Well done for persevering!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 05.50 PMby SewNotWork

    It’s a wonderful dress. No one will know that it wasn’t meant to be an empire waist dress. The belt goes nicely with it. Wear it proudly. It’s beautiful!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 05.21 PMby Red Point Tailor

    well… it was worth waiting…it is fabulous!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 05.15 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Congratulations! I’m glad you stuck with it to the end. It does look pretty, and the empire waist looks fine! I hope you wear it lots and lots to justify all the effort! Now, if only I dared to try working with chiffon…

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      Apr 8, 2013, 08.41 PMby claudinka

      Thank you. I’ve already worn it today and told everyone that it is selfmade. ;-)

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    Apr 7, 2013, 05.13 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Your nightmare looks beautiful!

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    Apr 7, 2013, 04.10 PMby flowergirl22

    hunting down the original fabric must have been a challenge in itsself,, I have tried that a few times,, and sometimes you really have to love the design and colour to be able to spend the money on the fabric. I admire you’r sticking with it for so long,, It does look stunning. I hope you get a lot of wear out of it. you absolutely should be proud of it,

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      Apr 8, 2013, 08.41 PMby claudinka

      Thank you! To find the original fabric was not so difficult. But yes, it was not really “cheap”. Maybe that was one of the reasons why I had such a bad consiousness and just had to finish the dress.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 03.31 PMby froggylonglegs

    Good job on finishing that dress! You have way more perseverance than I ever would have. That would have stayed in my corner forever if it was me! The dress looks great, you did such an amazing job, you should feel very proud. Now maybe I should go and finish some of my UFO’s!

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      Apr 8, 2013, 08.39 PMby claudinka

      Thx a lot. I wish you good luck and energy for your UFOs ;-)

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