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A Sewing First

Added Nov 2, 2010

by aluckmann

Minneapolis, Uni...






This is the first time that I have sewn something to wear! I made this dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding. In true-to-me fashion I finished it the morning of the wedding. The dress is made from McCall’s 5382. It looks like a prom dress from the pattern, but I used a light weight cotton voile that I think made it look less prom-ish.

Since this was my first real sewing experiment, there are a few things that I learned (invisible zippers and boning) and a few things I would change (make one size smaller – I pinned it to my bra so I wouldn’t lose the dress while dancing!. I would also have chosen a different fabric for the lining, it was a stiff broad cloth that gave the dress a little too much structure in the skirt).

Overall I am happy and hope to have many more projects to come!




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    Jun 24, 2011, 07.06 PMby anandahernandez

    amazing! love it.

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      Jun 25, 2011, 02.10 AMby aluckmann

      Oh my, thank you for the compliment!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 02.07 AMby squiddlepop

    Wow! This is so good for your first project! its so pretty :)

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      Jun 14, 2011, 02.44 AMby aluckmann

      It is so heartwarming to read your sweet words. Thanks you.

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    May 20, 2011, 06.16 AMby Tokie Ang

    nice dress!! love this one^^

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      May 20, 2011, 11.20 PMby aluckmann

      Tokie, thanks for the compliment! (I’m smiling today because of it)

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    Apr 19, 2011, 11.22 AMby charlotteauzou

    You did an amazing job for a first dress ! Bravo !

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      Apr 20, 2011, 02.54 AMby aluckmann

      Wow, thank you! I am delighted by your encouraging words.

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    Feb 22, 2011, 04.32 PMby shyloli24

    this is a job well done for first timers! yay! i love it especially the color! I want to make one too! :))

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      Feb 23, 2011, 12.01 AMby aluckmann

      Your kind words make me smile. Thanks!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 03.58 AMby Dupioni

    This is amazing for a first project! Well done!!!

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      Jan 28, 2011, 12.57 AMby aluckmann

      Thank you for the sweet words :)

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    Nov 7, 2010, 10.48 AMby junespoon

    I agree…it looks very professionally done! Just think how great your next project is going to be!! I was always into doing crafty stuff and only recently started making clothes, just like you…and now i can’t stop!! Keep it up and good luck!

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      Nov 7, 2010, 06.50 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you for the lovely words of encouragement. I agree that this ignited a new passion in me and I can’t wait to do more. Hopefully I can some day be creative like you and mix patterns or add more personal touches.

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    Nov 3, 2010, 10.22 PMby antraxdesigns

    wow, is that really your firs projects? I’m impressed. I haven’t posted my first project yet (I can’t find time to take the pictures) and it isn’t nearly as impressive. I thought I had an excuse since I’m just learning how to sew, now I see I don’t. awesome job!

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      Nov 5, 2010, 01.23 AMby aluckmann

      Thanks for the sweet words! I’m sure your first project is just wonderful – we are all the most critical of our own work. I didn’t think my dress was anything special, so all of these wonderful compliments have taken me by surprise.

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      Nov 5, 2010, 09.09 AMby keerthana Sundarkumar

      i cant believe its her first project too..! so many talents over there……!

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    Nov 3, 2010, 09.10 PMby juststef

    I love this! You did an awesome job, especially since this is your first project.

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.17 PMby aluckmann

      What a generous compliment, thank you.

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    Nov 3, 2010, 08.29 PMby Maria Alejandra Curbelo Cal

    So beautiful!..Really?…Was your first project?…wow.

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.16 PMby aluckmann

      Really, my first project! Thanks for the sweet words.

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    Nov 3, 2010, 04.57 PMby rebeccaaa

    You did an absolute fabulous job on this dress! You are talented Grrrl!

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.15 PMby aluckmann

      My heart is melting at these compliments, thank you.

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    Nov 3, 2010, 01.41 AMby paulajean

    Your first project?! It’s gorgeous. I think your fabric choice was right on.

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.15 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you for the praises.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 10.50 PMby caje-une

    1st time? Amazing You are inventive in solving problems. You GO girl!

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.14 PMby aluckmann

      I genuinely am flattered, thank you.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 05.38 PMby rchavez215

    I wish I could make something like this in my first time experiment! BEAUTIFUL! well done!

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.13 PMby aluckmann

      You are so sweet, thanks.

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.09 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 03.11 PMby nishavinod2009

    a very beautiful dress! keep sewing!

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      Nov 3, 2010, 10.09 PMby aluckmann

      Your encouragement is truly appreciated.

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      Nov 2, 2010, 12.56 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 04.11 AMby scarletohara

    i love the colous! well done :D what kind of fabric did you use?

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      Nov 2, 2010, 12.55 PMby aluckmann

      Such a sweet compliment, thank you. The main fabric is a sheer wine colored cotton voile, the lining is black broadcloth with a lace trim sewn to it.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 02.01 AMby louisebarbara

    This looks great on you! You did an awesome job, I love the colour.

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      Nov 2, 2010, 12.54 PMby aluckmann

      Thank you, it means a lot to receive such praise on my first project.

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