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Bubble dress dilemma

Added Sep 21, 2011

by victors

Leeds, United Ki...






Made from the Burda 9/11 issue. Love the pattern but I don’t know if it likes me, even just a tiny bit.
I think maybe my fabric was too heavy for it although its not a million miles from the suggested flannel.
My draping part is on the opposite side as I mixed up the right and wrong side of the fabric.
It pulls too much on the yoke, can I overlook this?
I don’t know whether or not I look like a giant aubergine and I feel slightly conspicuous with it on.

So what do you, the Burda Jury think? (I know it needs pressing)

Material Notes

Purple stuff of unknown fibre content




Garment Type

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    Feb 16, 2012, 07.23 AMby billieb

    Just curious, have you been rockin’ your fab dress? I just love the draping on this little number. Cheers!

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      Feb 19, 2012, 03.11 PMby victors

      I sure have!! Its a little hard to drive or walk quickly in as it ‘hobbles’ you a bit but I have worn it. I think I may try it again, this time in something thinner/lighter!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 09.41 PMby sewsweetviolets

    I actually like this dress, and I mostly like more fitted garments. One suggestion I would make is dropping the line of the yoke to a baby doll line, in otherwords level with your natural bust points. Make a muslin of the new yoke get it to fit smooth and flat once you feel it has a decent fit then go ahead and attach/ baste the lower portion of the dress to it. You may find you like the dress much better.

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    Sep 21, 2011, 06.49 PMby victors

    Thanks everyone for all of your suggestions and thoughts, you have been most helpful and I can now see its not the hot mess my unimaginative brain thought :-)

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    Sep 21, 2011, 05.23 PMby peaches2218

    I don’t think it’s particularly flattering as you’ve styled it, but it would be an interesting experiment to try it as the other users have suggested, with a fitted, long-sleeve top (tee or turtleneck) and similarly coloured tights. I don’t think the length and volume works especially well with your mid-calf boots, either, so maybe trying heels or flats would balance out the look. I think the most important thing is for your accessories not to fight with the dress. It’s such an attention-grabber in itself that, with the exception of the wild brooch suggested in an earlier comment (which would fit within the confines of the dress itself anyway), I think everything else you wear should be really subdued.

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      Sep 21, 2011, 06.47 PMby victors

      The styling is a spectacular fail I agree and I would never wear that black dress under it for real. I didn’t consider how the whole thing would look, I was too focused on the dress itself and its ‘flaws’. 7 extra pairs of eyes have opened my own and I’m grateful!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 11.57 AMby milkyway

    Maybe the fabric is too thick, but the color is adorable. What really worries you, is that you may look as an aubergine, dont think so really. That pattern is lovely and really chic, i adore it since I saw it. Maybe you should accesorize it differently. Try a long sleeve underneath top in a contrasting color such as mostard (wich is “in” for this season), or camel, same tights color and add some heels. You will see how the entire outcome changes… could also add a nice pin on the seams at the chest for covering up. the heels will elongate your legs and will make you look thinner and taller.

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      Sep 21, 2011, 06.41 PMby victors

      The top is actually the dress I was wearing today, I threw it over the top so my girl could take the pictures! Mustard is a great colour and like you say its all over just now, a real contrast to the purple. Thanks Milkyway .

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    Sep 21, 2011, 11.57 AMby Handicrafteria *

    I like this pattern too, but as soon as I saw it I thought to myself – I will make it when I will be pregnant :) But anyway it does not look bad, so I am kind of voting YES to this dress ;)

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      Sep 22, 2011, 07.23 AMby victors

      Thank you!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 11.53 AMby jimsalmon

    The dress looks good on you and is worth a little extra work. I’m seeing a few options to keep the gathered fabric weight from pulling one side of the dress down. Any one of these may do the job. An internal shoulder strap from the gather point, over the shoulder and attached to the back and tacked at the shoulder seam to prevent it from peeking out. A chain weight sewn in at the hem to balance the weight, this may require chain weight at the back to balance front to back as well. Shorten the lining at the bodice seam so that the lining takes more of the weight. Interfacing the upper bodice so that it stretches less. Good luck,

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      Sep 21, 2011, 06.38 PMby victors

      I will heed your advice and add a strip of something from the gather point to pull it up and even it out. Thought never crossed my mind when I was making it!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 11.44 AMby sewingfan1

    I’m liking it.

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    Sep 21, 2011, 11.18 AMby billieb

    You know what, I am actually really digging it on you. I see what you mean about the pulling spot and I think adding a vintage brooch or a dramatic feathered pin (styled the same way as the fascinators that have been so popular) would fix it nicely. Also it might feel more balanced looking if you were to pair it with a tighter thinner fabric top underneath. Play around with it ma dear and I am sure you will be rocking it with pride in no time. And like Janene said wear it with “conviction”, words to live by when it comes to fashion.

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      Sep 21, 2011, 06.36 PMby victors

      Brooch idea rocks! I have a small feathery thing which will go perfectly!

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    Sep 21, 2011, 10.35 AMby janene

    Mmm. I’m not sure what to think about this style. Its a brave one! If you look at the photograph in the magazine it pulls on the yoke there too. But they have made an issue of the point of tension by adding a cute bow. It kind of makes it look less like a problem! I quite like the inventiveness of the design but to be honest I couldn’t carry off a dress like that. I am far too short and would look more like a plum than an aubergine! I think worn without sleeves would make it ‘longer’ and I would definitely add a bow or a corsage detail at that point. I wouldn’t rule it out but I think you have to wear it with conviction! :-)

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      Sep 21, 2011, 06.54 PMby victors

      Conviction? I have shedloads now! I made it so I will wear it proudly, regardless of the whispers it will invite in the playgound on a morning!

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