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California Heat

Added Jul 23, 2009

by Kalile

Las Vegas, Nevad...






I can never sleep the night before a trip, even if it’s to see my grandparents, which I’ve done countless times. So I decided to occupy my time by making a dress for dinner with the grandparents in Manhattan Beach. I, like so many others, was inspired by Maryy’s Hot Hot Heat dress, and decided to make one for myself. I gave it a beach-ish feel with the cutout back and extended length. The skirt is just a half circle, the bodice a scrunched up rectangle. Very simple, rather quick.
I don’t know if it will show up in the site picture – I use a cell phone for my photography – but there are two back seams that angle in towards eachother. One of them is the actual seam, and the other is a dart to make the cutout lie better on my back. I really like the result, even though they aren’t 100% straight. Good thing for the haphazard sewer who discovered too late that the seam was off center, and was too lazy to start over. I mean… I planned it that way from the beginning!
I’m going to add straps – it looks nice the way it is, but I find it impossible to just stand around looking pretty (ADHD at work), and I hate the continual readjusting that strapless dresses tend to need. This one more than most, probably, as there is no zipper, no elastic, no nothing – it was a quickie project and fits well anyway. Although why I gravitate towards projects that make make my modest chest even smaller, I don’t know. Ah well.

I didn’t actually follow the pattern… but I did look at the pictures! I was planning on following a pattern for the first time, but somehow I didn’t. Maybe next time!

P.S. Please excuse the wrinkled appearance. I just unpacked the dress from my duffel bag this morning.

Material Notes

Cheap cotton found in a sewing closet




Garment Type
Beach, Casual

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    Jul 28, 2009, 09.34 PMby Kalile

    Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy it. :)

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    Jul 24, 2009, 04.04 PMby nenasew

    Very cute. I like your creativity. You’ve let the fabric speak to you. Good job.

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