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Cinderella and the thin line

Added Aug 17, 2012

by laracrj

Cardiff, United ...






Ok first of all I’ll explain the name…I always feel silly and a bit pompous coming up with names for my dresses. I think it’s because I want to think of interesting names, but at the end of the day – I’m naming dresses!! So this dress gets it’s name as it a) reminds me of the rag dress Cinderella wears – also explains why the photos are in the kitchen! and b) apparently there’s a thin line between loving a project and being really unsure about it and I’m not sure what side of that line I fall on.

The skirt fabric – I bought it ages ago – it was one of those fabrics that I looked at every time I went to the fabric shop, but it was too expensive and I didn’t know what I’d make with it. Luckily it came on sale so I bought it knowing that I’d find someway to use it one day. I love the fact that it’s almost patchwork with all the different stripes sewn together.

The little heart buttons – very cheap off ebay and I’ve been waiting to use them for a while.

The full circle skirt – although this did cause some problems as my fabric wasn’t wide enough. But I like the way the stripes change direction.

The back of the dress – the back of the bodice is slightly longer than the front, which I think makes the zip pucker a bit.

The overall look – I really do think I look like raggy Cinderella in it and I’m not sure where I’ll wear it to. I thought it would be better to use the fabric for just the skirt rather than it being a bit overpowering as a whole dress, but now I’m just not sure either way.

But oh well – I thought I’d share it anyway and see if anyone here can persuade me one way or another on it. It’s a completely self-drafted pattern, next time I might lower the neckline an inch and shorten the bodice. The fabric for the bodice isn’t as shiny as it looks in the photos, it’s a kind of dark blue/ grey and has a slight stretch – I bought about 4m of it (double folded) so I thought I’d start chipping away at it).

Material Notes

Cotton strips sewn and overlocked together.

Bodice – some kind of synthetic fabric with a slight stretch


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    Feb 14, 2013, 10.50 PMby perilsp

    I Love This Dress. Beautiful.

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    Aug 17, 2012, 11.22 PMby Mary Athey

    Smashing dress!! cinderella shall go to the ball in this lol love the fabric as well x

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      Aug 17, 2012, 11.51 PMby laracrj

      Thank you! It is growing on me

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