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Cityscape dress and top, Burda 07/2013#138

Added Mar 24, 2014

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






I bought this fabric at the same time as the firework one.I wanted to just use a simple pattern to show of the fabric. This dress pattern is lovely and it has great curved side darts for shape. The fabric feels like silk and hangs so well. I did what i do normally with a plus size pattern, i trace and cut the smallest size leave no seam allowance and sew a large seam. It always works a treat .I made a batwing top out of the leftovers and also a top based on the dress pattern
I added some photos of my new fabrics, i need to stop buying as i look like a hoarder lol. Sorry theres omly.one photo of me wearing the dress but we where so busy dancing to an elvis impersonator lol x


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    Apr 5, 2014, 03.42 AMby heatherrique

    Absolutely gorgeous, Mary! I like the glitz, glamour, and Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife” comes to mind for a very pleasant night on the town when you wear this upbeat dress or top.

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      Apr 5, 2014, 07.08 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks heather, i love fabric that has a name lol. I.lovef this fabric as soon as i saw it. It has a lovely feel and stretch to it and because of the pattern i needed something simple to show it of and.this pattern worked a treat x

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    Mar 29, 2014, 05.21 PMby orchiddream

    You, the pattern, and the print were made for each other. Lovely as usual!

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      Mar 29, 2014, 10.42 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I do love this fabric and i always love fabric that has a name!! The cityscape scene can be cut fron either end!! X

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    Mar 29, 2014, 03.28 PMby Mokara

    This fabric is so cool, I love it Mary. And, you have some really nice fabrics; now I know what you meant by “addicted to sewing” lol. I’m glad you’ll have a sewing room soon, I hope you will post pictures when you are done. Did I say beautiful dress :))

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      Mar 29, 2014, 05.05 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much mokara, i took a day of work next wednesday to do some more work in my sewing room. Its an ongoing project lol x

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    Mar 27, 2014, 03.03 PMby Denise Wild

    In love with this fabric! Stunning dress. :)

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      Mar 27, 2014, 04.22 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks denise, that is such a lovely comment x

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    Mar 26, 2014, 11.18 AMby Chubina

    Nice dress!

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.01 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much chubina, i was just glad to get it posted with all the problems on here x

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    Mar 26, 2014, 11.13 AMby kelerabeus

    I love this print, so amazing! You were right choosing the simple pattern, it compliments the print beautifully.

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.02 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much kelereabeus. The fabric does feel wonderful one and its so bright and cheerful x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 09.45 PMby byVA

    I just love your dress!

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.07 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much byVA, i do love a fabric that has a name x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 08.59 PMby izbott

    Cool fabric. I hear ya sista. Me too needs to stop hoarding fabrics. I love your sewing. It’s on trend. You both look good!;-)

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.09 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks izbott, i need to stop hoarding as well before i ’m unable to get out my front door lol x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 07.06 PMby chula123

    gorgeous dress as usual ! And the top is fabulous, looks great with the jeans. The colours really suit you !Love your fabric stash, that should keep you busy for a while :-)) I just had some fabric delivered today (not as much as you) and I can’t wait to get going !!! So many things I want to do, especially in the new April mag. xxx

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.35 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks chula, i get all my fabric.on ebay these days unless the fabruc shop in belfast has a sale on. They have fabulous fabric but i don’t want to pay £20 a metre for jersey when i can get at least 5 metres for that on ebay x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 06.26 PMby poldapop

    Love this fabric and the style you chose is a perfect way to showcase it!

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.37 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much poldapop, i’m dress mad. That is my favourite thing to make closely followed by tops and trousers. I am going to push myself this year and make blouses and a blazer x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.56 PMby Mbaliyethu

    I love the fabric you used for this dress, it’s really beautiful. I love the batwing top as well, looks really good with the jeans. I Please post pictures of your sewing room when it’s done. x

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      Mar 27, 2014, 08.40 AMby Mary Athey

      Hi and thanks for your lovely comment. I took some photos of the spare room or the kids dumping ground when i started lo (they have mived out as well but left stuff they don’t want to take or get rid of)l and i will take more as it progresses. I don’t know weather to wallpaper it in.a bold print?? Or just stuck to a calm cream paint? I will be putting pin boards up etc so maybe i should paint. It will take a while but i’ll get there x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.37 PMby Deanna31

    Hi Mary, Your fabric is Amazing! What a find! You’ve done a great job with it. I’m amazed at your mum too! 5 children in 6 1/2 years by herself! She must be very fit and energetic.

    I think you are a lovely person, and I love reading your comments. They are always interesting and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing :)

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      Mar 27, 2014, 09.09 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much deanna31, i am blushing now. What a lovely thing to say. My dad was never around when we where growing up and they divorced when i was 15. Mum never stopped us from seeing him she even fed him every sunday right up until he passed away four years ago. He turned into my father later in life ,x

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      Mar 28, 2014, 01.58 PMby Deanna31

      Wow! That’s dedication! Awesome story.
      My Dad left when I was 16 – but I was really glad when he did. My mother remarried 8 years ago to a wonderful man who I admire and love. Its so nice when things work out. I think everything works out with a bit of time :)

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    Mar 25, 2014, 10.16 AMby liliv-1

    Gorgeous dress and I love your fabrics!

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      Mar 25, 2014, 10.20 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks liliv, i really need to stop buying lol. I have so.much fabric that i forget what i.have lol x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.16 AMby jennyrecorder

    We can finally get our posts up…yay! PS- love the dress ;)

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      Mar 25, 2014, 06.09 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks jenny.and is"nt it great for the site to be up and running again. I do love the people on here and seeing all the fabulous projects is so inspiring. I love seeing other sewers take on things i’ve made as well x

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.01 AMby schnui

    Lovely Mary. Gorgeous fabric.

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      Mar 25, 2014, 06.12 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks so much schnui, mum always laughs when she rings to ask what i’m wearing?? Its always new and always a surprise lol. If i.put a dress on and go oh now this is nice!! I know i will be smiling all night lol x

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      Mar 25, 2014, 08.07 AMby schnui

      What a wonderful relationship you and your Mum have. You are both very fortunate to love each other so much and be friends as well.

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      Mar 25, 2014, 09.24 AMby Mary Athey

      She is a remarkable woman and my best friend. I don’t go a day without talking to her. Mum raised five of us on her own and ther’s only six and a half years between me the oldest and my youngest sister. We are all very close x

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    Mar 24, 2014, 10.04 PMby sarahsdaughter

    Mary your fabric choices are great for your sewing projects and I love your new haul,by the way lovely dress:)

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      Mar 24, 2014, 10.09 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, i just can’t stop buying fabric lol. I get it at a smashing price so i treat myself. A man who used to know my dad told mum that i always look.so elegant!! What a lovely compliment x

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    Mar 24, 2014, 10.03 PMby kisses

    All fabrics are lovely and as always you look fabulous. Love the dress with it vibrant hue

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      Mar 24, 2014, 10.11 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks, the fabric is just lovely, it holds its shape very well because of the spandex and it was lovely to wear. i just adore fabric lol x

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    Mar 24, 2014, 09.56 PMby cris orange

    These vibrant colours, you look wonderful in them, dress and top too! Buying fabrics is crazy, isn’t it? I also have no place anymore and I forbid myself to buy… just once in the month, otherwise I can’t resist! In may I make a short trip to London and I know what I want to buy as a souvenir: fabrics!

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      Mar 24, 2014, 10.02 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks cris, .my sister lives in london and they have some fabulous fabric shops plus markets. You will love it xx

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    Mar 24, 2014, 09.10 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! Dancing Queen! ♪ ♫ I love this dress Mary – it’s SO colorful!! :-) Your top is Great too!! You will be busy sewing for the next couple of months…!

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      Mar 24, 2014, 09.19 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks ellen, i.just have no willpower when it comes to fabric lol. I should stop looking but i can’t help myself!! I’m a fabricaholic hahaha. This is a really good pattern ellen, the side darts give it such a nice shape on x

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    Mar 24, 2014, 08.42 PMby Luz Kettle

    Great fabrics … lovely top… ready to make some more? xx

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      Mar 24, 2014, 09.07 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks luz, i love getting big parcels of fabric through the post. Its like a present to myself lol x

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      Mar 24, 2014, 09.27 PMby Luz Kettle

      where do you get the fabrics from?

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      Mar 24, 2014, 09.49 PMby Mary Athey

      Ebay luz, i have two sellers i buy from. Theres no fabric shops near me and the ones in belfast are only good when there’s a sale on x

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    Mar 24, 2014, 08.05 PMby rita61

    I really like your dress and the fabric is awesome. Elvis, yes I can see why you were having so much fun!! I like it in a top as well. Your new fabrics are great, and if there is a fear of hoarding, I’ll send you my address! :-) You have some really nice prints.

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      Mar 24, 2014, 08.16 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks rita and i’m laughing now!! My son came down to dismantle a big unit in what will eventually.vecome my sewing room!! Well there was wood flying.everywhere and i’m still trying to tidy it up lol. I will get there in the end and have a nice sewing room. My fabric is stashed everywhere lol x

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      Mar 24, 2014, 08.44 PMby rita61

      SO funny ! I sure hope you have pictures. I know about the fabric everywhere!! You may have to babysit again. :-)

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      Mar 24, 2014, 09.06 PMby Mary Athey

      The youngest one ana was ill, she threw up everywhere and woke her sister, by the time andrew came down the next morning to do the unit and get the girls i had not slept at all. I handed andrew a screwdriver for the unit but it sounded like he had a sledgehammer lol. At least its a start x

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