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Diana ross dress!!

Added Oct 19, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






This is the Diana ross dress from the lovely book ‘famous frocks’. The book has ten iconic dress patterns incuding this one, audrey hepburn,madonna twiggy marilyn monroe and five others. I intend to make them all at some point and this is the first. Check out my missing leg in one of the photos lol. My mum just clicks away like mad with my phone camera and she hopes for the best lol !! When we returned to our apartment in spain she said to check my photo’s to see if i had any nice oneswell i looked and then said mum!! I have a missing limb I was Moving my leg while mum was clicking and she managed to capture only one of my legs!!
The fabric i used was a sumptious animal print knit with a gold foil on it. I lined it in a tangerine jersey as i did’nt want the inside of the fabric on the kimono sleeves showing. X

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    Dec 21, 2013, 12.44 PMby Meredicia

    Hi, I was wondering if the seam allowance was included in the pattern. The book isn’t very clear on that

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      Dec 21, 2013, 01.42 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi there, yes it was included. I can’t wait to see yours x

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    Nov 9, 2013, 02.58 AMby Chubina

    This is so stylish!

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      Nov 11, 2013, 02.58 PMby Mary Athey

      Chubina thank you for that lovely comment x

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    Oct 29, 2013, 05.39 PMby poldapop

    I love this dress! Do you know which famous frock you are going to make next?

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      Oct 29, 2013, 06.29 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi, thanks for the lovely comment. I quite fancy the rita heyworth wrap one next then maybe the audrey hepburn one x

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      Oct 29, 2013, 06.30 PMby Mary Athey

      Sorry about hitting the inappropriate button. I do it by accident all the time x

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    Oct 26, 2013, 03.56 PMby The Tropical Sewist

    Your one legged photos are hilarious! Love your shots you’re always such fun! I need to check out that book. Lovely dress as usual…you must be tired of that comment by now lol!

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      Oct 26, 2013, 06.41 PMby Mary Athey

      I love the praise lol
      it’s a good book!! I do intend to.make all ten dresses one of these days. The one legged pic has everyone in fits of laughter here as well x

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    Oct 25, 2013, 02.23 AMby zsyzu

    Very cool dress Mary. I like the sleeves a lot. Plus I love your ginger kitty. My cats love to lounge on my projects while I’m working on them too.

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      Oct 25, 2013, 05.04 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks zsyzu. My cats are great company. I have two although i feed and look after some strays as well. The dress was easy to make and it was so comfortable to wear. I love a bit of drama in a dress and the sleeves provided that lol x

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    Oct 22, 2013, 12.59 AMby Moimisie

    Great dress Mary! All you need now is the big hair! ;)

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      Oct 22, 2013, 05.10 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, i actually brought a wig to wear with this dress for a laugh but it was so warm at night i did’nt get the chance lol x

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    Oct 21, 2013, 04.13 PMby trploceanmoon

    Awesome! Let’s disco!! ;-) I have to check out that book!

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      Oct 21, 2013, 04.31 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, the book is really good and it’s a good read as well as getting the ten dress patterns and the history of them x

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    Oct 21, 2013, 09.26 AMby sleepy-dumpling

    The dress looks fabulous on you. Love the fabric. Great pics too! x

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      Oct 21, 2013, 09.42 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks sleepy-dumpling. I was worried i would look like widow twanky out of a pantomine!! As it’s very theatrical lol x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 04.50 PMby yenny lee

    Hahahha its okay mary :) Yeah thats why i love to join this community :) cos for me each dress has their own challenge and by join here, i can find the idea how to solve it :D

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      Oct 20, 2013, 05.00 PMby Mary Athey

      It’s a good site for us sewers yenny lee x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 04.13 PMby yenny lee

    Yea..thats true..sewing skill is a greatest things for me hahaha..I also so happy found this link and meet new friends here (including u, mary :D ) Not only courage me, but also i learn many things here technique, idea and also the spirit to keep sewing and make many creative stuffs :D

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      Oct 20, 2013, 04.39 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks yenny lee, i love seeing all your wonderful dresses. I also get lots of hints and tips from other sewers and its lovely to get help and advice as well as compliments lol x

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      Oct 20, 2013, 04.40 PMby Mary Athey

      Sorry i don’t know how the inappropriate button was pressed x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 01.27 PMby nrobson

    its wow!!!!

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      Oct 20, 2013, 01.37 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you nrobson that is a lovely comment. Xx

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    Oct 20, 2013, 01.22 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Stunning dress and stunning look you have; I like yours more than Diana’s. Your choice of fabric and the tangerine lining make it very special and chic. I had a doubt if it has some gittering effect but then read abbout it in the description. I don’t mind to make the same for myself, to be true:-) Just chic and charm!!!

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      Oct 20, 2013, 01.34 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you oksana that is such a lovely compliment. The book’s really good and i do like all the dresses in it. I am still working on my cape!! I have taken it all apart and made it smaller. I hope to finish it to.day and get it photographed this week x

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      Oct 20, 2013, 01.53 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

      I’m eagerly waiting for seeing your cape. As I already said, I’m sure it would be something very YOU:-)) I’ve never seen you just following the patterns without adding something very personal and creative!

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      Oct 20, 2013, 01.55 PMby Mary Athey

      Awww thank you, i showed mum it yesterday and she prefers it this way so fingers crossed x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 10.13 AMby cris orange

    With this dress you surely were in the center of attention Mary! I especially like the sleeves and how you lined them in another colour, looks interesting.

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      Oct 20, 2013, 10.39 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks cris, i just thought the tangerine lining went so well with the brown rust caramel and gold in the dress. I should’ve taken a photo of the inside as it could probably be reversed. X

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    Oct 20, 2013, 09.15 AMby aggelicat .)

    super!!! the dress, you, the book and of course the cat :)

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      Oct 20, 2013, 09.19 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much aggelicat, i do love my sewing and my two cats fizz and little toffee in the photos x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 09.15 AMby Anjovis

    What a great dress Mary! I’ve got this book as well and would love to have the Audrey dress :) And the photo with just one leg is hilarious ;D

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      Oct 20, 2013, 09.21 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much anjovis, i love the audrey hepburn one as well. I actually like them all and with a bit of tweaking i could make them!! Have you made anything from the book yet??
      my mum got me to send the one legged photo to her sisters as well lol x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 08.56 AMby yenny lee

    Hahaha thats so sweet mary..me too still learning as always :) and we both know that u can! Semangat!! :D

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      Oct 20, 2013, 09.23 AMby Mary Athey

      Is’nt sewing a great skill to have yenny lee and there’s a lovely little community on here with lovely comments and words of encouragement x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 08.23 AMby rita61

    You look great! Nice dress! Nice ‘leg’. So glad you had a good time on your vacation. I like your ‘pattern paper weight’ ! :-)

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      Oct 20, 2013, 08.57 AMby Mary Athey

      Lol rita, toffee is obsessed with my patterns and fabric!! She sleeps on my sewing chair as well. my sister said she sat on my chair while i was away and crief. The two of them are spoiled rottom. This is a really good dress pattern rita x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 06.09 AMby KristinaBerisha

    wow , such a lovely dress, and your legs are perfectly. The fabric is amazing. I love animal prints

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.36 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks kristina, i love an animal print as well. This was so lovely with the gold foil pieces scattered over it. It shone when lights hit it and i do love a dramatic sleeve x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 05.14 AMby Irina Schwab

    Wow,.what a discovery! You can’t stop sewing, Mary! Getting better and better! Congrats!

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.34 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much irina, this is a lovely book. All the ten dresses are great and it tells you some history on each one. There’s also variations on each dress as well for my version i lengthened the dress and i added a bar across the large slit front.opening for modesty lol x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 03.24 AMby Zsuzso

    Looking fab Mary as usual. Very nice dress. Fun pics too, looks like you had a great time in Spain.

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.32 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks zsuzso, this is the last of my holiday dresses. It was quite heavy as both the outer fabric and lining fabric had a good weight. It did make the sleeves etc hang well though and i was’nt warn in it at all x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 02.37 AMby yenny lee

    This is lovely mary! U looks gorgeous! :D

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.29 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much yenny lee, i aspire to be as good as you one day xx

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    Oct 20, 2013, 01.49 AMby schnui

    You look fabulous in your Dianna Ross dress. My Mum would do exactly the same if I asked her to take photos!!! You are so lucky to have such a helpful pussy cat!!

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.28 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks schnui, my sister and niece where looking after little toffee (in the photos) and my other cat fizz. She said they missed me like mad and toffee would sit on my sewing chair and cry!! Apart from missing them (they got spoiled rotton once i came home) i had a fabulous holiday x

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    Oct 20, 2013, 01.31 AMby kisses

    Fabulous dress and lovely fabric…I so have to check out this book

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.25 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks kisses, it really is a cracking book. It has a dress from every decade starting with bette davis then rita hayworth through to madonna and all the dresses are so versatile x

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    Oct 19, 2013, 11.02 PMby Mbaliyethu

    I love this dress, I like the fabric choice as well. I’m such a sucker for batwing,kimono styled anything. Love,love,love!!! Off to Amazon to find the book.

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      Oct 19, 2013, 11.08 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, it was amazon.i bought mine on. I saw the audrey hepburn dress on here and the lady told me where to get the book. It really is a lovely book and all ten dresses are fab x

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    Oct 19, 2013, 09.57 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    You look like a Super Star Mary – and the dress is gorgeous! fabric is fabulous as well :)

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      Oct 19, 2013, 10.10 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much ellen, did you see the missing leg photo? Mum and me laughed till we cried when we saw. One gentleman who saw the photo thought i really had just one leg lol x

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.12 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      Yeah – that’s amazing :-))

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.47 AMby Mary Athey

      I said to mum ellen that i hope i don’t offend anyone who has lost a leg but the photo.just made us laugh and laugh. Our sides where sore!! It’s lovely to see my mum laugh x

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      Oct 20, 2013, 07.56 AMby Ellen Hatteland

      That is wonderful to share such a moment together – especially with your mom.. :))

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    Oct 19, 2013, 08.52 PMby melodym

    Your dress is fab! I will have to check out this book, thank you.

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      Oct 19, 2013, 08.55 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much. The books great and has variations on all ten dresses. It’s nicely laid out as well and has a bit of history on each dress x

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