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Dinner Party Dress (success)

Added Aug 5, 2010

by fairyprincess

Copenhagen, Denmark






So, I went back to square one instead of simply using the first failed dress as a muslin. I resized the bodice to the next size down as the original size I made was far too big across the back of the shoulders. I then made a muslin to which I made alterations.. then I took apart the muslin and traced the pieces to have my own customised pattern.

I feel that I have the right to feel even more smug about my work seeing as I ‘upcycled’ an old doona (that’s a duvet) cover for this endeavour. Hah.

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100% cotton, invisible zipper



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    May 17, 2011, 08.04 AMby tasallison

    no way! a doona? i was just thinking hmm those stripes are just the right size to be really flattering…a doona! that’s fantastic…p.s you should be smug its a sign of a good dressmaker if you can see where your fitting ssues are and take the time to make a muslin and make alterations to get the fit just right and i think you have.

    happy sewing :-)


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    Aug 14, 2010, 09.56 AMby fairyprincess

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! :)

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    Aug 11, 2010, 07.14 PMby apvolek21

    So cute! Love that you upcycled some fabric, it’s adorable!

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    Aug 8, 2010, 04.37 AMby learningnewtricks

    Nice refashion! I refashioned two curtains and made a 1820s costume for my daughter to wear on a float for a parade as a Spanish princess. It’s amazing when you can making something new out of something like a doona or cutain and nobody would ever imagine that your newly created garment was once something totally different. I really love what you did with the doona, and that it highlights your sewing skills. Wishing you continued success with further garment transformations. Here’s to the creativity process!

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    Aug 7, 2010, 06.03 AMby kaikarmel

    NIce! =) lovely dress

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    Aug 6, 2010, 07.13 AMby pink-cornelia

    you should feel smug, it looks great, love it with the belt, so chic!

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    Aug 5, 2010, 08.46 PMby mojo elgin

    nice job! the fit looks great. i like that you changed the stripe direction to add interest.

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