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Dress Fail = Top Success

Added Dec 22, 2009

by nettie

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This was supposed to be a dress. But a foolish error in judging the bodice length resulted in a very unflattering seam right where my tummy is no longer flat.

Bottom line, it just looked silly. I added that waist band to lengthen the bodice and help the skirt start in a more appropriate place, but it didn’t help.

This micropoly fabric is very thin and slightly clingy and it was clinging to all the wrong curves.

To give you an idea: I asked my husband what he thought of the fit. Even a man’s natural tendency to lie to his woman about pudge in certain areas did not permit him to tell me that it looked great as is, lol

We both agreed that shortening it to a top was the only way to go.

I learned a lot with this project. It was sewn on my old (really OLD) machine and it was difficult to control the flow of the fabric due to its thinness. I sewed the new hem using the stretch stitch on the new machine and WOW. What a difference!

I have a ton more of this fabric, some of it in a very unflattering orange that I’m not too sure what to do with…

Material Notes





Garment Type
Casual, Romantic
Knits/Jersey, Polyester

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    Feb 17, 2010, 08.49 PMby latulipenoire

    This is really great and it was a good call to adapt it to flatter you. I get so stubborn after putting so much work into something, I have a really hard time accepting when it doesn’t look as fantasized.

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    Jan 7, 2010, 01.34 PMby liaspace

    hahahahaha that’s really funny of your husband :) and yes I totally love the new look :D

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      Jan 7, 2010, 02.02 PMby nettie

      Everyone that I tell that to, laughs ;o)
      Thanks for the compliment!

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    Dec 29, 2009, 10.18 PMby Laura Jane

    its niice x

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    Dec 23, 2009, 05.23 AMby nettie

    Thanks, everyone! I really should have taken a photo of it as a dress. This looks MUCH better on me, lol

    Bekaem, the orange/tangerine is quite unusual looking ;o)

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    Dec 22, 2009, 03.15 PMby ehsweetpea

    So cute!

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    Dec 22, 2009, 11.02 AMby bekaem

    you made a top in the end with an imaginative cut and a really good fit. maybe better than if you had wanted to make a top to begin with. – and i can’t imagine the kind of orange that would be unflattering on you. must be a very strange colour.

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    Dec 22, 2009, 01.54 AMby scheryka

    Your dress turned top is great and the collar looks very feminine. I like ita lot. The orange would be pretty too.

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