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emerald green mish mash dream!!!

Added Jan 6, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






i made this dress using two cowl neck patterns. the front was burda 8/2011 and the back was my mccalls 9464. my gold dress pattern. i added to the nightmare of doing this by adding sleeves from another pattern lol!! oh well i thought in for a penny in for a pound lol. i had this in mind once i got the fabric and seeing another green done in a similar way just encouraged me to press on. now my machines hate the sequins. i have an alfa standard which i love . its vintage and cam sew through up to 8 layers of fabric leather etc but the sequins floored it. i broke 16 needles all sizes before i gave up. i’ve sewed this 3/4 by hand and that took hours.i did’nt get to wear it as the event we where going to was cancelled so i choose the wrap to wear out instead. i’m hoping to find a way to machine this before i wear it out on the 18th as i don’t want a whoops moment lol.

Material Notes

hand sewn sequin slight stretch fabric and polysatin for the lining




Evening Wear

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    Apr 22, 2013, 07.44 PMby lillalocket


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      Apr 22, 2013, 08.41 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much xx

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    Jan 22, 2013, 09.51 AMby Elena Perletti

    ohhhhh…this one is truly stunning!!!

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      Jan 22, 2013, 10.55 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much xx

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    Jan 22, 2013, 09.07 AMby Super Jeanette

    The back, the color, the shine… just amazing!

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      Jan 22, 2013, 10.55 AMby Mary Athey

      Ahhh thank you xx

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    Jan 17, 2013, 05.35 PMby Madcinderella

    Wow Mary, this dress is SO COOL! I really love it!!!

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      Jan 17, 2013, 05.50 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much xx

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    Jan 14, 2013, 07.16 PMby trploceanmoon

    Fabulous!!! LOVE The back!

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      Jan 14, 2013, 08.33 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks for.the lovely comment x

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    Jan 13, 2013, 03.02 PMby mskelly

    Nice Mary, I like the back! very glam x

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      Jan 13, 2013, 03.06 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much. X

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    Jan 10, 2013, 12.34 PMby Nayila Wright


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      Jan 10, 2013, 01.07 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks lol xx

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    Jan 9, 2013, 11.46 AMby chula123

    Stunning dress, stunning fabric, stunning colour and no doubt YOU will look stunning on the 18th !!!! xxx

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      Jan 9, 2013, 11.55 AMby Mary Athey

      Cheers my dear!! If I can shift this. Bug.i have.i.ll be out. I think I.have a few more weeks of sparkle before they.re consigned to the xmas box lol xx

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    Jan 8, 2013, 04.34 PMby kisses

    Lovely dress and the colour is fab

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      Jan 8, 2013, 04.48 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks kisses!!! Hopefully I.ll get to wear.it soon x

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    Jan 8, 2013, 03.58 PMby Mary Athey

    I got a few tips and thanks for that. Apparently pulling.sequins.out.of the seams is one way and carefully using a fine needles another x

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    Jan 8, 2013, 08.18 AMby nishavinod2009

    very sexy and nicley done too! you have to put up more pictures of you wearing it….

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      Jan 8, 2013, 03.55 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you i will. I think I.ll be wearing it on the 18th xx

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    Jan 7, 2013, 07.54 PMby Mary P.

    Amazing!!! I love it!!!

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      Jan 7, 2013, 10.28 PMby Mary Athey

      Ah thank you.so much for.the fab comment xx

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    Jan 7, 2013, 02.40 PMby so-sew-me

    oh, i’ve been trying to find that colour sequin fabric but in my corner of the world it’s next impossible. would it be too much to ask how much did a meter of it cost? cheers!

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      Jan 7, 2013, 10.27 PMby Mary Athey

      Hi. I bought it on ebay at !£10 a metre. I thought.that was.really good as I know how much a dress made with.good sequins costs. I bought it in navy as well which.is lovely as well x

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    Jan 7, 2013, 11.29 AMby Fiedlerin

    Just in time for the new color of the year… I have never tried formal wear, but I will soon because I have my first American wedding to attend (and man do Americans take their weddings seriously ;) )

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      Jan 7, 2013, 11.37 AMby Mary Athey

      Cowl neck dresses never date and are so flattering. My.favourite colours emerald green so i.m very happy its the colour of 2013 x

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    Jan 7, 2013, 12.34 AMby Cristina Staicu

    I’m so sorry, I taped the inappropriate symbol by mistake! How stupid of me:((((

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      Jan 7, 2013, 12.43 AMby Mary Athey

      Lol its grand!! The.dress vanished.for a while but.is.now.bavk xx

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    Jan 6, 2013, 11.30 PMby pamchar

    Gorgeous dress!!! If I can give you a tip for sewing sequin fabric: you have to take off all the sequins from the seams allowances, then hand stitch some sequins on any bare spots when finished. I guess it will take hours but you will be happy with the results.

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      Jan 7, 2013, 12.03 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks for the advice. I think taking the sequins of in the seams would.nt be as time consuming as hand sewing. I always have a fear of a dress coming apart on a night out which is why I stitched all the seams on this three times lol.x

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    Jan 6, 2013, 10.09 PMby Kim Mullins

    wow thats a yummy dress, I was once told to take the sequins off (i suppose snip them off) down the line of the seam where you want sew, you could then hand sew more matching up the seams if there are gaps and also to sew in the same direction that the are sitting not against them and use a sharp sharp (jeans?) needle.

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      Jan 6, 2013, 10.19 PMby Mary Athey

      I.m going to get some.jean and leather.needles.and.hope one.of them works. I.d reallyove.to do all these seams by.machine. I stitched everywhere three times so I.can truely say its done by.hand.lol.x

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    Jan 6, 2013, 07.41 PMby Cristina Staicu

    Oh, Mary, this dress is amazing! It’s diva-lishious !

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      Jan 6, 2013, 07.57 PMby Mary Athey

      Lol thank you!! It just screams me.!!! I wanted.to wear it last night but it would.ve been a bit.over the.top at our local. I.m nornally.the.youngest.in the place so.you can guess.the reason.i like it lol xx

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    Jan 6, 2013, 06.51 PMby agarog

    So glittering and vintage. I like it:)

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      Jan 6, 2013, 06.54 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you. I.m mad on vintage.x

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    Jan 6, 2013, 06.42 PMby sewingfan1

    Shame you didn’t get to wear it! I think with sequinned fabric you’re meant to unpick the sequins from the seam allowances before sewing, that’s what I’ve heard. The few times I’ve used sequinned stuff, that’s what I’ve done and if I do have to sew over any sequins (like with darts) I’ve used the machine but turned the knob by hand rather than used the foot pedal so you can put the needle slowly into the sequins. It looks lovely though,so hope you do get to wear it

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      Jan 6, 2013, 06.56 PMby Mary Athey

      Ah thank you so.much for.the comment.and advice. I.ll.give it a go.as the.other.dress.is really nice as.well.x

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    Jan 6, 2013, 05.54 PMby Trudy McGrath


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      Jan 6, 2013, 05.59 PMby Mary Athey

      thank you so much trudy. any ideas on how to sew sequins on a machine?? xx

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      Jan 6, 2013, 06.31 PMby Trudy McGrath

      Hmmm I can’t answer that one I’m afraid…

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