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First Design Muslin

Added Oct 4, 2007

by sweetpadee

La Verne, Califo...






This dress was inspired by one that I saw on Cameron Diaz at the Go Fug Yourself blog. It is a simple and flattering princess line dress with a neckband, waistband and attached hem at the sleeves and skirt. The center front panel is constructed with three pleats on each side. The sleeves still need to be attached.

Material Notes

Muslin. I plan to make a finished version, I just haven’t given thought to what kind of fabric to use yet.





Pattern was designed for a pattern making class that I am currently taking. I will update when I make the actual garment.

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    Feb 12, 2010, 08.35 PMby minirice

    beau x

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    Jul 31, 2008, 07.40 AMby anajan

    This looks gorgeous! I can’t believe I missed it.

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    Nov 30, 2007, 04.31 PMby sweetpadee

    Hey clarelovestosew,

    I found the link…

    Well Played: Cameron Diaz

    I’m still debating on the material I want to use for it. I don’t think I’d ever wear it in a silk, so I have to find some other options.

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    Nov 29, 2007, 02.51 PMby clairelovestosew

    I am inspired :) I’m so into pleats at the moment, this dress looks really cute. Can anyone link to the Cameron Diaz pic? I’ve tried finding it :( I’d love to see what the sleeves are like.

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    Oct 9, 2007, 11.32 AMby stephanie-s

    Beautifully Elegant even in Muslin! Can’t wait to see the finished piece. I do hope you post the pattern, would love to make one myself!

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    Oct 5, 2007, 08.07 PMby emilykate

    That is gorgeous- can’t believe it was on GFY- musta been a ‘Well played?" And I like it as a sleeveless shift how it is now- you could do two versions! A book I use for pattern drafting is Winifred Aldrich’s Metric Pattern Cutting- good for us non-US people.

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    Oct 5, 2007, 03.32 PMby sweetpadee

    Hi Everyone. Thanks for the feedback. I am going to have to read the How-To on posting a pattern because unfortunately I do not have drafting software and mine is done with the old slash and spread/tracing method on paper.

    Lilo, I did leave the pleats open, but I do plan on tacking them down on the finished garment. I am fairly new to this whole pattern making thing and have no clue on how to grade patterns. And as you may have guessed, the pattern is tailored to my exact body measurements so it may be a challenge to post the pattern for others to make.

    If anyone has any tips. Please let me know! I can tell you that I used “Patternmaking For Fashion Design” by Helen Joseph-Armstrong. This book is a wonderful and invaluable resource.

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    Oct 5, 2007, 02.02 PMby wyn

    Great sheath. I love it! dye it and wear!

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    Oct 5, 2007, 02.00 AMby lilo

    Looks great already! Are the pleats at the bodice left open? Please please post the pattern (as a how-to explaining how we can draft it for our own body size, rather than posting the pattern merely in your size). Can’t wait to see it ready!

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    Oct 4, 2007, 10.18 PMby jj1

    Looking good already, can’t wait to see the real deal.

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    Oct 4, 2007, 10.14 PMby jellybean

    That’s gorgeous. Elainemay is right, it even looks great in the muslin.

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    Oct 4, 2007, 09.57 PMby amarie

    This is quite beautiful, the kind that would stay in your wardrobe forever.

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    Oct 4, 2007, 05.10 PMby elainemay

    oh i love this so so much. even as a muslin it’s fantastic and wearable! any chance you’ll post the pattern when you’re done? i covet it!

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