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For the love, comes the burning young

Added Jul 27, 2011

by jescarose

Bourne, United K...






This isnt finished so it shouldnt really be on here yet, but I havent done any mannequin work since april and was pleased with myself that I’d actually got off my arse to do it!

Will post again when complete :D

WHATS TO DO: It wont really look much different except the armholes which arent cut yet. It will be sleveless (what looks slightly like cap sleeves at the moment is just excess material) and a concealed zip will go down centre back, but everything else will be the same.

Material Notes

2m of printed cotton. Beautiful print that looks better than the photos, very ‘Cath Kidson’ type print but at only £4! Bargin :)


Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Jul 30, 2011, 12.55 AMby jescarose

    Thank you everyone for such lovely words :‘) Just wanna say don’t get too overly excited for the overall finished product as it will exactly the same minus the pins haha xxx

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    Jul 29, 2011, 10.22 PMby Syrena B

    I LOVE THIS!! Is this from a pattern or your own creation??? I want one! :)

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      Jul 30, 2011, 12.50 AMby jescarose

      My own creation :) Its so simple, next time I make a dress the same way I will take step by step photos so everyone can have one, you’d be suprised how easy peasy it is x

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    Jul 29, 2011, 05.07 PMby magdamagda

    very eyecatching!

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    Jul 29, 2011, 08.09 AMby keren

    it’s amazing! I love the beading that you added along the seams. So you’ve been stitching the seams from the right side? It’s going to be amazing when completed and it already is amazing.

    Oh silly me! Those aren’t beads but pins! But beads would be a nice touch maybe :-D

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      Jul 30, 2011, 12.49 AMby jescarose

      Haha yes beads would! I’ve started to sew it at the moment and little by little its looking a little more dull as all the pearl pins come out :/
      Yes I top stitch everything. I find its the best way if you wanna get the detail but it does give it an homemade look as you dont see a huge amount of topstitching in shops x

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    Jul 28, 2011, 04.59 PMby sarahuk4

    stunning, i want one!

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    Jul 28, 2011, 03.18 PMby wendymichelle1015

    I am positively green with envy over your draping skills! You are one talented seamstress :) Good luck with the finished product, I’m sure you’ll have no problems!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 12.53 AMby jescarose

      Thank you :) x

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    Jul 28, 2011, 10.21 AMby Deborah Zimmerman

    Beautiful, so far! Looking forward to seeing the finished dress!

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    Jul 28, 2011, 05.06 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    woah i agree with everything already said! this make me think i should bother to do some draping! i get so caught up with making technical patterns i forget how much fun draping can be :) lovely work. very excited to see it done because it looks oh so flattering!!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 12.51 AMby jescarose

      Thank you! I never bother with technical patterns, they take so long for me as I’ve never read how to do them properly but hopefully next year when I start my fashion degree I’ll be a pro at everything! :D x

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    Jul 28, 2011, 03.45 AMby pambox

    that’s going to be great when it’s finished. but i have to say, seeing the number of pins in that makes it look like a very daunting project to me!

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      Jul 30, 2011, 12.53 AMby jescarose

      I add most the pins in after I’ve arranged the fabric on the mannequin just so when ~I take it off to sew that all the seams stay in place. It does make the sewing lengthy having to stop all the time :/ haha x

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    Jul 27, 2011, 10.15 PMby assets

    You are so talented I look forward to the finished product. Well Done

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    Jul 27, 2011, 04.26 PMby mojo elgin

    So far, it’s gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it finished!

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    Jul 27, 2011, 04.10 PMby zilredloh

    Wow! I have to say (like everyone else) that this looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the WIP on it, can’t wait to see the finished product.

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    Jul 27, 2011, 01.35 PMby jescarose

    Thank you everyone! :) You’re comments definately give me motivation to get off my arse and do some more garment making :) xxx

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    Jul 27, 2011, 09.23 AMby poppykettle

    This looks great – and like everyone else, I’m looking forward to seeing the end-result! Is this of your own design or is it from a pattern?

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      Jul 27, 2011, 01.38 PMby jescarose

      Thank you :) Its my own design from just pinning the fabric onto the mannequin. I dont tend to make many dresses from patterns as I find they’re a bit too plain for my liking, I like the intricate detail and draping that you can only really get from the mannequin x

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    Jul 27, 2011, 08.33 AMby dottty

    Fabulous, thats so clever jj:)x

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    Jul 27, 2011, 08.17 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    That is GORGEOUS!! Draping on a stand is one thing I just cannot do…. Well done, can’t wait to see it finished!

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    Jul 27, 2011, 06.47 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    wower than wow! i am so impressed, what you managed to do with this material and i can not wait, to see the finished dress! GREAT!!!

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    Jul 27, 2011, 06.06 AMby janene

    This already looks amazing. I have this same fabric and I agree it is very beautiful. I’m really interested how you go about your mannequin work. Can you explain the process please?

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      Jul 27, 2011, 02.04 PMby jescarose

      Awh thanks! :) Where did you get your fabric from? I like tracing origins of market fabric, once found fabric i had for £2.50 was from a £100+ jacket from diesel!
      The process…Well theres not really a process as such, I tend to watch tv while I’m working so my hands tend to do the work. But for this dress I started on the top left pinned the corner of the fabric on the mannequin, folded the raw edge under (along the width of the fabric) and pinned in along the bust to right side of the waist and then pinned the fabric into pleats along the left bust. You have to be a bit risky cause when you finish one section you’ve got to cut the fabric down the side. I then did each section the same, pinning it onto the shoulder and then pinning in darts and pleats. I have a polystyrene mannequin so I just push the pins into the mannequin and then when the dress is complete I pull the pins out and pin it fabric to fabric which probably take just as long again! I take it off the mannequin and machine topstitch everything which if I did it properly I’d do it inside out so I can stitch on the inside properly but cause I dont, I just topstitch everything. I dont think this makes much sense haha but if you have any other questions ask away! :) x

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      Jul 28, 2011, 07.26 AMby janene

      I am very lucky to live a stones throw from the Goldhawk Road and Shepherds Bush Market in West London . . . fabric shop heaven. I think I got it for £3.50 a metre. I Thought that was how you might have done it. I just guess you’ve had a lot of practice! I would like to try this one day. Just wouldn’t know where to start! x

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      Jul 30, 2011, 01.14 AMby jescarose

      You’re so lucky! Currently I live in the Midlands (Leicester/Peterborough area) and it is awful for fabric, me and my mum travel all the way up to Leeds to get our fabrics. You should definately try it! its easy when you get started. Just have to think where you are going to have a fastening as that was one thing I always forgot when I first started working on the mannequin x

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    Jul 27, 2011, 05.39 AMby Passiona Cottee

    wow! WOW!!

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    Jul 27, 2011, 05.32 AMby Nickiejc

    That is simply lovely, I am envious of your neatness and precision. I too cannot wait to see the finished garment.

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    Jul 27, 2011, 04.51 AMby lorenna

    SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

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