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Gatsby Love

Added May 31, 2013

by katya

London, United K...






I made this dress for Miss Crayola Creepy’s Great Gatsby Challenge. I was inspired by the 20’s but didn’t make an authentic dress, instead I took elements I like from ’20’s dresses and made a dress I would like to wear – it has a dropped waist, a low back, pleats and beading! I altered the ’20’s look though and made it more fitted and a little shorter so it’s more wearable for me. I love it!

I designed this myself using my block and I am thrilled with the way it turned out, It all lined up perfectly and I’m pretty pleased with the fit.

There are more details on my blog Sleek Silhouette

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    Jun 4, 2013, 07.25 AMby annickbyl


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    Jun 1, 2013, 03.32 PMby bjr99

    You did a fantastic job! The dress looks great on you.

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      Jun 2, 2013, 07.01 AMby katya

      Thank you

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    Jun 1, 2013, 02.32 AMby Kovu

    wow! your dress is amazing! i love the drop waist.

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      Jun 1, 2013, 06.09 AMby katya

      Thank you!

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    May 31, 2013, 07.28 PMby Madcinderella

    WOW, I love your Gatsby dress!!!

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      Jun 1, 2013, 06.09 AMby katya

      Thank you :)

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    May 31, 2013, 02.00 PMby Jelena Mitic

    Oh, how lovely!

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      May 31, 2013, 02.22 PMby katya

      Thank you :)

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    May 31, 2013, 01.30 PMby Mary Athey

    katya this is a fabulous dress. i love this on you. pardon my ignorance but whats Block? i’ve heard other sewers mention blocks but having never used one i don’t know what it is lol

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      May 31, 2013, 02.34 PMby katya

      Thank you :) A block is a very basic pattern made to your measurements, it has darts etc but no seam allowances. You can alter it/move the darts/modify it to almost anything I think – Although I haven’t tried a jacket yet! I made mine by combining a bodice and skirt block, you can also make trouser blocks. There’s a tutorial on making your own here: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/constructing-the-basic-bodice-block

      I’ve really enjoying making mine and playing around with it :)

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      Jun 1, 2013, 12.02 PMby Debbie Alli

      Hi Mary, If you’re interested in making blocks that fit you perfectly and adapting them to create patterns, then one of the best books you can buy is Metric Pattern Cutting by Winifred Aldrich. Used in every college and it’s how I learned too. She shows you adaptations from your block to make every neck, sleeve, bodice, skirt, trouser style you can think of! Just look up her name on Amazon :) x

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      Jun 1, 2013, 12.45 PMby Mary Athey

      thanks debbie and katya x

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    May 31, 2013, 11.05 AMby Kocotte

    it is perfect, very nice dress

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      May 31, 2013, 11.10 AMby katya

      Thank you :)

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    May 31, 2013, 09.59 AMby liliv-1

    Very wise decision to make the dress fitted, it emphasizes your tiny waist!

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      May 31, 2013, 10.49 AMby katya

      Thank you, i wanted to make it more ‘me’ :) I’m glad you think it was a good decision!

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