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Perfect little herringbone dress

Added Jan 13, 2014

by Nikki Brooks

Washington Dc, U...






The dress was made with the bodice McCall’s M5927 pattern and a self drafted skirt with the following alterations:
-Added 1.5" to the front and back of the neck for a higher neck
-Cut the back and front bodice pieces 5.5" from the top to create two additional pattern pieces and seam lines
-Faced the back and front bodice pieces
-Reduced the diameter of the arm opening to create a slimmer sleeve
-Cut the sleeve at 11.5" from the top to create a seam
-Add a 2" seam cuff
-Drafted a skirt to attach to the bodice -measure from the bottom of the bodice to determine the length you want the skirt. Measure your hips at the widest point and cut two pieces of fabric with those dimensions. Fold the back piece of the fabric lenghtwise and cut it in half. Using a 5/8" seam allowance sew the back pieces together baste stitching from the top down 9" for the zipper then sew the side seams. Matching the bodice side and back seams to the skirt side and back seams, pin together. Working from both side seams, gradually decrease the waist so the skirt matches up to the bodice, this will require you to create new side seams. Once the skirt and bodice matches up and the seams are matching, sew the skirt and bodice together making sure you baste across the zipper seam. Attach a 22"zipper, try the dress on inside out. To create your perfect fit, pin the skirt where needed and mark with chalk. Remove the dress and make the appropriate fit adjustments then trim the excess seam allowance.
-Add a 2" seam band at the bottom of the dress

Full details at www.beautejadore.com

Material Notes

Fabric used is this wool stretch herringbone from Moodfabrics.com-http://www.moodfabrics.com/moss-natural-herringbone-suiting-fw11795.html


Winter, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jan 22, 2014, 04.35 AMby Byanka Ayala

    Just Lovely… fits you well!

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    Jan 21, 2014, 03.33 PMby anajan

    Nice one! It fits you like a glove, well done!

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    Jan 19, 2014, 09.21 PMby Irina Schwab

    Really, really good fit. Love the herringbone fabric and the understated colour in contrast with the bold, edgy shape of the dress.

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    Jan 18, 2014, 05.57 PMby Tttyygd

    I love this dress,so chic and elegant,but how to get this pattern?

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    Jan 17, 2014, 05.33 AMby Hülya Samsa Kasalar

    Amazing dress and great work

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    Jan 16, 2014, 07.59 PMby Denise Wild

    You did such a great job! Ah, stretch wool. Wonderful! Great job!!

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    Jan 16, 2014, 05.30 PMby Tatiana Laremore

    Gorgeous! (both you and the dress!!!) Thank you for inspiration!

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    Jan 16, 2014, 04.56 PMby Animada--

    It & you, both are truly stunning! Wow… Great skills, great curves. Congrats!

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    Jan 16, 2014, 07.19 AMby cathysews

    Wow…a fantastic dress.

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    Jan 16, 2014, 01.08 AMby LakeWylieMom

    Wonderful dress! It looks amazing on you.

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    Jan 16, 2014, 12.49 AMby SassyT

    This looks like a dress you have purchased from an upscale European boutique. Gorgeous. Sassy Sewing Bees https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    Jan 15, 2014, 08.49 PMby MandieW

    What a great fit! Understated and classic but sexy. Love this.

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    Jan 14, 2014, 08.53 PMby Makeda Haberdasheress

    Fantastic! The fit on this is INSANE. great job!

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    Jan 14, 2014, 10.16 AMby Carien Dolittle

    Haha I can see the men in your office going crazy.. Stunning dress!

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      Jan 15, 2014, 02.28 PMby Nikki Brooks

      Good thing I work with my husband lol

      Thank you :)

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    Jan 14, 2014, 10.10 AMby yenny lee

    Love it! :D

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    Jan 14, 2014, 03.07 AMby neveenkarnes

    very pretty and great for work then dinner!!! well done!!1

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    Jan 14, 2014, 12.47 AMby sarahsdaughter

    Just Fabulous So chic!!!!

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    Jan 13, 2014, 10.18 PMby rita61

    Great dress! I really appreciate when you list the things you changed.

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    Jan 13, 2014, 09.54 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress and you have styled it perfectly x

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    Jan 13, 2014, 09.50 PMby slmnstyle

    Great looking dress! I love all the design changes you made to the pattern to make it unique and your own. Very cool!

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    Jan 13, 2014, 06.43 PMby caireen

    Wow! You look stunning!

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    Jan 13, 2014, 06.34 PMby cashmerette

    Wow, very professional!

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    Jan 13, 2014, 06.21 PMby Moimisie

    I love your dress, it fits you perfectly and the fabric looks very nice…

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    Jan 13, 2014, 05.59 PMby chula123

    Fabulous dress, shows off your figure perfectly ! And the shoes are fabulous too :-))

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