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Pink & Red dress by skwarynia

Added Jan 31, 2010

by skwarynia

Zamosc, Poland






This is my dress for the Pink & Red Contest! It took a long time since I’ve decided to make it, because pink or red aren’t my favourite colours-I like black, grey, blue. So it was very hard for me to imagine sth pink and red and sew it. But I finally manage to do it and I designed the dress. For the fitted bust part I based on Miasu’s contour bust, but it took me a whole to make it perfectly fitted… And I embroidered it using satin stitch and back stitch [for the first time in my life!] having in mind American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. The bust part is fully lined, and made from the leftovers of an old sheet. For the skirt I used hand painted silk [for the first time I was working with such fabric].
The fabric has a story: My grandma said that she bought this fabric when she was still working as a seamstress. In those days it was very hard to buy any fabric, but my grandma, as a seamstress, had vouchers and she spent all for this beautiful, colourful fabric. And she sewn a dress for my mum for the New Year’s Eve party. My mum said that all compliments were for her outfit:) Unfortunately, when I found it in the loft, it was thrown apart so I had to work out how to cut it off to form my skirt-finally I cut out 3 rectangles, and gathered it, finished with baby hem, and added another frill. I also made a five-layered tutu from lace curtain.
As you can see I didn’t buy any fabric, all is reused:). I hope you like it! I’m really over-excited about this!

Material Notes

Pink sheet, pink lace curtain, silk from my mum’s dress, zipper, threads,a lot of patience:)




Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Silk, Tulle

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    Apr 17, 2011, 07.13 AMby mnavoy

    very cute! I love the photos too

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    Aug 11, 2010, 02.36 AMby craziemirrie

    That’s fantastic! Nice work on the embroidery.

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    Jul 21, 2010, 03.16 PMby dextha

    i love this dress, wish i can some day make one just like it ….:)

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    Mar 9, 2010, 05.26 AMby prairieponygirl

    I love it! So cute and sweet. Beautiful job.

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    Feb 20, 2010, 12.40 AMby lianaluv


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    Feb 19, 2010, 02.52 AMby kat21

    Your dress is absolutely gorgeous! I really love the effort you went to with your photos too. The one out in the snow is gorgeous.

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      Feb 19, 2010, 08.16 PMby skwarynia

      Thank you very much:) I’m so glad you appreciated it:) Taking the pics was hard [ you know balloons are very naughty while working with…] but it was a real fun! Thanks again:)

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    Feb 13, 2010, 09.14 PMby hereonawhim

    i don’t usually like pink or pink and red together… but i absolutely love your dress. so adorable!

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    Feb 3, 2010, 10.11 AMby eatthatmonkey

    those pictures are the best i think. it’s abvious you spent some time on those, not just ‘two shots and we’re done’. and let’s not forget about the dress-it is really cute!

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      Feb 3, 2010, 03.57 PMby skwarynia

      Thanks! I’m glad that you noticed how much work it demands:) The hardest thing was to bounce the balloon not to high and in the right direction so the photographer could catch it:)

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    Feb 3, 2010, 05.27 AMby Vivat Veritas

    this is way too cute!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 10.41 PMby minirice

    and this is lovely too, i esp like the silk skirt part x

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    Feb 2, 2010, 06.50 AMby gonnange

    by the way, i’m desperate for some help with the contour bust pattern, and i was wondering how and where you sewed the top piece onto the three lower ones?

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    Feb 1, 2010, 11.48 PMby pinup

    Woweee, really lovely! the photos are great too

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    Feb 1, 2010, 07.44 PMby fashionesta-withacapitalf

    i dont know, i dont really think you were the first one to have that idea even though you probably werent, it still looks cute!! ox

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      Feb 1, 2010, 08.59 PMby skwarynia

      I meant I think I was one from those who were:) anyway,thanks:)

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    Feb 1, 2010, 06.05 PMby captainkitsch

    I love the cute pictures! Beautiful dress, very creative, plus I love the story behind the fabric <3

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    Feb 1, 2010, 04.52 PMby maaiketje

    win win win! :)

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    Feb 1, 2010, 04.14 PMby fashionesta-withacapitalf

    good job on the dress! the ruffles are great for hidding your tummy and the belt really slims you down! love the baloons they look similar to alot of other peoples ideas great job! xoxox

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      Feb 1, 2010, 07.18 PMby skwarynia

      Thanks:) I saw a lot of pics with the balloons, but I think that I was one of the first with this idea here

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    Feb 1, 2010, 02.56 PMby william james

    so cute loving the fabric :)

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    Feb 1, 2010, 12.57 PMby Laura Bolčina

    Looks like we used the same pattern! ;) I used bed sheet for the top part too. :) And I wanted to make it without straps, but the dress wasn’t really wearable if you know what I mean, so I had to add them.

    I love your embroidery. Really cute dress. :)

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      Feb 1, 2010, 01.13 PMby skwarynia

      Hehe yes:) Sheets are the best for dresses;) And I know what you mean with fitted bust-I was fighting with this for about 2 days to make it perfectly fitted, and I redrafted the pattern twice… Anyway I managed:)
      Thanks for your nice words, and good luck in th ecompetition!

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      Feb 1, 2010, 01.26 PMby Laura Bolčina

      Sorry, I didn’t want to mark it as inappropriate. :/ I thought it was “Reply” button.

      What I wanted to say was that fitting was okay with me, but the dress just kept falling off me/my bust. :) Good luck to you too! :)

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    Feb 1, 2010, 12.22 PMby carolinam

    I like your dress and the pictures are great too. Really fun with the baloons. You’ve been very creative.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 10.59 AMby saori

    loveee <3

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    Feb 1, 2010, 10.32 AMby skwarynia

    Thank you very much for your nice comments:) It’s very important for me, because I after having finished it I wasn’t sure if it is worth uploading…

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    Feb 1, 2010, 06.24 AMby gonnange

    this is beautiful! its so incredibly adorable, and the colours & shape are gorgeous

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    Feb 1, 2010, 03.23 AMby damianadesigns

    I love the shape of this little number! Very sweet and feminine.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 01.59 AMby sandoz18

    I love the story of how you got your fabric!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 12.45 AMby Natalia *

    this dress is really pretty and the photos are great too. awesome job.

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    Feb 1, 2010, 12.16 AMby michelleiswell

    this is really cute! I love the pic with the balloon.

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    Jan 31, 2010, 11.33 PMby punkiedory

    yours is really cute, too! and the pictures are fun :)

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