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Sail Away Dress

Added Apr 7, 2010

by dewreb

Tacoma, Washingt...






A few days before I was to leave for a spring break cruise, I decided that I absolutely needed a special “Sail Away Dress.” Because I didn’t have a whole lot of time, I had to keep it simple. I used a Simplicity “Project Runway” pattern, and made the dress navy, white, and red. It all went pretty quick and simple. As usual, I made the dress 1 size smaller than the pattern package said for my measurements.

I’m pretty pleased with it. The things that I love the most are the cutesy flounce to the skirt, and the red bias at the hem. I also, for the first time in my life, felt that I met the perfect material for the particular dress in mind. The navy is a magical material with just a very slight stretch called a “bottomweight.” The one thing I don’t like is that it has some extra material bunching in the chest area near the arm holes. I am not sure whether this is because I have small breasts, a flaw in the design, or because I took out too much ease by making it 1 size smaller than my measurement size.

Material Notes

A magical bottomweight with a slight stretch.




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    Apr 7, 2010, 10.41 PMby frounce

    I thought I recognized that dress! I’ve made several from this pattern too. When I made a sleeveless version I had the same problem with the extra material around the armholes so I think it’s just something with the pattern. Good job though, this dress is really cute!

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    Apr 7, 2010, 10.27 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    umm, picture number two? i don’t think you could’ve played it more perfect.

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    Apr 7, 2010, 09.46 PMby mixtlii

    What a lovely dress! Great job :)

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    Apr 7, 2010, 09.24 PMby marissaismyname

    Throw in a dart or two around each boob and it shouldn’t pucker anymore. Darts are the story of my life… I absolutely love this dress! I went a cruise a month ago and made a cocktail dress, but this is to die for on the high seas!!!! Way to go!

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      Apr 8, 2010, 01.25 AMby dewreb

      Yes, you’re totally right, I would have definitely added a dart if I hadn’t been in such a hurry (not only did I start it a few days before my cruise, but it was also exams week!). I find I often have to add darts in the chest area to compensate for my lack of breasts! Ha ha!

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    Apr 7, 2010, 08.47 PMby pinup

    gorgeous! I love the shape/swing of the skirt, cute shoes too!!

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