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Space Stewardess Dress

Added May 17, 2010

by Lisette O

West Orange, New...




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This was made for my senior banquet…and I finished it about 10 minutes before I needed to get ready! Everyone loved it, but I admit that there were a lot of pitfalls along the way.

Pattern: Simplicity 7355, 1967
Fabric: Satin Charmeuse (100% Acetate) from Joanns ($2.99/yd)

-Despite my making a mock-up of the neck hole, it was barely big enough for my head to squeeze through.
-Despite being a petite size (5’3" and under, baby), the dress’s pre-hem length was about my mid-calf. What?!
-The armhole facing was from the flamingo dress pattern and worked like a charm.
-I need a new iron. Not only does mine leak, but got a dent in the plate which my dad sanded but it is still catching.

What I Learned:
-Acetate is the worst fiber ever! If there is the tiniest drop of water the dye runs immediately and makes a big water stain. Of course, my iron leaked all over the first version of the dress. Plus it is SO HOT! I nearly passed out from dancing.
-Shiny fabrics are the worst ever! Every pin and needle leaves a mark so pinning is a nightmare and you can forget about messing up and ripping out.
-French seams on the outside of a garment look awesome. Unfortunately they pucker when done on a curve.
-Never ever let someone hem something at midnight when they are dead tired. The sides are all wonky.
-Bias-roll collars are fantastic.
-Shiny fabrics will make you the center of any photo taken with a flash.

Material Notes

satin charmeuse, acetate



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Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Mod, Preppy, Vintage

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    May 27, 2010, 02.23 PMby ellie-sew

    This dress is really amazing! Finally, you’ve done a great job! Just adorable! And next time, you should use another tissue like silk satin, which would get you hot on the floor but not under the collar.;-)

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      May 30, 2010, 12.19 PMby Lisette O

      Thanks! I’ve learned my lesson about being cheap with fabric…although I’m still glad I learned how to sew slippery fabric with this stuff rather than $10/yd fancy fabric.

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