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The Best Medicine Frock & Giveaway

Added Feb 9, 2011

by grosgrain

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This year I wanted to buy something special for Valentine’s Day. So I searched my favorite dress shop, Modcloth. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to go for sultry or sweet. I had it narrowed down to two frocks when I realized that the sultry one was sold out. Then (of course) it became the one I wanted. It was actually rather expensive anyway. With shipping it would have been close to $100. And I don’t like to spend more than $60 on a dress and even then it’s gotta be something special.

So, I decided to try and recreate it. Here was the Modcloth version. I tweaked a couple things but I think it came out pretty good. And I only paid $25 for the material and notions. It would have been even less but I bought duponi silk for the bodice and ruffles which is $12 a yard at JoAnn’s with a 40% off coupon. So this dress is probably even made of better material than the Modcloth version.
My favorite part about this dress is the ruffles at the bottom. It gives it some body in the skirt and looks like cake confection. I also added the pintucks under the bustline. And the back has a nice deep V that reaches below the bra line. I wore a normal bra with this and the only thing that showed was the hooks in the back which can be hidden by safety pinning the bra below the zipper…..I’m skillfull that way;)

I will be wearing this to our Valentine’s Day dinner but if any of you would like the chance to own this dress after that I will be offering it up to one lucky Grosgrain reader. I’ll only be wearing it one night but I just want to be clear that I will be wearing it before it gets sent.
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Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Feb 10, 2011, 09.22 PMby tamezdc

    Very appropriate for Valentine’s day

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    Feb 10, 2011, 06.19 PMby hannah3107

    this dress is beautiful – how did you do the ruffles? and also the stripes under the bust, are they pleats? sorry to bbe so cheeky :P

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      Feb 16, 2011, 04.51 PMby grosgrain

      I just made a very, very, very long 3" wide strip of ruffles and sewed it in a zigzag pattern at the bottom of the skirt. And yes, those are simple pleats under the bust!

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    Feb 9, 2011, 09.48 PMby lilo18

    i like yours better too!

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    Feb 9, 2011, 09.47 PMby concreteknickers

    thats wonderful…yours is much nicer….i really love the style…

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    Feb 9, 2011, 08.36 PMby dilshadburman

    Yours is a million times better than the Modcloth version!!! I LOVE IT!! I think I might try ruffles like these on one of my skirts! So fun!

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    Feb 9, 2011, 08.23 PMby janene

    Just gorgeous!

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    Feb 9, 2011, 08.20 PMby fashionqueen920

    so pretty! i like yours better!

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    Feb 9, 2011, 08.16 PMby hyunjoo

    very pretty and nice details! :) I’m making my valentine’s dress too :)

    what size is the dress?

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    Feb 9, 2011, 07.37 PMby Yvette Stanton

    Very pretty. I love red. :-)

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    Feb 9, 2011, 06.03 PMby cquinn13

    so pretty! i love the color, and yours looks better than the original :)

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    Feb 9, 2011, 05.44 PMby salvia

    Wow, this is so beautiful. I love everything about this dress, but the ruffles are the best thing.

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    Feb 9, 2011, 05.33 PMby magentaworstblood

    It’s so beautiful! I just followed you on twitter (@MagentaWB) :)

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