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The Dress that REALLY got me noticed

Added Apr 3, 2013

by debycoles

George Town, Cay...






Danielle Dress – what can I say. I love you, and so do all my friends.

The day I wore this into work I felt a bit like a celebrity. It was noticed and commented on as soon as I entered reception. And all the ladies I saw complimented me on my new dress and wanted to know where I got it. When I proudly/casually mentioned that I had made it myself, by the end of the day I’d had 5 people asking me to make one for them too. And offering to pay! I think I might have finally arrived in sewing world. Does this mean I can now cast of my ‘complete beginner’ badge and perhaps promote myself to ‘novice sewist’?

I tried very hard to be precise in my sewing with this dress because it has darts in the bodice front and back, that should line up exactly with the long shaping darts in the skirt back, and the pleats in the skirt front. The seams in the center back need to all line up exactly so the bodice needs to be precisely the same length (obviously) on each side. And the central band needs to be precise. A few mm out and things won’t line up when the zip is closed at the back. I admit to unpicking and redoing those seams a couple of times until I was happy.

It worked out brilliantly, even though my invisible zipper isn’t quite invisible. My adjustable zipper footdid a good job, but I’m going to get an invisible zipper foot as well for really precise results.

I didn’t attempt to match the pattern on the back of the dress. This was just one challenge too much for me just yet, and I knew if it wasn’t precise as well, it would show that it didn’t match. So I went with a semi-match that had the swirls in a similar placement so I hope it doesn’t look too out of place.

I love the way this dress is so flattering for my figure. Its slim and fitted in the back, but the empire waist and the pleats in front hide my tummy and don’t over-emphasise my hips I think. And the squared off neckline has always been a favorite of mine.

This is the BEST thing I have ever sewn and I LOVE it. If you want a really good dress pattern I highly recommend Danielle. It’s pretty easy to sew if you take your time, easy to fit and doesn’t take a whole lot of fabric.

This was yet again another fabric remnant from my local shop. Total cost – about $5 for the fabric and $1.25 for the zipper. Now THAT is a bargain.

Material Notes

A $5 remnant and a zip. Bargain




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    Jul 28, 2013, 06.20 PMby purzel

    I love this dress! I sewn one once but with the sleeves. I was going to make myself another one but without sleeves.

    I was actually wondering if you could maybe tell me how you altered the pattern to make it sleeveless? I am totally stupid when it comes to sleeves or actually altering them…


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    Apr 5, 2013, 04.35 PMby Madelyn H-L

    This is just gorgeous! I wasn’t sold on the Danielle dress, but this makes me want to run and make one as quickly as possible!

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    Apr 4, 2013, 10.17 AMby SassyT

    It is gorgeous.!!!

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    Apr 4, 2013, 04.26 AMby elisana

    You look gorgeous! Your description of the pros of the pattern sums up exactly what i need in a dress. The back looks absolutely fine to me. Fantastic job

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    Apr 3, 2013, 09.47 PMby Mary Athey

    who cares about matching fabric patterns ? you look fab in this dress.its gorgeous on you and your photos are lovely x

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    Apr 3, 2013, 09.31 PMby liliv-1

    Your dress is awesome! The fabric you used is very pretty with lovely print and color. It is really a very flattering for the tummy thing (without making a pregnant effect if you sew the pleats) I know this from my personal expirience:) The back seam of the dress is ok as well, not matched but it doesn’t look bad at all. Had you thought of cutting the back dress on the fold and skip the back seam? This could be a fast way to have a continuous print.

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