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the Homecoming Dress

Added Nov 3, 2012

by colorfulphoebe

New England, Uni...






This is the hardest pattern I have ever attempted to sew. I used the Simplicity 1873 c dress pattern. I mae pleats for the first time, sewed an invisible zipper for the first time, and used a slippery fabric for the first time. It was quite a journey to making this dress in time for homecoming because as it turns out my sewing machine isn’t compatible with the only invisible zipper foot I could get my hands on. I ended up calling about 10 friends and neighbors to beg them to let me use their machines. I owe a huge thanks to Kathy and Mackenzie, Susan Anna and Leah, and most of all to my Dad. The finished product was far from perfect but it’s something I can hold up and be proud of. It was really cool to be the only girl at homecoming with a homemade dress and I’m so thankful that my friends are girls are who think it’s really cool to make your own dress not ones who think it’s stupid.

Material Notes

scarlet poplin




Garment Type

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    Nov 6, 2012, 04.46 AMby mojo elgin

    Good for you! Your dress looks great! You have a one-of-a-kind dress. No worries that someone else will show up at the dance wearing the same thing. The color and style are wonderful on you! You did a nice job with the fit, too. Keep sewing!!! :)

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    Nov 5, 2012, 03.32 AMby Meg Hardin

    From one teenage seamstress to another THIS IS FABULOUS! The pink is a perfect color for you and I’m super impressed. I made my homecoming dress this year too (haven’t found time to get picture up yet) but we should seriously start a movement of home sewn dance dresses! Sew on (:

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      Nov 10, 2012, 05.00 AMby colorfulphoebe

      Thank you!I It’s so great to hear from another teenager who likes to sew :) I’d love to see a photo of your homecoming dress some time! I just finnished this project and I’m already looking for a pattern for my winter ball dress! haha.. I’ve caught the sewing bug I’m restless when I don’t have a project to work on!

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    Nov 4, 2012, 03.36 AMby micbrown

    Well done! the colour and style really look great on you. I hope you and your friends had a fantastic night. Keep sewing :)

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    Nov 3, 2012, 09.29 PMby MojoHollz

    You did a great job! And very brave to try so many “firsts” in one dress. Keep it up and that bravery will take you LOTS of really cool places in your sewing. The dress and color look fabulous on you :)

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    Nov 3, 2012, 03.36 PMby Mary Athey

    Its fab!! never think its stupid to make your own clothes. its.actually a smart and very clever thing to do or so my friends say lol . and if i’d a £1 for every time i was asked to make dresses etc i could work part time lol. your dress is gorgeous on you.x

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