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The Katjusha Dress

Added Aug 13, 2012

by Abby Hopewell

Sheffield, Unite...






Okay, so this is my first attempt at a real project and I’m a little nervous – I’ve made bits and bobs in the past, the odd skirt etc, but this is my first real project – pattern from the Katjusha Dress.




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    Jul 1, 2013, 07.45 PMby Rachel Hesbacher

    First if all the dress looks amazing!! But I was wondering what kind of fabric you used, and also did you put anything under the skirt to make it poof out like that? Thanxx!!

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      Jul 7, 2013, 09.19 AMby Abby Hopewell

      Hi Rachel,
      I just used a polycotton which worked really well for me as it’s quite stiff (the lining helps make it softer etc for the bodice). On these photo’s I hadn’t put anything underneath it, so I can only put that down to the material. You can always wear an underskirt though like some of the other projects on this dress.

      Good luck! :)

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    Feb 3, 2013, 01.02 AMby dhnkle2

    Hi Abby This is my first attempt at making this dress. I had to resize it for plus size which was extremely difficult for me. I finally got all the pieces sized right and cut. The problem I’m having is sewing the bodice. It looks soooo difficult that I’ve put the project aside for a day….lol. There aren’t any instructions on how to start it and align the front panel with the front sides….bummer for me. Any suggestions? Please help,,,,thank you sooo much.

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    Aug 14, 2012, 10.46 AMby EmmaDarwin

    Hey you’ve done a really good job, hope it’s given you confidence to keep going.

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      Aug 15, 2012, 09.13 AMby Abby Hopewell

      Thank you! Yes, I’m making another dress in the same style at the moment and hoping to improve where I went wrong last time. Hopefully the stress will be worth it again! :)

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    Aug 14, 2012, 07.35 AMby Abby Hopewell

    Thank you, everyone for your lovely comments, it really does mean a lot! x

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    Aug 14, 2012, 07.12 AMby Tam Huynh

    Really cute! Way better than my first garment!

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    Aug 14, 2012, 07.10 AMby koobakii

    How on earth could you be nervous posting this absolutely lovely dress, you’ve produced an amazing piece, especially for a first attempt. My eye was drawn immediately to my favourite ‘spotty dotty’ fabric. I hope you feel a million pounds wherever you wear this dress.

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    Aug 14, 2012, 01.39 AMby katrinahueniken

    This is so perfect! Yay polka dots!

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    Aug 13, 2012, 08.41 PMby laracrj

    Absolutely gorgeous – I wish my first projects looked this good! Great choice of fabric too

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    Aug 13, 2012, 07.00 PMby jadealamode

    gorgeous dress!!! really great for a first real sewing project!

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    Aug 13, 2012, 06.53 PMby SassyT

    Love it, you must be so delighted.

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    Aug 13, 2012, 05.21 PMby slmnstyle

    Adorable dress! Nice job on your first “real” sewing project. Keep up the good work, time and practice makes perfect :)

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      Aug 13, 2012, 06.12 PMby Abby Hopewell

      Thank you – this is the first piece I’ve done from a pattern and not given up on! I’m doing it again at the moment, but changing bits as I go and finding easier ways of doing it than before, a long way to go yet :)

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    Aug 13, 2012, 02.53 PMby Amber Bockman

    Very nice! the fit looks perfect! I know what you mean about being nervous doing the first real project! www.WillowWould.blogspot.com

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      Aug 13, 2012, 06.14 PMby Abby Hopewell

      Thanks very much! It’s nerve-racking putting your work out there for the first time!

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    Aug 13, 2012, 01.45 PMby eliseanna

    Really cute, well done!

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    Aug 13, 2012, 01.23 PMby Mary Athey

    Its gorgeous!! i love the spot’s and the dress is fab on you x

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      Aug 13, 2012, 01.50 PMby Abby Hopewell

      Thank you! I made some mistakes along the way so I’m looking forward to trying it again and hopefully next time it will be better x

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