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the next BIG thing - twinkle sews, wenlan chia

Added Jan 8, 2010

by lovelypolly

Vienna, Austria






itś one of wenlan chia’s crations in her book Twinkle sews. the skirt is made in the balloon technique while the upper part has a sophisticated way to be bead. between the loops the band is knotted to imitate little diamonds on a necklace.

its a funny dress although its rather bulky with the balloon. I had the main difficulties with reading the instructions in specific sewing english :-) i don’t know yet if the dress is really wearable….

the fabric is somehow embroidered wool . for the lining I used dark blue cotton.




Garment Type
Bohemian, Rock, Romantic

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    Feb 12, 2010, 02.44 AMby sandoz18

    I just ordered this book and am dying to try out some of the patterns you’ve posted. This looks very complicated in terms of construction (at least on the top), but the neckline is divine!

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    Jan 16, 2010, 07.56 PMby sigrid

    I love this neckline too. I have the book and want to try this pattern, but even for an english speaker, the directions are hard to follow!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 06.24 PMby lovelypolly

    oh girls, thanks for all your nice and kind comments on the dress :-)))))) (I admit, they make me kind of proud)

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    Jan 12, 2010, 03.10 PMby krysia

    this is beautiful-good job! the neckline is fabulous

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    Jan 12, 2010, 01.50 PMby elegantmusings

    I just adore the neckline treatment! So pretty!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 01.49 AMby pixelink

    The neckline is very unique, must’ve taken a lot of patience. My vote is WEARABLE, definitely attract attention wearing this, well done…plus I think you’ve just generated more sales on this book!!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 01.31 AMby annawilliamson

    i got that book for christmas, and the next big thing dress is at the top of my list to make just as soon as i get back in the same state with my sewing machines! i love what you’ve done with it, your fabric is lovely! although you’re right that it might be difficult to find a situation to wear it in.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 11.21 PMby Sadie Fox Metter

    Wow! Great job! I love it. I have this book too, but I have been too scared to try anything yet. It looks gorgeous on you.

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    Jan 11, 2010, 11.16 PMby mbeara

    Beautiful, I can’t wait to make this dress however I have to confess a bit intimidated by it, need to get a muslin to make first

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    Jan 10, 2010, 03.21 AMby benew

    I love this too much.

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    Jan 9, 2010, 01.54 PMby jenna428

    I think you did a great job. A very unique neckline. I love it. I wonder how that would look using a silk material? I have my old wedding dress(I am now divorced) I can maybe recycle it. What is the pattern name on that?

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      Jun 7, 2010, 06.06 AMby wishofhappiness

      The pattern is from Wenlan Chia’s book Twinkle Sews. Its called ‘Next BIG Thing’

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    Jan 9, 2010, 03.53 AMby marylou86

    Oh I love this, it makes me want to get the book. The fabric looks great in this style, too. Lovely job :)

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    Jan 8, 2010, 09.56 PMby irmchen

    My vote: WEARABLE!!! Was ist das denn? Diese Ausschnittlösung ist Klasse und das Material… du kannst das super gut tragen, steht dir einsA!!!

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      Jan 8, 2010, 11.21 PMby lovelypolly

      mein mitbewohner sagt, ich schau aus wie ein kartoffelsack :-(

      bin aber dankbar für den Rat einer Frau, die den gelungenen Ausschnitt hervorhebt…. wenn ich nen guten tag hab, befolg ich ihn und trau mich mit dem kleid raus :-)
      danke immi!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 05.40 PMby chanelleaj

    Nice work, love the fabric you have used. I have this book and plan to make my first dress next week.

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    Jan 8, 2010, 05.40 PMby chanelleaj

    Nice work, love the fabric you have used. I have this book and plan to make my first dress next week.

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    Jan 8, 2010, 05.15 PMby bttn

    beautiful neckline, I love it! and what are you talking about? you have to wear it!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 03.49 PMby janul

    So beautiful! Was it hard to make the neckline? It looks like it really was…

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    Jan 8, 2010, 03.42 PMby ajtak7171

    Wie meinst Du das – ob das Kleid tragbar ist?!? Es ist absolut spitze!!!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 03.16 PMby sunnilj9

    I’m so glad you made this! I was wondering how it would turn out being as I bought the book a few months ago. Great job! Love the fabric too!

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    Jan 8, 2010, 03.12 PMby icecjan

    beautiful dress! very special.

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    Jan 8, 2010, 01.59 PMby nenasew

    Very cute. The neckline is fantastic. It makes the dress very unique.

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    Jan 8, 2010, 01.06 PMby nettie

    It’s beautiful! I love the neckline!

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