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The Princess Sheath Dress That Was Not Meant To Be

Added Aug 20, 2013

by caireen

Heidelberg, Germany






And boy, was it ever a project! I started it in … March, I think? It was supposed to look completely different, too: I had Burda’s Princess sheath dress in mind, but when I downloaded the pattern I discovered that I’d have to downsize it. And do I ever hate drawing and planning and measuring! I’m a sloppy person. In the end, I resized it to a 36 and paid no attention to my own measurements. (You know how that story ends, do you?)

But first I laboured and laboured upon the top and the lining, which was a very very slow process since I can only sew whenever I’m at my Dad’s house. Many tears of frustrations where shed, but I persevered and slowly but surely it started to look like a dress! So I tried it on. And it didn’t fit. Not everything, anyway. The top fit damn-near perfect, but the skirt had been cut rather too optimistic for my hips. You can imagine my disappointment!

But since I had by then spent quite a lot of money and time on that dress, I picked it up the next weekend I was at my Dad’s. Why waste a perfectly good top, I thought. I could just make the skirt in a different fabric. So up and to the fabric store I went, where the first stroke of luck happened after months of slaving over this dress: I found the perfectperfectperfect fabric. Isn’t it beautiful? It fits so well with the original fabric. I decided I’d make a flared skirt, because I can do that in my sleep and also because the fabric basically called for it.

Now I have a breezy little summer dress instead of the elegant vintage I’d wanted, and you know what? It doesn’t matter a bit. Well, okay, I’m still a bit bitter about all the money I wasted on expensive lining, but apart from that it doesn’t matter. I’m probably going to wear it more now that it’s suitable for everyday use!

Next time I’m going to measure everything, though – lesson learned! In the meantime I’m going to twirl and twirl and twirl, because flared skirts never get old.

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    Aug 21, 2013, 10.23 PMby liliv-1

    I love your dress, you look so cute and sweet in it! Even more I like your positive sewing philosophy!

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      Aug 22, 2013, 06.02 AMby caireen

      Thank you so much! :) I was pretty frustrated to be honest, but it’s a learning process and what can you do best with these screw-ups but learn from them?

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      Aug 22, 2013, 02.48 PMby liliv-1

      Not only you learned from them, but you also managed to make a gorgeous dress despite the screw-up!

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    Aug 20, 2013, 08.39 PMby Precy

    OMG!!! Really cool dress. How did you make it???
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      Aug 21, 2013, 06.05 AMby caireen

      Thank you! It’s based on Burda’s Princess Sheath Dress, but (as detailed in the post) I had fitting issues so I added a flared skirt in another fabric.

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    Aug 20, 2013, 09.54 AMby Mary Athey

    i’m so glad you perservered with this dress as its lovely on you. you are not the only one who does things like this lol, i spent hours making a faux leather peplum top which looked so good but would’ve fitted my 13 year old neice, i forgot about stretch.i also made knickers that i got as far as my knees hehehe. i love your dress and tbe two fabrics look so good to.gether. your blogs great as well x

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      Aug 21, 2013, 06.03 AMby caireen

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that had something like that happen to them. Although I’m sorry to hear about your top and your knickers! Could you reuse those for another project by any chance so that all that work wasn’t completely lost?

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      Aug 21, 2013, 08.55 AMby Mary Athey

      i actually opened up the peplum top and added a black jersey section like a pleat, my friends all loved it so i never let on it started life as a mistake, as for the knickers i added side panals as well. x

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