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wool dress w/ pleated skirt

Added Nov 2, 2008

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






the first dress i made using wool fabric (it’s damn hard to get it to fit under the tiiiiiny space below the sewing machine’s needle!) and without any patterns at all..
this is also the first time i sew a lining to the dress..(and cursed every second while doing so, as it’s so bloody hard!)
i guess it went pretty well, for a first timer who doesn’t even know how to do it the right way ;)
originally i planned the top part to be more structural-like than this. but as i cut the fabric, i realized i’m 0.5m short of fabric! so i altered it, and tried my best to still make it a dress somehow (didn’t want it to end up being “just” a skirt..it HAD to be a dress!). and yes, the sleeves are supposed to look like that ;)
the pleating (on the skirt part) took me hours to figure out, again because i’ve no ability of making patterns.

the last picture shows where i got the idea of the pleats. in short, i tried to copy the pleats from this dress, without using any patterns, and alter it to a different kind of dress.

Material Notes






last picture (of the “inspiration dress”) taken from September 2008 issue of Vogue magazine

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    Sep 12, 2010, 06.53 PMby annaelisabeth

    fantastic fabric and work on the pattern

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    Nov 5, 2008, 12.40 PMby saxsilverain

    thanks all for the kind words! :) been having lots of trouble lately with other sewing projects, but having made this now gained my confidence back.

    Grasshopper: guess what? i work at Eurokangas (keskustassa) ;) maybe we’ve actually met there, hehehe!

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    Nov 2, 2008, 10.42 PMby grasshopper

    Really nice! I like the fabric too; I know I’ve been eyeing it at Eurokangas for some time… ;)

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    Nov 2, 2008, 03.12 PMby cheriered

    I love the fabric choice – great work on copying the design! Beautiful work!

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    Nov 2, 2008, 12.39 PMby polychromatin

    The fabric is interesting! Really like your dress, fantastic job copying it just from one photo!

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    Nov 2, 2008, 12.07 PMby dianacirne

    Love it, love it! The fabric is crazy!!! Very well made, and creative!

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    Nov 2, 2008, 11.45 AMby justmica

    Love the fabric…!!

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    Nov 2, 2008, 10.59 AMby emsalot

    you’re amazing to just copy a dress from a magazine like that! It looks great too, i love the bottom part of the fabric how it turns from black to white. :)

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