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Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress taught by Gretchen Hirsch

Knock 'em dead with a vintage pinup dress that's uniquely yours!

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Quilter's cotton, muslin, boning, buttons

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What are you most proud of? As far as sewing goes, I took some home-ec, back in grade school, where we learned the very basics of using sewing patterns, but I'm self taught otherwise and have largely stuck to very simple, unlined garments. I've always cut out the size closest to my own and used it without modification. This was my first time making a muslin, and doing multiple fittings to get a great fit. It's also my first time lining a garment, doing a lapped zipper, adding boning and waist stays and doing a lot of hand stitching. I learned so much and have been using those skills, ever since.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I doubt I would have been able to sew this project without having taken the class first. The instructions are bare bones, and there are no seam allowances; two things that would have left me completely flummoxed. The real benefit of making this project was in taking the class which offers tons of really great techniques that I have already started to incorporate into other sewing projects.

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Gorgeous Dress!! I love the fabric, too! Did your "assistants" help? One of my beloved cats was always a pattern weight.

07/01/2012 Flag

Ha, the puppies are always happy to help but their most important responsibility is as spokesmodels. I think they do a good job of making me look better.

07/01/2012 Flag

Wow! Love it. Very pretty fabric.

07/02/2012 Flag

Great dress! Love the color and the pattern. My dog is the same way. I can't take a pick without him ending up in it one way or another.

08/25/2012 Flag

Gorgeous as usual! I'm in this class too! :o) Thanks for the great review of it. I am finishing up another sewing class so that I can be confident in following along in this one!

12/01/2012 Flag

oooh, I can't wait to see your dress, when you finally make it. I have no doubt your's will be amazing.

12/02/2012 Flag

Great! Congrats!

02/20/2014 Flag