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The dress that REALLY got me noticed

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Traditional, Classic
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What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Danielle Dress

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What materials did you use? A $5 remnant and a zip. Very cheap to make!

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What are you most proud of? The day I wore this into work I felt a bit like a celebrity. It was noticed and commented on as soon as I entered reception. And all the ladies I saw complimented me on my new dress and wanted to know where I got it. When I proudly/casually mentioned that I had made it myself, by the end of the day Id had 5 people asking me to make one for them too. And offering to pay! I think I might have finally arrived in sewing world. Does this mean I can now cast of my complete beginner badge and perhaps promote myself to novice sewist? I tried very hard to be precise in my sewing with this dress because it has darts in the bodice front and back, that should line up exactly with the long shaping darts in the skirt back, and the pleats in the skirt front. The seams in the center back need to all line up exactly so the bodice needs to be precisely the same length (obviously) on each side. And the central band needs to be precise. A few mm out and things wont line up when the zip is closed at the back. I admit to unpicking and redoing those seams a couple of times until I was happy.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I love the way this dress is so flattering for my figure. Its slim and fitted in the back, but the empire waist and the pleats in front hide my tummy and dont over-emphasise my hips I think. And the squared off neckline has always been a favorite of mine. This is the BEST thing I have ever sewn and I LOVE it. If you want a really good dress pattern I highly recommend Danielle. Its pretty easy to sew if you take your time, easy to fit and doesnt take a whole lot of fabric. This was yet again another fabric remnant from my local shop. Total cost about $5 for the fabric and $1.25 for the zipper. Now THAT is a bargain.

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This looks great. The fit is perfect and the fabric complements the lines of the dress. I love it!

04/03/2013 Flag

Dress looks fabulous on you.

04/03/2013 Flag

I can see why, you look great. By the way WHO noticed tell!

04/04/2013 Flag

Thank you for the kind comments. Its my favorite item sewn so far.

04/05/2013 Flag

You still haven't told us WHO noticed you...

04/07/2013 Flag

Well done, it fits you well and the fabric looks lovely, what a bargain!

04/07/2013 Flag

Am looking for the pattern for this dress please, can you help me. So admire your site and all the things you make can't wait to get started.

11/16/2013 Flag

You can read more about it and get the pattern link here -

11/24/2013 Flag