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Fancy Fabrics Challenge 2013

The lady in Red

I wanted a show-stopping gown for a queen pageant and my final year in 4-H.  This sequin seaweed fabric in red seemed to be just the thing.  The dress is adapted from several patterns: Vogue 1304 and Vogue 1032 and McCall’s 5001.  This fully lined, fitted dress has a sweetheart neckline and princess seams.  As eye-catching from the back as it is from the front with an open back and train.  The dress is underlined in black to deepen the red color.  Back closures include an invisible zipper and jeweled clasp.  Most of the sequins were trimmed from the seam allowances and then resewn by hand over the seams where needed.  This was the first time I made a complete muslin, which really helped with merging the patterns and fitting.  


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    slmendes | | #1

    What a beautiful gown! It looks great from every side. Very nicely done!

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    JetSetSewing | | #2

    Fantastic job! You look like a Disney princess. You should consider a career in costuming.

  3. DrivesSewMachBest | | #3

    You are to be commended! We, established sewists, should be looking for enthusiasm among your generation to become the sewists of today and tomorrow. As you are finishing or have finished your 4-H career, let me congratulate you for the finery you have created and are shown wearing. It is a beautiful dress and in inspecting the photos, I'd vote your dress as No. 1!
    I congratulate your tutors for their input over the years from your 1st project of an apron and potholder to this dress of beauty!

  4. NinaLBoston | | #4

    You did a beautiful job. So much planning -- from the mulsin-making to your considered choice of underlining color. It all paid off in a great way.
    By the way, the fit is wonderful -- I don't see any gaping at the neckline (front or back).
    Whether you win or not (I hope you do), you should be very proud of your work.

  5. GrandmaK | | #5

    "Lady In Red" - Very flattering dress for the noticeably talented seamstress! Having made a muslin first certainly paid off as the young lady had the final dress
    compliment her figure.
    Beautiful fabric for the draping of the dress.

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