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SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge 2015


This time I wanted to challenge myself with my long time love, the stripes. I was thinking for a while about making the same dress as I saw in the pattern M7084, but I wanted to create my own pattern. So started to draft my own pattern by looking at the picture.

The fabric I used for this dress is 100% cotton. My bodice is made with the straight and cross grains. For the skirts, the godets were in bias and the directions are changed in the opposite sides. It was quite challenging while cutting the fabric, because I had to be conscious that the stripes should match after sewing. 

My experience in sewing shirts for my sons and husband came handy in drafting and sewing collar and collar band (I referred many sites for creating collar pattern). The sleeves have fold back cuffs with button tab. I tried to match the stripes in the sleeves and in the cuffs (I hope did match the stripes!!). I hand hemmed the circle skirt.

I was quite impressed with my work, fitting and the look.  I always wanted to create such a pattern all by myself. This time I did that. I have attached the photos of my pattern pieces too. This is a perfect dress for spring and summer.


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    malsews | | #1

    I'm voting for this dress because you thought outside the box and created your own pattern as well as tackling all those matching stripes. Very good job!

  2. lavkalai82 | | #2

    Hi Malsews, thank you for your vote and encouragement.

  3. rubicat | | #3

    I don't think I've ever been quite so impressed with a project! Not only is sewing this dress more than enough of a challenge for most of us home sewers, you've gone SO much farther by drafting your own pattern AFTER LOOKING AT A PICTURE!!! I cannot manage to make my own pattern even after taking apart my store-bought t-shirt to copy it. It's always wrong. Your talents are simply amazing. Your natural talents and your hard work came together beautifully in this dress. Thanks for inspiring me to keep on trying harder.

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