Twirly Spring - Sewstylish Fashion Contest

comments (5) May 29th, 2009 in gallery     

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Terri_A Terri_A, member
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When making this garment for my daughter, and for the contest, I used the bodice pieces from the pattern, but overlaid them on paper and traced to draft a new center front piece that would afford her more coverage.

I made a "bed-head" pleated panel with pleats going in opposite directions and then ironed them through the centers against the grain, to make the look you see there. I cut the bottom portion of skirt C pattern piece and used this as a basis for the pleated panel.

 Next, I cut the top from the front and back skirt pattern pieces, and after adding seam allowances, cut it out in the Maple Syrup "Hello Betty" fabric from Chloe's Closet  (MODA) to form the band shown at the waist. The ruffle at bottom also from the Maple Syrup. The main fabric is Hello Betty Berry Blossom Grey, and the bodice is Betty's Brown. Lastly, I moved the zipper from the side to the back.

The bottom flounce/ruffle is one folded piece and therefore self hemming, so it still looks really cute if it gets kicked up or the underside is exposed at all. I also lined the bodice in self-fabric and interfaced with pro-weft interfacing for a secure look and feel to the top while preserving the lightweight cottony aspects of the entire dress. My daughter loves it and I can tell she is going to really wear it a lot:-)

I have never entered a sewing contest before, and I am sure I wouldn't say I deserve to win more than anyone else. I would like to (of course :-) in order to use the sewing machine to assist some young people I know who would like to learn to sew. The sewing machine would come in handy for one particular teenage girl I know to learn to sew on and keep at her house. That would be so cool!

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Comments (5)

JennieC writes: This is darling. You did a fabulous job.
Posted: 11:35 pm on June 21st
AthenaWeaves writes: Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging comment. You know my sister encountered a goofy thing trying to see this contest on her laptop. I was very happy to be in the contest with you.
Posted: 12:17 pm on June 12th
Terri_A writes: I tried to post a comment about your beautiful dress AthenaWeaves, but my computer refuses to let me post on or view your comments. Anyway, if you see this- good job and gorgeous dress on you!
Posted: 5:34 pm on June 3rd
AthenaWeaves writes: Your use of coordinating fabrics is really lovely. There truly is an art to that and you have really mastered it. Your daughter looks lovely in her dress. Good luck I hope you get the sewing machine.
Posted: 4:10 pm on June 2nd
GertieT writes: Love the pleated panel! Great use of contrasting patterns as well.
Posted: 4:00 pm on May 31st
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