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Making Pretty Dresses…

I’ve been in a sewing mood lately, it’s been nice and very productive – I finished this dress about a week ago and have already started on my next.

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I made this dress from a Japanese cotton lawn I bought in October-ish last year. I lined it fully with a white vintage cotton I had in my stash due to the lightness of the lawn – to give it more structure and so that I wouldn’t have to wear a slip underneath for modesty’s sake if I didn’t want to.

I made a few small changes to the pattern – I lined the sleeves with self-made bias binding instead of the facing the pattern came with, moved the side zip to the back (I have issues with side zips for some reason, they always come out bulky) and because there was no way I’d have enough fabric for the circle skirt called for, I used 1inch pleats on the skirt instead.

I loved making this dress and am already planning my next. I’m going to make the v neck a little wider at the shoulders and a little deeper – perhaps a little something like this…




Pretty Little Pictures

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  • A.J.A. February 25, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Very pretty! And the pattern is particularly nice with your hair and skin.

  • Nadia Lewis February 25, 2012, 11:43 pm

    So cute! Great styling with the belt.

  • Nikki February 26, 2012, 12:05 am

    Very pretty. Love it!

  • Sue February 26, 2012, 12:24 am

    Very adorable! I really love that fabric, especially when combined with the teal belt. Nice work!

  • kittysdrawings February 26, 2012, 2:34 am

    I’m not sure my comment went through! So I’ll say again – the dress is GREAT – the colours work so well with you skin (like A.J.A said).

    And I agree about the side-zip thing. I avoid them as much as possible. They annoying to put in and annoying to wear. If I MUST have a side closure, I use snaps instead with a hook and eye at the waist seam. 😀 No more time consuming than a hand-picked zipper and it sits nicer because it doesn’t bunch like a zipper does.

  • Anni February 26, 2012, 6:59 am

    Like the girl above have already said, the colour looks great on you! Lovely floral pattern and cute dress. 🙂

  • Dee February 26, 2012, 11:29 am

    Very, very nice! Like the others, I love the fabric, and how nicely it compliments you.

  • Katherine February 26, 2012, 11:33 am

    Very pretty, Jennifer. Well done!

  • Claire February 26, 2012, 1:33 pm

    This is so lovely! I love the floral print, and it looks especially nice with your coloring.

  • Bonita February 26, 2012, 6:53 pm

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    What a gorgeous dress Jen – it looks lovely! You did a great job with it. : )

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  • Rebekah February 28, 2012, 1:07 pm

    This is such a darling dress! I love your choice of fabric!

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