This is dress number 3 from this pattern.   This time in black satin.

I love this dress !!!

Seen here in all its glory at the afterparty for the red carpet night opening of Hairspray the musical.

But it was not all plain sailing this time, did have a drama with a crapola invisible zip busting on me.   Thankfully while I was creating the garment, rather than when I was out and about wearing it !

Such a winner pattern !


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Thanks so much with all your assistance in helping me overcome the hemming issues.

Finished the dress.   Went to the party.   More on my blog.

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I don’t have any of those funky gadgets that help when you’re trying to do it solo.

Its a frustrating process of trying on the frock, working out where it needs to come up, taking it off, hanging it up and trimming, trying it on again.   Its excruciating I tell you.

This pic was taking on 2nd attempt where I thought it wasnt too bad so overlocked it.   Yeah.  No. 

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and, not to pressure you or anything.   But I have today and Thursday to do this, as the party is on friday.



I cut out the toile in size 10.  According to the pattern envelope I should be a size 14 with my measurements.

No immediate fitting dramas with this one.  I should get more 1957 reissues – they built them for my shape!

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To refresh your memory, this is the pattern picture. 

Vogue Vintage reissue V1172