Saturday, August 20, 2011

Little red dress success


Ok, this was an act of major motherly love, but I'm more than happy with the results.  We used Burda 03/11 108 with the sleeves from 107.  Both these patterns were part of a bridal theme.  As you can see they lend themselves nicely to a party dress.  I cut the smallest size, made up the front and back of dress then awaited the arrival of my dd from Melbourne to fit the side seams.  I had to take it in about 7 cms on each side at the waist to make it fit properly. Surprisingly though the dart placement was exactly right!  I also took multiple centimetres from the sleeves and hemline. My dd is a thumbalina!
The bodice is lined with red poly lining. It is machine sewn around the neckline and through the centre back. I handstitched the lining in at the side seams and around the sleeves. The hems on the sleeves and at hemline are finished with cotton bias binding.  All very neat, but no photos as DD was rushing off for a 'pre' before the party.  Let's hope the 'apres' is not too devastating!  PS she is not wearing this peep-show bra. PPS she loves me, she really really love me...and the dress of course.

In the meanwhile, I've started a new job in the city, have cut five new pieces for me and completed the boring grey pants except for two button holes.  They fit well but the fabric is cheap and they are no more than a wearable proto-type.  More photos to come.

37 comments:

  1. You did well to meet the 'custom order' on time. She looks very happy with her new red party dress.

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  2. Fab dress! You did a great job especially on short notice. I'm sure your dd will get a lot of wear out of it.

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  3. Your DD looks so lovely in her fabulous party dress - you can't beat a little red dress for a great party look! What a nice Mum you are!

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  4. That looks really great! I love the low back and what a great red!

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  5. Love it.The back is sweet and the color is perfect for her. A job well done!

    Gail= Mother Of The Year.

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  6. She looks very beautiful in her party dress and I love the back neckline. Gorgeous dress.

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  7. Nothing like a new dress to bring out the love right?
    She looks great, a fun red dress.

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  8. Love it! What a great mom you are!

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  9. She is gorgeous! The dress and its color only make her prettier :-)

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  10. So cute. I love the black nails w/ the black tights too!

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  11. Super cute dress! Love the color and the back neckline!

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  12. Fits like a glove! And that smile, loving you and her dress -- the very best accessory. ;) Well done again.

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  13. Lucky dd and wonderful mom to make her so very happy. She sparkles in this lovely dress.

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  14. That's very pretty, and look fantastic on her.

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  15. You've been very productive! The dress is so pretty; I'd want to wear that if I was 18 yo or so.

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  16. I can see your glow of sewing virtue from here. I am not sure if it is from the fabulous party dress for DD or the boring work trousers, but it is very shiny! Your daughter's dress looks terrific, and she does look happy.
    Looking forward to your work wardrobe.

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  17. well done, nothing more satisfying than a surprise dress being well received....great job..

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  18. What a cute and saucy dress! I love that it's so demure in the front but open in the back.

    Good luck with the start of your new job!

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  19. Fab dress and fab mama! What a perfect way to set off for a fun night out.

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  20. How lovely, both the dress and your DD in the dress :~)

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  21. Perfect party dress - she looks lovely and proud as punch!

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  22. Cute dress. She looks very pleased with it.

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  23. She is stunning! You are the best Mum!

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  24. You DD looks very pleased! Great job!

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  25. What a cute dress, and boy she owes you big!

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  26. What a pretty daughter and what a pretty dress. she is so lucky to have such a wonderful sewist for a mother!

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  27. Very cute dress, just the right mix of fun and sophistication for a party dress.

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  28. What a fab party frock! Your daughter looks great, and you are a very nice mum - making a dress at short notice just before starting a new job, sounds just a little stress inducing. Enjoy the new job.

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  29. A labor of love, indeed! She looks both cute and happy!

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  30. Oh, yes! This mother's love is wonderful, and the face of satisfaction of the girl is so funny! Love the dress, the neckline back is great!

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  31. Your DD looks beautiful in this cute little red dress.

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  32. Beautiful!
    Lots of success in your new job.

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  33. Hello. Can you believe how far behind I am on blog reading? hope all is well. Love the dress! The back is adorable!

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous. I love it with sleeves. Defo going to have to give that a go. What a lovely mum you are! :-)

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