Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blank Canvas Dress

I finished sewing my perfect summer dress. I haven't started the embroidery yet. I used McCall's 6331. I made a major change. I didn't like the style of skirt so I changed it to a circle skirt. The skirt is pretty short but I love my skirts short and my heels high. The embroidery on the skirt will be a coral reef with coral,seaweed,fish, and a seahorse or two. I found some new stitches to try out. They'll provide a bit of texture.
I made view C. I really like this pattern. It fits nicely and I love the slight bustier style top. I'm going to make the romper next in the brown floral. Since I love the top half of the dress, I may use it to make a few tops. If you read the sewing plan post you know that I lack stylish tops.Since it was a halter style I didn't want to wear a bra with it so I used Sewaholic's bust pad method. She used five circles and said it wasn't enough. I used 11 and I think it may be too much but it still works well. Here's a detail of the bust. I found it difficult to get the cups in on the first try so I hand basted them in. You can see that it's a bit padded. There's also top stitching. I used a waist stay because the skirt will need to hold up a lot of embroidery and the last pieces of my sanity. Since the top was lined I left a small hole where the stay could go through. I also hand-picked the zipper.

44 comments :

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh it came out so great! I can't wait to see the finished product!
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Danielle said...

Oooh it looks lovely, well done! :D

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Temporary:Secretary said...

This is totally awesome, i used to sew clothes when I was at university (fashion student) but I havent sewn for ages. This inspires me to get going again x

Kitsune-kun said...

thanks! cute dress! i actually have plans to do a seahorse dress also!

t said...

Nice dress!

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Tashrin said...

That is an amazing piece of work. :) I am so proud of you. I am making my first ever skirt, and would literally dance with joy if it looks half as good as your creation.

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Shea said...

Wow, I'm impressed! This dress looks great!

Claire said...

what a gorgeous dress. i can't wait to see it after you do the embrodiery. it's going to be gorgeous!

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Dresses for Dinner said...

I love this dress!

Sara Shoemaker said...

wow you MADE that?! it's so beautiful! love the bra built into the top. so great for summer! SO CUTE! love the vintage look.


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audrey marie said...

oh it looks great - congrats!!

LyddieGal said...

wow, nice work! I love the dress even just as it is. you can accessorize to your hearts content.

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Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

That's amazing! Great job!

wardrobeexperience said...

so cute!
i really envy your talent a little. ;)

the nyanzi report said...

great job! you look pretty in it.

Winnie said...

The dress looks amazing, love that you chose white. It's so classic!

lifeisamaze said...

It's a gorgeous dress !

Dilan Dilir said...

awsome dress:)

Cafe Fashionista said...

I just love this dress on you, Jess! It has such a Marilyn Monroe vibe to it - gorg! :)

Amanda said...

You are so talented, that dress looks stunning on you! I wish I could sew, it is a goal of mine to learn...eventually :)

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em.me.ma said...

wow its in credible! especially the bust part good job!

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Laura said...

Such a pretty dress it has such good bones! When you are done with the embroidery on that dress it will be out of this world!

Jessica said...

Lovely dress :)

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Meagan said...

Cute! You're so talented!
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Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful work, darling!
You look gorgeous!

xoxox,
CC

Krystal said...

wow that is so impressive!! i really like it!!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Such a lovely white dress and your pink shoes are a nice touch! xoxoxoo

Katie said...

Wow, I can't believe you made this so beautiful!

Cee said...

I'm so impressed that you made this yourself! I've always wished I could sew, but all of my attempts have turned out just terribly, so I really admire people who can make their own clothes. This dress is lovely :)
xox,
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Josie said...

Cute, simple, and vintage-y! Perfection in my book.
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Ann said...

Oh it looks so fab on you ♥

Vanessa said...

What a pretty summer silhouette! I can't wait to see the embroidery!

menina elegante said...

That dress came out amazing!! :D x

Sabrina said...

You made that? It's simply lovely! I love it's adorable ballerina-esque simplicity. You did an amazing job!

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Sabrina

Rach said...

Thanks so much for the blog comment. Wow you made that? Great job! It cam out really nice. It looks soo complicated. You are VERY talented. cant wait to see what you make next.
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Rachel said...

I absolutely adore this dress! It looks perfect on you!

simplychic said...

it is so perfect! good job :)

Hannah said...

that dress is lovely, I'm so impressed you made it yourself


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erica marie said...

Your dress looks great, I also like my skirts short and the heels high :)

Lexy @ QUIRKY EXPLOSION said...

YOU MADE THAT? eeek. Amazing! The detaling is INCREDIBLE. Perfect summer look! Splendid!

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Lexy @ QUIRKY EXPLOSION said...

YOU MADE THAT? eeek. Amazing! The detaling is INCREDIBLE. Perfect summer look! Splendid!

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Absolutely Mrs. K said...

i love to watch your skills! what a fabulous dress! the most perfect part to me is the fact that the color of the fabric is perfect for a dress like this! and it has the perfect length too, love it

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

That dress is darling! I can't believe you made it; so talented. It reminds me of Marilyn Monroe's famous white halter dress from "The Seven Year Itch"! =)

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Kristin said...

Oh to have that talent...What a beautiful dress!