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Monday, 4 January 2016

The 50 cent dress!

Happy New Year!



I wanted to make a new dress for New Years Eve.  Why, I don't know.  We didn't go anywhere and were asleep long before midnight! However, it was a good excuse for a new dress!

I had picked up a bunch of remnants from a local op shop for only 50 cents each - bargain!  I planned to use the fabric as muslins (when you roughly make a pattern from cheap fabric first to test fit etc).  This pretty navy and green (my favourite colour combo!) fabric really appealed to me.  It also has a bit of stretch, so was perfect for a fitted dress.

I am so happy with the result!

This pattern by Simple Sew came free with the Love Sewing magazine - the pattern was the reason I bought the magazine!  I loved everything about it!

I only made 2 small changes:
  • I added 2cm length to the bodice, everything else was just fine. 
  • The pattern had an open slit in the back; I made it a vented slit so the backs of my thighs aren't exposed.

It's rare that I get such a good fit without too many alterations!  The skirt is a little looser, which I love as it gives me more of an hourglass shape than I really have! 


This really is a 50 cent dress (the zipper was from Nona's stash!) so naturally I pair it with the most expensive shoes I own! Why not?!


11 comments:

  1. Such a fun fabric and I bet you were thrilled to not have to do too many alterations. Ok! I've been trying to figure out where your shoes are from since you posted the pic on IG and I can't but everyone else seemed to know! Hopefully, you don't mind divulging and ending my suspense? :)

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    1. Hi Beth! They are Manolo Blahnik's made famous by the 1st Sex In The City movie - Big proposed to Carrie with this shoe and she got married in them. Phew, suspense over! x Allison

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  2. Lovely dress! I think the colours are a great combo too, much too nice for a muslin ☺

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    1. Thank you so much Nina! It was a great bargain! x Allison

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  3. Lovely dress! I think the colours are a great combo too, much too nice for a muslin ☺

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  4. Far too nice to be a muslin! What a bargain with that fabric. It looks beautiful. Suits your shape perfectly.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I appreciate your kind words! x Allison

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    1. Thank you so much Natassia! x Allison

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  6. At first I was in awe of the dress and how well it fits you -- and the fact that you make a mock dress BEFORE you actually make a dress! That's double the work, and I can't wrap my head around doing it once! -- but then I saw your Carrie shoes and have lost my ability to talk. Got to go and lie down now.

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

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    1. Haha - you crack me up Anett! I don't always make a muslin first (which is a bit naughty!) but wasn't sure about this pattern. It worked out really well and was easy to make! x Allison.

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