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Something Old; Something New: Wedding Ready

Hey Loves!

I'm excited about this dress.   Why?   Because in always excited about a successful project,  but also because I got to sew something from my Hancock stash.  Yes, I'm still sewing fabric from Hancock. 

Here's the background on this dress.   This is one of my repeat clients. We were shopping for fabric for another project and spotted this pink fabric in Hancock when they were going out of business.  We both bought yards of it. Well it's just been sitting here waiting for her to be ready to use it.   Well this wedding was the perfect opportunity, but she didn't have enough of the pink. I told her I figured I could make it work with a few yards of another fabric.  She said go for it.   So, we debated between olive,  nude,  and navy.   She chose navy.  The rest is history.   She didn't know how I would make it work but she trusted me.  Luckily,  I didn't disappoint.

Here's my review from

Pattern Description: Flashback to the 70s with this faux wrap front dress that can be made in two lengths with either bishop or bell sleeve and sash.

Pattern Sizing:14-22 Made size 20.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Were the instructions easy to follow?The silhouette was the same but I used a heavier fabric so it wasn't as flowy as the pattern. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?It was a pretty easy to pattern. Looking at the pattern cover I thought it would be more difficult. I was shocked by the number of panels and amount of fabric required for the skirt of the dress. 

Fabric Used:Ponte knit from Hancock (pink) & JoAnn's (blue)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I didn't line the dress because the fabric was much heavier than the suggested fabrics. I figured adding lining would be too much. I also color blocked the skirt and sash.  

Here's how I color blocked:

  • For the sash, I only had enough pink to park of the sash.  I used scraps to do the color blocking.  Measured the amount that was missing and divided it by 4.  I cut 4 blue and 4 pink pieces in that size. Sewed those pieces together and added them to sash material. 
  • For the dress,  I knew I didn't have enough for the whole dress.   So, after making the bodice and sleeves, I checked to see how many panels the skirt required.  It was 7.  So, I divided the remaining fabric into 7 equal pieces.   I also divided the navy into 7 equal pieces and attached each to the pink.  I then cut the pattern as suggested & finished according to the pattern directions. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I hope to find time to sew one for myself. 

Conclusion: This turned out to be a beautiful dress. It's one of those classy, sexy dresses that can go to a wedding, on a date, and with cami to church. 

It looked great on my client. She was ready for a night of dancing and socializing at the wedding. Mission accomplished!

The dress was a little heavy with all that fabric but my first fall dress is in the books! 

What are you planning to wear to all the upcoming fall & winter weddings? 

Until next time,  Smooches!



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