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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

lavender love

I stepped  even further out of my comfort zone with this one.  This is the first time I have made an actual dress, without taking the top from an existing shirt.
(unless you count my Laurel project when I was 16.  But lets be honest, my mom did all the work.)

I used every single last scrap I had left of this awesome purpley-pink striped knit that I made my cardigan out of.  I would call this more of a test run than anything.  I didn't know if it would turn out how I pictured it in my head.  

I just laid down an existing sleeveless dress I had, pinned it to my fabric, and created my pattern from that.  I outlined each piece of the dress with a 1/2" s.a.  The original dress was a little more fitted around the bootay, and had a boat neck.  I changed mine to a scoop, and made it fitted at the top, but then had it flare out a little more at the bottom.  Knits aren't greatest at hiding things, so I didn't want to feel like the dress was suctioned to my body.


I knew I wanted rouched sleeves, so I took a shirt I had with ruched sleeves, stretched out the sleeve, and traced it as best I could onto pattern paper.  To get the ruching effect, I just stretched out some thin elastic along the middle of the sleeve, and sewed it to the seam allowance.  


bag: anthropologie, shoes: Enzio Angolini, jewlery: forever 21

39 comments:

  1. You did a fantastic job, it looks great!

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  2. I think it turned out wonderful!

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  3. That turned out awesome! I just found your blog and I love your work! When I'm brave enough and get through my millions of projects, I want to try some of these dresses for me :)

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  4. Whoa, Leanne, it's fabulous! I am so impressed and inspired!

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  5. Love the dress! It's so pretty and it looks extremely comfortable. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that you have a great body that looks good in all these horizontal stripes.

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  6. It's beautiful! I love the color and the sleeves:)

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  7. Wow, it is so adorable! I love the fabric you used, and it fits you beautifully!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  8. You.Inspire.Me!!! I'm seriously doing this! It's perfect.

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  9. Wow! That is so cute! I will have to make one now. Making the pattern up will be fine, but finding super cute fabric like yours will be hard!

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  10. i love this! it makes me want to get my sewing machine out right now and make something i've never made before! thanks for the inspiration!

    caitimae.blogspot.com

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  11. Leanne, you are wonderful!! Thank you for the pictures and the explanations. As soon as my fabric shows up and my art show is done, this dress is getting made! Can't wait!

    p.s. good luck with everything this week! If you need someone to watch Bradley while you pack, you can definitely bring him over here!

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  12. Leanne, Hey there!! Feel free to take any pictures you want from our blogfor your fliker page!! Thanks so much for your awesome tutorials!!!

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  13. Such an incredibly cute dress! I miss sewing! Can't wait until my digital arts credential is done.

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  14. I'm noticing the scrunching of the sleeves seem to be trendy right now. I'm going to be trying that technique on a already preexisting shirt I have. Your dress looks lovely.

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  15. Wow! What a great trial run...
    Can't wait to see what you come up with when you put some real effort into it :)
    This dress is fantastic!

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  16. I think I might try this... what did you do to sew the neckline?

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  17. How is this the first time i've ever seen this blog? You are incredible! I've spent way to much time scrolling through all your archives, I rarely put new blogs into my reader in fear that I will spend too much time in the blogernacle, but this is so great.

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  18. well done. Love the stripes!

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  19. Great dress and it looks lovely on you. You did a awesome job.

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  20. You are AMAZING! I love love love your style!

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  21. I love it, where can I buy one???? :)

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  22. Are you Planning on posting a tutorial!? What a stunning dress!

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  23. This is gorgeous! I love it! I would totally wear it! :)

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  24. Hey there! I just found your blog from the skirt tutorial I saw on Pinterest. You're so talented! I just got a sewing machine a few months ago, so I'm a newbie. But I'd love to be able to make something like this! It looks awesome! Great job! :)

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  25. You are so very talented! I love all of your outfits!

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  26. This is super cute. How much fabric yardage approx was needed for this? I have just started sewing things for myself with my serger, and I have an issue trying to figure that stuff out. Great maxi skirt tut.

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  27. I totally want to try this! I have a hard time finding modest dresses, and I ADORE those sleeves! I think I can copy the dress part fairly easily, but do you by chance have a picture of the sleeve pattern you used? I'm just not entirely sure of what it would look like. Thanks!

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  28. Hi, I just found your blog and love it! This is such a cute dress it reminds me of a shabby apple dress that I have, but I like your version even better. I would totally buy one from you if you were willing to make it. :) Thanks for sharing you lovely talents with the blog world.

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  29. honestly one of the best things i've ever seen online. and love that there's no waist seam...?

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