I finished my dress!

Well … actually my sister’s dress – part of my “Sister’s Sewing Project”.  It’s a border print and I’ve fallen in love with it.  Border print fabric is not easy to find!  

My sister wanted this dress – she took this photo from the TV!  It was her inspiration.  

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And she found a lovely border print fabric for it – 100% cotton.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I pulled this pattern from my stash – Butterick B6089.  (It’s difficult to see in this photo because of the camera flash on the plastic cover – sorry!)

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I’m back!

Last weekend started out as a busy weekend and turned into a challenging week, but let me show you what I did!

I am still working on my sister’s dress – part of my “Sister’s Sewing Project”.  She would like this dress, in this 100% cotton border print and I am using this pattern, Butterick B6089 (sorry for the flash glare).

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The orange extravaganza!

A good friend and co-worker asked me to make a dress for her daughter’s year-end “graduation” from grade 8.  I have had experience working with her and her daughter before, making her a flower girl dress for a wedding.  I knew that there would be lots of alterations ahead for this tall girl.  But I enjoyed the opportunity last time and knew I would again!

Her daughter knew exactly what she wanted.  She wanted a dress that was a mix of this….

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And this pattern, McCall’s 6754….

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The bodice would be as is, sort of, but the skirt had to have box pleats instead.  The daughter choose a lovely orange polyester spandex knit called “Wella Wave”.  I don’t know if it is easy to see or not but it has a “wave” embossed in the fabric.  Just a beautiful choice. I traced the pattern bodice with alterations for bust size, length and I raised the front and back necklines (that at the mother’s request 😀).

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