Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cinderella Dress

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

I have never been more excited about a dress in my life! I made this dress for a friend so I did everything right. You know what I mean? This is terrible, but I am not even close to being a perfectionist, so when I make clothes for myself sometime I cut corners, get lazy with seam finishing and so on. I've been doing a lot less of that and I think that this dress was the catapult to my good behavior, because when it comes to making clothes for other people, I do want it to be perfect.

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

I drafted the pattern myself using a bodice sloper I created for my friend. I have to tell you, I've never put so much thought into anything I've sewed. I created the princess seams and the sleeves with the gathering detail. When I cut the pattern I measured the seam allowance really really carefully (I never measure anything carefully) and thought about everything twice before I made the first cut. I do realize this is how I should be treating every project and that just winging it just shouldn't cut it for me. But I really am lazy. I'm working on my sewing habits, though and my projects after this dress are so much more proffesional than my pre-dress creations.

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

The back has a low neckline (which I love) and the skirt is a full circle skirt (which was a nightmare to hem. I let it hang for two days and the skirt hem was so off I couldn't believe it was a circle to begin with)
Even though circle skirt take more time and effort than any A line skirt, I think they're SO beautiful and flattering. I love the way the drape and - for a lack of a better word - flop.

scalloped belt, scalloped hem

I finished the waist tie and hem with little scallops using Gertie's tutorial and I can imagine this was a uch easier way to finish them hem than a narrow hem, even though I did have to sit and cut of the scallops for two hours. I did this while watching The Good Wife so no harm done.
(can you see the belt loops?? how cool are they?? I don't remember where I found the tutorial for this - if anyone recognizes this tecnique let me know! but I just took 6 pieces of thread an sewed a zigzag stitch with my machine over them created a thin braid for the belt loop. cool huh?)

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

I used a poleyster satin for this. I almost gagged when I bought it (at my friedn's request), I though she'll end up looking like a girl in a beauty pageant. To my surprise - it turned out beautiful! I really feel like a Disney character when I wear it:

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

Convincing huh??
(after Bambi and I took this picture I started singing and a bird answered me and then two butterflies draped a shawl on my shoulders as it was getting chilly)

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

 I finished the armholes and neckline with store bought satin bias tape that was EXACTLY the color of the fabric. I couldn't believe my luck!

cindrella dress, circle dress, circle skirt

What do you guys think?
I'd really like to make one for myself, but I have nowhere to wear a satin dress (I go to a pathetic amount of social gathering a year) so maybe I'll make it in a different kind of fabric.
Any suggestions? I'd love your thoughts!

9 comments:

  1. I walk past the entire row of shiny satin in the store without a second thought, but it turned out cute! It would be great to make another in a different fabric. The comment about the birds and butterflies - ha ha ha ha =)

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    1. I hear you! it's not an attractive fabric..
      thanks so much!

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  2. You are such a nice friend! :-) Dress looks cute, is it for a Halloween costume? Or just in general?

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    1. thanks!! um no.. just in general, for dancing maybe! why? is it too much?
      any ideas for other fabrics?

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  3. Sorry, I only asked because of the Cinderella reference. I thought maybe she was planning on being Cinderella for Halloween or a play or something. I maybe wouldn't wear it grocery shopping, but for dancing it would be great! If you wanted to do a more casual version, I really like silk-cotton blends (which I can rarely afford outside of my dreams, LOL) or just a lightweight cotton (voile or similar) which would make a pretty and "floaty" dress. :-)

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  4. She better wear this grocery shopping! Satin is pretty unforgiving of sewing mistakes, so you did a great job with it here. I've tried sewing for other people and it stresses me out (and bores me) to do everything perfectly. I don't even know what perfect sewing is supposed to be. But it's rad that this dress inspired you to improve your techniques.

    It's a cute pattern and shape. Try it in cotton lawn, rayon challis, linen.

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    1. thanks Andrea!
      It was actually quite pleasant to sew. I find chiffon a lot more difficult, for example.
      I know, sewing for other people IS boring, but it's a good friend and there was something really satisfying about sewing something without cutting corners and so on.
      I will try those fabrics! I'm going fabric shopping tomorrow! wooohoo!

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  5. That color is so gorgeous! Beautiful work- hemming circle skirts can be a nightmare, but it looks beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! It was kind of a nightmare. oh well.

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