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June 16, 2010

As mentioned below, I used my creative energy this week to sew this dress. It’s from McCall’s pattern #5845, and as you can see, I made it more challenging by choosing a print that needed to be matched up properly to look good. The 28 darts (6 in the bottom, 8 in the bodice, doubled because I had to do them in the lining, too) were really good practice for making darts, but they were my least favorite part. Oh, and if you want to make this pattern, it actually instructs you to put the waist darts on the outside, but I decided that there was no way that would look good and so put them on the interior as any normal pattern would instruct.

Complaining aside, my favorite part of this pattern is that it looks like business from the front, but there’s a little bit of a party in the back.

Although it’s a pretty classic sheath dress, I think I took it in an interesting direction with the tribal print I used. So now I just have to decide how to wear it. I’m thinking a black cardigan or blazer and some sassy heels. Any styling advice?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alison permalink
    June 17, 2010 5:05 pm

    Wow, that dress is AMAZING! Such a classic cut, yet the fabric that you choose really works! Perhaps try teaming it with a red blazer – to bring the red out from the dress so it stands out. I love bright colours. Or to tone it down a simple black cardi or black blazer would look great too!!

    • June 17, 2010 5:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Alison! You can’t tell because my hallway lighting sucks (and I tried to color-correct), but the diamonds are actually a dark pink/magenta that I think I’d have trouble matching. Now you have me thinking about a bright blue, though, which might be easier to match. I guess I love bright colors, too!

  2. June 17, 2010 8:00 pm

    28 darts? Whoa! That is a lot, my friend. You pulled it off wonderfully, I can see how lining the pattern up is so very important in this case (and totally agree that darts on the outside make no sense).

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