Sunday, April 26, 2015

MAGAM April Dress In Progress - Part 1

Hello..
I am making a dress for April - Make A Garment A Month (magam) with the theme "Blooming Flowers".

After thinking and looking for the right fabric and pattern to work with, I chose this beautiful watercolour floral chiffon that I won from Ariation's giveaway. As the chiffon is transparent, I will lining the dress bodice with jersey net fabric in white color and I will make half slip to cover my lower body.


For the pattern, I am using BurdaStyle Smocked Maxi Dress 04/2013 size 34. I have to grade down the pattern because the minimum size from the original pattern is 36.
I decided to change the loops and buttons to three little bows or just one bow at the center front. I will see...
Also, I will reduce the dress length from maxi to tea length.

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Sewing Process:
I cut all the fabric pieces, fashion fabric and lining. Also cut the belt and bias tape for the neckline and armholes.
I placed the lining fabric right side facing the wrong side of the fashion fabric. I pinned in all edges and stitched 1 cm seam allowance. I did that in both front and back bodices.


After I stitched front and back bodices, I folded the shoulders and pins them 1 cm wide. And then stitched down 4 cm long

I worked on the wrong side of the bodice, open/spread the folded area and pinned. As shown below,

Then I attached and pinned the front and back bodices right sides together at the shoulder. Then stitched them with 1.5 cm seam allowance.

After that, I worked with the neckline and armholes binding. Firstly, I cut 5 cm wide fabric x 3 yards long. I think I was exaggerated but anyway... it's better to have leftover than not enough and I need to cut more fabric.
I pinned the bias tape fabric right side facing the lining. Stitched with 1 cm seam allowance. Then trimmed the fabric 1/2 cm. As shown below,


After the method above done, I worked on the right side of the dress at the armholes and neckline. I folded the bias tape fabric 1 cm, pinned and stitched all around.

Then I pinned the center front and stitched with 1.5 cm seam allowance. Sew the raw edges of fabric with an ovelocker sewing machine.
After that, I pleated and pinned the skirt onto the bodice right sides together. Then stitched it.

 
Until next...

21 comments:

  1. This is some beautiful fabric. I can't wait to see you wearing it.

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  3. Love that fabric! It's looking good!

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  4. Looking great! It is very pretty fabric and it would suit you so well.

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  5. Lovely fabric Hana. So looking forward to seeing you wearing this dress. It's so going to suit you :)x

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  6. Hana, that is going to be beautiful.. Cant wait to see it.. Happy sewing.

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  7. Glorious colours. That will be a beautiful dress.

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  8. This is looking lovely already - such a pretty fabric and pattern you have chosen.

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  9. Love that you are sharing your construction techniques with this gorgeous dress. Can't wait to see it finished! It will be a most beautiful dress.

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  10. :) I can't wait to see the finished product on you. You doing a great job given that chiffons are a bit difficult to work with.

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    1. Working with chiffon is so scary. Thanks Ariana :)

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  11. This was helpful and that fabric is to die for! So gorgeous -- I cannot wait to see you in it Hana!

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