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Monday, April 13, 2015

MAGAM March: 50's Inspiration Mint Dress

Hi everyone..
Finally I finished my mint dress for Make A Garment A Month - March. This dress has princess seams, round neckline, short sleeves and fully gathered skirt with finished zipper at the back. 



Pattern and alteration:
I used two BurdaStyle patterns for this dress, pattern from 01/2013 for the bodice and sleeves and pattern from 09/2014 for the skirt.
As the minimum size of the two patterns are 36, I have to grade down to 34. I also made some changes on the neckline, omitted the collar and change the 3/4 sleeves to a short sleeves

Materials:
2 yards of printed crepe in mint color, jersey net in white color for bodice lining, invisible zipper, small vintage button and thread.

Sewing Process:
After I grade down the patterns to size 34, I made the bodice with sleeve muslin. I tried the muslin and found out that the sleeve was too tight.
I added 4 cm to allow my upper arm to move freely. In this case, I draw a new sleeve pattern and spread in four. Then added 1 cm in each line.

As I want the round neckline,  I reduced the neckline at the shoulder 2 cm for both front and back and then measured 4.5 cm in the center front of the neckline and 4 cm in the center back. After that, I created a new line for round neckline.

I cut the 3/4 sleeve to a short sleeve 16 cm long with finished sleeve hem 1.5 cm.

For the skirt, I reduced the length 10 cm with finished hem 1.5 cm.

I also added belt loops in each side of the dress, self-made from white thread.

After all the long process, here are more pictures of the dress detail - princess seams with darts, closer look of the round neckline and back view of the dress with invisible zipper finished with a vintage button and a loop closer.
A little note : the back view wasn't match perfectly at the middle - between the skirt and the bodice but I don't feel like to remove and sew it again. I will cover it with the belt :)



One more picture of the dress with petticoat. You can see the detail in my last post - DIY Friday - Petticoat

And here is the picture of me wearing it

Happy sewing! 

25 comments:

  1. Very pretty Hana. Looks even better on you than it does on the dressform. Thank you for sharing that the bodice and skirt do not fit exactly at the centre back but you can live with it by covering it with a belt. I find it's too easy to focus in on the imperfections of things I have made but the fact is no one else notices except for me and simply things like wearing a belt not only hide the problem but make a better garment.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy. I was mad when I saw the imperfection on the back, but anyway... I let it go and found the belt solution :) :)

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  2. I love your pretty dress, Hana. The fabric is so fresh and spring like and the style suits you beautifully.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. I love the color very much and now time to search my stash for April garment :)

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  3. Beautiful dress Hana, very pretty fabric. I'm intrigued by the darts on a princess seam - never seen that before x

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. BurdaStyle sometime have unusual pattern and I also never seen that darts before.
      After sewn this dress, I feel that the darts added more volume on the front bodice :)

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  4. What a lovely, pretty dress! Your alterations and modifications all came together for a perfect fit.

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment, Lisa :)

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  5. This is a gorgeous dress. Great job. Now I need to read the petticoat post.

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    1. Thank you, Stars. Can not wait to see your finished April garment :)

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  6. Oh Hana that is just so lovely. And I am glad that you added the photo of you wearing it because it really shows to full potential.
    If you are interested, I use this method for invisible zip. I find it helps when needing to match up seams.
    http://lladybird.com/2014/01/28/invisible-zippers-my-method/

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    1. Thank you for a lovely comment and thanks for the link. I will check it out :)

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  7. Lovely. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    Sue C

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  8. Hana this dress is beautiful.. It looks so pretty on you. and fits perfect!!!
    The fabric is lovely too. Happy sewing.

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  9. What a wonderful dress. You really look very beautiful!
    LG Carolin

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  10. You wear it well. Love the new mint color fabric.

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  11. So very pretty -- love the petticoat. You look fabulous!

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  12. What a lovely dress - inside and out, beautifully finished. I love the petticoat - you must feel special when you wear this.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah Liz. I really feel special :) :)

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  13. This looks so beautiful on you - the shape, the fit, the fabric. You look amazing!

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