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Monday, April 22, 2013

V2903 - Retro in Camouflage

I had an event to dress up for that had a Redneck/Camo theme and since I don't miss many opportunities to walk around with big hair and lots of makeup, I did it 50's style.   Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures taken when my hair was big and rockabilly, but I did get pictures of the dress, made from Vogue 2903.

This is the original pattern.
V2903 Pattern
I meant the dress to be a joke.  It is 50's.... and camouflage. But the thing is, I REALLY love this pattern. It is super figure flattering.  I don't have nearly as nice of a figure as it looks like in this dress.  Which everybody knows is the sign of a good dress.
One thing I changed was the pleats.  In the pattern, there are large pleats in the skirt section.  I started to make them with the knit and it was a complete fail.  I ended up skipping it entirely and the way the fabric falls, it almost looks like they are there, anyway.

I used a stretch knit for the fabric, so although the pattern has a zipper down the back, I skipped it.  It easily fits over my shoulders without having to fuss with a zipper installation.
I also got to make a size that didn't include and much ease.  I love that about knits.  A close fit AND the ability to breathe.
On the bottom of the skirt, I just used a serger and didn't hem it.  I figured hemming was too much for a redneck theme.  And it is handy since it is my least favorite part of making the dress.  Does anyone like hemming?  It always seems like a tedious detail after you have done all of the fun work.
Hems - the redneck way
Bottom line: I am going to make this again in a different fabric.  Maybe even another knit.  I'd like a dress I can wear in public without being stared at so much (for all the wrong reasons).  

4 comments:

  1. Interesting dress! It is very flattering on you. I like how you used camo to make this, very creative!!!

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    1. Thank you! I didn't expect to like it. Now I am wishing for events to wear camo to. Which feels just wrong.

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    1. Thanks, Sassy. Anyone who reads this should check out your facebook page for posting projects. Plus, you have links to episodes of the Great British Sewing Bee. I am looking forward to sewing and watching it this weekend. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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