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the PARTY dress. by tanmei the PARTY dress. by tanmei
27-28 November 2009
"The Party Dress"

Full review here: [link] on PatternReview.com.

I'll summarise it here.

Made with New Year's Eve in mind, pretty much for fun, though it may be useful for some future interviews! It was made to be worn to any formalish occasion or cocktail party. Excuse my mirror photo-taking skills and messy room, but my mannequin's not at home, and I needed to show the dress in context.

Strapless, fitted, bubble hem dress with boning and pleated bodice detail. Invisible zipper at back, and fully lined. I'm so happy with my lining skills - no raw seams showing at all! I probably need more practice in hand sewing, but it's on the inside...

Pattern: McCalls 5382, a hybrid of views B and C.

Fabric: Stretch cotton jacquard, fairly heavy. Lined with poly charmeuse satin.

Time: perhaps 10 hours in total, not including cutting, of which 3 hours was hand-sewing the lining on.

Cost: The main fabric was a $5.00 remnant, and the lining cost nearly three times as much! But whole dress was under $20.00, which is a steal if you ask me :lol:
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student General Artist
wow!!!! :D ZOMG WHY DIDNT THEY HAVE IT IN PURPLE!??? iT WOULD HAVE LOOKED SO AWESOME IN PURPLE!!!!!!! ><
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tanmei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :hug:

This is one thing I think wouldn't look better in purple! I was just attracted to the print, mainly.

This fabric is all the way from a shop in Mentone!
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student General Artist
oh really? i thought it would look nice in purple... maybe overboard xDDDdd lol!
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falarae Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely, it looks completely professional! I love the pattern on the cloth. You look beautiful ^^
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tanmei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, thanks! :hug:
Doesn't quite line up at the back, but who looks closely at the back :lol:

I think I bought this fabric for the pattern, it's actually raised off the fabric as it's tapestry-like in weave. I love it too :)
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BrokenEver Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Looks great! :heart:
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tanmei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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BlackCarrionRose Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
gorgeous, I love the notch in the top!
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tanmei Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like that detail too, as well as the pleating :)
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