Semi Dress 2017

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Hello! Fun fact: my New Year’s resolution was to blog more often. Here it is, March, and I’m blogging about a dress I made in December. Oh, well. At least I’m blogging.

I made his dress for my school’s semi formal dance. We don’t have Homecoming, we have Semi. I used McCall’s 6953 for the bodice, since I’ve made that pattern several times and I know it fits me well, and the skirt was simply a circle skirt. Simply a circle skirt with, if I recall correctly, eleven layers of tulle. Then to get the measurements right for the skirt I measure the bottom of the bodice and plugged that into the circle skirt calculator I used as my waist measurement. The skirt has a lining.  Cutting the tulle was interesting, since the tulle was folded into quarters and I cut all eleven layers at once- forty-four layers. I basted all the layers to the lining before sewing the skirt to the bodice, and I used my new rolled hem foot on the lining. The bodice was made from a sequined skirt I found at a secondhand shop for twenty dollars. The tag was still attached, telling me that the skirt retailed for ninety dollars. I think that makes it the most expensive fabric I’ve ever worked with! The patter was written for a woven fabric and the skirt was a knit, but it worked fairly well. The bodice ended up a bit baggy at the bottom but it’s not too noticeable.

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I made the shrug the night before the dance because the dress is sleeveless. I used a pattern I found online, but when we printed it out it was too small, so I had to modify it a bit. At one point I sewed one of the sleeves in upside-down. I was really tired, okay?! Once I was done the shrug ended up being snug, but still wearable.

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The dance was my first time wearing heels since… my First Communion, maybe, or an Easter years ago? Whenever it was, I managed not to break an ankle walking in these.

This dress was a fun challenge to make and I got so many compliments on it. And… that’s it. I never know how to end these posts. I think I need a tag line. I’ll think about it!

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