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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spring is in the air! M5845


As you can tell, I am still on my "floral high" this spring.  Although I think I may just have gotten my fix with M5845 dress. It is a floral party with this dress, and I just love it! I first saw this dress back in 2008, when the talented Erica B. debuted hers on Pattern review. I had just recently taken up sewing; therefore, and did not possess the skills, in which to tackle such a dress as M5845. Now, almost fours years later this pattern, M5845 is not difficult by any means; however, it does require a certain level of skill.



Style & Co retro melon wedges, Jessica Simpson handbag and F21 accessories
 So to add to the needed skills, let's add on the weight that I gained in 2011!  Which meant that I would need to alter the pattern significantly. I actually made a muslin at the first part of the year and the alterations needed: add 3" in length(only needed 2") made a 1 1/2" FBA, I also added 2" to the side seams, and raised the back 2"...Well, let's speed up to when I actually decided to make the "real" dress. I actually started this dress the second week in April and guess what? All the alterations that I made to the pattern were no longer needed, except for raising the back..I'm not complaining because I needed to get those excess pounds off, but then came a new challenge. I now have a dress cut out to the measurements that I needed when I was 30 pounds heavier. I have no idea why it didn't cross my mind before I cut the fabric out, that I altered the pattern to fit my size then, duh!


Invisible zipper! Getting more umm, invisible lol!

Altered pattern pieces.. Trying to those darts together lol, may no attention
to that hehe! I also forgot to mention that I lowered the neckline, but could
have lowered it a little more...Something to look for if you make this pattern.
 No need to despair, I just pulled up "my big girl underwear" and  got to work! I knew that I wanted a more shapely fit.  Hey, I lost some weight and wanted my efforts to show..."How you doin'! (in my Wendy William's voice) lol... So, that meant that I had to take the excess width, starting from the waist down to the hem. I was after that peg look. Although, I'm unsure if it worked, but it was pretty darn close to the fit that I was after. I also no longer needed an FBA, yeah the girls are shrinking, yes please! So I took  a little off the side where the bust is, and I also took a deeper seam in shoulder seams, to prevent the gaping in the bodice back. Again, not sure if these alterations were legit; however, I realize in sewing you sometimes have to have your  "Tim Gunn moment and make it work!

Catch stitched hem which has become one of my favorite
hand stitches..
I went over the construction, but almost left out the best info, the fabric, right? I purchased this fabric from Fabric Mart fabrics back in February. I loved it at first sight. It's not something I would normally pick; however, I still in the same loved it! I knew I had the perfect pattern for this fabric. Fabric Mart labeled this fabric as  faille; I'm not even sure I've even encountered such a fabric in my short span of sewing. At any rate, to me it feels more or less like a cotton twill, but hey what do I know? And this dress would not be what is without the back, so here's a parting shot of the back! Say it with me ladies! "How you doin"! LOL.. I rate this dress a success, it was fun, and I learned a lot in the process. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this dress to others, as well as to make it again should the desire arise..



I love this pattern, the front is demure and while the back is like "How you doin"!


Ladies, I hope you have a wonderful week! Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!



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29 comments:

  1. Your diligence has paid off. Your dress is fabulous!

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  2. Looks fabulous and Oh so spring. Pouring down where I am.

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  3. Hey you still have your "About Me" status as a beginner. I would say you are accomplished now. I bet those four years have flown.

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    1. Sassy T, I still feel like a beginner lol! And yes, these four years have flown by!

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  4. Congrats again on the 30lbs. I love this dress, it's like a mullet, business in the front and a party in the back.

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    1. Thanks lady! You are looking fantastic yourself, and yes I love your analogy about these dress..

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  5. The dress is gorgeous on you and congratulations on your weight loss... you look fabulous.

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  6. Gorgeous dress! You look fabulous!

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  7. I like the bright and happy colors!

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  8. I thought I recognised that fabric! Now I wish that I had bought it!
    Your hard work paid off, because the fit is flattering! You look gorgeous.
    By the way, I really like your hair in these photos! So cute!

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  9. You did such an amazing job Candice! And you look so svelte with you weight loss!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa, you are such a sweetie!

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  10. I adore these vibrant colors on you! You can wear anything and still look fabulous!

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  11. Candice, that is a seriously incredible dress! I am really wanting to do a couple of floral sheath dresses, and I like this pattern. Looks great on you!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! I know you will rock a sheath dress like no one's business!

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  12. Candice, that is a seriously incredible dress! I am really wanting to do a couple of floral sheath dresses, and I like this pattern. Looks great on you!

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  13. Hi Candice, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You needn't participate if it's not your thing (I even modified the requirements lol) but I just wanted to let you know. Details on my blog, just click on my name.

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  14. I am LOVING all your dresses!! I love florals! Great stuff x

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