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During our most recent trip to Hurdy-Gurdy land, which I had assumed I had actually blogged but completely blanked (I’ll atone I promise) my beloved Shannon decided to have a clear-out of her fabric stash whilst I sat on her bed awash with splendour whenever she would ask if I wanted some.
One of those piles happened to be a lot of pieces of the most gorgeous teal-coloured satin. Freakin high-quality 20-euro a metre stuff and I got it….for FREE!

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Her timing could not have been more perfect for just a few weeks earlier Ville’s (and my new) cousin had asked if I would help her make a formal dress for a prom-esque event at EFY this summer. My worry was the price of fabric here in Finland. For example what I know I can buy in America for around $7 a metre costs here around $30 a metre.

So with the purchase on our end of only a zipper and matching thread we started our pattern-puzzle. We managed to get most of the pattern sections cut out in one go but there two large panels that we had to piece together. My intention was to do it unusually so that it looked intentional. I figured a diagonal line would be better than a straight one.

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All cut out and I started sewing while Jenny masterfully made amazingly beautimous matching flowers.

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Onyx helped too….by falling asleep among the madness and not insisting for attention.

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All was not perfect in the land though. For one: I should have realised that the pattern she picked out was for a flowy fabric and we cut it out of stiff fabric. Now I know and also nowhere on the pattern does is say that it is only intended for one specific body type which coincidentally happened to be the exact opposite of what Jenny was so yeah….that created a bit of pattern re-mongering and lots of adjustments.

At one point the bodice wasn’t coming together and so I had Jenny put it on as I was racking my brain thinking of how I was going to fix this. After a minute or so I noticed that she was getting really uncomfortable and it took me a few moments to realise that I had spent the whole time staring at her boobs!  *inner chuckle* oops….poor girl.

Another harrowing moment: during my exhaustion and one-tracked mindedness I hadn’t noticed that the iron was on too hot and I managed to burn a HUGE dent into just below the bodice completely ruining the dress. I just about cried. Thankfully Jenny optimistically piped up with “Well there I can prove to my friends wasn’t store bought and we have the flowers”.  So with a bit of floral camouflage and one and a half days of constant sewing we ended up achieving this:

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Hopefully you can’t tell that it's been pieced together.

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I hear that the Madame doth like the garment indeed.

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And all for the cost of a smidge of over 5 euros.

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S-U-C-C-E-S-S!

Toodles Sweets - Ariane

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Shannon Henszel
Apr. 29th, 2013 11:20 am (UTC)
Beautiumus!
You both did a lovely job! I especially love her optimism in the face of burnination. Very nice! The color really suits her, too which is especially perfect.
Glad it worked out!!
blognmomma
Apr. 29th, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yay for the free fabric!!!! I know you will put it all to good use.

The dress is lovely, and looks great on the young lady. You are a very talented seamstress.

Awww, Onyx is just a cute widdle doggie. <3
britishcowgirl
Apr. 29th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
thanks hun
tobyferret
Apr. 29th, 2013 01:45 pm (UTC)
You have such an amazing talent in sewing! You need to come down here and teach me, lol!
britishcowgirl
Apr. 29th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I wanna come there! stupid ocean and continents in our way.
kukla_red
Apr. 29th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
That looks lovely! And those flowers - what a great touch!
britishcowgirl
Apr. 29th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
a necessary touch! Thanks :)
mac_arthur_park
Apr. 29th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! And it makes her eyes look amazing!
britishcowgirl
Apr. 29th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Hey yeah! Good point and thanks
lady_bird
Apr. 29th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!! You are so talented and she looks beautiful!!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 6th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
Dress making
where did you learn to be so creative?
britishcowgirl
Jun. 6th, 2013 08:14 am (UTC)
Re: Dress making
Thanks. It's actually born from necessity. My mum could sew amazing things and I always wanted clothes that fit properly and in desperate need once for some office clothes a generous friend gave me some fabric and the bug was born. Though I wouldn't dare wear the first few objects as I screwed them up do badly.
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