Progress Report: The Totally Unnecessary Cocktail Dress

Progress continues on my burgundy satin dress – #125 from Burda 11/2006… Lost in Translation: “Work from the inside to baste support strips to lower edges of sleeves so that the edge lies even with the hem allowances.  Overlap ends of support strips.  Neaten hem allowances, catching outer edge of support strips.  Sew inside edges […]

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Kimono Sleeve Gussets

Sleeve gussets are often seen in garments and sewing patterns from the 50’s era, where kimono sleeves gave the then-desired sloping shoulder line.  A problem with kimono sleeves – where the sleeve is cut in one with the bodice – is that as the fit becomes closer, the range of movement of the arm becomes […]

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Underlining with Silk Organza

My Totally Unnecessary Cocktail Dress is made from a polyester/elastane satin, and as I wish it wasn’t stretchy (I’m shopping from stash here!), I’m underlining it with organza to make it stable.  The Burda version (#125- 11-2007) uses silk duchess satin which has zero mechanical stretch, and I’m hoping I can make my fabric behave […]

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The Totally Unnecessary Cocktail Dress

Do you ever have the craving to make something that is totally unnecessary, just because it is so fabulous?  I do!  And that craving suddenly came to me when I saw this nifty vintage cocktail dress in a Burda magazine: Whenever I am at the main library I skim through the Burdas, and I found […]

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