Made this look – Indigo Prom Dress – Dotty Perkins Knockoff
⁃ Fabric: Light weight denim (12oz)
⁃ Pattern: Simplicity 2444 (Project Runway)
⁃ Year: 2010
⁃ Notions: Ball and chain zip
⁃ Time to complete: 8-10 hours
⁃ First worn: for the photos
⁃ Wear again? Oh yes
⁃ Total price: $55
Hey all – sorry I am so late starting! I’ve been in New Zealand on holidays!
I loved this look that Mena uncovered from Dorothy Perkins – we don’t have this chain in Australia and I think it is such a cute look. I bought some 12oz denim – but I have this weird habit of only buying three meters of fabric – to save money, but most of the 50’s style dresses that I am addicted to, need four meters at least. I was pleased to just get it out the fabric, by not quite cutting the ties fully on the bias.
I decided to make a toile of this dress because I have been struggling to get things to fit me lately. I had in my stash quite a lot of orange linen – but when made up, it was hideous – another UFO – oh well. It was good to practice because this pattern was a deceptively tricky. Like Mena, usually ignore instruction sheets, not with this one, I got quite lost. It was complicated because of the top-stitching that I decided suited the denim fabric – which meant that nearly every seam had to be overlocked immediately after sewing, I just really had to think about what was coming up next for each piece. The angled darts were also quite challenging. It would have been easier if I used tailors tacks to mark them properly.
I lengthened the dress, omitted the pockets and exposed the ball and chain zip. I ran red two threads from the top of my machine to get that thick topstitched look – I love red.
Apart from the fact that it needs lots of ironing I am really pleased with how this dress turned out – I think I will wear it a lot – great pick Mena!
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