Hot! The “Let´s go to the Opera” dress

Name & Location: Lina, Marburg (Germany)
Blog: Still working on starting one
How long have you been sewing: I started sewing when I was 15 and learned most of it by following instructions of the patterns I chose.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I need a little bit of pressure to finally do something so the deadlines are quite a good thing for me. Moreover it gives me more motivation to publish my work, which is normaly something I delay all the time. I also like the weekly themes, which make me think of garments I would never had thought of.
What do you love most about sewing garments: I think the relationship you have towards a self-sewn garment is a lot closer than towards a bought one. This might sound stupid but I feel better and more beautyfull wearing something self-made. I also think it´s a very activ hobby and in the end you created something new and didn`t only kill time.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: I hate mistakes. I hate them so much that some unfinished garments stayed that way for a very long time, because I couldn`t look at them without being angry. When a garment doesn`t fit or look the way I want it to, it`s driving me crazy.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I hope to sew more and show what I sew. I simply want to be more active in the sewing community.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I want to participate in a half-marathon with my boyfrind this summer.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I think it`s obvious that the Sew Weekly is one of them. I also like Gerti Hirschs “New Blog for Better Sewing” and the Burdastyle blogs (the german and the american one).

Now something about the dress:

The Facts
Fabric: Family freinds bought a house wich had a chinese room. They gave me the curtains of that room and thats where I got this gorgeous fabric.
Pattern: The pattern is the wedding-dress nr. 102 from burdastyle 03/2011. I shortened it a little and left out the bow in the back.
Year: 2011
Notions: invisible zipper
Time to complete: one day, about 8 hours
First worn: I wore it first last summer when I went to the opera with my parents
Wear again? Of course! I already did at the christmas-dinner.

Total price: about 8 € for the zipper



Lina started sewing in 2006 and learned most of it by doing. Crafting in general isn´t only a hobby but a way of life for her.


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  1. Hey there European friend! I so love your chinese dress and you look gorgeous! Good luck for the marathon! ;)

  2. Perfect for the opera and Christmassy too. Very striking

  3. Very lovely! What a great gift of fabric. I love when that happens.

  4. What a great-fitting dress! I met my husband in Marburg, so it has a special place in my heart. Happy sewing.

  5. A stunning dress! I adore the color and fabric!

  6. Thank you all for the nice comments!

  7. Beautyful. I don’t think its stupid to feel better in clothes you made yourself, I do too. After all you put a lot of work and passion into the things you make.