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Red and White Floral Print Dress

The print of this dress might just be my favorite that I have worked with. It reminds me so much of fabric that my grandma would have had in her quilting pile.

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I didn’t do much to this dress. It really needed to be ironed after it came out of my dryer though! So I spent some time ironing it before I started cutting and sewing. I took a few inches off the bottom of the dress and few inches off of the sleeves and gave both a new hem. The shoulder pads had to go! I debated to keep the collar how it was or to simplify it. I ended up deciding to remove the bottom layer so it was a little less overwhelming and I’m happy that I did!

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Are Those Panda Bears? Dress

Are those panda bears or flowers? It’s a question man has been asking itself since the dawn of time… or maybe just since this dress was made. The answer is still not definitive. Just when I’m sure they are flowers, I catch an upside-down panda staring at me.

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I assumed that I would remove the collar but it really grew on me. I feel like it adds so much charm that I just couldn’t part with it! The dress came with a fabric sash/belt that I didn’t love so that is hanging out in my scrap pile for now. Who knows what will become of it! There you have it, a panda printed dress ready to be worn again! red and black panda -103 red and black panda after-102 red and black panda after-104


Mole Woman Dress

So I have a confession. My Husband and I love to watch Netfix. Like a lot of Netflix. I think the term “binge watching” would apply. When the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt aired on Netflix we finished every episode in a few days.

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Then I found this dress. Mole woman (with stripes) for sure! I couldn’t wait to get home and hack it all apart!

I started with chopping off a bit of length and giving it a new hem… But somehow I chopped off too much. When I tried it on again it was way too short. I had left a couple inches in my hem, thankfully. I ripped out my hem that I had just put in and sewed a much more narrow one. Whew, back to a semi appropriate length!

Next I took the sides in a few inches in the top for a better fit. Then I chopped of the arms and a little of the shoulders. Those got a nice new seam. Lastly, I had to fix those saggy armpits. Any time I take in the sides of a top I know I will need to add in a couple of bust darts so the piece will fit. Even with the mess up with the hem this dress was a quick one! I think Kimmy Schmidt would be proud.

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