Thursday, September 23, 2010

DIY Style: An Autumn Gown

Okay, this probably doesn't belong in the DIY section of this blog, as it's not a particularly easy project, it's not a tutorial and does require previous sewing knowledge, but I wanted to showcase this gown I made recently.  I used an old pattern, New Look 6401, and $40 worth of polyester fabric from JoAnn (I'd much prefer silk, but I was on a budget).  As I usually have to do with commercial patterns, I took the waist in one size and let the hips out one size, and I also had a weird gaping issue along the neckline which I solved with some pleating at the straps.  I hope it doesn't look like a cheap polyester gown. :-)



4.5 yards of fabric, takes up my whole living room space!
Bandit taking a break on my lining fabric.
 Bandit taking another break on the dress before bodice installation.
He likes to "own" the fabric.

12 comments:

NoGuiltFashion said...

What a beautiful gown. I can't tell for sure, but in the pictures it sure doesn't look like a cheap homemade gown. Also, you look lovely in it.
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Sara Pierce said...

um... this is stunning! Do you make dresses for pay?

Andi said...

Wow, this looks so good! What a talent!

Anonymous said...

Looks great Mare, fits nicely and the colors look great for fall.
Aren't you glad your mother taught you how to sew?!!
monkey

Lilly said...

GORGEOUS!!! I wish I had your talent. It does not look cheap at all, it looks stunning.

Ashley said...

You look like a million bucks girlfriend!

Mary Ann said...

Thanks everyone!!

Anonymous said...

Just lovely! So jealous of your talent. Wish I could sew.

ALalls said...

Oh little bandito

Dial V for Vintage said...

It's gorgeous, you are very talented!

Zabrinah said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW.

This is premiere talent. You're going to be VERY famous! Love it! So fabulous. And awesome. And people would pay sooooooo much money for this. I'm so inspired!

:)

~Zabrinah

Jennifer said...

That gown is GORGEOUS!