Sunday, May 04, 2008

Show entries

These are my entries for the show. It category is actually called Cotton Creations and thus garments made for the different classes (daywear, eveningwear, creative, fanasty classes) are to be made from predominately cotton fabric.
This dress is based around pattern #101 from Burda 12/04, with my own adaptions. Firstly, I raised the centre front seam. I added a full skirt rather than the panelled/gored Burda version – as I thought this would save me a lot of time and possibly fabric. I have used a pink cotton sateen with a black and white cotton sateen for the hem band.
I originally bought some mini pom pom trim to add to Jalisa’s clothing, but I thought it could work on this dress. I found it a little tricky sewing onto the curved seams – I think it would be much easier sewing to a fabric on the grain. The outfit went together fairly easily. I had forgotten how easy dresses can be. If I had had more time, I would have added some more detail to the skirt, some type of trim, but I was a little pressed for time.

This outfit has been my most challenging (sewing) task in a long time. The jacket is fully lined, has set-in ¾ sleeves and there are bands at the end of the sleeves and at the back hem. There is also a front band that stretches from the hem up the centre front, with a 90 degree inward cornered seam. The knee length pencil skirt has a shaped waistband and a front band for the buttons.
I have used mother of pearl shell buttons – which were a bargain buy from Ebay. The patterns are #105 and # 118 from Burda 2/05. In the close up you can see my dyeing mistakes, but I have come to accept the freckles and know what to do next time.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Marie, well done. I especially love the pink dress. Good luck

  2. Marie, These look great! well done and good luck!!

  3. Good Luck Marie - they look great!

  4. WOW Marie - they are fantastic outfits. I am so impressed you dyed the fabric for the suit - talk about one of a kind. The pink and black combination is also very striking. Good luck at the show...I think they well deserve a prize.

  5. WOW Marie, your outfits look terrific, as do you! That pink and black dress is stunning. Good luck at the show.

  6. They look incredible! Good luck!


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