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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-01-23 7:52 AM (#79903)
Subject: Christmas Dress



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Mary ( she lives in Australia) sent me a picture of her Christmas Dress.  It caught my eye immediately and she gave me permission to post it.

What makes this dress "pop"?





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Karen Maslowski
Posted 2012-01-23 8:02 AM (#79904 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress


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I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "pop", Karen. But I like how she took a busy patterned fabric and made it into a simple design. That is a rule for me: complex fabric: simple design. Complex design: simple fabric.

The red belt is a nice touch.

It's always a surprise to remember that Christmastime is summer in Australia!
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anniewear
Posted 2012-01-23 8:20 AM (#79906 - in reply to #79904)
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Those two red buttons on the center front are really fun.
The red belt adds some definition too.
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schoolnsuch
Posted 2012-01-23 8:21 AM (#79907 - in reply to #79903)
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I love how she cut the dress.  The two large red circles look like buttons to me.   Beautiful dress!  Are they buttons or is it the dress pattern?  Either way it's a beautiful dress! Sorry my internet is stuttering today.  :-(

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Grandma C
Posted 2012-01-23 10:03 AM (#79913 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress


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She looks great in that dress and I guess the two big buttonlike parts of the print do bring your eyes to center front. The simplicity of the pattern is a plus for the busy pattern. The colores are great for her. You, know, Her figure is similar to mine. Perhaps I should take a cue from her choice of design and fabric. I would have thought the belt, around the middle,would be a negative but it really adds to the beauty of the dress
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ambro0
Posted 2012-01-23 2:44 PM (#79914 - in reply to #79913)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress



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Lovely dress and I agree with what everyone else has alread said.

Mary's red shoes really finish off her outfit!!! Well done!

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julie w
Posted 2012-01-23 4:32 PM (#79918 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress


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As has been said already, I think it is the simple syle, busy fabric combo together with a great fit. Also I think it is a flattering colour and shape for Mary with great style choices ie neckline.
Mary looks lovely!
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-01-24 8:59 AM (#79926 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress



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This is a dress with a waist seam and an A line skirt.  I really like the V neck with the circles on the fabric.

I think the body skimming fit is so flatterning and the belt adds that extra bling.

This could have also been done using the classic sheath with a slight flare.

I also think the hem length is good.

Some time ago there was a discussion about the sheath and how many would never wear one, but you can see from the great fit of this dress, you don't have to be a size 2 to wear a garment that fits and flatters you.

Actually is drives me nuts that someone will get a nice fitting sloper and then make big shapeless garments, but that's another discussion.

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pamelac858
Posted 2012-01-24 9:17 AM (#79927 - in reply to #79903)
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The proportions, style, fit, and color/pattern all really compliment each other in this dress - it really WORKS! The belt and shoes really set it off, too. What a wonderful dress for many occasions!

Pam
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sewmanysewers
Posted 2012-01-28 10:42 PM (#80010 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress


Hi to everyone who has made a comment on my Christmas dress. Thank you so much for all the positive and flattering comments. I felt a little uncomfortable about being "exposed" to the world but you have all been so kind.

One thing I should point out is that they are not big buttons on the front. I took a great deal of time and effort to make sure those big red circles didn't end up on the bust points!! That would have looked rather odd. They were not meant to be so close together but I suppose they do add a bit of "pop"as Karen calls it.

Thank you all again. Much appreciated. Mary from Australia.
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Tailor
Posted 2012-01-29 8:23 AM (#80012 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress


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Congratulations on the lovely dress and great fit Mary.

Karen, how right you are when you say the waisted sloper style looks good on so many women. It's something I've noticed repeatedly in the pics we see, that I've seen myself in the various women I've done them for, and Rowena & Karen M. also mentioned it many moons ago. It seems to be universally flattering and I don't know why we don't use it much. Perhaps because RTW doesn't seem to show or use this basic style much anymore? It was standard in the 60s and before. Maybe it has to do with cutting costs while manufacturing - less fabric, less seaming (each seams adds to the cost), less need for fitting (sheaths fit more people therefore less care/fewer patterns are needed) ,.... who knows?

Maybe this could be one of the group project sew along things that the "idea list" came up with? I bet it would be amazing to see a slide show of the end results of what we could do with this basic style, even without having to use PE. It would be educational for sure An added bonus of a project like this is that because we all use the same program, we wouldn't need to share the actual patterns (unless PE was used) - we'd just have to share settings. It would be a great style resource - rather like wild styles but with images of actual garments in addition to the line drawings.

Gayle
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-01-29 10:50 AM (#80015 - in reply to #79903)
Subject: RE: Christmas Dress



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Good idea.  i will think about how to do this.
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