Friday, March 19, 2010

Loving Amy Butler's Love

I finished this dress a while back but I haven't been able to wear it because of the cold and rainy winter we've had. But spring is approaching and its time to whip this baby out!
I bought this fabric from Amy Butler's Love line and thought it would make such a lovely Easter dress. I pulled apart an old dress that has been traveling around with me for 3 years unworn. I made pattern pieces from each piece and came up with this dress. I somehow lucked out and did not have to use a zipper!

The dress is 3 pieces: 1 solid piece for the back and 2 for the front. To make room for my size b's I made the empire waist with two tucks or folds. This helped give it form, and made room so that I could skipp out on the zipper.

I'm working on a top right now that has this dress' same basic form.

The Juliet Tunic
Here it is.

To add sleeves, just use a sleeve pattern from another pattern. With this dress I needed to make my own sleeves because I did not have a pattern I could use. I wanted to do a tutorial on how to draft your own sleeve pattern but, honestly, I do not remember how I did it! A little bit of luck, some tape measure, and mostly just going for it and hoping it turns out wearable!
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