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Rustic Wearable Art That Is My Dress

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The dress certainly dried out lighter. After putting it on, I have decided that the edges (arm scythes and bottom hem) shall be left raw as they are. This is such a special piece of clothing, I will need a very good reason to wear it! For now, it looks gorgeous on a hanger in the closet.

It will need to be taken in with a belt at the waist, however.

Below is the dress layered over a black shift one that I like. It is very roomy.

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Unbundling The Plant-Dyed Dress

07.Mar.16 Unbundling the dyed dress It's the moment of truth, folks. This mysteriously dark bundle of silky merino fabric will be unbundled to reveal all kinds of unexpected results. I jet-sprayed it to remove the loose dark particles from the bath.

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I remember how I had to bundle everything in a few minutes, obtaining help from a fellow workshop attendee because I had been fussing over the stitching and getting the arm scythes to shape. Different leaves and plant parts -- of what eucalyptus varieties I did not find out -- were literally slapped and shoved into any dress surface possible...

The outcome is just fascinating.

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Front of dress:

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Hand-stitched and unfinished armholes:

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Rolled-in neckline held down by running stitches:

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Back of dress where there are more vibrant and crisp prints:

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PICKLED POCKETS: Trio of Pinafore Dresses for Autumn / Winter

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Officially my first set of Pickled Pockets dresses that will be going into a retail shop: Pinafore shift dresses, perfect for layering. Each one individually washed, pressed, constructed and labelled.

It was a massive dig in my stash for just the right enough material in length and width for each dress. These dresses are in stretch denim, corduroy and synthetic wool, respectively. When made with cotton, they are perfect lightweight summer dresses.

I love the peeking-out of each bias tape along the curves that give a pop of colour. And of course, the fuss-free wear-ability and roomy pockets!

Sending them on their way to the shop soon.

Sew Me Something: New Look Easy 1 Hour Vintage Dress Pattern 6352 - First Make of 2015

09.Jan.15 When my little overlocker returned from a 10-day Christmas vacation (it needed servicing), I busted my stash and decided to start on something new, but simple. Just something to get back to dressmaking.

It is a "1 Hour Easy" sewing pattern that took me the entire day -- from tracing and cutting the paper patterns, cutting the fabrics, and constructing.

'Forgiving' is how I would describe this dress. The pattern runs big -- even though I made it to size 8-10, it hides all the bits that need to be hidden. As a personal addition, I created 2 large pockets. This is my kind of maxi dress! It is a maxi dress on me since I am a shortie.

Since I like the way the first blue one turned out, I made a second dress in black immediately and I have been taking every opportunity to wear them out... Perfect for letting it all go and hanging out, literally.

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Pattern: New Look 6352