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Drop Waist Dress

Hello hello,

Happy Monday!  In honor of the start of the work week I’d like to share with you all a brand new make that I love SO MUCH that I’ve already worn it 3 different times since I made it.  Which was less than 7 days ago.  But ah….different cardigan, different outfit amIright?

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Dress: Me made,  Lousia Drop-Waist Dress. Necklace: LouLou. Earrings: vintage, my grandmother’s. Shoes: Born.

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The pattern is the  Lousia Drop-Waist Dress from BurdaStyles book Sewing Vintage Modern.  I love this pattern and have used it a couple of times now, though each time I’ve taken my own twist on the skirt- I think the ruffles in the original design are horrible. For this version I dispensed with the skirt pattern piece and cut a simple half circle.

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I used a navy blue ponte of indeterminate fiber content that I bought in the garment district on my last trip to NYC.  I love ponte- it’s so comfortable to wear.  It has enough stretch that I can just pull it over my head, no closures necessary.  At first I was worried that the dress was a bit too plain and wanted to add something to jazz it up a bit, but on 2nd look I realized it was the perfect as is.  I can dress it up or down, and it’s perfect summertime work attire.

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As part of my Me Made May inspired quest to be a better seamstress, I took my time to get the fit right on this one.  The pattern i for wovens and I didn’t compensate for that enough when I started, so the dress was way too big the first timeI tried it on.  But rather than doing a hack job to take it in as I normally would, I took my time and I’m very pleased with the result.

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I also added a pocket to one side of the skirt.  My new sewing resolution is to put pockets in everything I can because I ALWAYS regret it when I don’t. Let’s face it- pockets>no pockets, and we all know it.  It may take an extra 15 minutes to put those suckers in, but nothing could be more worth the time.

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I’m already working on another variation on this pattern, so stay tuned. Also in upcoming blog posts: fabric I bought in Alaska! So don’t touch that dial ( er unsubscribe button), folks!

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(…uhhh outtakes?)

6 thoughts on “Drop Waist Dress”

  1. I love your dress! It’s so effortlessly chic, with the dropped waist and the navy blue color. Ponte sure is great – that reminds me that I should use it more often… Great job!

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