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My Betty Dress by Sew Over It #SOIsewalong

Hello Everyone,

I finally found time to blog about my Betty Dress which I made as part if the Sew Over It Sew Along challenge.

There were a few moments where I thought I would not finish my dress in time.  With the school year drawing to a close my calendar is full! I’ve had two sports days, the School fete, a music evening, dance competitions and to top it all off my four year old has chicken pox!  But I managed it…phew!

The fabric I used for my ‘Betty’ was bought from the local market and was a super bargain at just £2/meter (150cm wide).  I bought 3 meters and still had some left to spare (maybe I’ll make a matching hair bow or bag??)

When cutting the fabric I decided that I would not cut the full skirt length from the pattern. From experience I usually end up taking about 1.5/2 inches off the length.  So me and my trusted measuring tape decided that this was a wise decision to shorten the length here too.

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Betty Dress creation stages

I really enjoyed this sew along, it taught me a few new ways of stitching the facing on to the bodice.  I must say I like this technique where you do not sew the shoulder seam until nearing the end.  It worked very well with my dress!!  Click here to see how this technique is sewn.

So here are a few pictures of my ‘Betty’ with and without petticoat 🙂

To vote for your favourite dress click here

Oh, and if your interested in my shoes they are Jelly type shoes from Mel in Blue 🙂 you can buy them from Amazon here: MEL Womens Popstar Platform

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along

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LouWeezCreates Betty for SOI Sew along

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Dress for Wedding made from a homemade pattern

Hello 🙂

I have been trying to blog about this dress now for a few weeks but just haven’t had time or the right words in my head.  I’m not a natural writer and find blogging a little tough but I’m getting there!

So…the story goes…a friend of mine from work was getting married and I decided to make a dress to wear to the wedding.  I had some polyester satin which I bought from the local market a while back that would be perfect for a lovely summers day wedding.

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Polyester Satin bought from local market

Up until now I have been using shop bought patterns and had been having quite a few issues in getting the bodice to fit me.  This has always been my downfall and enough was enough.  I decided to take this matter into my own hands and find a fix.  So my solution to this problem was to make my own bodice block with my body measurements which I did following along to a craftsy class ‘The Bodice Sloper’.

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Suzy Furrer is a great teacher and I found her class easy to follow.  I had to invest in a few new rulers as mine were in cm and I needed inches to work through the class with her.

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My sewing/creative desk

After putting all my measurements on to a large piece of paper I then (using Suzy’s guidance) cut the ‘Moulage’ out of fabric to check the fit which should be skin tight with no ease.  You add the ease in later when it becomes a ‘sloper’.

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Creating my ‘Moulage’ cut with princess seams

So here’s my Moulage on my dress form. I had to amend the arm and shoulders slightly (mainly due to an incorrect measurement taken at the start).  Other than that the fit was perfect!  Very impressed and proud of my achievement.

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Top two pictures are my ‘Moulage’ The bottom two are of my pattern creating stage

So I had my Moulage, I then added ease to make my ‘Sloper’ or ‘Block’ as we call it here in the UK.  I got straight to work in copying the block on to my Wilko paper and starting amending the darts and neck lines 🙂

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My goodness!!! Poly Satin is tough to work with! I decided on a boat neckline with a ‘v’ shaped back.  I also lined the bodice with white taffeta.

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Bodice creation stage (pinned back)

I added box pleats to the skirt part and slightly sewed down the line do give a different effect (not sure what this technique is called…please comment if you know – ta’)

Yes working with slippery fabric is pretty tough going but putting the invisible zip in after is even harder!! I had to sew the zip in twice 😐

I made a bow belt from a pattern in Tilly’s book Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking. I love this book and plan to make the Lilou dress soon!

My finished dress…I love it!! It was well worth the effort and it fits beautifully! YAY!

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My dress made for a wedding using a pattern which I created myself 🙂

Here are some links to a few tools I ordered and used when making this pattern:

I used this one ALOT! HAND Multi -Purpose Fashion Scales

Sew Easy Soft Grip Tailors Awl

French Curves