Friday, 4 June 2010

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Restyling the Mirabelle dress

Now that I've read Fit For Real People, I feel a bit more confident about adjusting the fit of my existing clothes. Even the existing clothes that I made in the first place! Remember my very first tunic?

The sun was out yesterday and I had a hot date with my friend Ruth visiting from Ireland. With the kids out of the house for most of the day I spent an unfeasible amount of time making adjustments. Pinning, basting, trying on, sewing Scandinavian-style (i.e. sans clothing), trying on again, pinning, basting, etc. I still don't have the confidence to put darts in, but I did some serious side seam shaping. See the basting lines?

mid alteration

I took it in to the point of hard-to-pull-on-over-my-head. But what a difference! The bulkiness under the bust before alterations irked me:

The original

And after I was done?

Altered tunic

I feel much happier in it. More uncomfortable perhaps because I have to watch my posture, but happier none-the-less!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Amanda,
    I think your new look tunic looks fab, the tie at the front makes it really flattering. You have inspired me!
    x Gemma

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  2. Nice!! It looks really awesome.

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  3. I think that you look fantastic in it. I love the cut and the fabric. Great

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  4. Hot

    (you always have chinese spam links by the time I comment)

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  5. Great adjustment, Gok would be proud of you!

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  6. That's an amazing transformation. Am reading (slowly) my copy and am so cross with myself for not doing so before!

    My verification word is coatight which seems appropriate to me

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  7. Well done! Your dress looks fantastic!

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  8. I love the changes you have made. I really need to get myself a book..I am always amazed at the difference in fit when people understand the particular shape of their body. I just know that most things don't fit me well!

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  9. That's a great change you made, the dress fits you beautifully now. You look stunning!

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  10. wow! I liked it before, now i LOVE IT! You could always put a side zipper in to give you room getting in and out of it, As always, you look beautiful in it. x K

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  12. [Sorry, wrong account... :-)]

    That's brilliant - you really have transformed it! You look great in it.

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  13. That is amazing!! I love the tie too.

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  14. Wow, what a difference, that looks great with the adjustments.

    Louise

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  15. Huge difference - I thought it was cute in the first picture, but rrrrowwww! in the second picture - sexy!

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