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Jarratt and I were invited to a family wedding in Australia last year - a three day wedding event (personally, I find the idea of a wedding going for three days absolutely insane - one day of wedding should be enough for anyone). I decided I should make a couple of dresses to wear to the whirlwind of wedding events. The first of these, I think of as my 'fireworks dress' for the fabric - when I'm not thinking of it as the 'omg, WTF Vogue?!' dress.

I really loved the print on this satin when I found it on sale at Spotlight. It's not at all my usual thing, but I thought the colours would really pop under the stronger light of an Australian sun. The pattern made me think of fireworks, which are one of my absolute favourite things.
I wanted a long dress, similar to the ones that were in the shops everywhere, but in a more appealing colour, and actually fitting me correctly. I decided to use Vogue 8360 - I liked the fitted bust and the back detailing. I figured, looking at the pattern, that I only really needed to mockup the bust area. After all, the skirt was so very simple! What would be the point? So, I mocked up the bust, it fit beautifully first try (I was shocked!), and I went on to cut out my dress and make it up. It went together just fine - really, everything was going so well...
...Until I tried it on and discovered that it made me look REALLY pregnant. *headdesk*
Should have mocked up the skirt! 

So, I unpicked, took out two inches from the front of the skirt, and put it back together. End effect, still pregnant, just not as pregnant. By this point, though, I needed to get to work on the other dress I wanted for the wedding. So, it just got to stay this shape. For now.

I didn't wear it at any of the wedding events, though. I would have been overdressed, as it turned out - the parties were more casual than I'd expected. I have worn it, once, out of sheer stubborn determination not to be defeated by it. This is me wearing it for New Years Eve - you can see, despite my efforts, that it still has a really round belly. I think the way I look weirdly shorter than normal is something to do with the photography, not really the dresses fault. Though I'm willing to lay blame with this dress instead!

I think my fabric choice contributed to the problem, but the problem would have been there no matter what - the front seam on the skirt is simply an insane shape, and the gathering towards the front only makes it that much worse. Not a pattern I'll be using again!

Date: 2010-06-13 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenni-talula.livejournal.com
I've found that I always look way shorter in photos where I'm wearing a long skirt. Something optical illusion-y happens with the length of me.

I do like this dress though :)

Date: 2010-06-13 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosaephemera.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm still really not sure about it. I felt pretty wearing it the night pictured above, but looking at the photos I'm much less confident about it. :\

I think it might be the empire line shortening me? I certainly don't get that with long skirts normally...

Date: 2010-06-13 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
On the plus side, if you ever are pregnant, it is quite nice to have a dress that makes you look more pregnant, esp around the 5 month mark when you feel you look really pregnant, but others don't seem to see it.

Date: 2010-06-13 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosaephemera.livejournal.com
lol! That's not a bright side I had considered. XD

Date: 2010-06-14 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] giffydoll.livejournal.com
:) Zeph lent me a maternity dress that puffed at the front. Was pretty but would not want to wear it if not wanting to look pregnant!

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