Darling In EFFECT

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I made a dress!! With BUTTONS!! Lol
I told you, be prepared for ALL the buttons on this here blog ;)

Dress :: Megan Nielsen’s Darling Ranges
Belt :: F21
Tights :: H&M (??)
Shoes :: Mel by Melissa

Darling In EFFECT

These pics are in full (Picmonkey Orton & Cross Process) effect because my bravery in taking these in such a crowded, public place (the Brooklyn waterfront!!) resulted in slightly out of focus pics ;(

Darling In EFFECT

I was in the area having lunch with David!! Such a nice time catching up and touring his amazing workspace!!

Darling In EFFECT

I had a bit of time afterward and wondered on down to this amazing waterfront spot! I must say, I’ve lived in Brooklyn for my entire life and I’m still amazed by how beautiful it is!! I love my city! I can’t wait to come back and explore this area with my children.

Darling In EFFECT

Darling In EFFECT

This bias tape finish is GENIUS!! And this is coming from someone who HATES bias tape!! The finishing on this was sooooo easy. I complicated things a bit by using a very lightweight challis. But, this was an experiment before cutting into my Mood silk/cotton fabric. Which I don’t think it right for the pattern, now.
Darling Ranges Dress :: The Guts

MODS: I left the elastic off of the sleeves. I hate to have my arms squeezed!! I used a dart from a totally different pattern after an Instagram friend reminded me of the trouble people had with the existing ones. Good move, they are nice and flat. I also lined the skirt section. This challis is super, super thin. The two layers together makes it more opaque but still so lightweight that I kept looking to down to make sure it was there, lol!
Seriously!

SIZE: Mostly a small. I shaved some of the back side seams off because there are no back darts and I knew it’d be too big otherwise. I threw off the bodice length with my slapdash dart change, so I had to even them up afterward.

Darling Ranges Dress :: The Guts

Special touch on this dress? That lace on the hem was given to me by my paternal grandma!

Darling Ranges Dress :: The Guts

Don’t be too impressed with the enclosed lining. It was a happy accident! I added more weight to the buttonhole and button bands by layering in narrow sections of challis. I think it was worth it, though it made the buttonholes a bit inconsistent.

Overall, it was a great experience with very wearable results!!

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26 thoughts on “Darling In EFFECT

    • Thanks so much!!! The buttons are some kind of shell. I got them from Etsy a million years ago. They were the only one I had enough of. Button sewing mania will require shopping ;p

    • Thank you!! You should totally give it another try!! There are tons of tips and mods on Megan’s blog that should help with whatever problem you were having.

  1. I love this pattern, and your version is wonderful! The finishing in genius, ai? The kind of thing you have to do yourself before you believe.

    • Thanks, Kieran!! And YES! This is totally a feature I’d normally try to work around. Because I really hate bias tape. I’m so glad that I tried it!

    • Thanks so much!! You’re sweet! I think the combo of the very lightweight fabric and leaving off the pockets might have helped with the added sleekness ;o)

  2. This looks great! I love it on you! And the DUMBO waterfront area is one of my favorite places– if I’m working in the area, I always try to take a few minutes to sit and enjoy the view.

  3. I know I’m late to comment, but this dress is beautiful! I really like your photos, too. I especially love that you’ve conquered your fear of buttons. :)

  4. Pingback: MMM.D16&18 :: Tiny Pocket x Two | Sown Brooklyn

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