16 Responses to “Completed: Magnolia Dress”

  1. LinB May 28, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    Hurray for breathable fabrics in the miasmic southern summer! Hurray for slow sewing! Hurray for French seams!

    File away for the next time you insert a side-seam zip in a dress: install the zipper so that it closes FROM THE BOTTOM. Far less likely to unzip itself as you wear the garment.

    This hint is brought to you by teachers in the theatrical costume shop at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, circa 1980.

    • LLADYBIRD May 29, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      I’ve heard that tip before but I actually don’t like zipping my zipper when it’s upside-down! It feels… too weird haha. Since this one is closed at the top is pretty easy to do the zipper up and down!

  2. Sew Mardie May 28, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    Your dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you, love the fabric, love the French seam commitment LOL. Extra details that are visible only to you is what makes sewing so fun. Why no buy in a store? Well would a store have a perfect pink zipper with Hong Kong binding?? :p

    • LLADYBIRD May 29, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      Exactly! If I’m going to go to the effort of making my own clothes, I want them to be pretty on the inside and not anything like you would find in a store!

  3. Anonymous May 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

    it is even beautiful on the inside!!!

  4. Colesworth May 28, 2019 at 10:29 pm #

    I adore that rayon! So glad you could still use the pink zip, little touches like that make me happy ;o)

  5. tinaor May 29, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    Gorgeous dress and beautifully made. I like that you managed to use the wrong size zipper – we’ve all tried a slight ‘bodge’ in our sewing escapades, in my case they don’t usually turn out so well!

    • LLADYBIRD May 29, 2019 at 10:14 am #

      Haha oh I have PLENTY of those incidents in my sewing history, too! I just have been doing this long enough that I *usually* (not always, but… usually) can tell if something is a terrible idea or not. Sometimes I still manage to surprise myself, though! 🙂

  6. Karen Taylor May 29, 2019 at 8:30 pm #

    Lauren- that is a beautiful dress! It looks amazing on you. I appreciate you taking the time to include so many technical details when you write up a blog post.
    And, a lovely picture of your family too!


  7. Anne May 30, 2019 at 4:42 am #

    Lovely dress and so nice to see you looking happy and relaxed in your green front garden (I can never get used to ‘yard’, which has very different connotations in Britain!) and with your family. You seem in a better place now, after all the ups and downs of recent years. Hoorah! Always enjoy your blog, so look forward to more makes and more house stuff, too.

  8. olivia June 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

    Ha, I am also a master at a pattern puzzle. My boyfriend never understands why It takes me so long to cut things out. Also, you just put this pattern on my must have list!! I love the maxi version and am going to have to give it a go before the summer ends but I think I will actually buy fabric just for this project. I don’t want to play puzzles with such large pattern pieces.

  9. stitchesgalwaycity August 24, 2019 at 6:36 am #

    Your dress is looking gorgeous on you. I just loved the fabric and design of the dress. It is perfect for the summer season. Great work!


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