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I was not planning on doing this dress, but when I saw this dress (particularly the one with the purple belt) I fell in love with it.  It is describe as a fit and flare dress with a gathered skirt, side seam, and pockets.  I love pockets!!!

 

I had purchased this lovely Navy/Fire Red/Pine/Off White 100% Polyester from Fabric Mart as a Precut.  I received 4 yards of it.

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The pattern called for at least 5 yards for my size.  But in viewing the pattern, it seems that the Obi belt pattern piece was quite large.  In viewing this, I figured that I could get away with making the dress using the 4 yards of the fabric I had.

Andddddd Yes, I was correct!!!!

However, when it came to the belt I did struggle with what to do.

The dress came together very easy and the directions were very clear.

I put in an invisible zipper and even sewed up the zipper sides so they matched the dress.

 

I did have to grade from a medium at neck and arm and grade out to a large.  I knew since it was a gathered skirt I could get away with the large around the hips versus the extra large.

It did not call for lining, but I went ahead and did an interlining of the same material for the bodice, as it seemed that the fabric was too thin for my liking.

I did all about 2 inches to the hem as I thought it would be too short for my liking.  I am 5’6″ and prefer my hem to come just above my knees.  I have a short waist and long torso, so this worked well for me.

It didn’t take that long to put together.

 

The sleeves were easy to put in and the finished dress looked great.

Now, onto the belt.  I don’t own many belts and what I do own tend to be my pre baby size of a medium.  I am not about an xl in RTW clothes.  So do I buy one???  Well I must admit, it is hard to get to the store with a 2 year old.

Do I order online, hmmmmm, well I would rather pick one out in person, plus the prices seem awfully high for a belt.

So the only option is to make on.  But I need to find a matching material. I had this olive green fabric that I have had in my stash for years now.  I believe it was 100% polyester and came from Joann’s on clearance.

So I cut it out just like how the fabric piece said to cut it out for the obi belt.  Well, lets just say the tie in front that looks so great on Mimi, does not look so great for me.  Now what?  SO I took a couple of bracelets and thought I could design something special.

Okay, even though the one with the bracelet (the one on the righ) was my favorite, I could figure out how to make it work.  The tie in the back didn’t look so great either.

So I made an actual obi belt with the same fabric I had.  I self drafted the belt, and cut it out with my main fabric and then did bias tape all the way around with the green fabric to accent it out.  I love it!!

Here are some picture of it on me, as you can see it really accents my waist and seems to be a good fit for me.

Well that’s it for now.  Next week I will be reviewing the Sunny Top I did for the Sew My Style January competition!