Aislinn’s Teal Solo dress

(I added the little girl’s name because she wanted her dress known by her name…you got it, Aislinn!)

Another custom solo dress walked out the door this afternoon…fastest one yet! I love the color of this one.

Please excuse the hanger…one of these days I will get a child-sized dress dummy.

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This is a Feisdress pattern…Susan has designed a pattern for this swoop skirt and it works beautifully. The skirt went on in one pass and hung perfectly.
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I even pleated the left side of the cape.

Here is a cool thing…the center front panel is totally free! No useless pleats (no reason for them with a swoop or wrap), and no need to sew the side panels to the front to keep them in the right place (sometimes swoop panels can collapse into the center). The center front panel itself is wide enough to eliminate using pleats for modesty’s sake, and the width & stiffness of it add the necessary tension to keep the side front panels in their wide spaced place. Very cool pattern, Susan!
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I will be interested in how it feels to dance in. I did get the chance to inspect an Elevation Designs swoop dress just after the Oireachtas…the mom brought it over for some repair advice. The young dancer commented that she found it difficult dancing in it because there was no give in the front. That one did have pleats at the sides of the center front panel, but everything was sewn shut. Essentially, there was no movement in the front skirt and it moved as a single panel. This one moves quite easily when you lift the skirt by hand, but the center front panel is wide which makes me wonder how it will move. Since it is not attached to the side front panels, will the skirt have movement for the dancer? As a dressmaker, I love this…now I am waiting for a dancer’s perspective.

Update: The dancer said it was very easy to dance in. Plenty of movement in the skirt, did not feel like kicking a board. This is a keeper!
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Love this lining.

If you are interested in the pattern, you can get Susan’s email on the Feisdress site.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. picperfic
    Jun 15, 2007 @ 22:00:00

    you make those pleats look so easy…another stunner and I really love the simplicity of thisone. So it’s a girls’ weekend in amsterdam then?

  2. Peggy
    Jun 16, 2007 @ 11:19:00

    this is just beautiful. I love the fabrics. All your work is so crisp and tidy. The pleated white cuffs really finish up the piece. Lovely.

  3. Caroline
    Jun 17, 2007 @ 06:06:00

    I absolutely love this one. I also love the fact that your great description of the whole process gives me enough courage to try this myself!
    -Caroline.

  4. Knitting Maniac
    Jun 17, 2007 @ 15:00:00

    That is completely amazing work, Ann.

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