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Inspired by Debi's 'Everybody Loves Parfait dress' http://www.sewweekly.com/2011/02/the-everybody-loves-parfait-dress-debi-fry.html
I have heaps & heaps of inherited corduroy.. so back in Feb when I saw Debi's purple parfait it actually inspired me to order the pattern. Her's was such a nice jewel tone purple and I was keen to use my jewel toned teal/green. While Debi's used a light cord, mine is quite heavy - my initial description was 'velvety' .. but as I was sewing this up I did start to think it was a bit 'chenille' like. Oh no!! I'm going to be a walking bedspread. I forced myself to continue despite the following thoughts - some students will pick me up and take me back to their dorm thinking I'm a 70's couch left out for grabs.. or.. people will think I've skinned a muppet! As I was fitting this my husband and his work colleague turned up.. fab timing... and the colleague said - 'hmm velour', which certainly didn't help ease my fears. I added the gold buttons (also from inherited stash.. which was met with 'you look very Irish'. Oh dear.. what have I done... not sure I'll be brave enough to venture out in this one now!! (side note - Debi.. there are thistles on my buttons just for you!)
Couple of things I did differently - Since my fabric was so heavy I left off the pockets. I also left out the midriff facing. I wanted to reduce bulk for getting that zipper in! I used a matching quilting cotton for the bodice & strap facings again to limit bulk. I interfaced the bodice facing, but only put interfacing in the straps where the buttons and buttonholes would be for reinforcement.
The bust is very roomy. I did use the sz. 2 bodice front and all other pieces are sz. 6. They fit together fine because the only joining seam is gathered to fit anyway.
So.. all that said. Do I look like a muppet?! promise I won't cry... much.

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Comment by Kat on August 14, 2011 at 1:19am
I love it! Very cute. :-) I hope you'll wear it, I reckon it looks great
Comment by Céline Badaroux Denizon on August 14, 2011 at 2:58am
You do not look like a muppet at all!!! ^^ I love the color and admire you for making this dress in this fabric!!! ^^ This should be so cool to wear with boots! Makes me want to try that pattern so bad!!! ;)
Comment by Judy Roberson on August 14, 2011 at 3:41am

I love it.. You did a fantastic job. It looks great on you...and you DONT look like a muppet..and

it doesnt look like a discarded couch..ha.. And I really like the blouse under it.. Great job..hope

you will wear it..

Comment by Stevie on August 14, 2011 at 4:26am
love the cord! I was thinking about this kind of dress for layering in winter! I love this combination with the shirt! We used to call these Pinafores when I was at school. I think they definitely need re-visiting
Comment by Anne Barnes on August 14, 2011 at 5:44am
I love to see people doing things I didn't think of- your dress is fabulous- another pattern must have!
Comment by margueritedesigns on August 14, 2011 at 6:20am
It's very luxurious looking and I bet it's nice and warm, not muppet like at all (I wouldn't have thought of muppets at all).
Comment by Cathe on August 14, 2011 at 8:49am
It's beautiful, the color is so rich with the gold buttons! It's nice to see it more winter than summer!
Comment by Cathe on August 14, 2011 at 8:52am
And in regards to a muppet, no way! You like like a very stylish and smart lady to me!
Comment by Rachel Pinheiro on August 14, 2011 at 5:46pm
Winter perfect
Comment by Debi on August 16, 2011 at 4:01am
AHHHH! I LOVE this! One of my favourite colours too! The teal looks fantastic! And Thistle buttons....this outfit IS perfect :)

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