Making a red dress experiment 1 part 1

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I bought some cheap red fabric on Wednesday and have been working on making a dress. The dress I’m making isn’t for wearing. I’m just trying to get some practice with the sewing machine. The dress started out looking promising.

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But then I decided to add some straps because it seemed like it needed the extra re-enforcement to stay up. Somehow after I added the straps the dress became weird. The bodice area fell apart. I guess because of the placement of the straps. It made the bodice fall lower and the dress look over-sized and misshapen.

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After playing with it a bit I managed to make it look a little better but the style was still too drab and it looked more like a nightgown than a dress.

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So I played with it some more.

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At this point it looked much better but more like a top and a skirt than a dress. So I made some additional adjustments and now I am satisfied with the design. I do think that the original strapless look was best of all; but in terms of function it’s probably better that the dress has straps. Now all I have to do is fine tune things in the front and work on the back.

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My intention is to put in a zipper in the back. I’ll have to buy a zipper. Hopefully it won’t be difficult to put it in. I was thinking of trying to pad the bosom of the dress; but I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.

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Depending on how this dress turns out I’ll buy some proper red fabric and make one to add to my closet. Maybe I’ll also attempt a bolero to wear over the dress. I usually prefer to have my arms covered. And a bolero jacket would be cute.

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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.

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