Hot Hot Heat!

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I am thrilled to show off my first ever Marianne dress as part of  Allie J‘s Social Sew for August. The theme this month is Hot Hot Heat!

This dress is my wearable muslin of the Christine Haynes Marianne dress. I used a ITY Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics that you may recognize from my Cashmerette Appleton top. The fabric is a dream to work with because it doesn’t curl or fray – but it is a slippy little bugger!
I made an 8 in the shoulders and graded out to a 12 from the bust down.
The only change I made was to cut the neckband longer than specified. This fabric changes color completely when stretched and I wanted to make sure the neckband matched the rest of the dress. Unfortunately this means that the neckband doesn’t lay flat; instead it’s got a kind of sixties mock turtle/roll neck thing going on.
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Sorry for the derpy picture – it is the best picture of the neckband!

I didn’t hem the sleeves or the hem. My Appleton top isn’t hemmed and the fabric has held up very well- no rolling, fraying or bunching so I decided to save some time and leave them unfinished.
Last, but certainly not least this was my first project with my new serger! I bought my Brother 1034D a few weeks ago but finally bit the bullet with this project. This project was constructed entirely with the serger.
More on my serging adventures in another post along with my non-wearable muslin version of this dress!
So there you have it- my Hot Hot Heat Marianne dress!
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This dress was made for the August Social Sew over at Allie M. Jackson’s blog. 
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