“Costa Atlantica” cruise

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We were going to have a cruise on “Costa Atlantica”, and I decided to take Iplehouse BID Nami (who has a name Xi) with us. So I had to sew her a full wardrobe for the cruise, including a fancy dress, because as a suite ticket holders we will be having dinner with a Captain one night.

What I was going to sew:

Dress with tucks and beads

I decided to start sewing with the fancy dress because if I won’t sew anything else, Xi would still have the dress for dinner. I drew a sketch, which shows that the dress will have tucks that I have never sewn before.

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I had thought that such kind of tucks should be attached to something on the skirt, which means that the dress skirt needs a lining. I cut out the dress details themselves from a dupioni silk and used cotton fabric for the lining.

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First of all, I sewed a simple dress with lining and zipper closure at the back, but didn’t finish the dress hem.

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And then I began randomly pinning the tucks with pins. When I liked the arrangement of the tucks on the dress skirt, I sewed them on by sewing to the lining and using large beads to decorate. After that, I measured the required length of the dress skirt, cut off the excess fabric and processed the hem with an bias type.

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I made a sash from a ribbon for the finished dress.

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Jeans

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I started to sew jeans with a mock up and then sewed the jeans from thin cotton by hand with tiny-tiny stitches. I also made tiny top stitches on pockets, which are functional!

I knitted a jacket first, but then decided than in our weather conditions, it will be too have, and crocheted a short cotton top instead.

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Nightgown

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As a young lady, Nami doesn’t wear contemporary pajamas and prefers old fashioned nightgowns, especially if they custom made for her, with embroidery and white openwork.

Robe

Nami also needs a bathrobe to wear after a pool on her swimsuit. I sewed it from fine terry cloth.

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On the cruise

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Look! How huge is the ship!
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Pool star!
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Time to wear the fancy dress!
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Fixing the dress
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Fixing the dress
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