• Erica Schmelzer

    After my necktie skirt was such a success, I wanted to make a dress, inspired by the glamarita dresses on Etsy. I wore this to a cousin's wedding in February. Ties were from my dad. Used New Look 6699 b/c I had never made a dress before and wanted some fit to bodice and waist. It came out a little bigger than I would have liked, but it was fun to make and to wear.

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