Decades Everyday ESP Dress (Tribute Sewing)

For Sewcialist tribute month, Gillian asked me to contribute to the blog. I knew immediately who I was going to make a tribute to: Tanya from Mrs. Hughes.

I’ve been following Tanya since 2012. She is one of the reasons I got back into sewing in 2013 along with the other editors at the Curvy Sewing Collective. My adventures in sewing had been all over the place before. I was convinced that sewing patterns were incompatible with curvy women. I didn’t know about FBAs or other pattern adjustments. I still use Idle Fancy’s tutorials on that.  I also mostly saw bland clothing out there for plus sizes. Nothing colourful or interesting and certainly nothing with reasonable prices and shipping for a Canadian gal. I ordered some dresses from modcloth and eshakti, but I had to wait for sales. I knew I wanted to sew all my clothes since I bought a sewing machine in 2009, but I didn’t feel like the majority of sewing bloggers reflected my needs. When I started following Tanya, all that changed. Her style was exactly what I wanted to sew! Vintage, colourful, and lots and lots of dresses! 😀

Eventually after a million comments, Tanya and I became friends. She sent me the Decades Everyday ESP dress and Wonder Woman fabric and I knew my tribute to her would include both.

Decades Everyday ESP Dress

If you don’t know, Tanya is the queen of the ESP Dress. She has several versions in all different kinds of fabric, including her very own Wonder Woman ESP Dress.

I love this dress!

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The ESP dress only goes to a 46 bust, though, which meant I had some pattern alterations to do for it. I did a 2.5 inch FBA on the largest size to give me 5 extra inches for my 51 inch bust. With the ease in the pattern, it worked out perfectly for me. I also did a large bicep adjustment on the sleeves. The sleeves weren’t tight, but I wanted a bit more ease of movement. For the future however, I will need to increase the armsyce just slightly since it is a bit tight and high.  The FBA added space to the waist. However, I could have made the waist darts a big bigger since the dress doesn’t quite come in enough at the waist without the belt. I also lowered the neckline since I knew that would be too high for me. After a muslin, I did a slight hollow chest adjustment at the neckline. I will also be taking a wedge out of the back neckline too next time.

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For the skirt, I was restricted with the width due to fabric constraints. I think the fullness works, though.

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I already have another version planned using nerdy Hello Kitty fabric.

While this dress isn’t going to worn to work that often, it will get a lot of wear at cons or on the weekends. Basically any excuse for Wonder Woman!

Decades Everyday ESP Dress

Decades Everyday ESP Dress

Decades Everyday ESP Dress

Decades Everyday ESP Dress

Decades Everyday ESP Dress

TL:DR Review

  • Pattern: Decades Everyday ESP Dress
  • Pros: Really well drafted dress with raglan sleeves and square neckline. Easy pattern for making alterations.
  • Cons: A good size range, but I do subtract meanly for it only going up to a 46 inch bust. Otherwise a 5 star pattern. (edit: Decades Everyday is going up to a 52 inch bust soon!)
  • Make again?: Already have my next one planned out.
  • Rating: pink-star-black-md pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdhalf-star-black-md4.5/5 stars
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Wonder Woman!!!

I had the theme song in my head the entire time I made my outfit. In actuality, I never watched the show. I was born in 1980 and didn’t even get to see it in reruns. I saw the original Batman series with Adam West in reruns, though, and grew up on other DC Comics. It wasn’t until recently that I started getting heavily into Wonder Woman through image sets on tumblr. I follow a lot of comic book feeds along with my various other interests/fandoms.

My first DC Comics love will always be Harley Quinn, but I already made cosplay for her back in 2011:

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I’ve only started reading Wonder Woman comics and only what I’ve been able to get my hands on so far. I won’t pretend to be the biggest Wonder Woman expert, but I really adore her.

Few super heros would blind themselves to kill Medusa (warning: image is graphic):

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She’s cool. She’s tough. When Monthly Stitch announced their December challenge as g33k out, I knew this was my girl. I’ve been wanting to make casual cosplay for various fandoms for a while. Outfits that I could wear to cons and not feel all dressed up. I love costumes, but there is something to be said about not wearing a huge costume to conventions and just chilling with other fans.

Enter my casual cosplay of Wonder Woman.

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Merciful Minerva! I know, technically, I am posting this in January, but I do have evidence on Instagram that I finished the shirt and skirt in December. 😛 I feel like Wonder Woman wouldn’t be super upset about the slight delay in the post.

The top is a Jennifer Lauren Vintage Bronte top. I graded up to a size 24 (the top only goes to size 20) and it fits perfectly. I may have been okay to leave it at a size 20, but I didn’t want to chance it. You can always alter things to be smaller, but making them bigger is a little tougher. The top is made from red jersey ordered from Joann fabrics. The star buttons on the top are from Kraftysian on etsy.

Suffering Sappho, the Bronte top was incredibly easy to make. I think I sewed it up in slightly over an hour and I find the style to be very flattering and the details in the neckline make me giddy. I already have three more of these tops planned out (white, black, and blue). I’ve been needing new tops for a while, especially since I’ve been going nuts for skirts lately.

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The skirt is very similar to the Cressida skirt from Jennifer Lauren Vintage. Unfortunately, I didn’t use that one. I feel kind of bad for choosing one that is very similar but not it, especially when paired with the Bronte top. Does anyone else get weirdly guilty for strange reasons?

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I used the skirt from McCall’s 6696, the popular shirt dress pattern this season. It’s the skirt from view A, but the pockets from view D. I am definitely making this skirt again, because I am in love with it. I will probably make a tutorial on this hack in the future. I want a million of these skirts. The skirt is made from  blue bottomweight canvas from Joann’s and the star details on the pockets are iron on applique from Joann’s as well. All purchased during the Cyber Monday sales. I really went nuts this year with them.

The only slight crisis I had in making the skirt was cutting the button bands too short. Unfortunately, the button bands aren’t quite on the grain because the portion of fabric I had left to recut them was off the grain. It doesn’t really change the skirt, because the bands are interfaced and are given extra support that was, but I will be interested to see if there is any issue with the shape after a few wears.

There are french seams throughout the skirt and I kicked butt on the pleats. They are so pretty, I can’t even.

I made a few accessories for this outfit:

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I bought a necklace from ebay. I used a printout of the Wonder Woman logo to embroider the headband onto felt and made the rope belt out of braiding jersey. I wasn’t happy with the quality of the jersey. Originally, I was going to make a belt that was a little more interesting, but this belt does work out as a lasso of truth as well.

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Careful, bad guys!

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Great Hera, I adore this outfit! 🙂 (Check out the matching nail colour)

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