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1  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: April 15, 2008 03:36:53 PM


they all look so professional!!  do you mind sharing the dimensions of the straps?  and did you finish the edges?

The straps were all made to fit each bust (ie, the width of the mid-chest to under the boob) so they were different for each dress. I think they were all about 90-100 inches long, though they might have been shortened by the BMs. I hemmed one of the dresses, my mom hemmed 2, and the MOH (light green dress) had hers professionally hemmed. Her dress and the medium green had double sided straps so they were already finished. I didn't finish the edges of the straps of the other two but my mom turned over and hemmed the edges of the parts that went over their boobs. This was all done at the last minute; when I sent the dresses they weren't hemmed so the girls could all decide how they wanted them hemmed and how short they would be.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: April 11, 2008 01:26:08 PM
Thanks everyone - I actually used four different fabrics (because I was looking for four different colors, and stretch fabric isn't that easy to come by around these parts if you want it to be nicer than cotton jersey). The light, celery green was two-way stretch satin, the darker green and blue-green were a thicker four way stretch poly, and the medium green was a really thin (and kind of sparkly) super stretchy fabric so I had to double the straps.

It was my first time making a dress and I made four of them. I did add a zipper (to make sure they would fit, and also because all I had were measurements; they all live in CA and I'm in Denver) and made half circle skirts instead of full circle. I also made the waist band on the outside of the straps since that's how they all wanted it. The boob tube dress is the blue-green one; she was quite a bit bustier than the others and needed more support. I told them all they could tie the dress however they liked but they all ended up tying it about the same.

I don't know if any of them will wear them again, but the celery green one and dark green one both fit me (we are all the same size) so if they don't want their dresses they can give them back to me, haha!

luckyduck29, my dress is by Alfred Angelo. I didn't want a "real" wedding dress but it was important to my mom so I found one with the most color available. You can't tell from this photo but the embroidery on the dress is all green as well.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make on: April 09, 2008 08:45:05 AM
I wanted to thank everyone for such an informative thread! I started reading it in September, used a modified version of the pattern to make four bridesmaids' dresses for my wedding in March (one with a boob tube), and you can see the results here: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg. I guess I'm not allowed to post photos in my first ten posts.

I think they look pretty good!


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