Wow not only has this thread been popular enough to have 140 pages it has spanned several years!!
I love this dress so much. I have made 3 over the last 12 months and plan on many more. The first 2 I made I posted about on page 138, I never did take photos although this time I will.
I am making short pixie hem dresses for my bridesmaids for my super relaxed wedding next week. I was meant to make myself a floor length simple a line dress so I looked all bride-like but decided that would be too much as the groom and groomsmen are wearing 3/4 khakis and white shirts with sleeves rolled up ( my hubby to be is definately not the suit and tie type) So now I am making myself the same dress as my bridesmaids in a deep eggplant/aubergine colour and I am so excited.
I have read through all 140pages over the last couple of days (for the second time) and I am still blown away by how fabulous this dress looks on everyone. Big thanks to everyone who has posted their hints and tips, I studied dressmaking when I left school and have still learned heaps from craftster, this site rocks.
Massive thanks to Rostitchery for this awesome tutorial.
Long winded I know but here is what I have learned while making this dress:
-Stretch material is a wonderful and forgiving material, it can conform to so many different body types, don't be afraid of sewing with it just use ALOT of pins and it's all good
-This dress can be made on 100% cotton when you make the straps cut them on the bias (if you aren't too sure google "how to make bias binding) they will stretch and conform nicely. Now for the curvier lady (me) make your straps a couple of inches wider than needed and gather onto your skirt and if you are super curvy in the breast area you can cut the strap a couple of inches wider and curve the end that attaches to your skirt, give it a little gather as you attach then it will fit the girls like a glove.
Fantastic!! I bought my form from a second hand shop and have started padding her to get the curves just right and was having trouble shaping the bust, for some reason it didn't occur to me to use an old bra ( I have several that I snapped the wires in all waiting for me to put new ones in) so thankyou for helping me overcome the mental block.
My big idea alog the same lines is to make a pregnant belly to attatch to my form so I can fit my maternaty clothes, I'm having trouble fitting the back of my clothes as my pregnant belly is huge and I can't even see my back in the mirror so hopefully it will work.
After finding this post nearly a year ago, I finally made one and it is fab. Thankyou to rostitchery for the easy to follow tutorial and thankyou to everyone who has posted pics and info on how they modified it.
I will post pics as soon as I can get someone to take one. I love this dress and it truely does look good on any body type (thats what took me so long to start didn't want to waste the stretch fabric I had just in case it looked bad).
I made mine with a 3/4 circle skirt and an extra wide waist band to cover my bust (I'm so sick of having my bust fall out of everything) It is a fantastic maternity dress and I have just gotten the material to make it as a swimsuit (I'll use a half circle skirt for this) so I'll add pics of both when they are done.