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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Time-sensitive: unusual fabric pattern causing dressmaking headaches on: May 22, 2010 09:13:27 PM
Hey! So I often work at nerdy conventions here in Toronto. Sometimes I do door duty, sometimes I look after tables in the artists alley, sometimes I'm selling my own swag. It's decidedly more fun in a funky outfit. I'm sure you can all agree with that!
There's a convention coming up in a week, and my SO has bet me the cost of the fabric that I can't draft a pattern and sew this thing before the con rolls around. I very happily agreed.
Here's the thing:

This is a crafting fabric-- it looks like THIS. What the picture doesn't show, is the fact that these blocks are surrounded by 2 1/2 inch navy blue border, and the fabric is only two blocks wide on the width. There were only three meters of this stuff left, so I've got six spidey blocks to work with. (I didn't buy the fabric from this etsy seller, but it was the only picture I could find online!)
It's a cotton blend, to the best of my knowledge. Holds a pleat nicely, and it's pretty lightweight. The pattern is really meant to be used in twelve-inch blocks, though. I've picked up some matching blue cotton, as well.
... also, some red ruffles.
... also, some blue tulle, because this dress must have VOLUME.

Like I said, the fabric is really meant to be used in twelve inch blocks. I'm fussing about looking for a way to turn this into a dress, and preserve as much of this awesome pattern as I can.

Right now, I'm thinking my best bet will be to make the bodice out of the solid blue material, and the skirt out of the blocks-- any ideas on what style of skirt might work best with this fabric?
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