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1  tiny dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by rostitchery on: July 15, 2006 07:27:35 PM
the butterick 4790 pattern has been discussed on several threads, this is my most recent version of it.  details in THIS POST at my blog.





compliments expected.  Cheesy
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2  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by rostitchery on: July 08, 2006 01:15:48 PM
here's the top i made yesterday.  there is more information HERE.

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3  quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial in Clothing Sewalongs by rostitchery on: June 29, 2006 05:40:48 PM
we've been talking about variations of this dress in the thread on the "infinity dress" in the designers homage area, and i was inspired to see what i could come up with.  i thought i'd post this here because it is quick, simple, and i think it turned out really really cute.  if you are interested, there is a tutorial HERE  Updated link >> http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html.  as always, feedback is welcome!  (it helps me refine my instructions.  Smiley  )







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4  Re: Infinity Dress in Designer Clothing Homage by rostitchery on: June 28, 2006 07:09:03 PM
ok, i got a couple of pictures but i won't get a chance to work on the tutorial until tomorrow.  hopefully i'll also have a chance to play around with different ways to tie it so i can show that too.

self portrait right after i finished it:


picture of the back that my husband took while i played in the pool with ella:
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5  Re: Infinity Dress in Designer Clothing Homage by rostitchery on: June 27, 2006 11:43:54 AM
dang it, i had a whole post and it got lost in the craftster server tie up.  Smiley

anyway, i have seen many variations on this design--the ties can be crossed like a surplice, they can be at each side of the body, etc.  mcjulie-o, the pattern is a tube with a much longer piece that is sewn SIDEWAYS with the ends hanging free at back.  for some reason they put a zipper in the tube--i have no idea why, the dimensions and fabric do NOT need it.  :/



one thing i LOVE about the monif c. dress is that it isn't a tube, it is a flared skirt.  that is SO much more flattering, i my opinion, for just about every figure.

edited:  i just measured the pattern pieces for the mccalls dress, this is for a pattern supposedly sized XS (4-6):  bust 29.5-30.5;  waist 22-23;  hip 31.5-32.5;  back length neck to waist 15.25-15.5.  extrapolate to fit your needs.

the skirt piece is 27" (to be cut on the fold) X 24" for a short skirt or 43" for a long skirt.

the bodice piece is 30" X 57", cut two and seam them on the short side then fold in half WST and sew along the three raw edges (leaving an opening to turn).  turn and whip closed.

close the skirt along the seam (put in a zipper if you choose), and gather the waist to your measurement plus ease.  stitch the bodice to the skirt SIDEWAYS:  center the bodice seam opposite the skirt seam and sew from center front to center back on both sides--leaving the tails free.  (see the technical drawing above).

also, this type of dress is currently available for sale in lots of catalogs:

spegiel (click thru the sequence, there are LOTS of other ways to tie this):
http://www.spiegel.com/shop/category_splash.aspx?gp_coll_id=5001&gp_cat_id=5002&nav_cat_id=8580&category_id=8580

boston proper 3-in-1 skirt (click to see other ways to wear it):
http://www.bostonproper.com/jump.jsp?itemID=4270&itemType=PRODUCT&AS=1&keyword=6426fb

boston proper also had a four-in-one dress but i can't find it on their website anymore.  i have a picture that i cut out of the catalog, i'll try to remember to post it (i might need a reminder).
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6  Re: Bikini Top Pattern? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by rostitchery on: June 16, 2006 06:19:41 AM
oh oh oh this is so easy!

first you draw your triangles, making sure to make them big enough at the bottom to gather.  then you add an allowance to turn under for a casing.  add seam allowances to the sides, and add an allowance at the point to turn under when you insert the ring.

the bottoms are also triangles, a bigger one of the back than the front, but they have a blunted point which is joined together at the crotch.  it makes an hourglass shape.

cut up an old t-shirt to test your pattern, and then go for it!

this is a bikini top that i made about 3 years ago (hey, now that i think about it, it was almost exactly three years ago this week).  to make the pattern for the bottoms i just traced around a pair of my husband's briefs (i was 6 months pregnant at that time).


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7  Re: Polka Dot Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rostitchery on: June 13, 2006 05:47:15 PM
kittykurl's package made it all the way from canada to nashville today!  she sent the CUTEST stuff for ella.  there is a jacket with polka dot lining in the pixie hood and butterfly buttons down the front--a green polka dot sock monkey with a heart embroidered on his little chest--and a polka dot bag with the best polka dot fabric i have ever seen. 

ella was practically dancing when she saw a package on the porch and we had to stop right inside the front door and open it up.  she put the jacket on right then and there and the first thing she said was, "it's just like belle!" (yeah, we watch beauty and the beast a lot). 

i couldn't be more pleased, this was a real treat and a great way to get to know a fellow craftster.  thank you kittykurl, and thank you lamamarco for making room for us in the swap!








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8  outfit for an awful day in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rostitchery on: June 03, 2006 06:58:31 AM
yesterday was HORRIBLE, and when i came home i needed some serious sewing therapy.  suffice it to say that the outfit you're about to see is to be worn to a funeral.  this is a color i NEVER wear but i was asked to wear something that is not depressing, and for some reason this fabric was calling me.  the skirt is just a circle skirt, side zip, bias waistband and hem.  it is vintage 70's fabric that was donated to the costume shop last fall.  the wrap top was a man's t-shirt that i cut up (i can't remember what show we bought it for--but the tag was still on it, so we didn't even use it).  the undershirt is a camisole that i cut the armholes deeper so i can nurse.

funny thing is that i feel pretty in this.  and my little girl loves the color brown right now (she thinks brown things are chocolate flavored) so this outfit still makes me smile.



happy comments are esp. welcome today.  Smiley

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9  links to tutorials for two nursing tops in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rostitchery on: May 27, 2006 07:17:13 PM
at last!  HERE is a tutorial for a simple and quick nursing top that anybody can make, even a beginner.





and HERE is the tutorial for my twist top, with instructions for non-nursing version as well.





these posts are LONG.  Smiley  but don't be intimidated--it takes a lot of words to explain the patterns, but very little work to make them.  thank you for your patience, please let me know if you have any questions.

and if you make a top using these instructions, please post a picture!  i'm always inspired by seeing other people's work.
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10  Re: HELP a scrawney girl make a nice dress!! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by rostitchery on: May 18, 2006 07:49:58 AM
before i had my baby, i was built exactly like you.  Smiley  i feel your pain.

have you considered making your own patterns?  the kind of things you want to make are so simple.  for example, i made this dress by laying a wife beater shirt on top of the fabric, tracing around it, then lengthening the body until is was as long as i wanted it:



you can also just copy clothing you already have that fits the way you like.  there are lots of books that tell how to do this, i like "patterns from finished clothes" , which shows how to copy shirts, skirts, pants, etc.

if you will share some pictures of things you'd like to make, i'll help you figure out how to make the pattern.
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