Yes, so this was the first dress of my summer!
I picked up the materials on Tuesday, got out of school Wednesday (gah! jr year is over..
) and finished it just in time to wear out for a day with the boy this afternoon.
Though simple and easy in concept, I struggled a bit and the back turned out lower than I planned and the boob triangles came out smaller. Oh well, everything looks normal unless you look at me from the side, where there is quite the boob skin showing
That's ohk.. i guess. Noone should be looking there anyway, right??
I just realized I'm wearing the same shoes I was wearing in the last post.
anywho, does it look too showy? The boy said he liked the dress, and then I asked him to take pictures of me in it and then he said it was too... booby. oh well, that's boys for you. Tutorial!
this is my first, so please bear with me. I apologize for not having real life pictures - I instead present the awsomeness of paint!Notes:
This dress doesn't use a zipper - which is both a pro and a con. Good, bkus I hate zippers, but bad bkus I need to be extra careful in putting it on and off. If you're more comfortable with putting in a zipper, dont' sew the midsection and the skirt into a tube, just shirr and everything from left to right and add the zipper last! Notions:
fabric (of course)
thread (contrasting thread gives a nice effect, I think)
's GREAT shirring tute http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49544.0
Cut your fabric into these peices:
Sew the midsection into a long tube, as well as the skirt, and then sew them right sides together so it looks like this right side out:
Now doing pretty much what mickncrispy's tute says, shirr along the midsection tube. For the next row of shirring, you will have to streth out the fabric so you don't sew it gathered. Shirr the entire height of the midsection. Remember, right side up! Notice that after 3 or 4 rows of shirring the garment shrunk to about half it's size! Ahhmazing!
Now its kind of like this:
Here is the kind of tricky part if you don't have a dressform (I don't).
Put on what you have so far - the midsection goes right below the goods. Take your triangles and hem the sides, and safety pin
them to where you achieve the right amount of coverage, and when you take it off you won't get poked! Make sure when you pin them down, they are overlapping a bit on the midsection as I tried to show in the picture:
After you take the dress off, the midsection will be all scrunched again, so stretch it out before and while you are sewing the triangles to the midsection. Remember, right sides together!
Now the straps are just really long, skinny rectangles folded a sewn down the open side, then turned right side out and pressed. Sew these to the triangles, and voila! You have a basic triangle halter dress.
Go crazy in decorating it, and if anyone uses this tute, I'd LOVe
to see what you do with it, so please post!
and also, if there's something you don't understand, please ask and hopefully I can clear it up for you