I went shopping for summer dresses the other day, and couldn't find one that I liked for the right price. So I decided to make my own. A trip to the fabric store, and about 7 hours later, I have a dress! It took me so long, because I kept on making stupid mistakes (sewing pieces the wrong way etc...). The sizing was perfect, and I didn't need to do any adjustments besides shortening the skirt. Closeup of the fabric:
I really like the colourblock style that was showing up alot earlier in the spring, and I finally had a chance to make myself a skirt! I used remnants of fabric from previous projects, so overall it didn't cost me anything!!! Some changes I would make, would be cutting everything on a curve so it would flow better. Since I used remnants, I was low on fabric so couldn't do that. The bottom tier is made of 4 trapezoids, middle is 2 trapezoids, and the top is a long curved piece that was once the hem of a half-circle skirt.
I went 'retail therapy-ing' at the thriftstore today, and fell in love with this dress. It needs tweaking a bit though, and I'm not exactly sure how to go about doing this. Here's the pictures:
What I love about it the most: hem detail: bodice detail: I'm too impatient to ever try doing that
As you can see theres odd tugging across the chest. Would increasing the armhole size fix this? They are a tad snug. Also, I would like an opinion of the skirt poofyness and length. The skirt is 4 layers! Should I suck it up and just shorten it?
how on earth do you keep them from sliding down? I am unfortunately attracted to strapless dresses, but whenever I go out I'm always stuck doing the 'pull up the dress ever 5 mins or so' maneuver. I notice that theres many small chested stars that wear strapless dresses unawkwardly, so I would like to know, how do they do it? Or, how do you mitigate the danger of flashing everyone?
sorry about the rant-like nature of this. just a bit frustrated!
I am attending a conference with a mafia theme, and would like to dress accordingly. A few things though, I don't know what female mafia people (what are they called?) wear, and it still needs to look 'business casual', so not costume-y. I've tried googling a bit, but keep on getting 'sexy' halloween costumes, which is totally not the look I'm going for.
I'm really stumped, but I'll have a few free days to go visit the fabric store and sew, sew, sew before I go.
It's been a while since I've posted anything here! So over winter break I was busy sewing, and came up with this dress in about 2 days. The bodice is lined, there is a side zipper, and the skirt is fully hemmed (oh how I hated doing that!!!). Its basically a fitted tank top attached to a circle skirt. I got the fabric from a brand new $3 tablecloth. Its 100% cotton, loose weave, and heavy in weight.
The inspiration dress:
The dress without the bow:
With the bow: I actually made the bow for another dress, but it didn't look right. So I'm happy that I get to use it for this dress!
So I found a picture of this dress on a website. And I love it! And it doesn't look TOO difficult (I probably just jinxed myself). Anyhow, here it is:
First, do you think this would be flattering on someone who has no boobs? The construction, is it just a circle skirt attached to a tanktop with darts? Thats what it looks like to me, but I figured I'd double check with the pros And third (while I have your attention ), do you think it would look nice made from a table cloth? I bought this $3 table cloth, in a lovely fuschia colour that is waiting for a use! It is 100% cotton and medium-ish heavy with a loose weave. Sorry about the terrible description!
My goal this summer was to make 2 skirts and 2 summer dresses. So far I've made 1 summer dress and 2 skirts I took all the pics myself, with a tripod and felt quite stupid setting the timer, running, changing outfits etc... my neighbours must think i'm crazy :p crazy for craftster, that is lol
it has double straps and a half circle skirt. I used this pattern for the bodice:
it required no alterations, except that i removed the dropped waist by just cutting the front so it was the same length as the back
half circle skirt, with brown trim, so i didn't have to hem it :p
tiered brown skirt action shot:
you can see the tiers better in this picture
I used dark fabric for both skirts, because I will be taking them travelling with me, and I figured dark colours would hide the dirt better :p
So I found this dress on the super clearance racks at Kohls for $10!
It fits very well everywhere BUT when I wore it out, it would not stay up. I did wear a strapless bra underneath too. Its pretty, but really awkward to keep on adjusting. I tried adding ribbons as straps, but because of the shape of the front, it looked weird. It has an invisible zipper at the back as the opening. My friend suggested converting it to a corset style, but I don't know how difficult it would be.
I sewed this dress over Easter break. Sometimes I have urges to go put on a pretty summer dress, and frolic through fields of flowers Yesterday was a goregous day (but cold, I could see my breath) but I managed to convince my roommate to go frolicking with me. Unfortuneately the nearest field was a dog park, so we frolicked cautiously lol But we did also walk down to the beach, which was also excellent for frolicking! I used a pattern I got at the thriftstore for $0.25. I shortened the skirt significantly and drafted my own straps. I really like the bodice pattern, because it pretty much fits perfectly! The fabric is really cheap thin unknown fiber from Walmart's $2 bin. I think I used around 2.5 meters.
Trying to take a frolicking picture with the timer, inside the house
and for kicks, beach picture! (I absolutely LOVE white tights!!)