Thank you so much ladies! I don't come to this forum very often, so forgive for taking so long to respond. I appreciate all the kind words.
Wow - those look absolutely gorgeous. They flatter your figure beautifully and make you look so elegant - just as a dress should! I think the choice of fabric is terrific - the plain colours show off the design so well and the fabric looks like it drapes really well. I wouldn't blame you if you never wore any other dress
Total sewing success.
Re. sewing machines - tough decision. I didn't have a lot of money to spend so bought a second hand Bernina 1630 (top class model when it was released back in the early 90s). I was upgrading from a pretty basic Janome and I'm loving this. It handles stretch fabrics well and it's fun learning what it can do. It is quite a bells and whistles machine though (has embroidery units) so you'll have to think about what you'll want to do with your machine. I think it's useful to try lots of machines out - go into shops and ask for a test drive or try out friends' machines.
Thanks for the suggestion. I want to start with something a little simpler. I've never used a machine before, just hand sewn everything, so I'm like a baby.
What type of fabric did you use? seems like some sort of jersey would be comfy and hang well but the edges would roll... did you have to hem the edges?
Thanks for any info!
I used a nylon/acetate/spandex blend for the blue. I got it at Hancock Fabrics in their clearance section for $1.75 a yard. I got the yellow from fabric.com (http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=0bbab690-09cf-43e3-bdb1-696ac816e1e0
). I used 6 yards of fabric. I cut off 90 inches for the straps, then used the rest to make the very long A-line skirt pattern(http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=0bbab690-09cf-43e3-bdb1-696ac816e1e0
those are fabulous!
Can you explain how you tied the first one in blue and the last one in yellow! I have an infinity dress but I suck at finding new ways to tie it!
I'll have to comeback later with those. I got a lot of ideas from youtube.
I just love the proportions of this gown...
Do you mind telling us how many yards that took?
I'm trying to work the numbers in my head....
Here are my thoughts/reasoning on the puzzle:
If the straps themselves are 90 inches long, if you placed them side by side on your yardage, that would be 2.5 yards by 24 inches wide (for the two of them),
and if the skirt front is the full width of the fabric (which for practical purposes I'm assuming is 60 inches) and 50 inches long, and the back ditto, for a 120 inch hem circumference, that would be 100 inches, or about another 2.8 yards, to come to a total of about 5.3 yards, with quite a bit of scrap material leftover.
BUT, if you laid the straps against the selvedge, and then cut the A-line skirt from whatever was remaining of the yardage, the bottom hem would still be about 72" (60" wide minus two 12" wide straps = 36", which would be doubled by the front and back skirt pieces, so, 72" wide at the hem) You could thereby do it for less than 3 yards of 60" wide stretchy fabric.
Is that what you did?
Or did you opt for the wider hem, and the larger piece of fabric?
(And, of course, adding a wide waistband, sometimes called a "boob tube", would add a little to the 3 yard version, and use up a little of the excess from the 5.3 yard version)
I need a sewtalk to english dictionary!
Thi first one sounds about right. I didn't add a boob tube although I may have to for the blue.
If you don't have much to spend on a machine try a shop that fixes and sells them. I got one in college that way for short money, a woman traded in her home machine for some credit toward a industrial machine because she was going into business for herself. I got a great machine that was freshly serviced, a good service contract and a lot of enjoyment out of that machine for less then I would have spent on a brand new machine. Bonus was when I left school I sold it for 60% of what I paid for it origanally to another student who was in the same costume design track I was. Last time I heard the machine was still going strong.
A used machine would be perfect. I'll have to find out if any place in my area does this.
That is so beautiful! I'd really like to see it from the back
Here's one pic(excuse the awkward pose):
I'll take some more when I get a chance.
Also, here's where i got many of the styling ideas http://www.youtube.com/user/isadoraclothing