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Topic: yellow summer flirt strapless dress w/ ribbon rose detail! TUTE TUTORIAL  (Read 148498 times)
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« Reply #60 on: June 11, 2012 11:01:29 AM »

The dress is absolutely lovely!
Thank you for the great tutorial.

When I saw this dress about three months ago I knew I had to sew my own one but I only started working on it last week.
I found a great fabric (a stretchy jersey-satin) in a lovely purple color and started working on it in an instant.

Although I am a beginner in sewing clothes it was mostly very easy to follow the descriptions (except for the gathering part on the sides of the dress - but I found my own solution I am very happy with. If you are interested in how I did it see below Wink)

Hope the weather will get better soon, so I can wear it without freezing! Grin
Tell me if you are interested in a picture of it.

What I changed in step 20:
Mostly the dress was easy to sew (tube and ruffles) but I had some problems with the gatherings at the sides of the dress.
It took me some time to find a solution I was happy with because I didn't know how to fix the gathers.
Finally I took a piece of the fabric I had left and cut two stripes out of it (5cm x the length of the part of the dress I wanted to gather - in my case it were about 45 centimeters I think). The fabric I used was a little bit more stretchy in one direction then in the other. I cut the stripes that the longer part of the stripe wouldn't vary too much in length.
I sewed them to the sides of the dress (directly onto the side seams in the area where I wanted the gathering to be. Before I was able to to this I had to undo the spare seams because I folded the "seam allowance" to the right and the left side of the seam.) Then I took a strong thread and sew it nonstop up on the one side of the stripe (as close to the first seam as possible) and down on the other side.
With the help of this thread I gathered the sides of the dress as much as I wanted (finally the gathered part is about 12 centimeters long) and fastened it with knots.

My fabric was very thin so I left the stripes as big as I cut them because you wouldn't notice them while wearing. But optional you could cut the spare fabric away (had to take 5 centimeters because my fabric curled itself so much at the sides and it would have been a little bit more difficult if I had taken a smaller stripe).

Because of the stretchy fabric you are still able to vary the length of the dress of the dress a little but the gathering is nicely fixed Smiley.
Hope this might help others which had a similar problem with this step.

@lol-lol: Hope you don't mind that I posted the part I changed. Everything else worked great!
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