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« Reply #330 on: July 26, 2006 01:38:14 PM »

OK, after reading this thread, the other thread, the blog...

I totally know what I'm doing now.

If only I can find polka dot fabric...


The red in the middle is a separate long tube top in a matching fabric. This is just one way to combine the 2 - also, you can put the tube top on under, pulled up high in back to cover a bra. Wear the dress as a wrappy skirt, with just the tube top. Or wear the tube top with one of the wraps that covers the shoulder but exposes that mid back - with the tube top under it, then only that fabric is peeking out. Or scrunch the tube top just around the boobs, so that when you want to nurse in this dress, you push aside a front layer and pull the tube top up - that way the top and sides of the boobs are still covered while nursing!

I suppose you could do it in the same fabric, as well - I just liked the idea of contrast.

Now to find some slinky polka-dotted fabric...

I totally love that! The separate tube top is brilliant, and contrasting fabric is a great idea. Must ... get ... more ... fabric ...
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« Reply #331 on: July 26, 2006 01:43:19 PM »

That would have been so handy the other day!   A separate tube top! brilliant.

I need to post my pictures but let me tell you a made a wave at work yesterday when I wore my dress. Everyone wants one now!  I'm planning on making a couple for a preggers co-worker who is in those inbetween stages.
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« Reply #332 on: July 26, 2006 01:57:44 PM »

very good idea to use the tube top..... The red polka dots remind me of the dress from the movie Pretty Woman. (I think her dots were brown though)  Undecided
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« Reply #333 on: July 26, 2006 02:06:41 PM »

It's a sad day when you mess up something titled "quickie dress that anybody can make" Sad  I attempted it this morning and cutting the circle skirt just did not work out.  I've made circle skirts but its been a while.  I messed up a really nice fabric trying this too Sad  It's like a burnt orange rust color and now it's just scrap fabric due to the humongous hole from my attempt.  I've wanted the monif c dress forever but cant afford it, but i may just have to save since my attempts have gone horribly wrong Undecided
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« Reply #334 on: July 26, 2006 02:06:41 PM »

OK, after reading this thread, the other thread, the blog...

I totally know what I'm doing now.

If only I can find polka dot fabric...



The red in the middle is a separate long tube top in a matching fabric. This is just one way to combine the 2 - also, you can put the tube top on under, pulled up high in back to cover a bra. Wear the dress as a wrappy skirt, with just the tube top. Or wear the tube top with one of the wraps that covers the shoulder but exposes that mid back - with the tube top under it, then only that fabric is peeking out. Or scrunch the tube top just around the boobs, so that when you want to nurse in this dress, you push aside a front layer and pull the tube top up - that way the top and sides of the boobs are still covered while nursing!

I suppose you could do it in the same fabric, as well - I just liked the idea of contrast.

Now to find some slinky polka-dotted fabric...
That idea is amazing! Love it. Love it. Love it!
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« Reply #335 on: July 26, 2006 02:19:19 PM »

It's a sad day when you mess up something titled "quickie dress that anybody can make" Sad  I attempted it this morning and cutting the circle skirt just did not work out.  I've made circle skirts but its been a while.  I messed up a really nice fabric trying this too Sad  It's like a burnt orange rust color and now it's just scrap fabric due to the humongous hole from my attempt.  I've wanted the monif c dress forever but cant afford it, but i may just have to save since my attempts have gone horribly wrong Undecided

What if you make the skirt part very short and use it as a top. It would have a little ruffle around the waist and you could salvage your fabric? Just a thought.
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« Reply #336 on: July 26, 2006 02:35:31 PM »

ahhhhh, a separate tube...  mine's attached and isn't quite meeting my needs.  maybe i'll cut that off and make a new one from the leftover fabric.  i was also thinking of making a pair of teeny cute shorts in the same fabric, to wear with, since it's so twirly and possibly underwear-exposing.  maybe... 

my circle hole was definitely bigger than it needed to be, not way too huge but i guess the stretch of the fabric changes things a bit.  maybe you could salvage it with some elastic?
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« Reply #337 on: July 26, 2006 03:32:22 PM »

When I cut the circle skirt, I did it in quarters (folded the fabric twice), and cut a very small arc (quarter of the circle) in the top corner. It was too small, so I just kept cutting about a quarter inch more at a time till it was about right when stretched. That worked for me. I bought elastic to prepare for problems, but I didn't end up needing it. There is an excellent tutorial for making circle skirts on here ... somewhere. Just start small with the circle for the waist ...
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« Reply #338 on: July 26, 2006 03:57:31 PM »

When I cut the circle skirt, I did it in quarters (folded the fabric twice), and cut a very small arc (quarter of the circle) in the top corner. It was too small, so I just kept cutting about a quarter inch more at a time till it was about right when stretched. That worked for me. I bought elastic to prepare for problems, but I didn't end up needing it. There is an excellent tutorial for making circle skirts on here ... somewhere. Just start small with the circle for the waist ...

That's a very good idea. I just cut mine out of a peculiarly kinda pleated very stretchy fabric of unknown content ($1/yd at Walmart which will be my "muslin" version)

Somehow, I had the idea that the waist arc radius should be about 1/3 of your waist measurement (circ=pi x 2r, right? with pi= approx. 3), but I figured, as stretchy as this stuff is, I'd cut it about 2" smaller than that. Well I forgot the 2 in the equation and wound up with half a skirt cut out (wasn't wide enough to cut the full circle so I cut a half at a time) with the full waist measurement already cut out of it....... With a seam, it's going to be a perfect A-line! Which I will like even better than the full circle, I think!

The waist debacle might've been avoided if I'd followed your method though.

Must go finish, and take pictures!
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« Reply #339 on: July 26, 2006 05:44:50 PM »

Somebody asked about a way to tie the dress so that it doesn't slip? If you're dress is slipping and stuff you could try using a pretty pin or broach to pin keep it in place. I haven't had any problems with being exposed, but I have had issues with tan lines showing (which bugs me), so I just use a pretty pin to keep everything in place. I also use the pin sometimes instead of tying the straps in a knot at the end just for a more elegant look. Not that I have any occasion to be elegant... haha, still, it looks pretty and it stays in place.
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