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Topic: Circles and dots blue & blue dress !! Now with tutorial  (Read 95398 times)
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ziabox
« on: August 07, 2006 07:00:19 PM »

Finally, finally, finally!
I'm so exited that i finished my first summer dress! I really needed one and the ones i started, for some reason, i never finished them (didnt like them, weren't what i wanted, blah) lol, but this one i did like, i actually love it so much. When i saw the fabric, i wasnt so sure but i went ahead and bought it because it was the only one i liked that was light and streachy and cheap, it was $1.30 USD/ metter.
I started it this morning and worked on it on and off all day. It's a bit hard to sew when there's a little boy pulling on your leg hehehehe.

Here's the dress:




i'm still not sure if it fits my figure or makes me look weird.

sorry the pictures are so crappy, there's no one to take them and these two are the best of the bunch.

Here's a close up of the fabric (i think this one's the best pic Cheesy):



What do you think?




TUTORIAL:

This is my first tutorial so bear with me  Cheesy

These are the pieces you will need:



Measurements:
-Waist
-Skirt Length
-Top dress length, to decide where to put the waist band (mine's about 15 in. from shoulder to waist)

To dut the skirt part just fold your fabric in half and measure half of your waist in a corner, and the length as you would a regular circle skirt.

The waist band is about 2.5 in.



1. Once you have your pieces cut, sew the top parts, back and both fronts (marked in red), first neck to shoulder and then attatch the sleeves but dont close them, yet.

2. Sew together the back with the wrap parts (marked in green).   
   Attatch the neckline band:  fold it in half and while you sew it streach it a little.
   Nos sew the waist ban to the top part of the dress.  I found it easier to sew the wrap parts (or pin them) how i wanted them before sewing the waist band.

3. Sew the skirt to the waist band (in pink) and close the waist band and skirt together (orange)


Hem the skirt if the fabric needs it, and sew the sleeve bands to the sleeves gathering the sleeves a little (or a lot) to create puffiness (also streach the bands while sewing).

And ta da! you have a wonderful summer dress! (or all year round dress depending on the color and fabric!)
« Last Edit: August 08, 2006 11:18:16 AM by ziabox » THIS ROCKS   Logged
alisonwonderland
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2006 07:10:53 PM »

That dress looks amazing on you! it is so cute and I think it fits your figure perfectly, definitely does not look weird! Good job, especially with the little boy pullin on your leg, it's true they can be very distracting and make things difficult Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2006 07:22:09 PM »

that is an awesome dress.
i love the fabric!
did you use a pattern?
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2006 07:29:55 PM »

I really like the fabric, you gotta love retro c'mon! I think it looks great and comfortable too.
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2006 07:37:52 PM »

It's fabulous great!! Where'd you find such great fabric? Could you post a tutorial?
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ziabox
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2006 07:53:50 PM »

Thanks for all the comments! You girls are so great! I really thought it looked a bit weird lol
I didnt use a pattern, i was inspired by a dress a friend has, so i pictured in my head how i would go about making it and i just cut it, the top parts i traced a shirt that fitted me well and the skirt part ... well.... i had to think about it really really hard because i didnt want to waste any fabric  Tongue  Tongue  but it's a half circle skirt, i think that's what it's called.

I got the fabric from a local store that sells scraps and fabric they get from [probably] fabrics in LA or something like that. It's like a family business, but i BET you can get something as cute and maybe even more in joann's or a big store like that. There's one need (san diego) that i've never been but very curious of what they have but i'm way too lazy to sit in my car to cross the border.
Sure i can make a tutorial. It'll make it simple and posted, hopefully, tomorrow.

Thanks again! I'm very happy you all liked it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2006 07:57:15 PM »

it's great! i like how it drapes in the front...and the fabric!  Shocked only $1.30 is an awesome deal. looking forward to the tute. thanks for being generous.
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2006 08:15:13 PM »

WOW!

Great dress, it looks so cute on you. That's amazing fabric
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2006 10:44:20 PM »

gorgeous! it looks so flattering too!
the fabric looks great also.
nice job!
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2006 11:05:26 PM »

Wowwww. You have the body type that looks good in like anything, but that is seriously very stunning. *feels covetious*
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2006 11:23:04 PM »

so cute!  i want one.
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2006 01:06:03 AM »

Its so so lovely!! I love the fabric, and the wrap-like top, and the skirt fullness is just great. Wonderful work!!
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2006 02:56:40 AM »

My god woman, I haven't even HAD a kid and my body looks nowhere near as good as yours!~ You could wear a burlap sack and it would look good, so yes! Your dress is lovely and looks fabulous on you!
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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2006 10:42:32 AM »

woah
well first off, I love the dress!  Major congrats for finding that fabric  Smiley
The wierd thing is, I love the dress cause I own its identical twin. earlier this summer I purchased a dress from some store like Buffalo Exchange in seattle:



The back lable says "Scott" on it. Just thought it was strange... great minds think alike  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2006 10:44:30 AM »

that dress is so incredibly cute! a tut would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!!
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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2006 11:09:21 AM »

NO WAY! LOL hahahahahaahahhahahah how weird! and it has the same fabric!! weird stuff!!!!!

I based mine off a dress a friend has in the same style but hers is red. I dont know where she got it.
I cant believe it! haha
Now i know where the local fabric store gets their fabric!


edit: I have the tutorial done, i'm going to post it in the original post.
If there's a step i missed or anything wrong or messed up please let me know, it's my first tutorial.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2006 11:20:20 AM by ziabox » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2006 02:13:56 PM »

The fabric is beautiful! I am always so impressed with people that can make stuff without patterns - I would never dare. Well, maybe someday. Keep providing inspiration.
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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2006 08:52:09 PM »

That's a really nice tutorial.
The dress is beautiful
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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2006 09:08:55 PM »

Shocked O MY GOSH thats so friggin cute!!!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2006 10:26:24 PM »

cute! perfect length!
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« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2006 06:40:25 AM »

Wow that is really great and thanks for the tutorial!
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art_rainbows
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2006 02:50:05 AM »

oh it's so kewl! thanks for the tut!

how long did it take you to make

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ziabox
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2006 02:06:00 PM »

thanks!

It took me about ..hmmm maybe 3 hours in total. It's not hard. I cut it in the morning one day and worked on it on and off and finished by 2 pm, maybe.
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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2006 03:22:36 PM »

Cuute.
I think i'll try to make one.
About how much fabric did you use??
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« Reply #24 on: August 14, 2006 05:26:16 PM »

Cuute.
I think i'll try to make one.
About how much fabric did you use??

I used about a yard (maybe 1.5 yards max.), cause to make the skirt you only have to fold once the fabric, it wont use up as much as a circle skirt.
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« Reply #25 on: August 14, 2006 06:00:32 PM »

thanks so much for the great tutorial -- maybe i'll try my first dress! Grin 
it's beautiful.
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« Reply #26 on: August 14, 2006 06:16:07 PM »

I love it! I really like the fabric that you used, too! Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: August 14, 2006 11:12:03 PM »

The tut is so great, nice and clear and well drawn.  I love the dress and think it looks great on you.
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« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2006 06:05:02 AM »

i dun realli get how you did the shelves still?
hm Huh

could you help explain it  Wink

is it sketchable fabric?
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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2006 09:11:08 AM »

The fabric i used was a bit straechy, That helps everything fit well.
The sleeves i did as regular, i think i posted how i cut them. Just sew them to the top part, close them and when sewing the sleeve band, you can gather the sleeve while sewing to create the puffiness or you can sew with a wide stitch about half and inch from where you're going to sew the band and leave the thread long so you can pull it to create the gather. Then sew the band folded in half.

I hope this makes any sense.
If it still doesnt help much, let me know and i'll see what i can do to post pictures.

or....
I remembered that jessismess did a tut for a recon and she posted a great way to do the puffy sleeves, i hope she doesnt mind me posting a link to her tutorial:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=93022.30
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« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2006 09:36:09 AM »

Despite that other thread debating the merits of having many "I love it!" posts on a project, I just wanted to say that I really do love your dress! Love the fabric (even moreso because it was so cheap! I'm so jealous!), love the style!
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« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2006 08:20:21 PM »

thank u for the link to the tut  Wink
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« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2006 09:23:06 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: August 08, 2008 09:10:06 PM »

what are the measurements for the bodice? or should I just do it similar to a shirt that fits?
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« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2013 10:57:20 AM »

I'm assuming you didn't have to use a zipper at all? It doesn't look like it, but for a non-stretch material would you suggest it?
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