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amythest_star
« Reply #100 on: April 19, 2007 09:42:22 PM »

That is really cute.  I love the fabric.
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BeatnikChick
« Reply #101 on: April 20, 2007 01:19:29 AM »

I made this dress also in a pink, black and white plaid... =)  I absolutely love the retro fabric, the colors and everything... fantastic!
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« Reply #102 on: April 20, 2007 07:18:20 PM »

That is so awesome!  Where did you find the pattern?  I NEED that dress! LOL
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« Reply #103 on: April 21, 2007 02:48:56 AM »

They've got it over here for $10.  I found mine at Hancock Fabrics, but I think Joann  has it too.  The list price on the dress (Butterick B4790) is us $16.95, but Hancock had a $0.99 pattern sale.  I'd wait for that. Smiley
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« Reply #104 on: May 22, 2007 03:43:50 PM »

Hi! I'm new on here, and this is actually my first post, but I ADORE your dress!!!! It's SO flattering and it's just perfect to the T! I'm a beginner when it comes to sewing, but if I saw that pattern, I'd definitely  buy it and save it for when I got better. Where did you buy it??? You did an amazing job Smiley
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« Reply #105 on: May 28, 2007 10:38:53 AM »

What an adorable dress!  Perfect for a picnic.  I love the funky fabric you used.  I'll bet it's comfortable too.
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« Reply #106 on: May 28, 2007 10:42:40 AM »

wow!!! I am totally going out and getting this pattern. Its so beautiful!!! Yeah for curvy!!!!
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« Reply #107 on: June 04, 2007 06:57:30 PM »

I JUST LOVE IT!
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cherade9
« Reply #108 on: June 06, 2007 09:23:34 AM »

I've looked at this post several times now. I bought the pattern about 6 months ago and I've been waiting for my weight to stabilise before I made it. However I don't think that's going to happen in a hurry at this rate, so I'm going to just make it Smiley

The toile fabric I'm using is a vintage bedding set. It's a white background with huge stylised yellow, mellow lime green and soft turquiose blue abstract flowers strewn over it. I need to decide on the binding colour, but I've decided to make the dress all in one fabric, at least for this first try.

A couple of tips for the circle skirt hem.I nstead of trying to take the hem up in the normal way, you could try removing the hem allowance completely. Then bind the raw edge with the same binding you used for the armholes and neck edge.

You could also take half of the hem allowance away and use the inherant bias quality of the binding to shape the bottom hem. All you do is stitch one edge of the bias binding to the hem edge, press the hem up and then hand of machine stitch the other edge of the binding to the skirt.

This way gives a traditional hemmed bottom with the extra weight of the hem fabric to help the circle skirt hang, but without all the hassle of trying to get an unevenly biased edge to turn up neatly.

For both methods shape the bias binding before applying it by stretching it into a slight curve while pressing it with a steam iron (heat appropriate to fabric(s) of course). This makes the application much neater and quicker.

I'm a seamstress who never make clothes for herself.. sound familar anyone? ;p Seriously though, this is a job I've have to tackle on couture wedding dresses for years and the two tips above can save you a lot of stress. If you look up 'Bias Bound Hem' or 'Bound Hem Finish' in a sewing book or online you should come up with some tutorials and instructions.
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jen53207
« Reply #109 on: June 12, 2007 08:33:25 AM »

i love this dress - especially the colors/print you picked.
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