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« on: October 08, 2006 05:36:48 PM »

My kid wanted a polka dot dress, and it evolved to this...all I can think of is sailors when I look at it, lol!

No pattern, just started ripping strips and sewing together. There are a couple of small darts in the back, to give a little shaping, and the skirt is attached with little pleats, rather than gathers, to lessen the bulk, and give a sharper appearance. The straps cross over in the back. Everything is topstitched in white thread, giving the perfect touch, imnsho!! Grin

I hate this pic, cause for some reason it really looks like a little girl dress, but it's not; it's a lot better, lol!



For reference, she is heading towards 5'7" (at 12!), but she's standing funny, so it all looks kind of dumpy and short. My batteries died, though, so can't get another one...
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006 05:46:08 PM »

very sweet dress--so glad to hear you did not have a pattern...

I was asked to make this exact style for someone and could not find a pattern either!!

On the skirt--how did you measure out the piece? how many times larger than the waist measurement did you use?  I want it to be full, but not puffy!

I am also using a contrasting fabric for the waist band--are the buttons functional or did you put in a zipper?

I have everything all laid out, but before I cut into the expensive fabric, a few notes from someone who already made it would be wonderful!
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2006 05:48:41 PM »

NICE!!  I LOVE the red and white around the bottom.  Overall - it's a cool, crisp and a wee bit sassy of a garment.  I really do like it a lot!!  

Onto my next comment:  BOY - do I HEAR YA when it comes to kids posing.  Saturday I unexpectedly ran into an acquaintance from work at my tag sale, and she was DYING to see these daughters of mine that I always am raving about.  (And didn't they just look unusually unkempt and illiterate that morning.   Huh)
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2006 05:57:37 PM »

very sweet dress--so glad to hear you did not have a pattern...

I was asked to make this exact style for someone and could not find a pattern either!!

On the skirt--how did you measure out the piece? how many times larger than the waist measurement did you use?  I want it to be full, but not puffy!

I am also using a contrasting fabric for the waist band--are the buttons functional or did you put in a zipper?

I have everything all laid out, but before I cut into the expensive fabric, a few notes from someone who already made it would be wonderful!

I didn't measure the waist measurement; I just took one width strip for the front, and again for the back, and sewed them together, and it worked perfectly. I basically held up the fabric, and looked at how wide the bottom of the skirt would end up, and decided it was right, and went from there. I didn't want puffy, either, so that's why I did the gathering as little pleats instead of gathers, cause it helps it to lay a little flatter around the waist, instead of puffing out.

The buttons are functional..I did that little whatchamacallit, where you slit into the skirt, and then do a little strip facing onto it (can't remember what it is called!), so that she could get into it past the waist, since the bodice/waistband is formfitting.

Maronne OMG, yeah!! Guaranteed every single time you especially want them to look nice, they pull out all stops for humiliation, lol!
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2006 06:02:52 PM »

gotcha--thanks--I am going to do pleats as well--she is a tiny thing but I am sure that she will appreciate the pleats and not gathers...

ha ha--I knew what you meant by the split waist thingy--I might have to do a zipper because the buttons I purchased are huge

Your daughter looks adorable and that she loves that mom sews for her!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2006 06:06:34 PM »

Oh, forgot to mention, the bodice thing is completely lined, too....
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006 06:55:12 PM »

I love it! The colours are so bold and its such a pretty style! Your daughter looks like she's having fun and that's all that matters! hehehe
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006 07:01:22 PM »

really cute!!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2006 07:24:45 PM »

its really cute I like it
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2006 07:56:35 PM »

This is adorable, and I love the attention to detail.

That's what makes sewing great!
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