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kinderbean
« on: January 03, 2007 02:35:52 PM »

Despite not liking to be a trend-follower most of the time, I have fallen in love with babydoll dresses and this one is so beautiful: http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?sbsize=1&sbs=1&sbsCatID=314&itemID=13222&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=314&iMainCat=4

Does anyone have a good babydoll/trapeze style dress pattern? It seems like it would be easy to make but the sleeves might be a bit difficult...?
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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2007 04:24:03 PM »

i don't have a pattern for this dress, but i can tell you that this dress would be super easy to make. and depending on your 'artistic' abilities, you wont need a pattern either.  it looks to me to be about 6 pieces (front, back, 2 arm cuffs, 2 pieces for neck band) and all you have to do is ease the nack band and arm cuffs onto the front and back.

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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007 04:37:04 PM »

You're not alone, I've seen this dress everywhere lately, it seems!

I don't think the top/sleeves would be that difficult. It looks like a peasant blouse, only with fewer, smaller gathers - and instead of elasticizing the neckline/top of sleeves, they're gathered into a band at the neck.

The neck is obviously a curved band - if you try just doing a long rectangle, it won't lay right. Also, it looks like the bottom of the sleeves are gathered into tiny bands. Other than that, an elongated a-line peasant blouse.

Do you have a dressmaker's dummy? It shouldn't be too hard to draft, really. I think the hardest part would be finding some righteously cool fabric like that print!
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« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2007 05:33:09 PM »

How would one go about doing the curved neckband with a non stretch fabric?
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2007 08:33:14 PM »

thanks all-
unfortunately my "artistic abilities" are limited when it comes to sewing so I'm afraid to buy nice fabric and screw it up. Perhaps I will experiment with an old bedsheet!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2007 10:10:13 AM »

You may want to conisder Simplicity 4045.
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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2007 02:52:41 PM »

How would one go about doing the curved neckband with a non stretch fabric?

I would literally cut the piece to the shape I wanted it to be once it was laid flat (plus seam allowances, of course!), so it would be slightly curved on the bottom, and slightly more curved on the top. It would probably also be easier to have the front and back of the dress have separate neck pieces, and just seam them together over the top of the shoulder. If there's a back zip or something, that would mean the back neckband would be in two separate pieces, of course, but I'll oversimplify here for clarity.

Also, it would be a good idea to cut two - an outer piece and an inner. I would hem the inside (the part that lays closest to the neck) of the two pieces first. Then I would sew the neckband front (front of the dress) to the neckband back (back of the dress) - basically, sew the shoulder seams together, and press the seams flat. Then I would press again, to make sure inner (lining) and outer neckbands would lie smooth. So, if you looked at it, you would have a sort of oval neckband now that would go around the top of your dress. Last thing would be to press the bottom hems up/inside (between the layers of the lining and outer neckband), then set the neckband down over your dress 5/8" and pin securely, then stitch 1/8 of an inch from the edge and voila!

It's hard to explain these things without diagrams. If you're confused, let me know, and I will do a sketch and scan it to you! =)

cheers!
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2007 05:43:26 PM »

That is hard to explain, sewing is so annoying like that sometimes!  That's how Anthropologie did it, though.  The fabric they used was wool/silk w/ acetate lining, none of which is stretchy. 

And hey!!  That simplicity pattern's got all the right stuff, too.  Looks like there are 3 differences - Anthropologies has less shape, puffy sleeves, and is gathered all the way around the neckline.  Simple solutions: cut the dress part like you would a skirt (with no curves and wider at the bottom than the top and if its too wide, just bring the seam in how you like), use sleeves from another pattern or ignore the difference, and use a busy fabric so you won't notice that the gathers are different.

Maybe you could adapt this simplicity top to the dress suggested earlier.  This has a similar neckline and sleeves to Anthropologie, but not the length and I think the cut is too boxy.

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kinderbean
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2007 08:37:46 PM »

ah thank you ericab and craftycoug! Those look like they could work well... I will try all your suggestions once I start the dress, hopefully soon once I get some neat fabric! 
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2007 10:25:53 AM »


I would literally cut the piece to the shape I wanted it to be once it was laid flat (plus seam allowances, of course!), so it would be slightly curved on the bottom, and slightly more curved on the top. It would probably also be easier to have the front and back of the dress have separate neck pieces, and just seam them together over the top of the shoulder. If there's a back zip or something, that would mean the back neckband would be in two separate pieces, of course, but I'll oversimplify here for clarity.

Also, it would be a good idea to cut two - an outer piece and an inner. I would hem the inside (the part that lays closest to the neck) of the two pieces first. Then I would sew the neckband front (front of the dress) to the neckband back (back of the dress) - basically, sew the shoulder seams together, and press the seams flat. Then I would press again, to make sure inner (lining) and outer neckbands would lie smooth. So, if you looked at it, you would have a sort of oval neckband now that would go around the top of your dress. Last thing would be to press the bottom hems up/inside (between the layers of the lining and outer neckband), then set the neckband down over your dress 5/8" and pin securely, then stitch 1/8 of an inch from the edge and voila!

It's hard to explain these things without diagrams. If you're confused, let me know, and I will do a sketch and scan it to you! =)

cheers!

Thanks for explaining it!! I get it now hehehe.
I just might try this dress. I really like it.
Thanks again!
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