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Topic: My first dress, perfect for summer. With tutorial. (better pics added)  (Read 5526 times)
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« on: April 10, 2007 08:47:34 PM »

I have this habit of hoarding small yardages of fabric, it's rare that I ever buy more than 2 yards of something at a time.  With small amounts, I have trouble coming up with projects that aren't just pillowcases, shopping bags, or pajama pants.
Anyways, here's something I kinda threw together with various stuff I had in my collection.  I started doing that t-shirt surgery thing a few years back, and again, had an overstock of shirts that needed to be used.  Because I used a lot of knit fabric in the areas that need stretch and give (chest, hips, tummy), I also didn't have to be as precise with my measurements, because the t-shirt fabric will pick up my slack where it's needed.
This dress came out really light and airy, and it's insanely comfy.  I made 2 last night!
Sorry for blurry pictures, had to take them myself, with no flash, and in a mirror.  I'll try to get better pics when my husband comes home.

This one makes me feel like I should be teaching elementary school art classes.  It demands either a matching apron or possibly some pockets.  The blue fabric has dinosaurs all over it, found it at the thrift store for $0.99 for around a yard (someone had made it into curtains, but it salvaged nicely), and then the green is a bright green/lime green "dragonscale" sort of print.  Bargain bin at a local craft store.  The t-shirt was a $2.99 special at the thrift store, it used to be a nike shirt.  Probably cost the original owner $35 just because it had the stupid "swoosh" embroiderd on it. 
This is what the dress looks like with two different cotton print fabrics used.

Pictured with my Strawberry Shortcake dress.
Total cost of materials for dress: less than $10 for each dress


And here's another, this one is pink with green dragons all over it.
Total cost of materials for this dress: about $15 (the dragon fabric was a bit spendy)


And the tutorial.  Sorry the pages are photographed instead of scanned.  I was really dumb and didn't check to make sure the paper I was using FIT IN MY SCANNER before I wrote the whole thing out!  Undecided

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2007 09:03:51 PM »

Both very neat - I especially love the colorful-ness (of the first dress, & of your hair, hehe) Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2007 02:48:48 AM »

Neat idea -- cute dresses -- I may have to try something like that for summer!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2007 07:49:32 AM »

what a great way to use those small peices of cool fabric, we have all been hording lol . Very cool idea and it looks great too . nice work !
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2007 05:30:23 PM »

Both very neat - I especially love the colorful-ness (of the first dress, & of your hair, hehe) Cheesy

Heehe, thanks.  I've been trying to turn my hair from green (pre St. Patrick's day) to blue, so eventually I can go purple & pink (think Cheshire cat).  This is the third or fourth go at blue, so I'm hoping it'll stay. 

But at least with the washout to green, it matches my dinosaur dress, and that's what's really important, isn't it? Wink

Thanks for the nice comments, guys.  First clothing post, always a little intimidating.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2007 03:47:31 PM »

Those are cute I like the pink and green together. I do have to ask what's the deall with the mask?
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2007 04:06:42 PM »

Ah, the mask.  Ever have one of those days where no matter how many pictures you take, they never look right?  I was having an "ugly night" where I looked utterly horrid picture after picture.  I happen to have a fair collection of masks, and that seemed to be the simple solution. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2007 04:07:39 PM »

Ah, the mask.  Ever have one of those days where no matter how many pictures you take, they never look right?  I was having an "ugly night" where I looked utterly horrid picture after picture.  I happen to have a fair collection of masks, and that seemed to be the simple solution. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2007 09:17:43 PM »

The idea of this dress is really cute.  Maybe think about bringing the side panels on the top portion closer in and minimizing the center panel.  I think that would help give the appearance of a "cinched" waist.  Love the fabrics!
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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2007 02:38:35 AM »

The idea of this dress is really cute.  Maybe think about bringing the side panels on the top portion closer in and minimizing the center panel.  I think that would help give the appearance of a "cinched" waist.  Love the fabrics!

I like that idea!  I'll have to give it a shot on one of the next dreses I make.  I'm not great at modifying patterns, and the only reason that the front panel is a straight down line is because of the way it wraps over the boob area on the top.  Will have to puzzle it out, I suppose.
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