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« on: February 29, 2008 11:27:29 PM »

I got this dress thrifting liking the fabric, color and fit- I'm sure it would have looked great in 1994, but no matter what I did, I just couldn't get it to look up to date:



Luckily, velour is always in style for kids!




I cut the dress in half, made the bodice smaller, gathered the bodice bottom and top of skirt, recut the sleeves and added a slight gather to the top.  I cut off the collar and nicked the fabric, so I added a crocheted border ( single crochet, then an open shell pattern with a strand of pink yarn thru it) to cover it.  The sash is the long sleeves, and I used the same yarn from the collar pulled apart like embroidery floss for the asterisks.  I also used this same method to do the blanket stitch on the sleeves.  The fabric is chocolate brown polyester velour, the yarn was some kind of egyptian cotton and the pink yarn for contrast in Berocco Smart Cotton.  I'm guessing this made about a size 8?

It was very easy and I'm pleased with the result!  You could do this with any simple tunic/straight dress.
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littlebluegirl
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008 03:15:48 AM »

It looks great - a perfect party dress!
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BeagleMommy
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008 05:18:27 AM »

That is great! It looks wonderful and classy! Those ideas were somehow lacking in the original due to the dated-ness. I have tried stuff like this in the past, but I always mess up the sleeves. How do you do it right?
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DaisyAlly
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2008 03:11:29 PM »

Wow, totally cute!
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luvsquilts
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2008 06:48:00 PM »

Wow.... that is beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2008 05:40:26 PM »

Thanks guys!

That is great! It looks wonderful and classy! Those ideas were somehow lacking in the original due to the dated-ness. I have tried stuff like this in the past, but I always mess up the sleeves. How do you do it right?
Yeah, me too.
They are still too wide, they look a little wonky up top.  I cut the sides of the bodice and the sides of the sleeves, and cut the top of the bodice (where the sleeve cap would go) in a little more, and then gathered the cap to fit.  The gathers cover the weirdness, I think.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008 04:28:15 PM »

so adorable. i love it!
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Caine
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008 05:11:49 PM »

really clever!
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