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Topic: 2 new dresses for the bunny - tiers and cheytown's button up!!  (Read 940 times)
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« on: July 10, 2007 09:31:03 AM »

Holy mother of god - this dress sucked big time! I really wanted to pitch it in the trash at one point, but I get kind of stubborn and it was going to be finished or I'd kill myself trying. Seriously - it was a McCall's Easy Stitch and Save (M5370) but I just had to make it harder on myself!!

I've mentioned before how much I really, really hate to gather. So I thought I'd get all sneaky and gather the tiers with elastic thread. Not such a brilliant idea. The top tier went on just fine, the second and third tiers required me to enlist an extra 2 and then an extra 4 hands so I could get it pinned evenly. And it doesn't really hang/twirl like it should. But dang it, it's finished!!

No action shots because my little model was super cranky. And as it turns out, it's way too long for her and a big in the bodice as well. I'm just packing it up for next year because there is NO WAY I'm pulling it apart to shorten all the tiers. I don't want to just pull the hem up more because I want the tiers to all have the same proportions.

I was 100% exasperated after my "easy" mc calls project - even if it was my fault that it became hard - and so I decided to whip up one of cheytown's button down to dress dresses...

Much easier, much faster and MUCH cuter! It only took me the morning yesterday. She wore it to the airport to go pick up my folks and seriously, about 5 different people asked me where I got it.
Cheytown, you rock and I am going to make many more of these dresses!

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007 10:32:25 AM »

The pattern for the first dress might suck, but the resulting dress is lovely!  I like it Smiley  The second dress is adorable too!  I'll have to check out that tutorial!

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007 11:25:04 AM »

I like your fabric choices for the first dress, it will be her best summer dress next year  Wink  You button-up dress is cute, everyone is finding the best shirts to use.
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007 04:02:32 PM »

well, the first dress IS really cute regardless of the sucky pattern. i'm sad to hear the elastic thread trick didn't work. (i've been eying vegbee's twirly patchwork dress and was hoping i could do the gathering that way. oh well.)

Cheytown, you rock and I am going to make many more of these dresses!
thanks. i haven't managed to post another completed project, so it's nice to get the residual ego boost! Wink your dress is ADORABLE. can't wait to see more.
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