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cheytown
« on: July 11, 2007 04:02:45 PM »

my MIL gave me a thrifted button shirt to recon into a dress, but it turned out to have a big rip right along the placket (that's fancy for "the part of the shirt with the buttons/buttonholes." just learned that. who knew?). anywho, so i thought i'd make a top. and then this happened...


i was thinkin' i'd do the pleats in a solid color, and as i stifled a yawn, the unused Walmart Elvises (Elvi?) were like, "hey baby..." so i took a chance. i consider myself to be pattern-mixing challenged, so hopefully this doesn't look like crazy clown outfit i live in fear of.


the pleats open up when she walks. hee.


the top edge and one strap are edged in the Elvis fabric. the other strap is pure King. there is even a little Elvis head on top of her right shoulder. they are that way due to my indecisiveness, but i'm gonna try and pull it off as creative flair. shhhhhhhhh, don't tell!


the straps angle in on the back to make up for the fact that i really wanted to do criss-cross straps, but i didn't end up making my straps long enough. if you look closely, you can see my pink zigzags over my criss-cross attempt mishap - had the straps safety pinned on and was trying to wrangle the girl out of the dress when it ripped. ouch. i was thinking of sewing a little olive green ribbon bow over it. too much? also, if you look really closely, you can see the yellow Ralph Lauren polo player logo. ha ha.

and finally... as modeled by my patchy lawn...




thanks for looking! questions/comments/thoughts always welcome.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2007 04:08:50 PM »

I have that same Elvis fabric! Isn't it great? It looks adorable with the plaid.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2007 04:13:29 PM »

This is so sweet- I love it!
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2007 04:17:50 PM »

Well who wouldn't want a little Elvis on their shoulder?HuhHuh I think it looks very very cute and you did a great job with the pleats
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2007 04:56:48 PM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2007 05:02:59 PM »

Wow, LOVE IT.  and cute kiddo photos too.  I will be on the lookout for some retro fabrics for some clothes.  great job.
bravo
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007 05:25:52 PM »

NO WAY!! NO CLOWNS HERE!!! I love it!!!! You has great taste!!! You should post more!!! I love all your stuff!
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007 05:56:49 PM »

that rocks - isn't it fun when things don't go according to plan?  That's when all the good stuff happens  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2007 06:27:16 PM »

Elvis would be proud!
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cheytown
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2007 09:00:43 PM »

thanks everybody! Smiley

I have that same Elvis fabric! Isn't it great? It looks adorable with the plaid.
it's really fab. i have a bunch of it and a couple other Elvis ones as well. i haven't quite figured out what to do with it, but expect to see more!

You should post more!!! I love all your stuff!
sadly, i HAVE posted all my stuff. did i mention how slooooooow i am? i have no idea how y'all crank this stuff out! i've been accusing people of having otherworldly minions to do their sewing at night, and i'm beginning to have my suspicions about you too, missymiss. Wink

that rocks - isn't it fun when things don't go according to plan?  That's when all the good stuff happens  Smiley
absolutely! there's nothin' like holes, stains, and whatnot for inspiring creativity.
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2007 09:34:19 PM »

thanks everybody! Smiley

You should post more!!! I love all your stuff!
sadly, i HAVE posted all my stuff. did i mention how slooooooow i am? i have no idea how y'all crank this stuff out! i've been accusing people of having otherworldly minions to do their sewing at night, and i'm beginning to have my suspicions about you too, missymiss. Wink



Haha Im just an insaine insomniac, and I dont get out much in the summer, texas heat is HORRIBLE!!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2007 10:16:44 PM »

the placket! the placket!

This is wonderful, simply super ... humorous and still so pretty!

I am amazed.
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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2007 01:47:21 PM »



Haha Im just an insaine insomniac, and I dont get out much in the summer, texas heat is HORRIBLE!!!!!
i know what you mean, you should try an 8 month wisconsin winter!
and i have some elvis fabric too, i got it out of the remnant bin (but there was 1.5 yds and then i went back for more) thinking it was just bright polka-dots, only to get home and find the king.  not sure what to do with it yet, but that's adorable!
how do you do those pleats?  because i'm pleat-illiterate  (and maybe just plain illiterate, i have no idea how to spell that word!)
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« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2007 03:29:56 PM »

...but that's adorable!
how do you do those pleats?  because i'm pleat-illiterate  (and maybe just plain illiterate, i have no idea how to spell that word!)
thanks! i believe they are called "box pleats." there are probably tutes already, but since i took some pics and because i'm procrastinating on doing a bunch of other stuff, i'll see if i can explain how i did it...

Step 1 -
Cut up your existing skirt pattern. I wanted 3 pleats, so I needed to find and mark the middle. Since my pattern wasn't a simple rectangle, to find the middle, I simply folded the center edge in at the top to meet the seam line, creased it, then unfolded it. Then the same at the bottom. Then I drew a line connecting the top middle and bottom middle. I hope that makes sense. (Also, to clarify, in my pic, "CENTER" is the edge to place on the fold.)


Step 2 - Cut your pattern apart and cut 2 of each piece out of your skirt fabric, leaving extra for seam allowance where needed. Make sure to cut mirror image pieces either by flipping over pattern or cutting 2 at once out of folded fabric. I used pins to remind myself which edge was the top and which pieces went in the center.


Step 3 -
Cut 3 rectangles of contrasting fabric the same width and roughly the same height as the pieces you've already cut.


Step 4 - Sew all the pieces together at the sides.  Make sure you get them in the right order. It's pretty obvious, but because I somehow don't have a photo I'll spell it out: left side piece, contrasting fabric, center left, contrasting fabric, center right, contrasting fabric, right side.

Step 5 - Fold each pleat along the seam lines so that the edges of your skirt fabric meet in the middle of the contrasting piece, hiding the contrasting piece. Sorry, I somehow failed to get a pic of this, too. Anyway, then you baste it all and go along with making your skirt/dress as usual.
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« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2007 06:48:53 PM »

Ok, cheytown, git yer tute on that tute list! BTW, thanks for compiling that list of tutes.  It's a great dress with a funky suprise in the box pleats.  We all need to shake things up a bit don't 'cha think?
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« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2007 07:11:28 PM »

I love it - you totally mixed those patterns very well. It's funky in a cute kinda way, and thanks for the tute on pleats.
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2007 07:56:45 PM »

I was fabric gorging at the craft store the other day and I saw Elvis fabric, I was SO tempted to buy some because of this dress!!!
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« Reply #17 on: July 15, 2007 07:12:10 AM »

the tute the tute! i salute your tute!

and the dress ... i just keep looking at it, i must confess!
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2007 11:50:25 PM »

I have just been to the dreaded Mart of Wal and procured some Elvis fabric, in green and blue, to be precise! Wither Elvis Fabric? I wonder... but I cannot wait to see where else (he) it shows up!
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2007 02:32:34 AM »

the tute the tute! i salute your tute!

and the dress ... i just keep looking at it, i must confess!

HAha this is my thrid time looking at this dress!! I didnt even see your tute cheytown! I must try!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2007 07:44:08 AM »

HAha this is my thrid time looking at this dress!! I didnt even see your tute cheytown! I must try!!!!!!!!
i have a fear that it might be a bit confusing. if so, i found this other pleat tute you can check out as well:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62995.0
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2007 08:11:08 AM »

What a great reconstruction! I especially like the pleats in the back.
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« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2007 11:16:36 AM »

i love this! i might have to try this for my niece when i get time. great job!
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« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2007 11:53:02 AM »

thank you thank you thank you!  i was reading another post that referred to your pleat tutorial and thought 'oh good, i wanted to find out how to do those'  only to click on the link and realize that you had written it in response to my question!  haha, i'm a big dork.  but it makes a lot of sense to me (at least in theory, i will let you know tomorrow how i do)
yay!  more fun!  i can't wait to get home and play!
especially now that i found out i don't have to rethread my serger every time i use it, i just need to tie off the threads.  man, i'm a dummy sometimes, i got it at christmas and have only used it 2-3 times because of that until i mentioned it to a coworker who sews (a lot more than me) and she gave me a look like this... Huh crossed with this  Undecided, this  Shocked, and this  Cheesy
and explained to me what i should be doing.
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« Reply #24 on: September 15, 2007 03:47:52 PM »

I think it is an adorable dress! The patterns mix just fine and I like all the overall style of the dress. The straps look just fine too. Wink
I am currently working on a similar project. I was given a bunch of plaid mens dress shirts and I am reconstructing it to be a nice sun dress of sorts minus the pleats. Hopefully it will fit me though -.^.
Great work!!
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« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2007 08:43:08 AM »

i love it! i think the fabrics work really well together, not clown-like at all Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2008 04:19:35 AM »

WOW! How creative you are. It all works so well!!! I just bought a few mens shirts last night to try your tutorial. And decided to look at your faves you've done and wallah! I find a masterpiece... seriously. I love it!
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« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2008 08:17:40 AM »

That's fantastic. I get nervous about mixing patterns, but this is inspiring. I think I try to stay too "safe," but I'll think of this dress next time I'm trying to coordinate fabrics. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2008 08:16:04 AM »

LOVE IT! The polo player adds character! LOL Great job, as always!
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« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2008 08:22:36 AM »

OMG -  this is super!!! I love the Elvis fabric! You're a genius Cheytown! Love the pleats idea - must take notes for future dress projects!
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« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2008 09:49:29 AM »

Cute! Who wouldn't love Elvis pleats?! They're totally fun and quite inspired.

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« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2008 06:38:21 AM »

This is TOO cute - all your stuff rocks!!!
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« Reply #32 on: March 21, 2008 03:27:04 PM »

wow, my daughter has a dress that's JUST LIKE THAT only my bil and sil paid some sickening amount of cash in a "designer baby" store in london for it..... AND IT DOESN'T HAVE ELVIS!!!



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