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MaxineBrandywine
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2008 08:17:25 PM »

Hi maenad_au ...

I'd love to see how your dress is coming along. I agree with a previous poster on getting a sewing machine. I have survived my entire life with used machines. If you look around at sew-n-vac places and I'm not sure where else you're bound to find one. About 16-17 years ago I recieved a really good one as a gift and then this year for Christmas I got an embroidery machine from my wonderful, magnificent, I am the luckiest woman in the world fiance. I'm 56 so there you go. I spent my life on old used machines and I sewed! Just think about it...

I wish you the best of luck on the dress. I think if you consider a zipper or maybe lacing that will help with your fit. A corset style lacing in the back might solve your problem. Piping and ruffles are also great and you probably have plenty of fabric left over from cutting to do one or both... but... doing piping by hand would take eons.

I can't wait to see...
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2008 07:34:45 PM »

Piping and ruffles are also great and you probably have plenty of fabric left over from cutting to do one or both... but... doing piping by hand would take eons.

Thanks for the advice and encouragement. Without realising I have done something sort of like piping by using a long black satin ribbon along the edge of the back and up to the neck to be tie.

I'm using darts on the bust but if it ends up looking bad I'll unpick it and try the corset idea. I like that one. I'll have to wait a few days until hubby gets paid though because I don't have an eyelet thingy.

As for the sewing machine thing I've mailed a request for one through the local freecycle so now I"m just waiting to see if I get any responses. I've got a little $20 hand-held Singer thing but the reviews on Amazon said it was a piece of junk so now I'm not keen to waste time on trying it out.

Since you've asked I'll post pics of how it's coming along soon.
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« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2008 09:00:00 PM »

OK, here are some pics of the dress. It is by no means finished. My handsewing is admittedly woeful but I'm using thread that calls itself invisible and while it's itchy in places it is invisible on that black ribbon and not too bad with the darts I put in either. I did the runching first and that was fun.  Smiley

I'm afraid that the pattern makes my hips look rather wide so I want to make it more eye catching up top to distract from that. I'd probably have a better shape in it if I had an appropriate bra to wear under it. That will probably be my next recon project.











Feedback and tips are most definately appreciated. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2008 09:55:07 PM »

Wow... excellent transformation...  I think you are doing a great job of just taking up seams where they are needed according to how it's fitting... I have a huge amount of patience but there's no way I have the patience to hand sew all that...

It's coming alone really well... I'd say it's lmost done, yes? You know what would go nicely with it? A cute shrug. If you don't have enough of the dress fabric left, maybe all black and the dress fabric for trim...

Good Job!
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« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2008 10:47:51 PM »

i have to say it... you couldnt look wide if you tried. it is completely flattering and well done. as a hand-sewer myself (not knowing the ways of a machine) i sympathise with your struggles and commend a job well done when i see it
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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2008 11:45:07 PM »

how about a halter w/ a black tulle crinoline?
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« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2008 10:57:49 AM »

This is looking really good! Congratulations on your first recon! I love the ruching

For fit, you might see how it looks if you take the two front seams in a little bit around the waist. It looks like it fits pretty loose from under the bust, down. (But I like everything to fit pretty close...) I would also try it on with a belt and a crinoline if you've got one. I think that would give it a more 50s/rockabilly look. But I realize not everyone has crinolines sitting around. :/

Have you decided what to put up at the top? I think buttons along the ruching could be pretty cute.
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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2008 02:24:35 PM »

You're doing a really good job so far...

I'd like to second the sewing machine suggestion.  Just bop them over the head with it, tell everyone what you want for your birthday is a cash contribution toward a sewing machine (put someone in charge of collecting so you can get it all at once).  And then either get yourself a good used machine, or spring a couple hundreds for a Janome, you won't be disappointed. 

I've had both used and new, and there's nothing wrong with used except that it has to be a good machine to begin with.  A kenmore, or a shitty 80s singer, won't help you :-).  Janome by the way is a Chinese factory that manufactures 90% of the current market, including the high end (Elna, Pfaff, Husquevak..).  They're starting to put out under their own name machines much cheaper, but with all the features of the good ones.  I paid $150 for mine and I'm deliriously happy with it.  The main thing that's expensive in a sewing machine is a forest of embroidery options, and you won't need those for regular clothes sewing.
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