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Ashling
« on: January 16, 2008 01:52:06 PM »

I bought 3 yards of fabric to make a skirt, but I decided I want a dress instead.  I can't seem to find any pattern I like though.  It's polyester peachskin, so it's rather flowey, and 45 inches wide.  It's a little too, um, polyester for a summer dress, but I'm not sure if I have enough for anything appropriete for cooler weather.  Does anyone know of any dress patterns or tutorials that would look good for this fabric, that only require 3 yards or less?
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008 02:05:41 PM »

How about a wrap dress?  The never go out of style (Diane Von Furstenberg has made her entire career making them!) and I think that the material will cling to your body and show off your shape!  3 yards should be plenty to make a wrap style.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008 07:12:23 PM »

Try looking on www.Burdastyle.com plenty of free patterns for some fab dresses and remember that you can always make a shorter version of a long dress or make a mini dress that could be worn over jeans or leggings.
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008 10:18:38 PM »

I'm currently in love with this New Look pattern: New Look 6750, and I think it would be really pretty in your fabric.  What's neat about it is you pick the bodice and skirt of the dress separately, so you can get a ton of variations from the same pattern.  For your fabric, I like skirt D (the slightly flared one) with just about any of the tops.  Most of the variations would come out under 3 yards, depending on your size.  There are a great many dress patterns out there that would be under 3 yards, as long as you're looking for a shorter dress (knee length or so) without too full of a skirt.

Polyester peachskin isn't very heavy - I don't think it would be a bad choice for spring/summer but if you're worried about it, you could line it in cotton or rayon that might make it more comfortable.
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2008 11:55:53 PM »

That Burda site is cool, I didn't know they did that.

I'm still thinking about what I'm going to do.  I'm looking at my copy of this http://www.butterick.com/item/B4849.htm?tab=dresses&page=4 pattern as a possibility.  Even though the longest one says it requires 3 1/8 yards, I think my shortness will make up the difference. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2008 05:09:42 AM »

another option:
buy a pattern you LOVE for the dress and then buy fabric that coordinates to fill the extra yardage, and change up parts of the dress (half the skirt in pink or light pink for instance)

thats what i would do..when i dont have enough of one fabric, i coordinate with another to make up enough yardage to make the RIGHT garment (cos thats what you are gonna have to wear, not that fabric really..in the end, the cut and shape of the garment are more important that the print if you arent careful)
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2008 10:12:57 AM »

That is a good point, MissDisney!
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2008 12:05:50 AM »

thank you! i really hope i helped, and that we get to see your finished product!!

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and i LOVE the fabric
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2008 08:33:51 AM »

Oh, I'll definitly post pictures, though it may be a while, I tend to plod along with my projects!  Thanks for the input.
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2008 11:32:26 AM »

you can always dress up an off the shoulder dress with a shawl or long gloves to keep your arms toastie. and if you need an extra bit of fabric for a pattern, make a band around the waist with something that compliments it. it'll give that extra curvey look Smiley
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