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mommyg2a
« on: February 19, 2008 06:34:20 AM »

I bought some new fabric recently and am looking to make some dresses for toddler girls. I only know how to make simple straight dresses and wanted to know how you make the bodice on a dress. I was also thinking about trying a patchwork dress with twirly skirt and there is a tute but for some reason I don't understand it. Does anyone know how to explain these things in dummy terms? I have 5 kids and very little brain capacity left! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2008 02:19:34 PM »

Did you consider getting a simple paper pattern?
You can trace off every size and have the instx there to hold your hand as you make your first one Smiley

Else check the tutes section Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2008 11:56:20 AM »

What part of the twirly skirt tute didn't gel for you?Just post up the difficult part, we'll rephrase. Smiley

 I've done several, in both kid and adult sizes (talk about monsterous!) not to mention Vegbee frequents this forum if you used her tute Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008 01:24:54 AM »

I have a paper pattern for a whole baby/toddler dress, but I'm only planning to use the bodce on one of them and make the skirt using patchwork... just not sure if I have the patience.

also, my mum says: if you find a pattern you like, trace it onto baking paper, then cout out of calico. you'll have a reusable pattern which will keep forever- my mum's now making stuff for my little girl from patterns she has from my childhood.
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008 07:23:41 AM »

twirly skirts are time consuming, but not difficult.  For me, sewing patches together is as enjoyably repetetive as knitting is for knitters, you get in a rhythm and before you know it the stack is all sewn. I think I'm a quilter at heart.

There are some techniques quilters use that are very handy when doing any patchwork Smiley One is Chaining. You sew two squares together, before you pull the fabric out & cut the threads you butt the second set of squares to be sewn up against the first & just keep sewing. When you reach the end of your pile it looks like a string of flags, snip apart & repeat to get sets of four squares, etc.
I sew untill I have the whole tier complete, then I iron, no need to iron every set. You can chain on a regular machine or a serger, makes no difference.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008 09:12:13 AM »

well I don't have a sewing machine so I do all my sewing by hand and I couldn't figure out where the elastic came in to play and I was looking at another tute trying to figure out the bodice thing and I just couldn't figure out how to sew them together seeing as how the bottom of the bodice is straight and the skirt was circular in the middle. I don't know I just can't seem to grasp it! I guess it's just me! Sad
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2008 11:56:27 AM »

well I don't have a sewing machine so I do all my sewing by hand and I couldn't figure out where the elastic came in to play and I was looking at another tute trying to figure out the bodice thing and I just couldn't figure out how to sew them together seeing as how the bottom of the bodice is straight and the skirt was circular in the middle. I don't know I just can't seem to grasp it! I guess it's just me! Sad

From what I understood of her tut, she used the elastic as a way of gathering it instead of gathering using the normal method.  You don't have to do it her way if you don't want to.  Personally, I don't hate gathering so for me it wouldn't be a big deal to gather it with thread instead of elastic. 

To attach the bodice to the skirt, you gather the first layer of the skirt until it is the same exact width/measurement around as the bodice.   You move the gathers around so that it looks even all the way around (think of a curtain on a rod...you fiddle w/ the gathering so it isn't bunched in one section and flat in another), then you put the skirt and bodice, right sides together, match up the side seams (that is where I start first) and then pin it all into place.  Then you just sew the skirt onto the bodice.  The next layer you gather up enough to match the bottom of the first layer, match up side seams, pin into place, sew.  You do the same w/ each layer until you are happy w/ the length.  Then you hem and you are done!!

I hope this makes sense. 
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2008 12:16:50 PM »

O.K BUT WHAT IS GATHERING?
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2008 12:32:04 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jlXqkwaqTM

This gives you a mini gathering lesson.  You can see what it looks like, how it's done, etc. 
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mommyg2a
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2008 03:43:36 PM »

o.k I know how to do that! Thanks everyone for your help I think I understand it now!  Grin
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