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« on: March 29, 2008 09:28:28 AM »

I made this for an outing tonight and I was so excited that I got it done before work that I had to share.

This dress has only a few pieces.
I used the top of a dress for the bodice pattern.  I then measured how long the waist band should be and last added lots of skirt.
The thing I am most proud of is the zipper. I have been working a lot with knit because it can be pulled over your head and doesn't require zippers or buttons, just the occasional drawstring or elastic. But I realy wanted to make more fitted items. So I dug through my closets looking for the secrets of an easy zipper and I found an old dress with the zipper down the side. When zipped up it creates the armhole.  Absolute genius, folks.
I was trying to find a way to show y'all this with out flashing. I hope you get the idea. Oh, and I know the green zipper doesn't match, but I didn't have navy, black or white and I have been on a "use what you got, stop buying junk" kick lately.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2008 09:32:54 AM »

that's awesome!
Really pretty print, and the cut suits you Smiley

WTG on the zipper...I've always hated them, but they are a necessary evil at times...
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2008 09:34:40 AM »

Thanks for the zipper idea, I'm gonna try that!  My zippers always look like crap on the top.  Cute dress!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2008 09:54:18 AM »

Gorgeous! I love the fabric.

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2008 10:31:47 AM »

Beautiful dress. You look great in it!

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2008 10:39:16 AM »

Maybe I am weird, but I think it's nice that the zipper is green and the dress is blue Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2008 10:52:21 AM »

it looks great on, well done!

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2008 11:22:16 AM »

i really like this dress & the fabric is cute too  Cheesy
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2008 11:53:59 AM »

Love the fabric.  Love the zipper (esp. because it's green). 
Fabulous job on the whole thing!
I wish I had the courage to make fitted clothes!!

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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2008 03:35:31 PM »

Red tights- the bonus of this zipper is that your armpit will cover it up. (mine's not even, either) And it was easier to figure out how to add it to the seam than mathematically add the space that would be needed in the back. And a back zipper means more pattern pieces. I hate more pieces.
To those who like the green zipper- Me, too! It was hard to talk myself out of running out to get one, but I am glad I have.
Thanks to the rest of you. Now I can't wait till every one at the party says sweet things like y'all have.
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