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« on: July 05, 2008 07:32:44 PM »

I wanted to make my daughter a dress for the fourth of july, but I didn't want it to look like she was wrapped in a flag. I found this fabric at walmart in the dollar bin, and thought it had a nice country/old-timey look to it. Unfortunately, after hand-sewing all the square together for the top, I realized that the cheap checkered fabric was a really low thread count and coming unravelled  Angry. Well, I had put too much time into it by this point to just quit, so I went back over them again, added some fabric glue, and sewed buttons on all the corners in an attempt to reinforce them. In my favor, I don't sew much, so I didn't think about quality of the fabric, but you live and you learn. Despite my poor choice in fabric, and ammeture sewing skill, I really like how it turned out. And more importantly, my daughter loves her new dress. What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2008 07:45:18 PM »

Absolutely adorable!

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2008 07:46:50 PM »

The dress is very cute.  I like the fact your daughter has a unique dress for the 4th of July.  I've had the same experience with the dollar bin at Walmart.  Sometimes it's good and sometimes not as good.  My sewing skills aren't great but I learn from choices of fabric.  I have 4 yards of material with a flaw in the fabric.  Still looking for a pattern where I can cut around the flaw that ocurs every so often.

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2008 07:54:35 PM »

It's adorable and your daughter looks thrilled with it!  Great work!!
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2008 08:01:01 PM »

I love it and your daughter obvously does too!

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2008 08:02:41 PM »

How beautiful! And your daughter looks like she loves it, too. She's a cutie! Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2008 08:17:54 PM »

How beautiful!  And your daughter looks so pretty and pleased w/her Mama-made creation.

Great job!
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2008 08:23:11 PM »

I LOVE the effect of the patchwork!! Old-timey without looking too much like off the shelf of Ye Olde Country Store. Tongue

« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2008 08:37:58 PM »

it looks great!
my daughter would have loved such a dress...
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2008 12:37:28 PM »

I think the patchwork bodice is beautiful.  The buttons may have been added to solve your fraying problem but they greatly enhance the end result.

For future reference, I would suggest reinforcing the fabric with fusible interfacing if you ever encounter the fraying issue again. 
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