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Topic: A Ralph Lauren dress, teehee (Thanks, Cheytown!)  (Read 1852 times)
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thehappylion
« on: September 05, 2008 06:11:28 AM »

WARNING! Copious amounts of bias tape were killed in the making of this garment!
SO. I decided to try my hand at the Cheytown dress, again, despite a rather miserable failure the first time around.  I am much more pleased this time, although it doesn't quite fit. That's okay. I'm much more confident now (and have millions more shirts to assault). I also have a friend with a 9 month old, so the dress can at least go to cute usage.


The model became the photographer... my, do I wish this fit her.

As modeled by my door

I'm very proud of the top - the material seemed to not have a clear "right" side, so I flipped it so the pleating went in, not out. I think it looks more like a dress than a shirt now, but still shirt-y.


I moved the pocket to be a little hip pocket - saw that inspiration on here, also, I think lil_abi's version.

Here's what I'm most proud of, though... the insides of the dress. I am still without a serger, but now I can give this away without worrying myself silly about how it'll look in a couple washings.

One more shot of those seams, as I am silly about them!

Thanks for looking! Comments greatly appreciated.
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fnur
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008 06:13:49 AM »

Great job - both the inside and outside! I love finished seams.
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008 06:33:10 AM »

Despite the bias tape murder Wink, that is so cute.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008 06:35:07 AM »

Nice job!  I believe the finished seams on the inside are close to the seam finishes called Hong Kong finishes.  I've never tried it before, but you use bias tape to finish them.  The work of a true seamstress is when the inside looks as beautiful as the outside. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008 07:55:34 AM »

loving the seams (my bible; the vogue-butterick guide to sewing techniques assures me that yes, they are hong kong seams) and the dress is lovely.
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008 10:06:17 AM »

Wow, I've seen many men's shirt dresses, but not one like this before. I love the flare at the bottom! Beautiful seams, I wish I had a serger too, but wow you found a way to made it better than if you had one!
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008 11:11:20 AM »

Wow I am truely inspired now.  LOVE this dress!  It is now on my LONG list of 'got to try' things to do.
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2008 12:21:14 PM »

Beautiful dress!!!! Poor bias tape lol.
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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2008 01:17:46 PM »

Wow, I've seen many men's shirt dresses, but not one like this before. I love the flare at the bottom! Beautiful seams, I wish I had a serger too, but wow you found a way to made it better than if you had one!
Wow I am truely inspired now.  LOVE this dress!  It is now on my LONG list of 'got to try' things to do.

I am just beaming right now. I've been really working my butt off to get better at this whole sewing thing, and this dress is such an accomplishment for me!

And the seams are Hong Kong seams... I'd been doing French seams, which are a massively time consuming horror and not thrilling on curves, then saw HK seams mentioned in another board. One internet search later, *woohoo*
Oh! and to all of you without the sergers, here's what I came across:
http://picasaweb.google.com/nwinning/HongKongSeamFinish#5051593427315629938
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deeredone2
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2008 01:19:00 PM »

Great job!  I love the seams too.
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