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Topic: Hippo and frog twirly christmas dress  (Read 1948 times)
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KitschyCoo
« on: December 10, 2008 02:27:56 AM »

I had a picture in my head for twirly christmas dresses for dd and dn using the red and green fabrics I have.  Frogs and hippos aren't very Christmassy but the colours fit and I don't generally do what's expected  Cheesy

Anyway, it imagined it with a spotty bodice and four tiers so very twirly.  I ignored the fact I hate gathering and calcuated all the tiers.  First three I gathered with clear elastic, then I ran out (final tier was ore than four yards wide) and did dental floss / zig zag.  Right near the end of gathering the final tier (and at 2AM) the floss snapped.  Then I snapped.  And I more or less just gathered with my fingers and pinned a lot.  Tongue

It's a toss up as to who dislikes it more, me or dd.  She's not into the twirl and it got in her way when she was playing on the floor. So in the spirit of Christmas, I'm giving it away.  There's nothing wrong with it (I'm actually pretty pleased with my first constructed twirl dress), we just don't like it.  It a generous 2T.

To enter, see the details on my blog: http://kitschycoo.blogspot.com/2008/12/free-giveaway-of-this-hippo-frog-twirl.html




 
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2008 04:35:26 AM »

I love the fabrics... great job
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Munora
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2008 04:40:47 AM »

I love it. I hate to gather also. The string always breaks errrrr.....  You did a nice job.
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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2008 05:45:23 AM »

OOOOOOO, I love it! Very cute!
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2008 11:26:37 AM »

Adorable as usual!!  I feel you on the gathering...  I hate to gather things!  I've heard a ruffler foot is a wondrous thing, but I don't have one... yet.   Smiley 
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008 12:45:11 PM »

I think it turned out great!  I can say I have never had dental floss snap on me.  Thin ribbon also works too.  Depending on what type of machine you have a ruffler may be worth investing in.  I got one for my newer Bernina & HATE it I prefer gathering on my serger.  But I got an awesome 1951 Singer 201-A in perfect working condition this summer with its original ruffler & I LOVE it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2008 05:07:08 AM »

I really like it, and I am not one who usually likes bold anything!!

A tip I picked up in the kids clothing discussions is to do gathers (or ruffles) without any special accessories. Set your tension AND stitch length to max on a regular straight stitch. run your fabric through the machine. The first 20cm or so didn't look like anything special but by the time I'd finished my length I could definately see it gathered it up all by itself! No annoying tugging on bobbin threads, and I am useless at sewing in elastic (more of a casings gal!). And best of all, nothing snapped. I tore a strip of fabric from one selvedge to the other and it gathered a LOT! I never thought to measure and calculate the difference as I was so busy trying to finish a gift, but it's worth trying out. I was truly and pleasantly surprised with the results.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2008 01:47:19 AM »

I really like it, and I am not one who usually likes bold anything!!

A tip I picked up in the kids clothing discussions is to do gathers (or ruffles) without any special accessories. Set your tension AND stitch length to max on a regular straight stitch. run your fabric through the machine. The first 20cm or so didn't look like anything special but by the time I'd finished my length I could definately see it gathered it up all by itself! No annoying tugging on bobbin threads, and I am useless at sewing in elastic (more of a casings gal!). And best of all, nothing snapped. I tore a strip of fabric from one selvedge to the other and it gathered a LOT! I never thought to measure and calculate the difference as I was so busy trying to finish a gift, but it's worth trying out. I was truly and pleasantly surprised with the results.

I really like your fabric choices. 
I gather the same way.  To make up for the lack of preciseness in length, I leave a bunch of thread at the beginning and the end of my gathers.  That way I can un-gather however much I need to if necessary.  I made a patchwork skirt that way.  So much quicker!
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2008 08:00:33 PM »

Haven't you heard the song that made Hippo's the other famous Christmas animal.  Love the dress and the colours look great together, and since it's non traditional can be worn more often - take the sleeves off for the summer and I bet they will fit great.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2008 10:54:07 PM »

Haven't you heard the song that made Hippo's the other famous Christmas animal.  Love the dress and the colours look great together, and since it's non traditional can be worn more often - take the sleeves off for the summer and I bet they will fit great.

My daughter loves that song!  She thinks it's the silliest thing she's ever heard.  We laughed about it all last Dec and Jan. 
"Do you want a hippopotamus for Christmas?  I don't want a hippo for Christmas."
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