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Topic: Polyester FrumpFest to Cute? Asymetrical Party Dress!  (Read 2774 times)
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« on: September 05, 2009 01:03:11 PM »

Let it be known that I am less than an amateur when it comes to sewing. I don't know anything about anything. I lurk around this forum for hours and drool. I run out and buy patterns only to be completely bewildered by the instructions. This recon was purely a rip and resew that has a lot of a room for improvement.



So I don't exactly remember where the FrumpFest came from, but anyone who has been to a secondhand store has seen one like this. It is a delightful stretchy, itchy, polyestery little number, but not particularly my style. I decided the sleeves and length were the first thing that had to go. I took my scissors and sloppily chopped here and there.


Tada! Well, not exactly finished yet. Although, a little piece of me wishes I would have stopped then. Only, there was A LOT of extra bosom room that well, I didn't need. Smiley


So I decided to unbutton the dress and then pull one half of it over until fit a little better.


I pinned it in place, and then sewed up the side.


I added some completely non-functional and only for show green buttons to cover the button holes from the old buttons.


Andddd VOILA!

So it pulls in weird places a little because well, I don't know what I am doing and I may have overcorrected the length a little too much. I would have preferred it to be a couple more inches longer, teehee.

So all you lurkers who dream of being able to sew, but words like "interfacing" and "serger" make you nauseous, JUST START CUTTING! And then...sometime later (when it is convenient for you) you can learn how to sew for real.  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2009 01:17:00 PM »

this is way cute! i commend your bravery. i totally get shy of starting with a fabric because of it's awesomeness.....but you're totally right; once your start cutting, an idea begins to flow.....at least for me anyway........

you could always wear a cute ruffled petticoat that sticks out at hem for more length/leg coverage........... .....
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2009 02:09:16 PM »

I practice on doll clothes and discard over half of them. I love this. You had the guts and the ideas to take care of the 'problem' area.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2009 08:05:46 PM »

So all you lurkers who dream of being able to sew, but words like "interfacing" and "serger" make you nauseous, JUST START CUTTING! And then...sometime later (when it is convenient for you) you can learn how to sew for real.  Grin

Hon, what you did to improve that dress IS sewing for real. You got a wearable, flattering garment out of it, and you really truely used sewing skills to get it.

when it is convenient for you, you can learn to sew some more, but you ARE the real thing already.

Well done!
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2009 11:08:26 PM »

wow its really good and you wouldn't know it was the same dress Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009 09:15:40 AM »

I actually really like the neckline!

It is completely differentf from the boring button down style things you get

aaand the length means you can wear it with jeans and a cardi when it gets a little bit chilly!

also,if you arent happy with whats going on at the waist (bunching,un-even hem etc) then do what i do-whack on a nice,thick waist belt and then just tuck bits in till it is the perfect shape!
(possibly the best cheat i ever learnt!!)

love it!
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2009 09:17:47 PM »

Hey wow! Thank you guys FOR REAL. You all warm the cockles of my little sewing novice heart.

I think I can. I think I can!
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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2009 11:14:43 AM »

this is adorable Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2009 01:52:59 PM »

Totally awesome. The contrast between the buttons and collar combo with the funky skirt makes it look super funky. The hemline is fine: you have nice legs, so why not show them off?
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