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Topic: Convertible dress: UPGRADE!  (Read 6788 times)
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Spifftastic
« on: March 23, 2009 12:17:00 PM »

I know that most of you are familiar with the one-seam convertible dress (I was first introduced to it by Rostitchery's tut). I made some reversible ones for my bridesmaids last summer, and I've been thinking of another way to upgrade the basic design...

The waistband is elastic, covered with the fabric I used for the dress.

...and now for the fun part! I put a pocket on the straps right where the boobs would be, so that I can insert foam cups! That way, there's no embarrassing pointy-ness when the summer breezes blow AND there's a little more support.

This version is just as comfortable as the original! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009 01:00:34 PM »

wow that's so cool! how much fabric did you use for this dress? i've been meaning to get round to making one for aaagesss.....

....and will definitely attempt the added pads. no more embarrassing "how didnt i notice THEM!!" photos!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009 01:53:13 PM »

The dress is fine, but the "pocket" idea is Great!! Grin  Will you be posting a tutorial (or did I miss the link?)  I've only ever put pockets w/zips into waistbands for my graddaughter, so she can carry a key and ID w/o needing a purse (she's 10)
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nightshadequeen
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009 04:01:17 PM »

That's a great idea.
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trisarose
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009 04:25:29 PM »

oh wow...
where can i find the tut for that dress? sorry, i'm pretty new here....
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Spifftastic
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009 07:03:45 PM »

The original tutorial is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0;topicseen. Adding the pockets is easy: cut out two extra squares of fabric (a little less than the width of the strap) and then sew it onto the inside of your strap where it will be sewn into the waistband. Smiley
I used about three and a half yards of a cotton-jersey blend fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2009 09:22:16 PM »

I am adding this to my wist list!!!!
This is so beautiful!!!!
What a handy mamacita you are!!!
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lauralyn
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009 12:15:08 AM »

this is an amazing idea! 
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2009 01:26:49 PM »

Wow!  Thanks for this idea! 

I've seen all these awesome infinity dresses and I've decided I need to make one myself for going to the theatre next weekend.  The foam cups are a great idea!  Then I won't need a bra(I have little boobies).
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2009 12:33:09 PM »

gorgeous!!!!
how did you add the elastic?!?!
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2009 12:59:46 PM »

omg you are a genius that's one of the best ideas Ive seen  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009 06:58:43 AM »

oooo, I have had a similar problem with the cold-weather 'pointedness' on one of my dresses, I think I'm going to go find some foam bra cups! It's a lovely dress and those are very insightful improvements!
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2009 10:16:03 PM »

Thank you all for the wonderful comments! I live in Santa Cruz and the weather is great right now, so I'm thinking about rocking this dress on my next day out. Smiley
Adding the elastic is easy; I cut out a loooooong thin rectangle for the waistband, folded it in half (hotdog, not hamburger) and then sewed along the two edges. After spending nearly half an hour turning the darn thing right-side-out I threaded the elastic through, sewed the edges of the elastic together, and then sewed the fabric covering shut. I'm definitely up for some new ideas on pretty ways to close the tube of fabric, though; mine didn't turn out so pretty, but because of the way I attached it to the skirt and straps you can't see it.  Embarrassed
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