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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2009 02:50:30 PM »

I really like your dress, but that last photo... I LOVE IT!!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009 09:22:10 PM »

Love it!!! Looks great, great colours, style, everything... and so impressed you did it without a pattern!
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2009 05:30:49 AM »

I love it. It looks awsome. now  can you tell me how you made it without a pattern?  my mother has been trying to teach m pattern making for 20 years.. I made a pattern for a few different skirts...
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2009 06:38:35 AM »

That is a great dress, I wish I one percent of your talent, I can do a whipstitch, but it looks like Frankensteins stitches. Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2009 12:14:09 PM »

thats really cute! i think it flatters you really well
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« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2009 03:15:14 PM »

 Cheesy  I can't decide who is cuter, you or the photogenic 3 year old.
You look beautiful in your fabulous new summer dress!
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2009 06:50:23 AM »

I love it. It looks awsome. now  can you tell me how you made it without a pattern?  my mother has been trying to teach m pattern making for 20 years.. I made a pattern for a few different skirts...

ok, mini-tute.

first I measured across from the middle of my cleavage to the outer side of my bra's underwire. I did it on my slightly larger boob, everyone has one lol!
I then cut a square of fabric which measured corner to corner the same as the boob measurement.
I pinned it in a diamond shape to an old t shirt, pinning at just the top corner point and gathered under my boob.
I pinned the gathers too.
I then removed it so I could neaten up the gathers with pins, then sewed them in place.
I did this for both boobs.
I then pinned them again to the shirt, in the same way, overlapped them and pinned again. I removed it, and ran a line of machine basting over them to hold them.
then I trimmed them up, sewed the under-boob line properly, then laid them out on a piece of self-colour fabric, all face up. I then cut the fabric as best I could in a curvy way, but with a point at the middle. I folded it in half to do this, and it was a very genthe curve. then I topstitches this on to the boobs. I then cut another version of this shape out of the contrasting fabric, leaving very long tails which can be tied. eave this to one side, don't sew it on yet!!!
once this was done, I took some side panels, again of self colour fabric and extended it so it went right around my back, but the line at the top came above most of my bra, and the line at the bottom matched on each side. (maybe I should do pics to explain this a bit better?!)
I also wanted a shirre panel at the back but found out i'd run out of shirring elastic, so I made a kind of mini-roman-blind type thing. (http://tinyurl.com/ccnoj3) only instead of using bamboo canes in the pleats, I used cheap 1/2" elastic.
anyways, once I had fitted this all to my body (inside out, then pinned, removed, sewn and turned right side out) I trimmed it all and made it look presentable.
I then made the skirt, this was my waist measurement +1/2 for the first tier. it was cut, then gathered and I left this on the floor as I cut the next tier.
the next tier was the length of the first, +1/2. again, this was gathered, but it was then sewn on to the first tier. it's a basic gypsy/hippy type skirt thing.
i then did another tier, yes again the length of tier 2 + 1/2 then gathered and sewn.

Then I worked out the mid-point, pinned this directly below the mid-point of the bodice and sewed them together. Then I added that bit of contrasting fabric I told you to lave to one side, again topstitching it on.

then I hemmed and finished it all. hope that makes sense, or at least give you a jumping-board!!

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pinkatari
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2009 08:29:32 PM »

It looks gorgeous on you and the fabric is AMAZING!
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