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« on: May 28, 2009 02:55:15 PM »

Bicycle dress!  Yeah!


When I found this fabric at a thrift store:

I knew it had to be mine, and had to be a dress.  Problem is, it's super sheer (no clue about it's oriignal intent, anyone have thoughts?) and had to be triple-lined.  It worked out so well I am wearing navy bra & undies in all these photos.





I have been working on this for ages, but swap stuff and work seems to get in the way!  I wanted to have it done by the Houston Art Car parade, no such luck...in fact now it's a teeny bit too big.  Oh well!

Construction notes:
I sewed the rikrack to the main midriff piece, then sewed the rest of the bodice to that piece.  It worked out well and gave a nice finish to the waist and bustline.  Here you can also see how many times I lined everything!  I also added strips of interfacing to the neckline and back lining and to the entire lining of the midriff.  I didn't want any undue pressure to be put on the original fabric, with it being probably 30 years old and so thin to begin with. For the skirt I simply gathered what was left over.

Yay!  The colors make me so happy!
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« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2009 03:35:01 PM »

Nice dress, and what fun fabric! That sheer, maybe it was intended to be sheer curtains? Whatever the original intent, the dress is a great repurposing!
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009 03:36:14 PM »

So cute!!!I love it!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009 03:37:48 PM »

super cute. Very wearable and that fabric is great... wish I could find fabric like that in our thrift store!
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009 04:16:03 PM »

What a perfect dress pattern for the border fabric design!  What pattern did you use?
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2009 04:18:52 PM »

okay, i LOVE that. the whole bodice is so super flattering.
fabric original purpose= curtains, perhaps?
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2009 04:32:33 PM »

wow, what a score that fabric was! and the dress came out so cute. great job!
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2009 06:11:22 PM »

That is SO adorable!  It looks perfect on you!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2009 09:14:41 PM »

 Grin  I agree, this fabric was a fabulous find!  Thanks guys!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2009 09:51:42 PM »

D: I am so jealous! that fabric is awesome. I wish I had a dress like that Sad
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