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« on: June 28, 2009 01:33:25 PM »

So there i was in a real store instead of my usual thrift shop foraging when i happen upon a super duper sale. New clothes donít typically fall into my self imposed $5 budget for project pieces, besides who wants to cut up something brand new.

So thats the dress, $44.00 marked down 90% to $4.40. I think maybe it was because there was one sash belt loop missing on the back, and as luck would have it they had 2 identical, little girls size 5. Yeah, i shop in the girls department, its a style not an age.

Recon algebra g5+g5 = W14

So i took the liner skirt out of both dresses and sewed one petticoat out of it so i can wear it with other skirts too, that was really easy

So then split the dresses at side seams, sew 2 backs and one front together, shorten zippers, cut off bodice, and i got a skirt,

Then i realized i could make an actual dress with the front panel i had left. Turned upside down, cut in half and rectangle moved to back to fill in, maybe the pictures make more sense.

Now there is a problem, and i bet a lot of you can see it too, but took sewing it together for me to figure out that i had now closed the zippers off and was stuck with a fitted waist i couldnít open. Hey i am learning as i go here, and since i really like to fix mistakes more then plan ahead, i am suited to the process of recon as you go, or reconing a recon in progress. I decided to run the shoulder straps to the waistline in back and open the dress behind the straps enough to provide ease of entry and use snaps to close it up again. I lined up the dot pattern to help conceal the oops and will add some bows or something at the waist to conceal zipper tops. Lesson learned, donít cut zippers short till you have the project done.


Once i got the straps on it was nearly finished. All thatís left is to attach assorted details. I liked it so much i had to take it out for a stroll and shopping trip even without the details. Hope you like it. It makes me feel like skipping.

as usual, all hand sewn

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009 03:46:23 PM »

Priss thats awesome, you really are crazily talented.  thankyou for sharing how you did it too

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2009 02:38:29 AM »

wow, you really hand-sewed it all?
it looks really great

i've got the time to hand-sew but not the nerves & patience  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2009 03:30:02 AM »

WOW! I'm a decent hand sewer compared to how much experience I have...but after thirty minutes of sewing I get bored of it. I keep using the excuse that I wont be sewing until I have a machine. This puts my excuse to shame.

« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009 09:07:31 AM »

I totally get the algebra. There's a Teen Crap Clothes store in my mall (not the actual name, just a description) that regularly has stuff marked down to $5 and less. I found pants in a fabric I really like. Nothing my size, of course (adult women's 14/16), so I bought a 5 and two 3s to cut up for a skirt. Total cost of the three pairs of pants was about $12, with ready-done pockets & zippers to salvage.

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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009 12:18:52 PM »

Oh my gosh, that's so cute! I'm always so impressed with your posts Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2009 01:20:28 PM »

I'm glad you're still posting, priss!  Very cute dress!


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