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Topic: it's been awhile - shirt to dress recon x 2 (img. hvy.)  (Read 5633 times)
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« on: October 14, 2009 12:13:38 PM »

i've taken a bit of a hiatus from my jersey dresses sewing - since may, to be exact  Undecided i was teaching myself how to read patterns and do tailoring and add lining and all kinds of big-girl sewing jobs. not to mention i am redoing my sewing room (but i'm not finished with that yet, sry2say)! i decided to get back into the swing of things and crack out with some new jersey dresses... bc i missed my serger, and bc this weather is the best for knit dresses (YAY SWEATERS AND COLORED TIGHTS  Grin). soooo without further ado:


the first dress i made.
for this one, i cut a sweetheart-ish neckline out of the original shirt, and added the black band (it is a thick sweater knit) and the blue fabric (which is a rib knit). the sleeves were obvs shortened, reattached, and finished off with black knit. it's a little long on me, but ehh i'm 5'2" and everything is long on me Roll Eyes


the back - hard to see, but the shirt is ruffled/pleated where it attaches to the knit.


close-up of the front.


oh, and here is the before Cheesy hahahah
(yes i know there is green paint all over my trim and no i do not plan on touching it up anytime soon)

second dress:

well, this is the before Tongue it's vintage, and handmade. also falling apart. i repaired it as best i could.


the after! i cut the skirt out and put a black panel (silky jersey) on the midsection, shortened the sleeves and added black trim, and put black trim at the bottom. i also replaced the buttons with solid black shank buttons from my stash.
i made this one a little long so it could be worn a few different ways! Wink


can be scrunched or folded up...


or folded under for a "bubble hem" effect Smiley


the black band goes all the way around the back


close-up of the front. i may put a snap and a small button at the top... i feel like it needs to close, but there are no buttonholes up there (and i don't want to try putting in a buttonhole... that silky stuff is kind of stretchy and the buttonholes already sewn in srsly look like crap)

that's all i have for now!
thanks for looking, please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
« Last Edit: November 06, 2009 07:51:42 AM by shesxautomatic » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009 12:31:22 PM »

yay you're back! i always love your stuff, esp the jersey dresses. do you make the pattern just by measuring yourself, or do you use an old top/dress to use as a template?

my fave is the top dress - i LOVE that shirt pattern....but the versatility of the second is brilliant. check out me gushing. maybe one day i'll learn how to make something vaguely wearable as yours  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009 01:03:45 PM »

i saw the small pic and was hoping it was you i always love your stuff! that purple dress is so cute love the purple and black. good job.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009 02:45:33 PM »

The second dress is amazing; I wish I had your talent with knits
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009 07:58:17 PM »

Love it! I wish I had a dress like that/jersey. I'm also mad that I still can't find the supposed camera icon to favorite a project... Huh Angry
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Crafty Shay
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2009 07:18:35 AM »

i'm loving both of these dresses! put an awesome coat over them and they are a must for the chilly season!!
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Christinadavinci
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009 10:49:51 AM »

I like both dresses, but the purple on is my fav! I would have worn it without the recon, but you did an awesome job!!  Very versatile and super cute as always!!
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Addie Marie
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009 11:34:00 AM »

I love when you post!! Smiley Both of these are super cute. I love how well the fabrics go together on the first dress!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2009 11:09:47 AM »

Your creations are hands-down always my favorite!  That purple dress is amazing!
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2009 05:20:09 PM »

They both look great
Yay for cooler weather! I love dressing for fall.
I esp. love the purple one, was the material hard to work with?
It look like its that super silky slipper fabric.
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