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Vicky Violence
« on: November 28, 2009 02:08:28 PM »

   

Okay so I've been lusting after this dress for ages now, and I've been hunting it down on ebay (where I got these pictures) but it always sells at ridiculously high prices.

So I'm thinking about making it myself.

However, I'm pretty much of a noob (I've done a few things like strapless tops, and I made a dress once, completely hand sewn and there's no way on earth I'm doing that again) so I could use a little help  Cheesy

- The fabric. It looks a bit stiff to me, I suppose jerseys or any kind of t-shirt fabric would just drape instead of stick out like that?
- The pattern. Is it just a giant rectangular that has been gathered? Or is it a mega-sized circle skirt?


Virtual cookies for those that can help!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2009 02:34:48 PM »

it looks like smock to me, just  a big circle skirt sort of thing gathered on to a yoke with the belt to pull it in  Smiley and yes jersey wouldn't stick out like that.

this might be helpful to you http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=475
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2009 05:47:34 PM »

Yes I agree, it looks like a circle skirt that is just gathered. I would use jersey for the top or even just cut up an old tank or tee. Then make a circle skirt, probably three times as large as your chest for that much bunching, and sew it to the tank.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2009 08:37:25 PM »

If you want it to look that stiff, i'd use a lined cotton on the top...the website might list the fabric type..

IMO if you want the really gathered look on top, go for a bigger rectangle, more of a perimeter to gather.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2009 10:01:24 PM »

You don't need a circle, just a rectangle. A circle 3x would be a whole lot of fabric. However, the way the hem looks a little wavy suggests it might be a half circle or something. But you might try 4x, play with a piece of fabric, gather it to how it looks good, measure the original size of your sample rectangle and your new size and put your old size/new size to see how many times you should multiply your upper bust measurement.
You could try a broadcloth or a poplin.
The top part is lined, you can't just turn under the neckline or the armholes because they have a tendency to pop out. Also, interface your lining to get that crisp look.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009 03:51:02 AM »

Okay sounds pretty much out of my league  Tongue

Thanks everyone, I think that when I find some nice fabric, I'll try the 4 x chest circumference thing.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2009 05:03:15 AM »

I KNEW I'd seen a pattern similar to this one on Burdastyle. But unfortunately it's not one of the free patterns. It is pretty cheap though and their patterns are very straight forward.

http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/azalea
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« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2009 06:00:12 AM »

I KNEW I'd seen a pattern similar to this one on Burdastyle. But unfortunately it's not one of the free patterns. It is pretty cheap though and their patterns are very straight forward.

http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/azalea

Ooh that's super! Thanks!  Grin
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