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« on: January 18, 2010 03:04:24 PM »

I love this dress worn by Lisa Edelstein (featured, sadly for me, at Go Fug Yourself here).  Maybe not with so much cleavage squishing, and maybe in a fabric that flows differently, but I love it. 

Can you guys think of any patterns for similar sorts of things?  And does it look like something someone with no clothes making experience could tackle?
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2010 08:24:12 PM »

That's really pretty, actually! I think it'd be great to recon a tablecloth for it, because it looks like the hem is squared. If you use a big enough tablecloth, you may have enough cut out of the middle to make the bodice part, because it looks like the skirt is gathered into the bodice. I think the bodice may just be a waistband with really wide straps that happen to cover the boobage. Off to see if there are patterns...

Found some you may like that you can use the top part of:

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5842.htm?tab=list/dresses&page=all
http://www.butterick.com/item/B5181.htm?tab=list/dresses&page=all
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/melissa

As for having no experience, I'd say maybe. You don't get good at something without practice. I think I like the Butterick one the best, but I don't know if they have fitting problems (I know Simplicity does). Melissa from BurdaStyle is supposed to be for stretchy fabrics, but if you go a couple sizes larger and put a zipper in the back, you can probably make it work. Alternatively, you could just wing it by holding the fabric on your body and seeing what might work.

Just be aware that you may screw up, and if you do, don't panic! Use the longest stitch on your sewing machine and a cheap fabric (such as a thrifted bedsheet or tablecloth) and once you're sure of how it fits, go over all the seams again with a tighter stitch. A loose stitch makes it easier to take apart. Don't be afraid to experiment, accept failure as part of the creative process, and if you get frustrated take a break. If you get into a bad jam, just post back into this thread and someone will eventually come along to help Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2010 08:17:33 AM »

Thank you so much for all your help and suggestions!  Your first couple of links are coming up 'page not found' for me, but I'll have a look around for pieces similar to the BurdaStyle link.  I think sometimes it's difficult to accept making mistakes, because you want to be awesome at stuff straight away, but using bedsheets is such a great (super inexpensive) idea I'd never thought of before!
It makes me sad that the dress was Fugged, because I think it could be really stunning.
Thanks again!  If I run in to any problems, Craftster won't be able to get rid of me, don't worry about that!
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2011 09:18:07 PM »

I agree- I LOVE this and now I feel like making one.  LOL we'll see if it happens.  I actually like how it has cleavage without looking "slutty".
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