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Topic: jersey dress + tutorial  (Read 11887 times)
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« on: February 07, 2010 05:43:06 PM »

This dress is so wonderfully comfortable! I canít wait to wear it for my next long-haul roadtrip, plus since itís lycra I wonít be worrying about wrinkles. Perfect project!



I used about 1 1/2 yd of fabric for this, plus a few inches of the dark blue jersey that I happened to have around. The bodice was based on the shelf bras Iíve been making lately. Iíd been planning on attaching the skirt directly to the top, maybe with an inverted V between the breasts, but my boyfriend suggested adding a band in contrasting fabric. Brilliant man!


The straps are adjustableĖI can wear them tied straight, criss-crossed in the back, or tied around my neck in a halter. There are two small loops at the back for the straps to pass through. The bodice is double-layered, with the inner layer a little tighter than the outer so that thereís more support for my chest. I added about 8″ of elastic below the bust seam to keep that area snug.


Although I made this dress for summertime adventures it works great with leggings and a cardigan.

Here's the basic pattern I used for this dress:


I put some notes on the construction, as well as sewing stretch fabrics and making straps on my website!

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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010 06:10:52 PM »

oh my the dress is so very nice !
did you use sun screen and have a gr8 time .Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010 06:25:24 PM »

Super cute!  I just might make it for this summer.  How well does it contain the girls?
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2010 06:57:29 PM »

Cute! I might make one like it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2010 07:07:04 PM »

Oh wow, that is lovely! I love the back! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2010 07:53:11 PM »

omg i am so so making this!!! this is EXACTLY what i was thinking of in my lurking around the house type of dress... can you explain a little about how you did the loops in the back? i think i can figure it out, but if u dont mind id love a couple of pointers...

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2010 08:01:44 PM »

omg i am so so making this!!! this is EXACTLY what i was thinking of in my lurking around the house type of dress... can you explain a little about how you did the loops in the back? i think i can figure it out, but if u dont mind id love a couple of pointers...

btw.. you are brilliant.. and you have a lovely smile... (not a stalker, not a stalker... )

Damnit I need a stalker to validate myself. Ugh, guess I'll have to keep trying. Maybe if I post my phone number and address with my projects?

The loops in the back (that the straps go through) are just strips of jersey sewn into a strap/tube that go parallel to the top. They are on the inside of the dress! They're about 1.5 inches long and lay flat on the inside when I wear the dress as a halter. Did you check out the notes I put on my site? I didn't want to make my Craftster post too long!

to fluffybaka: Since there are 2 pieces of fabric for the top it has plenty of support. I even cut the inner jersey a couple inches shorter (lengthwise) so that it's especially tight across my chest, but not too tight! My bust is about 36" and I feel very comfortable wearing this with nothing else.

I'm actually leaving from LA to New Orleans tomorrow, but since it's a little chilly I don't think I'll be wearing this. Sticking with PJs....
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2010 08:09:12 PM »

i LOVE the clothes you've sewn! I just looked through all your previous topics and i LOVE your items. I really ilke the white dress and those shorts, wow. I wish I could sew my own clothes but I'm still just trying to learn to use my sewing machine at all. How did you learn? Where? Any advice, tips? I'm just so nervous about making my own clothes...
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2010 08:51:52 PM »

Thanks, juli.  I'll have to give it a try and see what happens!  Worst case I can give it to my sister.  Lucky girl, she's not as... endowed.... as I am.
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010 04:37:41 AM »

i LOVE the clothes you've sewn! I just looked through all your previous topics and i LOVE your items. I really ilke the white dress and those shorts, wow. I wish I could sew my own clothes but I'm still just trying to learn to use my sewing machine at all. How did you learn? Where? Any advice, tips? I'm just so nervous about making my own clothes...

I feel the same way but people like the original thread poster make it look so easy! Haha. Perhaps this dress will be my first sewing project. Cheesy
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