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ditzybrunette
« on: June 15, 2010 05:09:59 AM »

Having ignored most warnings about using knit fabrics, I decided to try making a summer dress with jersey fabric as my second major clothing project. I did choose what seemed to be a more stable type of knit - interlock - which wasn't too hard to work with, but it did make the project somewhat bulkier than intended. I used Simplicity 3503, view D.
I wish that I had taken pictures all along, because this ended up being somewhat of an epic project. I had decided that I wanted shoulder straps rather than a halter, but aside from that, followed the pattern as written. After reading reviews on patternreview.com, I followed suggestions to use a smaller size than called for on the pattern, which was a good thing--I still had to trim down the width of the skirt.
When I was finished, the midriff band ended up looking bulky and unflattering. I was disappointed, but decided to take the midriff out and try turning it into an empire waist, simply attaching the skirt to the bodice. That just looked like a sack, so I did a little gathering here and there, till I thought it looked okay as basted. When I sewed it up on the machine, though, all of my gathers got pressed out, and we're back to wearing a knit sack.
At that point, I was nearly ready to give up, but decided that what the dress needed was something in the middle to give it more definition. I picked up one of the midriff pieces, folded it in half, and made it into a band to put over the seam between the bodice and skirt. The first attempt failed (I didn't measure carefully and cut the band too short.) Luckily, I had a second piece to work with, and with careful measuring and pinning, I think I salvaged the dress from the scrap pile.
Please let me know what you think. This is my first attempt at altering a pattern, so comments and advice are welcome!

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zkatom
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010 05:19:36 AM »

It looks great!!!  I love the color!  It is a wonderful dress!  Great work!!!
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Mrs Tumble
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010 05:21:05 AM »

Thats really nice and simple looking, I love it!  Smiley
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Thinker
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010 05:49:30 AM »

You've done a great job. And the shoulder straps look better than the halter.

I wish I had your patience...
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010 06:54:30 AM »

that's super cute and super simple!   you could dress it up or dress it down.  Looks great!
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ditzybrunette
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2010 04:44:11 AM »

Thank you, thank you! I think it was more about stuborn-ness than patience--I just couldn't let that pattern get the better of me!
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nicegoing
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2010 11:01:02 PM »

Awesome! I bet it's sooo comfy.
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