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Topic: RRR Challenge #1: Sundress from men's button-down  (Read 6440 times)
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Fanciful
« on: July 12, 2010 08:28:22 PM »

I know that everyone and their little sister/cousin/dog has done one of these dresses, but I can't get over how cute they are, so I had to make my own. I've tried a couple of times to make a satisfactory dress out of a button-down, but this is the first time I've been really happy with the results.



I used a sort of fan-technique to make the seams at the front. The button-down part isn't gone, but lives on in the back of the dress:



I'm...not as happy with the back. Suggestions for how to make it a little less lumpy? Comments and crit definitely welcome; I've only gotten hardcore about sewing recently, but I'm trying to get good enough to do artistic, designer-y things with fabric and that only comes with practice and advice.
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newbebop
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010 03:51:22 AM »

not quite everyone... ;-) but this project is next on my to sew list.  I like the gathers on yours.
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Fanciful
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010 08:51:01 AM »

Thanks! This is one of the cheapest ways to make a dress if you have a good thrift store near you. A giant men's shirt costs between $1 and $6 at the ones I've seen--incredibly cheap on a per-yard basis. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010 06:13:47 PM »

cute!
you inspire me to try it  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010 12:31:40 PM »

It's got enough rockabilly flair for me to fall madly in love with it!
Nice work.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2010 06:37:05 AM »

I really like this, one of the best takes on the men's shirt recon I've seen!
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2010 06:47:54 PM »

I think it's a great use of tailoring for your shape...accentuating the positive!   much better than on other one's I've seen, 'course those were for littler girls, too... Wink
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2011 02:10:33 PM »

Making smaller pleats but more of them should spread out the fullness and help reduce the lumpiness. Could also run a casing at waist or below the breast level; then use elastic or cording (ribbon, rope, lace) to gather in the fullness. Think it's cute as is though.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011 07:36:54 AM »

omg i love this!  can you post a tute?   i would love to make one!
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CeeJayRose
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2011 09:57:33 AM »

Very cute. Smiley I'm not too sure about how to fix the back but I do adore the front of it.
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