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« on: November 17, 2010 09:35:19 AM »

I bought the fabric for this dress from a car boot sale for 1.50, I still have enough left to make a second matching dress!

This was my first proper attempt at making clothes from a pattern and on the whole I'm pleased with it.  I lined the bodice with vintage satin from my stash and already had the zip so all in all it was a cheap project!  I think if I were to do it again I'd change the neckline, it's quite high and makes me feel a bit frumpy.  It also gapes a bit at the front (clearly my boobs are too small for Simplicity patterns!) so I want to unpick the front neckline and turn it into a v-neck instead.

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And here's my dress:





Unfortunately I don't have a decent photo of me wearing it, I'll have to remember next time I'm out and about!
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010 09:40:42 AM »

I love it!! That tartan is to die for, let me tell you!! Cheesy I really want to try out this pattern - is it fairly easy to use? -x-
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010 10:10:18 AM »

Fantastic job matching up the plaid!
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2010 10:15:32 AM »

Nice dress! It's a pretty plaid, and you did a good job. If you'd like, here's a tip on the neckline... It probably stretched when sewing. Take it apart, and machine baste with a long stitch all around. ease in the excess. Do the lining too. try it on , adjust. Sew it back together. If your'e going to change the neckline, go for it. But overlay a modified pattern on the fabric, to get it even. baste as I said.
  I hope you don't mind my tips.... It's an easy fix! Try dropping the curve 2 or 3 inches. Or, since it's a jumper, be dramatic!
  I hope you post an after-shot! With You in it!
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2010 10:43:12 AM »

So pretty.

Dumb American question: Whats a car boot sale?
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2010 01:16:03 PM »

So pretty.

Dumb American question: Whats a car boot sale?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+is+a+car+boot+sale
(being funny)

or

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_boot_sale

Wish there were more/any in America!
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2010 02:49:40 PM »

I looove this pattern and the fabric you used! Awesome job! If I can make a suggestion though, carefully press your seams and darts (it looks like they're not pressed but it may be the fabric), it'll look smoother and neater.
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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2010 03:25:05 PM »

looks great, you did a good job, N30Nb100d had a good tip, when pressing to get an even smoother result, use a damp cloth over the place you are pressing (test it on a scrap of fabric first, especially if the fabric is not prewashed)

but really well done, its not an easy pattern to start with!
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« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2010 04:10:55 AM »

Thanks for all the helpful tips guys!  I don't mind tips at all, I'll never get better if I don't listen to people who know what they're doing!

N30Nb100d - I pressed the seams as I was going along but they didn't hold very well, I guess because it's wool material?  Is there a clever way to get around this for future?  I really like wool and tweed fabric so I'm sure I'll be using it again sometime!

KLKing - thanks for the tips on the neckline!  I'll definitely keep them in mind when I redo it, can't wait to post an 'after' photo now, though it'll probably be in the new year with all the crafting for Christmas I have planned!

najaorama - not a dumb question at all!  I can't count the number of times I've had to google things that American folks have said!  It's basically like a yard sale in the US, but out of your car and all in one area (rather than in front of your house) - like a cinema car park or a school.  You have a table in front of your car and sell things from it, often they're for charity (so you pay to bring your car and sell your stuff) or just run by the council etc.

dustbunnyodoom - COMPLETE fluke!!  I didn't even think to match it until I finished and looked at it and though, "Oh goodness, I'm so glad that came out right!"

TeenageRebelOfTheWeek - I found it pretty simple, there's lots of help online as well because it's a pretty popular pattern I think!  Definitely give it a shot!






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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2010 09:44:38 AM »

 Here in the USA we call those "SWAP MEETS", you rent a spot for the day, and everyone brings stuff in thier cars, sets them up on tables. Like at a drive-in movie lot. Although there aren't many of those left. it could be the fairgrounds, a school lot, or someplace. Usually on the weekends.
Only now adays, there are more commercial sellers than private ones.
Until I read the link, I thought the goods were literally in the trunk of the car!
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