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Topic: Floral voile and chiffon smocked dress, and japanese print tulip skirt!  (Read 1726 times)
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« on: February 28, 2011 01:25:49 AM »

I bought some beautiful print fabric, and it took me a while to decide what I was going to do with it. Luckily some looking through my inspiration folder, some surfing flickr, and a few tutorials helped me decide.
First up - a tulip skirt! I only had a scarce metre of this fabric so I didn't have enough for a waistband or pockets. I still love what I've done, and it only took me a morning of sewing time! I drafted the pattern from this really helpful tutorial. http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/make-a-tulip-skirt-pattern-from-a-pencil-skirt-pattern

Sorry, it's not very easy to pose for self timer in a way that isn't awkward.

The back only looks crooked because I am. As it's a quilting cotton it is a little bit..creasy.
a nice close up of the fabric Smiley

With the other fabric I had a lot more than I thought I did, about 180cm by 120 cm, when I thought I'd bought some tiny amount. I should have just done a nice simple shirtdress or something, but I did a smocked design with an a-line skirt and a chiffon yoke, inspired by a dress I'd seen with a lace yoke and pleated bodice (sorry, I have no idea where on the internet that was.) Chiffon was so awful to sew Sad it kept distorting all over the place when I cut it! It has a stand-up collar but I did make the top a bit wonky. Oh well.


^ that last photo probably has better colour.
The dress has hidden pockets, because although dresses with no pockets is fine when I'm on holiday...I hate not having a pocket for my phone when I'm at university.
I might get some more detail shots later, and upload my design sketches for both if anyone's interested.
I used this tutorial for the smocking:
 http://tumblingblocks.net/blog/index.cfm/2008/9/22/Honeycomb-Smocking-Tutorial
I warn you..BE VERY CAREFUL to secure your smocking stitches properly. That means knotting on both sides. I thought looping the thread without knotting would work, but whenever I'd put the dress on for a fitting, several smocking stitches would pop out and I'd have to redo them. Oh well! Lesson learnt, and hopefully my next project will be something nice and breezy.
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011 02:19:36 AM »

I LOVE the fabric you chose! You have such a great eye for it!

And, of course, your sewing is outstanding!
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011 03:17:51 AM »

Very pretty pieces!  I especially love the tulip skirt.
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011 07:55:07 AM »

i love both! your sewing is impressive and hats off to you for making a dress with pockets! that socking on the dress is so professional looking and i love how the collar turned out
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011 08:44:48 AM »

Beautiful job!  I especially love the smocking.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011 07:49:21 AM »

The smocking and the pleating on the dress is incredible. Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2011 09:04:40 AM »

I love the tulip skirt, probably because I bought the same fabric Smiley  The smocking looks great, good job!
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