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« on: April 04, 2011 06:29:47 AM »

This dress was a real test of my patience and skill.  It started when my mom and daughter were at the fabric store, and my daughter spotted the sparkly green fabric (green is her favorite color), and my mom said, "I'll buy you that and your mom can make you a dress for St. Patrick's Day!"  This was 3 weeks before St. Patrick's Day!  I had to buy the lining, tulle, zipper and  patterns (the first one I got needed wider fabric).  

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I don't know if there's any special way to sew that type of fabric, but my sewing machine hated it.  The dots are affixed to the fabric with adhesive, which kept gunking up the needle, and causing missed stitches.  I ended up hand-sewing the hems because the machine stitching looked so bad.  

But, it was worth it.  The girl loved it, as did everyone who saw her... and I DID get it finished in time for St. Patrick's Day.
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011 06:56:21 AM »

Ummmmmm.... Totally the most adorable thing ever!
(You daughter and the dress)... Wink
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011 07:12:43 AM »

thats a gorgeous little dress!  well done mom!
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011 08:06:48 AM »

I used that same fabric, but in yellow/gold on my daughter's Halloween costume.  You are so right about the sticky needle and missing stitches!

I ended up going back and forth several times to get things to stay together.

The best thing that I did was to get a small container of rubbing alcohol with some cotton balls.  I would remove the needle and clean it in the alcohol after about 10-12 inches of sewing.  I had to use a pin to get the goo out of the indentation in the needle.  The extra sharp needles lasted longer than the regular ones.

At least the costume was mostly fleece, so I got to sew something other than the sticky stuff every so often!

I also took my machine in for cleaning/servicing about 15 minutes after I finished the @$%^#$%^ costume.

Of course, she has requested other stuff from the leftover shiny stuff.  I don't think I have sufficiently recovered yet.  Cheesy  Maybe next year!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011 10:22:47 AM »

The dress is precious...and I'll bet your daughter will remember it for the rest of her life!

(I have a similar memory of a Raggedy-Ann orange-white gingham pinafore my mom made for me when I was about 8. I'm almost 50, and I now have the actual item in my hall closet, hanging on the inside of the door so I can see it when I get the vacuum cleaner!)

Yay, mom! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2011 05:08:29 PM »

What a cute dress!  I love the color.
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