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« on: July 30, 2011 02:28:23 PM »

I just bought my first sewing machine yesterday and I've been sewing non-stop ever since.

I've taken a sewing class recently so I kind of know the basics (i.e. I can make a mean tote bag) but clothing is a whole new ball game for me. I suppose the most advisable thing to do would be to read lots of tutorials and watch lots of videos but I'm impatient and I learn by doing so I thought I'd just give something a go (plus I absolutely cannot understand patterns).

I started out by trying to make something similar to this halter dress tute: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102879.0

I have a very long torso so I disregarded the call for a 4-5 inch midsection and decided to cut it 10 inches. Shockingly ( Roll Eyes) it was way too long and when I attached it to the skirt it, the top didn't sit nicely under my bust, but instead covered it. So I figured I'd just call it good and attach a halter strap.

Since it was all a bit of a mistake, I didn't get to put any darts below the bust to cinch it in all so if I ever get brave enough to wear it in public, the belt is a necessity.

Overall though, I'm happy with my first, rushed, hodge podge of a garment. I learned a lot from this and hopefully the next one will be even better Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011 02:51:24 PM »

I think it's cute! The fabric is really fun and it looks great on you. I really like the belt with it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011 02:55:22 PM »

so pretttyyy!! and that is totally an awesome first try. my first dress came out completely unsymmetrical
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011 03:03:10 PM »

so pretttyyy!! and that is totally an awesome first try. my first dress came out completely unsymmetrical

I had to add a zipper to the back and it is completely asymetrical  Grin I could have absolutely swore that I read a tute on Crafster which said to attach one side of the zip and then try it on and adjust the second side as necessary but it turns out I think I totally misread that because my zip is now about two inches off centre in the back.  Nothing a denim jacket can't hide tho  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2011 08:04:38 PM »

Cute! Keep it up and hopefully we'll see more neat things from you in the future! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011 02:23:22 AM »

I think it turned out very pretty - and yes, speaking from experience, a nice belt covers a multitude of sins.  Look forward to seeing what you make next.
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2011 09:21:31 AM »

I think it looks super cute with the belt, and totally wearable! Excellent work for a first try!
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011 02:52:48 PM »

I like the fabric! I think the red belt looks better than the dress alone would - no matter how cool it looks, in my opinion every dress needs something visible to define top/bottom.

This is really awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011 07:56:55 PM »

super awesome! you rocked it, girl. i wish you luck in your future exploits.

just remember, measure measure measure. i rarely use patterns anymore, but i do draft and measure just about everything. oh, and i totally take apart other items to figure it out. ^_^

well done!
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2011 06:55:46 PM »

I wish my first garment came out this well!

Off to a good start!!
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