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« on: September 18, 2011 05:48:03 PM »



I've recently become pretty obsessed with Blythe fashions, so I decided to try my hand at sewing a dress. I wanted it to be something kind of different from what I'd seen out there already, so I had some custom fabric printed for this project at Spoonflower.com (love that place!). I'm really happy with how it turned out, and now I can't wait to try some new designs.



I think I need one in a me-size. I'm a pretty petite lady, but I just can't quite fit into this little dress.

Here's the dress with the printed fabric:



I found the pattern I used for the dress online and then altered it. I made a PDF of my version along with some instructions which you can download here. I'm new to creating sewing instructions, so any critiques there are totally welcome.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2011 05:53:15 PM »

 Shocked That is AMAZING! I can't image sewing something so tiny! I LOVE THIS! The design is adorable!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2011 06:48:35 PM »

Too cute! I love this!
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2011 05:04:31 AM »

I LOVE this!  I've thought about designing fabric at Spoonflower for Bythe dresses, but I'm not sure mine would look as fabulous as this.  Nicely done!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2011 05:42:24 AM »

Well done. That is a lovely fabric and a sweet little dress.   How clever to have the fabric printed in the shape of the pattern. I think it would look nice on a little girl too if you could scale it up.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2011 06:40:08 AM »

I am going to need this in my size lol.
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2011 12:56:36 PM »

This is adorable! I have a Blythe girl who would love it...hint hint
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011 10:01:52 PM »

Thanks so much for all the compliments! I spent all day today designing a bunch more, but I need to wait to order more fabric from Spoonflower. I'll be sure to share them when they're done, too. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2011 06:18:32 AM »

I'd love to see them when you do!  Just out of curiosity, how difficult were they to design on spoonflower?  No different than a regular design or a lot more complicated because things need to be to scale?
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2011 08:14:49 AM »

I didn't find them any harder to design on Spoonflower. I designed everything to scale in Illustrator, where I did the actual designing. Then I set a crop area of the dimensions I wanted each panel (like in the third photo) to be, which was 6" x 18" since it would print a whole number of them on one yard of quilting cotton. Then I exported them to a TIF in the DPI recommended by Spoonflower, 150dpi. As long as I print them from Spoonflower at 150dpi, it will print to scale.

Let me know if that helps, or if you need me to clarify any steps.
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