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Topic: $3 yellow sundress, red dress with sleeves, and high-waisted skirt  (Read 1836 times)
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« on: February 23, 2012 09:25:11 AM »

I promise I really do find time to do things besides sew! The only brand new project is the yellow sundress, the other two things I finished a little while ago and never go around to posting.

First the sundress! I'm really proud of this. I found this awesome hawaiian fabric on sale for $1/yard, so I bought three yards figuring that would be enough for most sundress patterns. I used McCalls 5094, which I bought several years ago to make the blue and green dress I posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=316594.msg3645353#msg3645353 I ended up never wearing the blue and green dress because it was too cleavage-y, so I made the more conservative view this time. I ended up with straps that were just the tiniest bit too long. Instead of ripping them out and making them shorter I just added the two thin diagonal straps on the back to keep the shoulder straps from falling down.

Now for the red flowered dress with sleeves. I used New Look 6864, but in the end the sleeves just didn't look right. I think it would have looked okay if it was a softer, drapier fabric, but in the fabric I used they ended up making it look like a nightgown. To save the sleeves I sewed a thin piece of elastic along the hem to make the sleeves poofy/puckered like that.

Lastly I have a high-waisted skirt. It was really simple...it's just a tube slightly larger than my hip measurement, sewn directly onto a thick piece of elastic for the waist band. It was a very quick project, only two seams and a hem.

« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012 01:42:06 PM »

Those thin straps on the first dress are an inspired idea, wonderful.

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Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
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