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« on: July 02, 2012 07:46:00 PM »

Dress From Scratch, No Pattern
Here is a summer dress I made from scratch. I used a very lightweight yellow gingham fabric.

The bust and back of bust are shirred and the bust is ruched a bit for definition. The edges of the bust are bound with yellow lace trim into a sweetheart neckline. The sleeves are trimmed in yellow lace as well and the hem falls about 2-3 inches above my knee. The skirt has a bit of flounce to it because I find that in plus size sewing, it is useful to have a bit of extra fabric in the front so that my stomach will not protrude. Especially with woven fabrics--I am not the kind of person who likes to wear skin tight clothes.
Instead, I defined my waist below my chest and made the bust area interesting to draw the eye upward so there is less attention on my generously proportioned lower body ;p

Furthermore, I just wanted to note that covering the entire body on plus sized women (longer cuts on dresses and long sleeves) is one of the worst things to do because it make us look even larger. I am not one big block of fat, I have curves. Some of them thicker and larger than others, but I am not square or circular, I am  dynamic. You all are too. And you all are beautiful. Plus sized or not.

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This is possibly the most comfortable dress for hot weather ever. The dip at the hem in the middle is that extra drape of fabric I was talking about. It really helps the flow of the dress, but it looks odd in photos. also, the way I'm standing makings the sleeves look like they're different lengths, but I promise they're not Smiley

I tend to wear knit shorts underneath though, because my area has a tendency to get windy a lot!

Also, this looked super cute with white sandals (not flipflops) and a white purse.

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012 08:26:57 PM »

That's way cool. Yellow is my least favorite color, but I love it anyway. The shape of the dress looks great! How long did it take to make? Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012 08:57:51 PM »

That's way cool. Yellow is my least favorite color, but I love it anyway. The shape of the dress looks great! How long did it take to make? Smiley

well the front and back pieces have 18 rows of shirring each and that part took about 2 hours but i took breaks. from drafting pattern pieces to the final seam finishes and hem, I'd say it took a total of 4.5 hours, including the 2 hours shirring. so the actual construction was quite easy and fast.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2012 09:41:38 PM »

The fabric screams summer!! It looks great on you. The bust area is fit so well and really flatters the girls Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2012 05:10:27 PM »

This is adorable! I love this and would wear it in a heartbeat. Now I need to got learn how to shirr so I can make myself one of these.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012 06:54:39 PM »

This is adorable! I love this and would wear it in a heartbeat. Now I need to got learn how to shirr so I can make myself one of these.

oh its so easy!! just time consuming.
all you need is elastic thread (in the normal elastic section) and you hand wind it on the bobbin and use top thread the same color as your fabric. then you start your first row with a back stitch and topstitch a straight line across the pieces you want to shirr. back stitch across the bottom. repeat for as many rows as you want!

remember to fold and press your hem under before hand and shirr over it as your first row so you don't have any raw edges. i chose to bind mine with lace, but you'd have to try it on and make sure you get the stretch right.

You may find that as you stitch you might need to hold the front and back of the fabric taut so that it wont bunch up.

Also, if the rows aren't as scrunched as you're wanting (usually happens when you use a thick woven fabric) give it a mist of water, and it'll scrunch up like magic!!

BTY you can have any width you want between the stitches, but the best shirred look comes from between 1/4" and 1/2" you could get away with 3/4" but the bubbles will be bigger.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012 07:54:52 PM »

Thanks I'll have to try that.
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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2012 12:21:24 PM »

Waay cute
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012 06:43:23 AM »

Love this so cute. Wishing you used a pattern, so I could make one too.
I have also heard the steam form the iron over top the elastic will make it shrink more, but dont touch the elastic with the iron.
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2012 08:03:50 AM »

this is so awesome! I never made anything for myself, just the kids and I am a bit afraid to try but I really want this dress!! It looks like it would actually look good on me  Grin
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