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Thundercrow
« on: February 19, 2014 10:28:19 AM »

I use Simplicity 1606 dress pattern, I made it fully lined so that it is reversible. I am not a fan of zippers so I did corset loops and a modesty panel that is also reversible red/black. The picture is the red and black side, when flipped it is completely black. I didn't do the boning, no place local seemed to have it in stock and I like the support of my long-line bustier/bra better anyway so I wore that and pinned it so that I could get a tighter little black dress fit when wearing it. I'm thinking of doing one or two in cotton so that I have some cute summer dresses too! Smiley
And now for the pic...


And one of me wearing it
« Last Edit: February 20, 2014 08:29:16 AM by Thundercrow » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2014 03:42:21 PM »

That's a great looking dress. I love how you've turned the back into a corset style. Is it ok to get on & off? I always seem to struggle with strings in the back.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014 08:32:02 AM »

That's a great looking dress. I love how you've turned the back into a corset style. Is it ok to get on & off? I always seem to struggle with strings in the back.

I left the ribbon long enough that its not a big deal for me to reach to tie it or I have the man help me get it tied since its fun for him -.o
Its sewn sturdy enough that I can tie it and carefully shimmy it up in place too which is what I did for the pic I've added of me wearing it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014 11:04:28 AM »

Thank you. I may have found my problem: I'm not the sturdiest of sewers at the best of times.
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014 03:30:43 PM »

Thank you. I may have found my problem: I'm not the sturdiest of sewers at the best of times.

I'm sure you're great! It just takes a lot of practice and patience (I'm prone to over-excitement myself). I've been sewing for a long time (hand sewing since 10, machine since about 12). My mother insisted on it, even insisted I first learn on a treadle sewing machine, I didn't use electric til I was 16. There are also lots of great instructional you tube videos from people (professor pincushion is good), and I've found several from collages too (west vally) if I find I can't remember something or am stuck I reference those and them practice on scrap etc. That is how I learned to do button holes on the machine for instance Cheesy Crepe back satin is sturdy on its own too which helps, that is what I made the dress out of. I've got a pattern for making the crinoline underskirt today so when I finally get around to that I'll add another pic in. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2014 02:23:34 AM »

I think most of it comes from the fabric I use: I'm not a dressmaker, using brand new fabric. I'm an adapter, using the worn out remnants of clothing to turn into something else for a while. This means tiny seam allowances, already well worn patches and quite often thread that is stronger than the fabric. I've learned a few tricks, but, well, it took some mistakes to learn them.

I'll be excited to see the underskirt once it's done. A crinoline should Pouf it out with out making it too hot to dance in!
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2014 01:48:42 PM »

I think most of it comes from the fabric I use: I'm not a dressmaker, using brand new fabric. I'm an adapter, using the worn out remnants of clothing to turn into something else for a while. This means tiny seam allowances, already well worn patches and quite often thread that is stronger than the fabric. I've learned a few tricks, but, well, it took some mistakes to learn them.

I'll be excited to see the underskirt once it's done. A crinoline should Pouf it out with out making it too hot to dance in!

Ahh. I see, you are strong, in an area where I am weak. I'm just making attempts now to salvage/recraft/repurpose things. And I stink at it lol. Any suggestions for websites etc that have helped you learn (other than here of course)? Or was it all just trial and error?
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2014 01:48:52 AM »

Most of it has been trial & error, but you can be really free to do that with old clothes: they've already had a full life.

The one thing I'd say is to reinforce your stress areas if you can: a second layer of your fabric sandwiched on a seam or a placket is a good way of using those bits that don't quite match colours any more. And features hide patches or stains or bleached spots very well if they are in appropriate places.
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