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« on: June 04, 2004 03:17:10 PM »

Hello!  I am not very experienced at making clothes but I'd REALLY like and try to make a dress like the following:

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It's a hooded patchwork dress with sleeves...I love it and I love the really full skirt on it.  Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2004 05:33:56 PM »

you could use this pattern, add a hood and change the side seams from the hip down to make it more full? The neckline would not be hard to change, and if you need help with drafting a hood for it, lemme know:)  simplicity5189
Just make the patchwork in sheets and cut the pattern from it???
I've never done any patchwork so maybe I'm way off... but at least the pattern is a good base to start on...
 
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2004 06:29:17 PM »

yea, shade_n_shadow is right on with the patchwork sheet.  or at least i think that's the best way to do it.  you can kinda guess from your pattern how much material you're going to need.  then you create the patchwork "sheet" to that size.  then pin the pattern, just like normal, and you're off and running.  i'm currently working on a patchwork knee-length skirt with smaller courdory patches from various leftover pants, skirts, and other projects.  it takes a while to make the patches, but that's the same reason that quilting takes a million years too.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2004 07:13:19 PM »

Looks like this skirt is made from the top down with each successive horizontal patchwork strip longer than the one before.  That's why it is so much wider at the bottom than it is where it meets the bodice.

Make your top strip the same width as the bottom of your bodice.  Make each successive strip a little longer than the one before.  To sew them together, lay the top strip out.  Gather one edge of the second strip until it is the same length as the top strip and sew together.  Repeat until it is the length you want.  Then sew the back of the skirt together and attach it to the bodice.
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