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« Reply #230 on: June 15, 2006 03:29:33 AM »

love the pattern/ colour choices! i've been toying with the patterned-front and plain back idea.
still not quite decided though. so many possibilities! i'd better make two! Cheesy

i'm planning to make the skirt less *pouf* once i look at the pattern (it arrived in the mail the other day, but i'm not opening it until exams are finished).
i'm surfing ebay for the perfect vintage fabric instead Wink
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« Reply #231 on: June 16, 2006 07:18:49 PM »

I just bought this pattern today! I have to make one or two long white "formals" for this summer conference, so I'm adjusting the pattern so that it's about 10 inches longer (ugh). I bought this lovely cream colored cotton, but it's going to be hard to find double fold tape to match...

Anyway, once I've worn it for the conference I'm going to change the edges and buttons to red and shorten it to the normal length. I'll post pictures once I get it done!
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« Reply #232 on: June 16, 2006 11:15:33 PM »

For those of you who've bought the pattern, what pattern number are you searching eBay and your fabric stores for? I can't find it for love or money!
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« Reply #233 on: June 17, 2006 05:23:15 AM »

i searched by butterick 4790 on american ebay.
i winged it though. i searched in the morning, complained to craftster that i couldn't find it, searched again in the afternoon and there it was, as a 'buy it now'!

Can anyone help with advce as to how to make the skirt less full, and more like the skirt/ line on the 60s version that some people have been using?
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« Reply #234 on: June 17, 2006 05:56:09 AM »

full skirts are made by this process:
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/04/skirt_hems.html

so just do the reverse and you'll get back to the original slim skirt.
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« Reply #235 on: June 17, 2006 07:52:13 PM »

thanks rostitchery! so basically i leave the waistline alone, and just go nuts slashing at and yanking in the skirt.

i'm so glad you posted that link, because my previous plan was just to redraw the side seams at more of a right angle to the waistband, if that makes sense. and now, although i can't quite work out the geometry of it, i'm pretty sure that would be not the best idea.
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« Reply #236 on: June 26, 2006 10:13:06 AM »

I love this dress- fab job on picking a fabric, and sewing!
It really fits you like a glove, just amazing!!!!!



BTW- I also have 2 extras of the size 8-14 version of the Retro Pattern- Butterick 4790
If anyone's interested ya can pm me.
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« Reply #237 on: June 27, 2006 04:27:11 AM »

8-14 (?) is that uk size 8 or us? if us - what's the uk equivalent? 9too many questions)  Grin
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« Reply #238 on: June 27, 2006 04:59:45 AM »

8-14 (?) is that uk size 8 or us? if us - what's the uk equivalent? 9too many questions)  Grin
I'm a uk 10 and i had to use the size 14 pattern I hope that helps
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« Reply #239 on: June 27, 2006 06:42:10 AM »

Well, I just poked through all 25 pages to make sure before I asked this question: Does anybody know if this pattern, the Butterick B4790, is available in Australia?? I NEEEEEDDD to make this!!!
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