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Title: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: rostitchery on June 29, 2006 05:40:48 PM
we've been talking about variations of this dress in the thread on the "infinity dress" (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16742776.0) in the designers homage area, and i was inspired to see what i could come up with.  i thought i'd post this here because it is quick, simple, and i think it turned out really really cute.  if you are interested, there is a tutorial HERE (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/06/one_seam_conver.html)  Updated link >> http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html.  as always, feedback is welcome!  (it helps me refine my instructions.  :)  )

http://home.comcast.net/~rostitchery/images/infinity_dress_front_in_the_pool_reduced.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~rostitchery/images/infinity_dress_back_in_the_pool_reduced.jpg





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: raining_dreams on June 29, 2006 05:58:22 PM
 that is so pretty! i like the color a lot :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bambidandi on June 29, 2006 05:59:26 PM
Wow! It's beautiful! I love the style, colour ,everything about it!


What kind of fabric is that?:D?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 29, 2006 06:06:46 PM
thank you both so much!

bambidandi, it is some polyester knit that i was donated to the costume shop last fall.  it is similar in weight to swimsuit material, but anything with at least 40% stretch will work.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: roxybadoxy on June 29, 2006 06:10:48 PM
the dress is beautiful!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Delziela on June 29, 2006 06:34:17 PM
One seam? That is amazing.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Chilan on June 29, 2006 07:15:01 PM
I love it... I think I want to try it!  Tonight.  And wear it tomorrow.    ;D

Out of curiosity, what is the band around the waist for?  It is just for a bit of stability? 

And of course I would be the one to ask this but....  is this two way or four way stretch fabric?  Think it really matters?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 29, 2006 07:26:29 PM
the band is there because the back would have an unfinished edge without it. 

i used fabric that had about 40% stretch on the cross and i cut the straps so the stretch went along the width, but i think you could use 4 way and it would be fine.

there are all good questions, i need to edit my tutorial to include this information.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: reese299 on June 29, 2006 07:31:06 PM
You, lady, are a genious!  I have always appreciated your comments on other's projects-you seem to have so much knowledge and experience, and make it sound so easy (or should I say you are very clear in your directions), and your sewing is always beautiful and so professional looking.

I adore this dress.  I am going to be trying my hand at it as soon as I get some decent material.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: honorablemention on June 29, 2006 07:49:24 PM
beautiful dress- i love the kiddie pool too.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DithMer on June 29, 2006 07:51:22 PM
holy goodness, i LOVE this.  i've been looking for a great summer dress to wear and this is PERFECT!  also i love how it can be a halter or have sleeves.  seriously.  it RULES.  i'm making this for sure.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DithMer on June 29, 2006 07:55:14 PM
....and already i have a question. :)


how come, if 67.75 x 1.5 is 97.125, did you round all the way down to 90?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 29, 2006 08:05:16 PM
i didn't actually round down--i just did lazy math.  :)  i wanted about 1.5 times my height but i don't like bothering with all those decimal points, so i started with 60" and added half of that. 

that's how we high school drop outs do math.  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kategirl on June 29, 2006 08:30:09 PM
oh my, I love it!  it just might be perfect for a couple yds of stretchy material I have laying around.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Chilan on June 29, 2006 09:33:19 PM
Well... I just finished it!!

I think that it was a bit harder for me than it should have been, but that's my fault.  Note to everyone... if you are going to try this with 4-way stretch, like this dance fabric that I have....  It's hard!!!  It slipped everywhere, it's difficult to cut, and if you are like me, who is literally hundreds of miles away for my serger for the summer....  this may be a bit difficult.  That one seam too forever because my thread kept ether skipping or breaking....  my sewing skills are all shot to hell with this dress.  But...  The fabric feels great against the skin, so it's ok.

But in the end, I love it!  It's a lot of fun to play with, and it's fun to make.  I mean, walking around your bedroom dragging two ten feet long strips of fabric is fun, people!!  I also made a bit of a variation (other than the strap length) in that I kept the bottom a square, not a circle.  Fun fun!  Thanks for the tutorial!!!!  It's awesome.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Sewlittletime on June 29, 2006 10:52:13 PM
OOOOOH!!!! I think I may have just the material for this project! What fun....and so very pretty!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on June 30, 2006 12:00:40 AM
Rostitchery, you have just made my weekend!!!! My honey is going to be gone all day Saturday and we're going out somewhere fancy on Sunday... now I can make an awesome (and, I hope, sexy) dress while he's gone to surprise him for our big date! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I can't wait to do this!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on June 30, 2006 12:35:10 AM
Love the dress, and the look.  I have a really stupid basic question, but could you wear a bra under it?  There is no-way I'm going without (just not the look for me).  Could possibly manage without around the house, but wouldn't open the door.  Any suggestions for a super prude?J ???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thecatspajamas18 on June 30, 2006 02:53:17 AM
I'm definitely going to make this dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thecatspajamas18 on June 30, 2006 03:12:14 AM
I don't think I understand where the band goes. I couldn't really see it in the pics in the tutorial. Could you draw a picture maybe?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nghna7t on June 30, 2006 05:55:10 AM
I ADORE this dress!  I'm on vacation next week and I want to take this with me.  I'm still a little confused, but I'm certainly going to try!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ElleOhElle on June 30, 2006 06:08:31 AM
this is so so great and seems so easy! i can't wait to try to make one! ..and your kid is adorable too  :D 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 30, 2006 06:14:41 AM
thank you so much everybody!  i'm overwhelmed by your enthusiasm.

I don't think I understand where the band goes. I couldn't really see it in the pics in the tutorial. Could you draw a picture maybe?

i'll work on that.  the band goes all the way around the waistline, starting and ending where you overlap the straps. 

i've already cut out more of these, i'll take pictures as i go and hopefully be able to post a better tutorial later this weekend or the first of next week.

chilan, did you use a stretch needle?  did you use starch?  and WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO POST PICTURES?  :)

mrs. rabbit, depending on how you wrap it you can definitely wear a bra with it.  i have a convertible bra that i tried yesterday and many of the wraps work great with it. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on June 30, 2006 06:17:55 AM
Hey, all you guys who are making these! How about posting pictures? especially of the ways you are tying them?

I can't figure how you get a more "covered shoulder" look. (as on the monif c site)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Christinemichelle on June 30, 2006 08:28:19 AM
Alright, so I made one! I already had a circle skirt done (which I more often wore as a top, but that's beside the pont) with a thick band on the top, and I had just enough of the fabric left to make the straps/ties/whatever. So I made them and attached them, and I love it! I need to take the skirt part in, now that it's not resting on my hips it's too big. I guess I should hem the straps too, but I'm too excited about showing it off to wait!

I have pictures of me wearing it three different ways, but I apologize for the blurriness and all since I had a difficult time taking pictures of myself.

1) front

back


2)front


back



3) front

back



I absolutely adore this dress!
I can't wait to get some more plain/solid fabric to make another one  six :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 30, 2006 08:53:53 AM
YOU LOOK FANTASTIC IN THIS DRESS!!!

i am so excited i am seriously on the verge of tears.  the fabric is beautiful, and you make the version with covered shoulders look SEXY.

don't worry about taking the skirt in, just run a piece of elastic thru the band and it will be just fine, i had to to that on mine too (because i used my hip meaurement instead of my underbust--i was in too much of a hurry and didn't pay attention to the numbers).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: darksidevegan on June 30, 2006 08:59:56 AM
This is such a beautiful dress! I want to make one today, but I don't have any stretchy fabric. Do you think regular fabric would work?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: roxybadoxy on June 30, 2006 09:09:25 AM
Christinemichelle - yours is very pretty!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shes craftastic on June 30, 2006 09:26:38 AM
Ive been racking my brain all week trying to figure out what to wear to a party 2moro. I am SOOOO making this dress! it looks very flattering on everyone and I like to sew without a pattern. the color looks great on you and thanks so much for the tute. ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on June 30, 2006 10:10:16 AM
Christinemichelle!
Fabulous! Thanks for showing some variations! They look wonderful!   (I hope there is not a limit on exclamation points on a post or I will quickly exhaust my quota)

How long did you make your "tails"? Is this a stretchy knit?

Can anybody figure out how to tie this one?
http://monifc.com/Events/albums/Curvy-Girls-Night-Out/35_G.jpg

How would you finish it off in the back? This looks like the same incarnation but the tie looks SO skinny by the time it gets around to the back!
http://www.monifc.com/images/red2.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Christinemichelle on June 30, 2006 10:18:08 AM
Rostitchery- Thank you so much! I absolutely love the fabric I made it out of, I have another dress dealy made from it, and I still have a little bit left! :) Thanks for the advice about the elastic, I'll definitely do that!

Darksidevegan - I don't know if non-stretchy would work... I mean, you could still make it of course, but you'd need to make sure to put elastic in the band so that it will go on and off. It might work, but it would be more difficult to wear it certain ways or get it to wrap the way you want all the time. If you've got some fabric with nothing to be, there's no real harm in trying? I'd love to see if it would turn out.

McJulie-O
Thank you!! My tails are probably about 70 or 80 inches long? I wanted longer, but I ran out of fabric. I think the length I have works well though. It says Tricot (thats what it looks like, its handwritten) Polyester on the tag. It's slightly stretchy.
I'll try and figure out that way of wrapping it. I think the tails look small just because they're a bit twisted, and from tying them.

I think I've found about 10 ways to wear it so far!
This one is definitely one of my favourites


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on June 30, 2006 10:24:27 AM
CUTE!


But is it comfortable?


Do you always have a feeling that maybe there was something that you forgot to cover? Or that maybe something you wrapped to cover when you first got dressed has perhaps shifted and is now in full view?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Christinemichelle on June 30, 2006 10:28:26 AM
McJulie-O! I figured out how to tie it like in that picture, or at least so it looks quite similar to that. I'll try and explain..
1) Put your dress on, and put the ties just straight over your shoulders
2) Take the tie from your left side, and pull it across your back so that you can hold it with your right hand.
3) Wrap it across your front, and around your body.
4) repeat steps two and three with your right side tie (moving it to hold it in your left hand, then wrapping it across your front.
5) Tie in the back.

Mine didn't look the same in the back, I think because of the length of my ties I could only go around myself once if I wanted to tie it in the back.  I hope those instructions helped, if not I can take pictures to explain better.


Mine is definitely comfortable, and most of the ways I wrap it I dont feel worried about some unexpected wardrobe malfunctions ;) I guess if someone was worried about that, they could try making the ties longer so they can wrap extra?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Rachaels on June 30, 2006 11:14:32 AM
pretttttyyy


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: i like your face on June 30, 2006 12:13:09 PM
that is awesome! it looks great :) and thankyou for the tutorial


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: i like your face on June 30, 2006 12:20:08 PM
oh wait i have a question.
about how many yards of fabric did you use on the dress?
thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 30, 2006 12:50:56 PM
the problem with non-stretch fabric is that the ties won't mold to your body as well.  also, as you've figured out, you'll need to allow a way to get in and out of the skirt.

i used about 3.5yards of fabric 60" wide, but there was a lot of waste because i cut a circle skirt and because i cut my ties on the length.  if you cut your ties on the width and seam them to get a longer piece, and cut a rectangle to gather instead of a circle skirt, you could probably make it in less than 3 yards.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: i like your face on June 30, 2006 12:56:20 PM
ok thank you so much! im gonna run to the fabric store and attempt this tonight, ill post pics if im successful! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Moek on June 30, 2006 02:16:53 PM
What an awesome weekend project! If i find cheap fabric i'm definitely going to make this (also i'm such a beginner sewer). It looks beautiful on you guys.
And thanks for sharing! I'll post if mine turns out ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jelly. on June 30, 2006 03:17:00 PM
Wow, this is great! It looks so flattering on everyone!
I wish I had stretchy fabric in my ginormous fabric collection but its pretty much all woven.
I might have to find some cheap stretchy fabric and attempt this one day!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mento_bug on June 30, 2006 03:20:21 PM
could anyone possibly tell me how much fabric i would need? b/c i would love to make one as soon as possible!! so please please please message me if you know/have a guess!!
thanks

p.s. everyones dess looks great!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 30, 2006 03:24:36 PM
mento bug, i mentioned this in one of my previous posts to this thread--i cut a circle skirt which uses more fabric, i used about 3.5 yards and my fabric was 60" wide.  if you use more narrow fabric--or different length or shape skirt--your yardage will change.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: i like your face on June 30, 2006 05:31:41 PM
ok so i've been lurking in this thread awhile :)
but then i kinda had an idea... lemme know what you guys think i dunno if it could work or not but here it goes

what if you took the "infinity" straps and put them on a one piece bathing suit kinda like this badly drawn paint diagram-
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/iLOVEiTTXO/bathingsuit.jpg

i think you would still be able to use all the strap combinations...???
i would not be able to make this because i have barely any experience sewing, let alone with bathing suits

so what do you think? is it do-able?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 30, 2006 05:40:17 PM
of course it is do-able!  what would stop you from doing it?

about the band--i didn't specify a width because i didn't measure the one i cut.  :)  i just cut one that seemed wide enough. 

this is not the kind of garment that requires or deserves too much analyzing--there is nothing about it that is so demanding in terms of fit.  you just work with it according to the fabric you have and what YOU want out of it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: i like your face on June 30, 2006 05:50:37 PM
well i have no experience sewing swimsuits or with swimsuit material :-\ but maybe ill give it a try in the future :)

thanks for answering all my questions!

i think i like having a lot of measurements and instructions because i dont have much experience to just "wing it" ya know? but thank you for all your help! ill post my results just as soon as theyre done! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: supastarrr110 on June 30, 2006 05:55:05 PM
Beautiful! i love this dress because of the different ways you can wear it! ;D good job and thanks for the tut! maybe i'll gather enough courage to try this after a few dresses ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss American Pie on June 30, 2006 06:48:33 PM
Wow, this is so neat. I really want to make one. I'm visualizing a light lime green colour and picking out my shoes and jewelry. Too bad I have no exciting events or anything to wear it to... I can't bring myself to buy alot of fabric for a dress with no occasion. Especially when I already have alot of dresses made on the same whim, haha. I'll just have to save this for another time...

But I kinda still want to try it. Do you think it would work as a shirt? Just make a smaller circle for the skirt part? Because I can use a shirt, especially such a versatile one, and it wouldn't take as much fabric. Hm, yeah, I think I'll try that if I can find some fabric I like.

Thanks for the tutorial, rostitchery! I promise I'll post pictures if I make something.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on June 30, 2006 07:07:50 PM
of course it will work as a shirt--in fact, i've already cut out a shirt to make this weekend.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on June 30, 2006 11:41:31 PM
i am thrilled that i happened upon this site yesterday!  i already have 2 new dresses to wear, and this is my first post!  what a great and easy "pattern."
this is the first one i made.  the second is in gold and turned out fabulous!  i can't wait to wear it. 
don't mind the headless pictures, i took them after i finally got my (teething) baby to sleep tonight and, needless to say, was not feeling very photogenic!   :-\





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: humblestumble on July 01, 2006 12:36:26 AM
AWESOME!!! I've never heard of this! But I have seen a bathing suit with 3 variations before - super expensive! Actually, I have a Junior simplicity pattern with ties just like this! Havent made it yet though. There's a lot of tying style with it too.

I am confused as to how to attach everything, but I am very visual. My main thing is the band, I'm like "huh"?? I understand the placement of the straps, but I don't see where and how the band fits in.

After reading it again, I think I figured out what to do. I still don't realize the purpose of the band, but I suppose I would once I were to make the dress, which I just might one of these days (SUCH a long list of things to sew!)

Everyone's done a fabo job!

To make a circle skirt, do you have to fold the fabric "hamburger style" twice, and then cut a quarter circle out of the corner with all the folds? I've never cut out a circle skirt before, but I know I will in the future many times.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on July 01, 2006 09:13:02 AM
Norahkate - that is such a beautiful print! You did a wonderful job!

Unfortunately, I too am a visual learner and am struggling with the text. I know why you'd add the band, so in the back the circle skirt isn't raw at the top; it's the how I'm having a tough time with. It looks like the straps are added at the same time as the band, so I think it's the combo throwing me off... I am fairly good at sewing non-clothing items, I just really want to learn how to sew clothes too!  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on July 01, 2006 09:23:23 AM
Like everone else, i cant wait to try this!  I like the idea of keeping the shirt fabric a square though...hm... ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kategirl on July 01, 2006 10:21:42 AM
norahkate - great dress and great first post!  I hope to see more from you!  is the fabric you used stretchy or just a regular cotton?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 01, 2006 12:15:14 PM
norahkate, you look GORGEOUS in this dress!!!  what a way to say "howdy".  :)

humblestumble, you can cut the circle the way you describe, but you will be limited in the length of the skirt.  if you want a longer skirt or if you want to make a larger waist, you need to cut two half circles (lay the fabric out single layer) and seam the circles together.

please don't anybody panic--i am working on a new tutorial with better pictures.  when i made the blue dress, i didn't take pictures as i went because i had no idea it would be so popular.  i PROMISE the next version of the tutorial will have plenty of pictures, and more explanation of how to do things.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on July 01, 2006 12:39:23 PM
Thanks!  the material is stretchy, and it's really comfy!
here is the gold one (on my mother) it's not quite finished (hems, etc...yuck)  and another dress that i threw together today(on me)...really easy, only takes about 20 minutes.  (and the really nice thing about the heavier stretchy fabric and busy print is that , even with my "nursing boobs", i don't have to wear a bra with this!) 
well, i don't think i do...please tell me if i'm wrong! ;)

For those having trouble with the band:
i think i put mine together a bit differently than the tute said.  i laid the skirt down right side up and then set the straps on wrong side up, and then put the band on top of that and sewed them all.  (the ends of the band meet in the front so they end up hidden by the straps)  this way the band is behind the straps but makes a nice clean edge in back.  i don't know if that was the original idea, but it works very well.






Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: KatyKamikaze on July 01, 2006 01:30:14 PM
wow, what a lovely pattern and style of dress.. of all the people who posted a picture of it on, its suited every single person.. there may be another reason its called an infinity dress.. i cant see this going out of style, also how nice this would look over skinny jeans and wedge heels, im going to go make a few hundred


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 01, 2006 01:31:14 PM
You all are amazing! I feel like I've just watched a forest fire begin from a tiny spark which grows and grows and pretty soon starts threatening civilization (in a good way, of course :))

Creativity begetting more creativity! Ain't Craftster great!!??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 01, 2006 02:08:54 PM
HOLY COW!

norahkate, thevaticant, you guys look AMAZING.

i love the variations.  thevaticant, i love the way you mixed the fabrics.  and FWIW, a circle skirt has LESS fabric around the hips than a gathered skirt, so give it a try, i think you'd look just great in it!

we need to start an album, everybody truly looks wonderful.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: gopoundsand on July 01, 2006 03:03:37 PM
beautiful! and the baby is adorable  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 01, 2006 03:06:13 PM
For those having trouble with the band:
i think i put mine together a bit differently than the tute said.  i laid the skirt down right side up and then set the straps on wrong side up, and then put the band on top of that and sewed them all.  (the ends of the band meet in the front so they end up hidden by the straps)  this way the band is behind the straps but makes a nice clean edge in back.  i don't know if that was the original idea, but it works very well.

that is exactly how i did it, but i sew all my circles from the inside rather than the outside so that i can take advantage of the turn of the cloth (and because i HATE free arms and do not want them and will never use them.)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: raveneyeannie on July 01, 2006 05:37:52 PM
Rostichery,

Many, many thanks for posting an incredible dress that takes away the fear.  I found white stretchy stuff at Hancock fabrics for a buck a yard and can't wait to make my first one tomorrow.  A fabric heads up:  Hancock is having a fantastic sale on almost everything with a 40% off coupon in the store flyer.  My store in Murfreesboro had solid lycra for less than $5.50 a yard and awesome swimsuit prints for a little more...plus all sorts of other goodies I couldn't say no to...and they had extra coupons/flyers.  There is also a store in Clarksville and Franklin.  Thanks again for the tute AND the inspiration!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on July 02, 2006 09:35:32 AM
I made one too! I used 4 yards of 45" NON-stretchy fabric. (I wanted stretchy fabric but JoAnn's only had horrible, ugly prints.) I haven't finished hemming, but I'm pretty pleased. I think I'm going to add long brown satin ribbon to the ends of the ties so I have a little more to tie with. I'm not particularly thrilled with the pictures, but I am thrilled that I was able to make it and wrap it in a couple ways that have enough back coverage for my needs.

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/dress%20front.jpg

Here's the back:
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/dress%20back.jpg

I wanted to post to encourage other more voluptuous craftsters to give it a try. I'm really thrilled. I have a red, also non-stretchy, linen-y, fabric that I'm going to try tonight.

Thanks so much Rositchery (and thanks to whomever posted the Monif C. link)!!

This was such a fun and quick project!
.  


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 02, 2006 09:45:24 AM
hey, i've been thinking about this all night--would you guys be willing to let me start a gallery on my blog to show off your creations???  these deserve to be showcased, you all look so BEAUTIFUL!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: lovething on July 02, 2006 09:53:50 AM
Thank you SO MUCH for this tutorial! I'm going on vacation soon and was just thinking about how I need something this versatile to throw in my suitcase.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jaz550 on July 02, 2006 10:07:39 AM
This dress is so beautiful!
I'm so confused about the band though. I can't see it on the finished product of the dress. Is the band really needed?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 02, 2006 10:23:10 AM
eirle, you look WONDERFUL!!!  i'm so glad you posted your pictures, esp. because you used woven material and it obviously works just fine.

jaz550, the band is there to finish the top edge of the skirt--without it you'd just have a raw edge at the back.

i don't want to sound snippy to anybody, but i have repeated a lot of this information again and again in previous posts (info about the band--about cutting the skirt--etc).  i'm pretty sure if you read thru all my responses on the thread OR read the entire post on the blog, you will find the answers to the questions. 

and again, i'm working on new pictures but i also work full-time, have a husband, toddler, 6 pets, and a home, AND i have hobbies that do not involve reading craftster  :D  but if you will be patient i promise i won't let you down (i don't think i have ever let you down in the past, have i?).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 02, 2006 10:50:41 AM
You have done a wonderful job helping us all along and being supportive!!  I sew very complicated things so this was such a welcome, easy, fun and instant gratification dress!! 

Thank you so much for posting--this dress looks terrific on everybody and it looks so different on everyone--if we were at a convention I promise no one would know it is the same dress!! ha ha

I am hoping to post after the holidays (have to save my camera for family photos!! ha ha)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: snacker on July 02, 2006 11:04:50 AM
Wow!  This is the most inspiring thread!  I love all the colors, variations----one of the verisons is even conservative enough to wear to work.

eirle, that dress is so beautiiiiiffuuullllll---the flow of the fabric is so hot.

I have this stretchy red fabric that I was going to use to make a shirt but if I have enough I am going to make this dress.  If I am successful, I will post!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 02, 2006 12:47:23 PM
rostitchery,
Showcasing all these on your blog is a GREAT idea!!! It may save a lot of time in the long run, and getting them all together will help with visually cataloguing our options. Thanks so much.


Oh, and your new picture is precious!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rika on July 02, 2006 02:30:48 PM
awesome dress! i have a pattern from the 70's for an infinity dress... its much like the one by lydia sylvestry. but i do like the monroe style one. do you have any ideas on how to make one that has a more form fitting skirt? it cant be that hard i imagine. instead of cutting out a large circle, you could cut out 2 rectangles and go from there... i have no idea how that would look (im new at this)

but GOOD JOB on the dress


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PinkBalletShoes on July 02, 2006 03:03:01 PM
Rostitchery, that is BEAUTIFUL! THANK YOU for posting this! I cannot WAIT to try it, I am off to JoAnn's right now!!  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 02, 2006 03:06:13 PM


And on another note: I made another dress, but in the skirt-skirt style.. well. It was a rectangle that I circle-ized. And it's true! The circlyness isn't really shape-offensive!

Show us ALL of the dresses you made! We're dying to see!


Quote
I wish there was some sort of craftster awesomeness award. Cuz I'd have to suggest giving it to Rositchery.


Here! Here! Maybe hitting the "This Rocks" button will help!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on July 02, 2006 04:11:44 PM
hey, i've been thinking about this all night--would you guys be willing to let me start a gallery on my blog to show off your creations???  these deserve to be showcased, you all look so BEAUTIFUL!!!

I think a gallery would be great. You can feel free to post my pictures.

And, thank you, everyone, for the positive comments! I'm still a little unsure of wearing the dress in public, but seeing that you guys like the pictures is encouraging! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: humblestumble on July 02, 2006 04:20:24 PM
Awesome job!

I was confused about the band because I just wasn't picturing it, but I totally get it now, and I feel silly for not getting it. I can't wait til I can make this! It's fascinating!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: FauxChina on July 02, 2006 07:28:57 PM
Wow!  All the dresses turned out beautifully!  I need to get some fabric ASAP so I can try this out.  I am most definitely hitting the This Rocks button for sure!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 02, 2006 07:46:13 PM
thevaticant and others who have posted pictures,

Did you hem your tails at all?  or your skirts?

It looks to me like the vaticant hemmed the ties (maybe a simple turn-under), but I can't tell about the skirt hem.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 03, 2006 12:35:39 AM
AWESOMENESS TO EVERYBODY!!! I am sooo inspired, and I would love to try this out, only thing is I am a bit confused on the fabric to try it with?????


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 03, 2006 04:46:34 AM
bnanca, so far we've tried lots of things.  some of us have used stretch material but thevaticant used woven and as you can see her dress is beautiful.

i cut out three more last week, each in a different fabric, but i haven't gotten around to sewing them because i spent so much time outside this weekend, hopefully there will be a toddler nap in my immediate future and i'll sew them today and post.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SewLong on July 03, 2006 05:21:46 AM
I can't remember seeing a thread grow this big this fast!  I have a few questions, and would love input from you generous wonderful Craftsters:

1.  Does anyone have thoughts about adapting for maternity wear?  I was thinking (a) definitely make the band a little larger and insert elastic, (b) style it to be more empire-waisted, ie above the bump and (c) use Chilian's idea to do a square instead of a circle to hide the inevitable unevenness at the hem.  Do y'all think that would work?

2.  I have never ever ever sewn with stretchy fabric.  I have a lovely old Bernina sewing machine, pretty basic.  It has about ten "decorative" stitches.  I think at least one of them is for stretchy stuff.  Any tips? 

3.  Likewise, if I use the bathingsuit type of fabric that rostitchery used, what do you all think about hemming it?  Can I get away with a rollled hem that I zig-zag?  Is there a better way?  Just leave the edges raw?  I don't make a lot of clothes, and the only hem I've ever done is a traditional hand-stitched one.

Go rostitchery!  Thanks for sharing. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on July 03, 2006 10:48:30 AM
thevaticant and others who have posted pictures,

Did you hem your tails at all?  or your skirts?

It looks to me like the vaticant hemmed the ties (maybe a simple turn-under), but I can't tell about the skirt hem.

i hemmed the ties on all of mine, but i left the skirt on the flowered one and other more casual prints.  the gold one ended up looking more dressy, so i hemmed the skirt on that as well.
hope that helps

i think putting the pics on your blog is a great idea, and would be flattered :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Christinemichelle on July 03, 2006 11:09:19 AM
I think putting them on your blog is a great idea! (If you do, I'll definitely take a less blurry picture of mine! :) )

McJulie-O : I didn't hem any of it , if I remember correctly. It didn't fray or anything, so I just left it. I figure that since sometimes my ties get flipped around when I'm wrapping it, I wouldn't really want my oh-so-expert looking ;) hems to show.

I'm going out this week for more stretchy fabric! *dances*


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CG on July 03, 2006 11:31:59 AM
Ooooh!  I totally love this dress and am now anxiously waiting for Dh to get home so that I can go out (sans babies) to buy clearanced material from Walmart!   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thevaticant on July 03, 2006 01:42:09 PM
thevaticant and others who have posted pictures,

Did you hem your tails at all?  or your skirts?

It looks to me like the vaticant hemmed the ties (maybe a simple turn-under), but I can't tell about the skirt hem.
Me? Hem things!?!? ahhahahahahha
Although...the first dress I made, I had to turn the ends under on the chiffon stuff cuz it was leaving 5 foot strings all over the place. The second one is some magic non-fraying fabric... which is nice, cuz hemming circles drives me completely batty.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Christinemichelle on July 03, 2006 01:58:45 PM
So has anyone found a new/interesting way to wear their dresses?
I was inspired by a picture in the bathing suit thread on this page talking about a dress called the Pamela or something, which seems to be the same idea as this. I'll be trying out some new styles tonight, and if some turn out fabbity fab then I'll let you all know!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: d0t on July 03, 2006 04:20:24 PM
I saw this post yesterday and was oh-so-in-love; I knew I had to make this dress as soon as possible.

Then, last night I *dreamt* about it.

And today, I wake up and there are pictures of more dresses and the thread has grown by something like 5 pages! Crazy!

I *have* to get fabric for this today- I'm hitting the op-shop and praying they have something appropriate- if not, I may have to rug up the kids and take them out shopping (it's winter here in Australia).

bec


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: KittyKurl on July 03, 2006 05:20:39 PM
I love it! I have been admiring these type of dresses for awhile, and then here you come along and make a fabulous one with a tutorial, too! It looks fantastic on you!
I'll be making some of these ASAP!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 03, 2006 05:39:23 PM
bnanca, so far we've tried lots of things.  some of us have used stretch material but thevaticant used woven and as you can see her dress is beautiful.

But how stretchy is everybody doing, for those that are doing the stretchy fabric, like slinky stretch.??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 03, 2006 05:42:09 PM
i honestly think it can be made from anything ranging from very stretchy to no stretch at all.

TRY IT!!!  it only takes about 30 minutes, and if you don't like it, i'm sure someone will be glad to relieve you of it. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 03, 2006 05:53:13 PM
Thanks, I think I will try it tommorow since I will be kiddie free.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nghna7t on July 03, 2006 08:57:59 PM
I made one . . . I need to work on it a little more.  It looks okay (sorry - no pics) but I need to take more time with it and really understand the directions.  I'm so impatient with things, but now that I think I can do it it will be worth the little extra time.

Thank you for this!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PerachYafeh on July 03, 2006 09:46:40 PM
Superb! One more time you show your wonderful talent!!!!!!!!!
I am trying to making one soon!
Perach


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rika on July 04, 2006 10:14:55 AM
how do you think the skirt of this one was made?
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/10280pamela_narcissist.jpg
the image is from christai's swim suit thread


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 04, 2006 10:58:01 AM
any time you see folds, there is extra fullness.  the more folds, the more fullness.  you can tell where the fullness is by where the folds are.  since the folds/fullness in this skirt is at the hem but not at the hip or waist, you can tell that it is a-line.

edited here to add:  i went to the website and looked at the video of the pamela dress, it is NOT the same as the dress i made.  the pamela dress is a traditional halter top that is closed behind the neck and the belt is SEPARATE.  the pamela dress does have a variety of ways to wear it but it is built completely differently.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: offnlalaland54 on July 04, 2006 02:51:11 PM
i love it!! gorgeous, i want to try!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: autopilotstar on July 04, 2006 05:33:30 PM
After seeing everybody's lovely dresses, I was inspired to give it a try.  The fabric I used was pretty stretchy, but I'm not sure exactly what it was because it said "unknown fibres".  It seems to be some sort of knit.  One of the best parts is that I got the fabric for 99 cents a metre so it only cost me about 3 dollars.

One modification I made was that I changed the skirt.  I originally cut out a circle skirt but I found there was too much volume (and it was also slightly too big) so I hemmed up the sides to make it more narrow.  This also resulted in the hem being kinda... well, crooked... but I don't find it's too obvious, so I'm just going ot leave it as is.

Thank you to rostitchery for the inspiration and instructions!  And thanks to everyone else for showing off their lovely creations.

The dress:


Back:


Close up:


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: marshmallowmintmagic on July 04, 2006 06:16:53 PM
oh, that looks sooo flattering on you. plus it is just a cool concept. it's one of those dresses that is like an infinity dress, right?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 05, 2006 04:26:27 AM
autopilotstar, you look FABULOUS in this dress!!!

marshmallowmintmagic, i actually posted in both threads, go back and read thru this thread and the infinity thread from beginning to end, you can see the progression.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 05, 2006 07:29:19 AM
Hey everybody I tried to make the dress this weekend but got stuck and frustrated when it came to putting it together, I turned the skirt with the bad side (inside) on the outside like the tut said, but it didn’t come out right, after tons of tries I just gave up for now. UGH!!!!! Also, the fabric I was working with was a bit on the short side…. Ugh!!! So I think I am gonna do some practicing with a different kind of fabric and also do a smaller version before I go for the big stuff. Any suggestions, or anybody care to explain how to put it all together better, or clearer pictures, or is it I am just a bit slower at this sewing thing then everybody else…. I was a bit frustrated with this…. ???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 05, 2006 07:42:41 AM
bnanca, i'm sorry this was so frustrating for you. 

you don't HAVE to turn the skirt inside out but it helps if you want to take advantage of the turn of the cloth to roll the waist around your body.

if you want, you CAN sew it with the skirt turned right side out--either way, all you need to do is make sure the straps and the skirt are right sides together, and then put the folded waistband on top of all that so you sew them all on at one time.

as i have mentioned repeatedly, i am working on a new tutorial that will have more pictures but at this time i can't promise it will be ready on any specific date because i have a show to finish designing.  i promise that i will post when the new tutorial is ready.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 05, 2006 08:41:19 AM
Okay.... I get it now.... ugh!!! I think I am the type to jump right in, do it wrong and waste material in order to get it right, I sooo need to stop that, hahaha!! But thanks for the tip, can't wait for the new tut.  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: zlana on July 05, 2006 09:21:44 AM
Oh my goodness, that's so fabulous! I'm mentally rifling through my fabric stash, making notes on what would work. I'm thinking it might be fun to do the top straps and the skirt in different but coordinating fabrics. I'm also thinking maybe I'll try using this 3" wide elastic I have instead of a fabric waistband, for a bit of added stability. Hmm.

I'm a bit nervous, as I've never tried a circle skirt - adding the waistband seems really difficult to me somehow - but I'm so all over this! *gets off the computer to clean up the studio and excavate the sewing machine*


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: swampcricket on July 05, 2006 09:28:39 AM
bnanca,  Don't worry, I am having problems also.  In fact, I had to throw it out I was so frustrated. 

Now that I have taken a 'time-out' I am going to try it again. 

I think my problems had to do with cutting this out on my floor (ouch!), the waistband stretching out, and not catching all the layers when I sewed it together.    :(

BTW, what stitch have y'all been using?  Do I need a stretchy seam?  I used a close-set zig-zag stitch, which seemed to work fine.  Any suggestions?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 05, 2006 09:58:01 AM
WOW, Rostitchery! You're featured on A Dress-A-Day!!!
http://www.dressaday.com/dressaday.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SLBamy on July 05, 2006 10:15:49 AM
Just one more reason that I love craftster!  This dress is gorgeous, and I'm already digging through my fabric to see if I have enough to make my own!  If not, well... I guess another trip to Joann's is in order!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 05, 2006 10:21:29 AM
bnanca,  Don't worry, I am having problems also.  In fact, I had to throw it out I was so frustrated. 

Good well, not good haha!! To hear I am not alone in the frustration, ugh!!! But yeah I think for me I am going to try at it again tonight. We will see how far I can go with it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DancinJules on July 05, 2006 10:35:42 AM
That is just sooooooo cool!  And methinks I need to attempt making in it basic black - I'm thinking this would be a brilliant thing for costuming dancers for lyrical/modern - and even tap and musical theater!  They could wear it different ways and accessorize it...I need to hunt down my dancer moms that sew  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: autopilotstar on July 05, 2006 01:09:24 PM
I wish I could show you guys that are having trouble with it how to do it... it really is easy, I got it right the first try and I had never made a circle skirt.  The first time I read the directions I said "huh?" and didn't get it... but after reading through the whole thread and looking at other people's questions and tips I found it made it a lot easier.

swampcricket: I used a zig zag stitch to sew it together, but I wish it had a bit more stretch to it because it's quite snug getting it off and on

ps. thanks for the compliments on my dress :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 05, 2006 01:26:41 PM
ok, i created an album, if you want your dress included i need the following:

1:  an email to rowena (at) fashiondesignonline (dot) com, stating that you give me (rowena aldridge) permission to include your photo AND image (please say that--they are not the same thing) in the album for this dress.

2:  the photo(s) you want included

3:  captions, if appropriate or desired

4:  if you have a link to a site where you post your work, please feel free to send that as well.

5:  please state whether you do or do not wish to have your name or screenname mentioned.

if you are under age 18, it would be a really really good idea for you to ask your parent/guardian if it is ok for your photo/image/info to be included.

i must reserve the right to crop or otherwise edit images so they will fit the format of the album.

i will publish the album when the new tutorial is ready (probably by the 15th of this month).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: annrkey on July 05, 2006 01:33:42 PM
This is great!  I like stuff that looks complicated and is so easy, that no one will know!  I especially love ways to cheat! 

That best part is that your hair matches the dress.

BEAUTIFUL!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: isquibbled2 on July 05, 2006 06:11:18 PM
You have inspired me,this is the next thing im going to sew.Thanks for the great instructions


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: huongandmatthew on July 06, 2006 12:53:57 AM
I love you rostitchery!  This was the least stressful thing I have ever made.  Plus I have more confidence with stretchy fabrics now.

I tweaked mine a bit because I didn't have enough fabric for a circle skirt.  I gathered a rectangle for the skirt part but forgot to make it smaller than my waist because duh, stretchy fabric.  So the dress sorta droops in the back but it kinda turned out okay.  And I had the skirt on wrong side out, but the hem rolls so it kinda looks like a cool detail.  Happy accidents!  I also gathered the top strips because gathering is fun.

Sorry for the shirt underneath, I was soo excited I wanted to try the dress on right away.





I didn't make my straps long enough so my infinity dress is very limited. Tee hee.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Moek on July 06, 2006 01:22:39 AM
I finally had the time to redo my band so that there is now an elastic in it! :)
Everyone's looks so pretty and now that i've made one i really want to make one in a patterned fabric (back to dressew!) I'll be sure to put up pictures tomorrow when I have time!

AAA i'm so excited to make another one already! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: huongandmatthew on July 06, 2006 01:53:39 AM
hmmm.... elastic bands eh??  I kinda like mine droopy.  It looks uber sexy/slutty in the back, you know, for those sexy/slutty moments.  I've had soo much fun playing around in my dress.  I've already found a way to make it into an Egyptian costume for halloween.  I'm definitely going to make another one that isn't so... slutty.  But in what color???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on July 06, 2006 04:49:50 AM
I'm going to make one of these (but it's a bit cold here at present - being winter and all) for both myself and my 11 year old daughter.  Do you think it is overkill to cut the straps double, stitch and turn through?  Was trying to think about coverage and cutting down on hems.  Both prudish and slack all at the same time.   :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on July 06, 2006 06:23:43 AM
I made my mom one in a dark brown/almost bronze colored fabric.  The skirt is floor length and it's much dressier looking, so i doubled the straps to keep it more finished looking.  it turned out great and wasn't a lot more work.   :)   i'll post pictures when i get one of her.  the skirt is way too much on me, but she's a lot smaller and it looks great.
warning though:  never hem a floor-length circle skirt.  it takes about 2 million years (that's not exact, just an estimate!)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: autopilotstar on July 06, 2006 06:41:39 AM
Mrs Rabbit:  I think doubling the straps stitching and turning through is a great idea!  It'd make it more finished looking and depending on your fabric you might have to do that or make hems.  Luckily my fabric doesn't seem to fray (I guess because it's some sort of knit) so I didn't hem the straps or the bottom.  Also, that's a good idea for if you're using a fabric which clearly has a right and wrong side, because the straps get all twisted around when you're tying it, and I don't think it would look right if you could see the 'wrong' side.  So the conclusion of this long reply is that it is an excellent idea.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 06, 2006 07:22:39 AM
yes, double the straps, and then you also have a place where you can sew in bra cups (i did this on a tester for a friend who will NOT go braless, and it worked great).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: a_heart_apart on July 06, 2006 08:38:15 AM
This idea makes beginner sewers like me look like a PRO, and now I finally have something to wear for my cousin's wedding! THANK YOU SO MUCH! :) Pictures soon!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MissCherry on July 06, 2006 12:51:00 PM
I too wondered if doubling the straps would make any unwanted issues..
I went ahead and made mine.. I used cheaper ravelly fabric so I stitched and turned the straps, And the bottom is a simple hem. The straps work great for me, And provide a little coverage in the front, Ie.. if it's cold out!
I acidently cut the fabric on the wrong fold while making a circle skirt and got on huge piece with two holes, So I imporvised and used a rectangle skirt. It looks okay, I'll make sure to post some pictures tonight.
I am a little dissapointed because the full round skirt is what I love about this dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tailypo on July 06, 2006 02:03:38 PM
I made one too. That was fun!
However, I am apparently not clever enough to add an image to this post, so you will have to follow this link to see it:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/20395/easydress.jpg

did that work?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tovi on July 06, 2006 02:38:55 PM
i must say i LOVE :o the front, of all 1000000 choices
and th great concept of it
but the back is alweys.. i dont know... looks like one of those things you carry a baby in.. (sorry)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DeliaRana on July 06, 2006 04:30:40 PM
For those that have made this, does the thickness of the fabric effect the straps.  Just wondering if a thicker fabric would cause the straps to be to bulky. 

Delia


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: swampcricket on July 06, 2006 05:06:12 PM
I just made my second attempt and doubling over the straps made them too bulky.  Damn.    :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on July 06, 2006 05:22:01 PM
I said I was going to add satin ribbon to my ties and I did! I'm really pleased with the addition because my fabric isn't stretchy and the ribbon lets me tie the dress quite securely.
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/dress%20with%20ribbons.jpg

For those who need a bra (like me), I have found that this way of tying it is perfect. This is the back after wearing it out all night in Vegas. I didn't readjust before taking the picture, just so you could see that it barely slipped at all (just the teensy bit of bra). It also provides full coverage under the arms and in front so you don't have to worry about it gapping too much but it still looks really low cut.
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/back%20with%20ribbons.jpg

To tie it like this, I pulled the straps up over my shoulders, then around my body but UNDER the front panels, then around the back and tied in front.

Someone asked about hemming: I did hem all the edges of my dress (except that I was able to use the selvage edge for one side of the straps and it looks really nice).



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DeliaRana on July 06, 2006 07:42:12 PM
Just a thought about bulkiness.  If you make the straps with 2 different fabrics it may work.  Make the straps from the waist to just past the shoulder in main fabric, you can then add a sheer or lightweight fabric to the strap for the rest of the length.  I think the two fabrics will give a nice look and it will cut down on the bulkiness when tied.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 06, 2006 08:12:34 PM
eirle and DeliaRana,
You are BOTH geniuses!
It never would have occurred to me to crossover the straps UNDER the shoulder straps.....and to add ribbon to make them long enough is simply brilliant!

And changing the lining partway to avoid the  bulkiness sounds like the perfect solution! Terrific use of your noodle!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MissCherry on July 06, 2006 08:37:18 PM
I made one too. That was fun!
However, I am apparently not clever enough to add an image to this post, so you will have to follow this link to see it:
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/uploads/20395/easydress.jpg

did that work?

How did you tie this version? I really like it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: teemaru on July 06, 2006 10:04:53 PM
I just bought some black jersey to make mine - oooo I can't wait!

I too have issues with exposing my back and I'm REAL particular about exposing any part of my bra (super-anal, I know  ::)), so what I'm going to is cut a sort of tube top to attach to my skirt (instead of the waistband) and attach the straps as per rostitchery's tutorial.  I figure I can then also wear it as a strapless dress (with a super long belt!). 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Ariel_Is_Cool on July 06, 2006 10:51:36 PM
I saw something at American Appareal!  This is sooo cool!  I need to go find the fabric now... ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 07, 2006 08:23:41 AM
You are amazing. Seriously. Your blog is listed as one of my favorites.

Im definately trying this dress. Im thinking navy blue and orange?? It would be great if this could be made to be reversable!!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thevaticant on July 07, 2006 08:29:43 AM
Just a thought about bulkiness.  If you make the straps with 2 different fabrics it may work.  Make the straps from the waist to just past the shoulder in main fabric, you can then add a sheer or lightweight fabric to the strap for the rest of the length.  I think the two fabrics will give a nice look and it will cut down on the bulkiness when tied.
That's how I did my first one!
I used the dark grey that I had on the skirt for the pieces up to my shoulders, and then covered it with the light grey chiffon, and then continued just the chiffon past my shoulders into the wrap-around bits. It worked out very well, too!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Avril222 on July 07, 2006 09:04:50 AM
i have been following the craftster thread on the linda silvestri dress so when i saw your version...i was floored. it is to die for...you are fabulous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on July 07, 2006 11:13:41 AM
thi´s is defently my cup of tea! Flexible, easy-to-make and great design. Gotta made som for myself!
Eirlie: love that idea whit the satinribbon. Don´t get suprised if I steal it! :D :P :D ;D ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kiell on July 07, 2006 11:48:29 AM
These are all so beautiful, I love the idea and hope to try it out sometime.
Great job everyone!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tailypo on July 07, 2006 04:01:16 PM


How did you tie this version? I really like it!
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I crossed the straps, kimono sleeve style, in the back, wrapped it over the bust once and then under that once (which covered the back really well) and tied it at the left front.  Look close and you can see the knot.

HTH!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on July 07, 2006 04:09:20 PM
Eirlie: love that idea whit the satinribbon. Don´t get suprised if I steal it! :D :P :D ;D ;)

Feel free to use the idea. I used wired satin ribbon since sometimes plain satin ribbon likes to come untied and that wasn't really the look I was going for here...  :o The wired ribbon stayed put perfectly.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Sewlittletime on July 07, 2006 04:52:00 PM
Holy cow!! this thread has exploded!!
Thanks so much everyone, for posting your versions of this dress. I truly cannot wait to try it out! (My slinky purple fabric is waiting for me to finish other projects. ::))
I really like the idea of putting the straps at the top of a swimsuit. I may have to try that some other time.
And I'm a size 20/22, so I promise to post my pic so other curvy gals can see how it looks on different shapes.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: iwriteplays on July 07, 2006 05:02:12 PM
YES! This is exactly what I was looking for! I have a bunch of jersey knit fabric sitting at home, gathering dust, waiting to be sewn into this glorious dress.

I'll be posting photos as soon as it's done.

BTW, I got my jersey-knit fabric from fabric.com


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 07, 2006 05:15:22 PM
ok, i made a CUTE dress today out of woven (i.e. non-stretch) cotton and while it does work, it is not my favorite.  woven fabric just doesn't mold the way knits do--thus darts.  :D  but it is still cute and i will post a picture tomorrow.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: timarie on July 07, 2006 06:01:50 PM
This is my first post, although (obviously!) I've been looking at the board. I hadn't sewn in a couple of years and thought that this could help me get back on track. I always tend to move from one craft to the next!

http://pic13.picturetrail.com/VOL473/2274328/11374018/164558560.jpg

This is before I realized I needed to straighten out the straps.




Thank you, thank you, thank you, for posting this dress and tute! I absolutely love it!!!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: aunt carrot on July 07, 2006 06:06:58 PM
Timarie, I love that color on you! And Tailypo--I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that print and that way of tying it. I was already contemplating making this, but you just convinced me.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Moek on July 07, 2006 11:00:29 PM
Finally I found my camera  ::)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e236/moenok/clothes/infinitykimono.jpg


http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e236/moenok/clothes/infinitycross.jpg
i messed up on the front (it apparently wasn't a 'circle') so i found a way to wear it backwards... but i don't think i'll ever wear it cause i can't wear a bra with it  :-[

Thank you sooo much rostitchery! I'm starting to feel comfortable making clothes (i decided it's "learn to make clothes" summer). But my material was too thick and i think i like the patterned ones and i'll be sure to make that too, I just need fabric and elastic ;)

Also timarie I love how you wore it in the first picture!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tailypo on July 07, 2006 11:33:37 PM
Does everybody know how to cut a circle skirt? Dont just try to eyeball the shape or cut the edges off the open piece of fabric until it is round -- that way lies madness.

Take your rectangular piece of fabric and fold it in half, bringing the bottom edge up to meet the top.
Now take the left side and fold it down to match the right side. Your fabric should be like a four page book with the bottoms of each set of 2 pages stuck together at the bottom.
Determine the longest length you can get on your shortest side.  For example, if your rectangle now has 2 12 inch long sides and 2 24 inch long side, you are going to make a 12 inch circle skirt.  Here's how I do that:

Take your yardstick and mark 12" from the lower left hand corner along the bottom edge of your piece of fabric.  Mark it by chalking along the wide top of your yardstick -- that gives you a solid one inch mark.  Now, the end of the yardstick does not move from the lower left hand corner (That is where your waistband is going to be).  Use it as the whatchamacalit of your circle.  The fulcrum?  Measure 12 inches from that spot all around your folded fabric unti you get to the other (24") side.  Now, figuring that only 1/4 of your waistline is represented by the cut you are about to make, graba pie plate or an XL Pizza or whatever you want to use for the perfectly circular waistline.

I hope that helps, and makes sense, and isn't the dumbest way of cutting a circle skirt you have ever heard.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 08, 2006 04:42:30 AM
timarie, moek, both of you look amazing!!! 

moek, i have found a few ways to wear it backwards too, one of them is posted on the blog (the last thumbnail pair near the bottom of the post).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Chilan on July 08, 2006 09:49:06 AM
rostitchery:  I thought you might appreciate this...

I was wearing this dress to work today (i work for a high end fashion designer) and one of my coworkers said that she loved my dress.  She said that she saw it in a window and said that she just sat in front of it for a while, wanting to buy it.  I told her that she couldn't have seen i in a window because I made it, so she told me that the dress that she was was really expensive (this girl just recently bought Gucci shoes without batting in eye... her saying something is expensive is saying a lot!).   HA!!!  I used fabric that I found on the dollar table at Wally World.   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 08, 2006 10:10:57 AM
chilan, i love it!!!

don't give away your fashion secret--offer to make it for her for half the cost of the one she saw in the store.   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 08, 2006 01:15:48 PM
here's the top i made yesterday.  there is more information HERE (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/07/convertibleness.html).



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on July 08, 2006 03:32:01 PM
Been loving everyone's pictures, really inspiring.  Had a flash yesterday afternoon (no, wasn't painful), and figured that I can make Infinity Trousers!  I have a nice pattern for soft knit trousers, and can easily attach the top to them.  That's a definite go-er for me!  Mind you - as it's winter in Oz, it won't be happening for some time (huge rains last night).  My daughter (11) is hanging out for one of these dresses - same deal, not until summer (she'd wear it all winter otherwise!).  Thanks everyone, and Rostitchery for your expertise and support.  J ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 08, 2006 04:23:40 PM
mrs_rabbit, a version of "infinity trousers" has already been done.  :)  dos de tejas pattern company made them, or at least made the pattern for them.

http://web.archive.org/web/20040213023721/www.denverfabrics.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=PC8014&Category_Code=PC&Product_Count=39

so while it is not a new idea, it is certainly workable, although i can't see how they'd be as flexible as the dress, since you wouldn't be able to pull them up to empire height.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shleybee on July 08, 2006 07:05:49 PM
i made one i made one i made one!!!!
thank you sooo much rostitchery for this amazing tutorial. i've never sewn a dress before in my LIFE and this was so easy and came out SO well.
i used black for the bottom part and blue for the top part however because i did not have enough black. the skirt waistband came out wayyyy to big so it sits at the waist, and i still have to take it in a bit more  :-\ butttt i think it came out pretty well anyway  ;D



 ;D ;D ;D ;D

**PS!! i know that i would NEVER wear this without a bra. however i recently bought these cup-like things that kind of just stick there. and then there's a clip in the middle so that they clip together. so there's no back, and theyre skin colored. they're really awesome  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 08, 2006 07:21:13 PM
shleybee... that is AWESOME, I am sooo jealous, I wish I have the energy and patience to do it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: timarie on July 08, 2006 09:16:23 PM
shleybee, that is a really interesting twist on the dress! I love how it sits on the waist and more of your back is out. I might have to make another because of you!

Also, love the colors!

Moek, I didn't think to try it on backwards, maybe because I was so preoccupied with how fun the straps are. I think the skirt looks fine as it is even though it "isn't a 'circle'"  It looks like you gathered it more towards the front.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Lateralus4594 on July 09, 2006 10:13:39 AM
Yay, I made one.  Three yards of $1.20 blue stretch knit from Jo-Ann's and multiple hours of hard work.  I know its simple, but I screwed up so many times since it was my first time trying it out.  Check this out for the full story: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105312.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=105312.0).  Overall, I'm quite proud of it.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c92/igetmyflushotsatwalgreens/prisstina002.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shleybee on July 09, 2006 06:39:09 PM
ok. i was obsessed with this dress. but then i thought hey, wouldn't a top be great too, to wear with jeans and such? soooo i substituted a waist band (that ties in the back) for the skirt, and ta-da!

Rostitchery, i still can't thank you ENOUGH for this amazing tutorial   :)
And Timaria and Bnanca, thanks so much for your comments!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: roxybadoxy on July 09, 2006 07:11:29 PM
 shleybee - freaking gorgeous!! i love that top! so cute!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 09, 2006 07:14:45 PM
shleybee, stop making me sooo jealous, that top is Gorgeous.

Lateralus4594, that dress is sooo cute on you, $1.20/yard what a deal, around here, at JoAnn's the cheapest I have been able to find is like $6 -9/yard and I am a sewer on a budget so that is not working for me.

But anyways, awesome job ladies!!!  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Scary Teri on July 09, 2006 07:36:39 PM
lovely. i like the twistyness!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: iwriteplays on July 09, 2006 09:31:47 PM
Here's my prototype... It was a sort-of success. I didn't have enough fabric to make the circle skirt, so it was very ad-lib, but I wore the top/skirt today (wore it with jeans underneath) and it was a hit :)

(sorry about the low-angle shots... I was using my iSight camera on my computer :) )





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eenodol on July 09, 2006 11:39:35 PM
Whee!  I made one too!  You guys weren't kidding, it is super fun to play with the straps!

ehhh.. this is kind of a lot of pictures.. but I tried to make them small :)










whoops, the straps are a little crooked there..

When I came out of my room wearing this, my roommate asked when I bought it  ;D ;D

I also wore it to see the midnight show of Pirates the other day :)

Thanks, Rostitchery!   :D :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: acidalbatross on July 09, 2006 11:48:59 PM
ha!- i just made mine the other day (i don't have any pictures yet)- and the first time i wore it was to the midnight showing of pirates-
any way- i love the fabric you used eenodol-
i like looking how other people tie thier's it gives me ideas  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eenodol on July 10, 2006 12:22:25 AM
ha!- i just made mine the other day (i don't have any pictures yet)- and the first time i wore it was to the midnight showing of pirates-
any way- i love the fabric you used eenodol-
i like looking how other people tie thier's it gives me ideas  :)

thanks, i like it too!  it's even prettier close up.. the only problem it that the patterns only on one side, but even that's not too big of a problem, it just takes a second more to tie it on

hehe.. if only all ten gazillion people who made this dress (and look great in it.. because everyone does!)  had worn their's to the midnight of Pirates as well..  maybe they did  :D  ::wishes she looked around the theater a little more::   ;D



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MissCherry on July 10, 2006 12:57:16 AM
Lots and Lots of pics.. Beware.

There are still several ways to tie it that I've not figured out... Hehe a few of you definatley have me beat!

  I too messed up my circle skirt.. So I pieced four wide rectangles together, And it looks fine.. Although I really love the full circle skirt, And will probably be making another soon.















What do you guys think?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poppysmum on July 10, 2006 01:30:58 AM
I love it in black! I love it in pattern! Man I have to get off my bum!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 10, 2006 05:49:55 AM
I love it in black! I love it in pattern! Man I have to get off my bum!

Ditto to that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Moek on July 10, 2006 12:27:04 PM
Woah, i LOVE the fabric you chose eenoldol! It's beautiful. :D
   but I'm also liking MissCherry's black one!
and now i want to make one like shleybee's shirt one, uber-stylish.

              Aaaaa I want more fabric to make a million of these with! There's so many options.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: capnhonolulu on July 10, 2006 12:35:49 PM
Yay I'm going to get some stretchy stuff today!
One question though: How high up on your (anyone's) torso is the waistband? In some pictures it looks like people have it below the waist like most circle skirts so it is not covered by the straps but in others it looks like some people have the waistband on or above their waist so it is hidden.

This could just have to do with which wrapping style is used, but rostitchery mentioned something about using her underbust measurement in one of the first few pages and it made me wonder about it. Sorry for the boring text-only post, everyone's pictures are beautiful!
-c


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: acidalbatross on July 10, 2006 12:44:39 PM
you can put the waist where ever you want!- depending on how i feel, sometimes i wear mine at my waist, sometime i wear it with an empire waist- if the fabric is stretchy (i don't know about none-stretchy fabric) it doesn't really matter- just try not to make the waist of the skirt over sized (like what i did at first) and you'll probably be fine- good luck!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 10, 2006 12:55:03 PM
Yay I'm going to get some stretchy stuff today!
One question though: How high up on your (anyone's) torso is the waistband? In some pictures it looks like people have it below the waist like most circle skirts so it is not covered by the straps but in others it looks like some people have the waistband on or above their waist so it is hidden.

This could just have to do with which wrapping style is used, but rostitchery mentioned something about using her underbust measurement in one of the first few pages and it made me wonder about it. Sorry for the boring text-only post, everyone's pictures are beautiful!
-c

you put the waist wherever you need it according to the way you want to wrap it.

i used my hip radius instead of my underbust or waist because i used the wrong mark on my circle-drawing tape measure.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: capnhonolulu on July 10, 2006 02:11:51 PM
Thanks for the quick responses! Wish me luck!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Christinemichelle on July 10, 2006 02:42:48 PM
MissCherry - The way you're wearing it in the last picture is definitely one of my favourite ways to wear it :) (although I think the way I had it tied slightly differently in the back)  . Yay!

Everyone's looks great!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tickleagangster on July 10, 2006 05:13:27 PM
THE BOMB DIGGIDY!!! I shall now announce to craftsters far and near that I shall come out of craftster hibernation this evening to create one of these stunning dresses!! I have been inspired many a time by these boards and the bounty of beautiful things created here, but I am ON FIRE (LOL) to create my favourite summer dress this DAY!!! Ahem,,,Um, Rostitchery? Do you think there is a way to make a version that will layer for the fall? I'd like to make one I can wear to work out of a wool garbardine(sp), but I don't know if that would work.  Ok,,off from work I go!! (tee hee)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss American Pie on July 10, 2006 05:27:16 PM
Yes! I finally made one, and I'm so happy with it! Mine's a little bit different though. I was planning on just making a shirt because I only had 2 yards of fabric (it was sale fabric and there were only two yards on the bolt). I screwed up the circle part along the way though, making the hole way huge, so I had to cut another smaller one. After I had finished the shirt, I realized I could use the screwed up circle to make it a dress! I just attached a wide waistband to it and - tada! It's technically a shirt and skirt, not a dress, but hey, that just makes it more infinite, right? I also added an awesome strip of fabric to cover up my bra in back because I just can't go bra-less, especially in something this thin. The strip sort of ties in front and tucks into the center of my bra, but I can also turn it around to the front. It's kind of hard to explain cause my original plan for it backfired, but I like how it turned out. Ok, enough blabbing for me, here come the pictures!

The usual-



Some of my favourite ways to wear it-

 
 
 



Please excuse my dirty, messy hair and lack of make-up. Haha, remember, I'm showing off the dress, not my face and stuff.

Thanks so much for the tutorial Rostitchery! I just love this dress. I'll probably make another one sometime with longer straps and a correct circle skirt, teehee.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 10, 2006 05:54:15 PM
WOW Miss American Pie!!!  You have given a new spin on this already gorgeous dress with your unplanned "boo boo"!! ha ha

I love the two pieces!!  This dress is easy enough to make for swap partners who don't want to try it themselves--and the fitting is so minimal--off to the fabric store to make one for one of my swap partners!! YEAH!  I love this dress!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poison_mekare on July 10, 2006 07:31:47 PM
Wow I LOVE all the variations people have done on this... now IF ONLY I could get my hands on some inexpensive knit fabric... *sigh* I want it in black. I want EVERYTHING in black lol.

With one seam, I can totally hand sew this. :-*

Morgan


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poopIsfunny on July 10, 2006 08:23:10 PM
Stunning! Marylin, eat your heart out! I can't believe it's so simple. I really like this dress good job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on July 11, 2006 01:55:48 AM
After looking at Miss American Pie's shirt/skirt, my brain has got creative, shame my hands haven't yet.  If I extend the waistband to more like a boob tube style, then it will cover the bra both front and back, and I can tie merrily.  Thinking outloud here.   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on July 11, 2006 06:40:56 AM
After looking at Miss American Pie's shirt/skirt, my brain has got creative, shame my hands haven't yet.  If I extend the waistband to more like a boob tube style, then it will cover the bra both front and back, and I can tie merrily.  Thinking outloud here.   ;D

i just did that and it works great!  i wanted a version i could wear when a little more modesty was called for (higher-cut and with back coverage)  i just made the waist band extra-long and tried tying it all different ways.  then i cut it down to where i wanted it. 
---i ended up putting a strip of elastic in the top because my mom wanted to wear it but it was huge on top (i'm nursing and she wears an A-cup  :-\)  so if it doesn't stay where you want it you could try that as well.
i'll post a picture when she gives it back


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 11, 2006 07:06:23 AM
So I made one last night and ran into a few problems.

Problem number 1.
I made my circle skirt too large- so I then gathered it to make it more flowy- this resulted in my looking like a baloon. So I recut the skirt with what I had left (since I already had cut the waist and strips) and had a short circle skirt.

Problem 2. When I went to sew in the whole thing, I realized I hadnt tucked the strips in well enugh so the bottom corner of one poked out.  Seam ripped and fixed it.

So at first I was looking at it like hmmmm.. what dont I like about this? THEN it hit me- hike it up-waistband under my boobies. (now mind you its 2:00 am after a day of work) I tied it all up like Rostitchery did in her fabulous pic, and it was so HOTTTT. I love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Thank you so much Rostistchery. Im going to do another variation of this in Coral pink but with the large waistband like Miss American Pie (I NEED to wear a bra- and that will allow me to wear it to work)

Rostitchery your the best.

Thank you bunches!




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 11, 2006 09:09:40 AM
you are all SO WELCOME!!!  i am thrilled beyond belief that so many people have been able to use the tutorial to make dresses that make them HAPPY.

for the ones of you looking for a more "modest" design, look in the thread in the discussion area titled "infinity dress", i posted a screenshot there of a pattern i have from the 70's, it is a variation of this.  actually, anybody who has questions about this dress should read that entire thread, because there is much more discussion about the design principles and possibilities.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 11, 2006 03:46:56 PM
I am awed and amazed by all of the dresses! I saw the first ones and really liked them and have seen the latest ones and love them. I NEED this dress!

However - couple of quick questions because I still don't get it ( despite the fact that I have read the whole thread..yikes!)-
1- When Rostitchery says "to decide how wide to make your straps, measure from the center of your bust to just under your arm.", exactly where to where are you measuring?
2-Should you cut the waist band twice as wide as you want it when finsihed? Am I understanding right that it gets folded in half and sewn that way ( aka attatched to the straps and skirt)?

Thanks a million for all of the inspiration and help..in advance!
Oh! Just thought of this...could some one post a picture of what the wasit band/skit/strap area looks like when you are not wearing it? I think that would be super helpful.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Lateralus4594 on July 11, 2006 04:51:27 PM
For the width of the straps, you should measure from the middle of your bust (between your boobs) to just underneath your arm.  When measuring, the measuring tape should be horizontal.  If you're planning on hemming your straps, add another inch or so on.

For the band, you will need the measurement of your underbust.  Cut a strip that is the length of your underbust and is twice as high as you would like your finished band to be.  For example: if your underbust measurement is 25 inches and you want your strap to stick out two inches over your dress, you should make your band 25 inches by 4 inches, plus seam allowances.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: niftyba on July 11, 2006 06:43:26 PM
I finally got a craftster account just to post this, my first project inspired from this wonderful place. I recently started sewing, and I couldn't resist trying a "quickie dress" such as this amazing example! I had three yards of some $1 plaid fabric from Wal-Mart and a whole afternoon to kill. I wanted something I could kind of comfortably wear in Orlando where I go to school. This was the result... mind you, I personally feel very naked in this dress, so I had to couple it with shirts...







Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jutybo on July 11, 2006 06:51:30 PM
OK, after seeing Rostitchery's WONDERFUL tut and all of the other Craftsters' dresses, I had to try one for my *pregnant* self... sort of... I made a top instead because I couldn't fathom all of the fabric that it would take to get around the belly without being too huge at the waist.  It turned out alright, but I am suddenly longing for my non-preg self... or maybe just one of the fabulous bodies that have been modeling the dresses so far!   ;)  You guys all ROCK!!

Here 'tis, in all its crappy-image-quality and bizzarely-posed glory:


And the back:


And the side view so you can see just how much higher the front is than the back, because I didn't bother making it (the front) longer since I want to actually wear this beyond the next few months:
 

Thanks again for such a straight-forward tut!
BTW, to Jessiesmess, I had the same Problem #2 that you did- one of my corners was sticking out in the front from the strap not getting sewn in all the way, but I just wrapped around it when putting it on- didn't occur to me to seam-rip!  Yours must look really good since you fixed that- any pics?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Baddscorpio on July 11, 2006 10:51:31 PM
Im loving your shirt, especially the bottom of it.

You wear pregnancy well dear.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 12, 2006 05:28:48 AM
Lateralus4594 - Thanks for helping to clear things up. I guess that I may just have to get fabric and try it, even before I totally understand it.

Hopefully, I'll have a dress to post too!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kategirl on July 12, 2006 07:28:30 AM
jutybo, I think that top is absolutely great with you baby bump!  it looks really cute and so much more original than most maternity tops.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 12, 2006 07:35:23 AM
niftyba, i LIKE your dress over a t-shirt!!!  that fabric works great like that.  and i think you have solved a problem that was posed to my by email--how to wear something like this in winter.  the plain gives it a TOTALLY different feel, i just love it and would never have thought to use this fabric, thank you for taking the chance on it because it is cute cute cute.

and let me just say that i wish i had had something like this when i was pregnant--jutybo, you look adorable, the very picture of maternal beauty.  i love how you wrapped yours.

i can't tell you how tickled i am at the wonderful creations all of you have made!  i honestly started crying when i read the reply by Lateralus4594, her explanation was spot on, and it means that this design is now out in the wild, being understood and explained by other people--that is the nicest, most flattering thing that i can think of, and i am so honored and deeply appreciative of everybody's work and creative energy being poured into this dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 12, 2006 11:55:26 AM
OK, after seeing Rostitchery's WONDERFUL tut and all of the other Craftsters' dresses, I had to try one for my *pregnant* self... sort of... I made a top instead because I couldn't fathom all of the fabric that it would take to get around the belly without being too huge at the waist.  It turned out alright, but I am suddenly longing for my non-preg self... or maybe just one of the fabulous bodies that have been modeling the dresses so far!   ;)  You guys all ROCK!!

Here 'tis, in all its crappy-image-quality and bizzarely-posed glory:

And the back:

And the side view so you can see just how much higher the front is than the back, because I didn't bother making it (the front) longer since I want to actually wear this beyond the next few months:
 
Thanks again for such a straight-forward tut!
BTW, to Jessiesmess, I had the same Problem #2 that you did- one of my corners was sticking out in the front from the strap not getting sewn in all the way, but I just wrapped around it when putting it on- didn't occur to me to seam-rip!  Yours must look really good since you fixed that- any pics?

You are so friggin adorable. GREAT top for a pregnant Belly. I think Im making one for my pregnant friend.
Nice work.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jessicachantel on July 12, 2006 12:07:31 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! I so wanna try to make this!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ziabox on July 12, 2006 07:42:17 PM
ok this is my version of the dress.
i had to read the instructions step by step, i didnt want to mess it up.

as soon as i started too see al the beautiful dresses all of you ladies made, i wanted to make one also. so today i got this great fabric ( i didnt know what color to choose so i ended up with black. i want to make it in a summery color but i dont know which, any ideas?) anyway... i made it and it only took me an hour, maybe less.

here it is.. i will get better pics as soon as i can get my boyfriend to take them.







thank you rostitchery for the tutorial!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: dutchclassic on July 12, 2006 08:17:03 PM
i so need to make this dress


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: yam-yam on July 13, 2006 07:39:11 AM
HI! I'm so inspired by everyone's dresses, I can't wait to get my hands on some nice jersey fabric and go to town!

One question though... Sorry if it was covered elsewhere, but I've read most of this thread and haven't come across it... How did everyone hem their dresses? I have to admit, I'm a novice sewer with only a couple projects under my belt, but whenever I've tried hemming stretchy cotton fabric, it just looks terrible. Will a soft, t-shirty fabric even need hemming?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kategirl on July 13, 2006 07:43:37 AM
a jersey fabric won't need hemming as long as you don't mind the raw look.  the edge may begin curling at some point, but it won't fray.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 13, 2006 07:45:53 AM
yam-yam, some fabrics don't need hemming.  and truthfully, even those fabrics that supposedly do need hemming can be left unhemmed if you like the way they look.

the biggest problem with jersey (which is what most t-shirts are made of) is that it curls. however, you might like your hem curled, in which case, you just leave it.  :)  you won't know how a fabric behaves until you start using it, so go make a dress, learn whatever you can, and use that knowledge for future projects.  


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 13, 2006 09:06:13 AM
I use a rolled hem on most knits that kinda makes the hem a little "weightier"--look at silk scarves to see what a rolled hem looks like if you don't know...with my machine, it is pretty fast.

I can't tell you how many people have wisted this, which is a dream for an addicted swapper like me!!  a few yards of fabric and a couple of hours, ha ha--and we get action shots!! Love it!!

I agree with rosestitchery--you have to let the fabric speak to you!! ha ha  :-* AGAIN--I have visited this site a zillion times!!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 13, 2006 10:07:42 AM
Ziabox- Your dress looks great! Black looks really classy! Quick question- How high is the 'band' part of your dress? ( not the waist size, the length from sewn edge to top of band)

Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ziabox on July 13, 2006 10:20:02 AM
Ziabox- Your dress looks great! Black looks really classy! Quick question- How high is the 'band' part of your dress? ( not the waist size, the length from sewn edge to top of band)

Thanks!

the band is 2 1/2" (so that's 5" unfolded), i thought of making the band bigger but i made the straps very long and you wouldnt even see the band after wraping everything. hope this helps.  :)

i'm so exited, i want to wear my dress somewhere!
i also was thinking about the hemming but i bought this fabric that doesnt need to be hemmed. but i'll see how it molds after i wash it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 13, 2006 10:23:49 AM
how funny the black one above is exactly what I did, here is my first. The back is a bit droopy, and I made the skirt too short so its a top. Im going to run some elastic across the back.

ALSO just FYI I here is teh 230.00 version of this dress, ladies... and YES this IS the exact same dress.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf_id=BTR-JWRAPD&bt=btr


Here is my version. This was my first but Im making many more thanks to Rostitchery.









Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Baddscorpio on July 13, 2006 10:34:36 AM

ALSO just FYI I here is teh 230.00 version of this dress, ladies... and YES this IS the exact same dress.


$230?!!!! That's ridiculous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: yam-yam on July 13, 2006 10:35:01 AM
Thanks for the tips on hemming everyone!

Hm... after seeing everyone's cool dress-turned-dressy-shirts, I think now I want to make a shirt AND a dress version...

By the way, that $230 version, is it just me, or does the hemline look shorter in the front than in the back? Or is it just the way the model is standing? How would one construct that, if it WAS on purpose? I imagine you'd just cut an oval instead of a circle for the skirt, but correct me if I'm way off, so I don't attempt it and make a mess.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 13, 2006 10:41:12 AM
wow, except for the fact that my dress is poly knit, not rayon jersey, and my skirt is 26", not 28", it looks exactly like the one i made!!!

yam-yam, i think her dress is high in front because of the way she is wearing it--if you look at the waistband, you can see it sloping toward the back.  if you want to make one that is intentionally shorter in front, you just cut it shorter.  :)  ok, technically what you do is move the waistline so that it is off-center within the circle (you do it that way to preserve the drape). 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: humblestumble on July 13, 2006 10:57:22 AM
When you click "view full collection" after the $230 dress, How do you suppose they made those black and white straps!? I am betting the white waistband is just that, a white waistband, but the two tone strap?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CraftyFox on July 13, 2006 11:15:28 AM
humblestumble - i think the two tone straps are just two thinner straps, one in each colour, that are sewn together lengthwise.  it's a nice idea. 

i just love how versatile this dress is!  depending on the fabric and how you wrap it, the look is completely different.  i have some magenta jersey hanging around, and i just went out and bought a black and white print that was on sale.  so i'll be back soon with some pics :)

thank you so much rostitchery!! 


tatjana


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: yam-yam on July 13, 2006 11:42:14 AM
How did you guys figure out the twists and folds for each "design" of the dress? Just by looking at the models? I know there were a couple of tutorials on the original "infinity dress" website, but personally, I didn't really like them, and I much prefer the ones I've seen in this forum.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 13, 2006 12:51:08 PM
Ziabox- Thanks for the measurments!

I think that I may finally understand how to sew the waistband. We shall see when I actually get my hands on some fabric.

Does anyone want to post a picture of the waist/band for the visual learner here? Sometime I really do need each bloody step spelled out. I would really appriciate it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: essenceiz on July 13, 2006 01:09:13 PM
this is a seriously an amazing dress im goin to attempt this!! ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ziabox on July 13, 2006 01:33:34 PM
onecraftybitch- i had to read the instruction over and over too see if i was doing ti right hehehe.  I think rostitchery's picture explains the waist band very well .. here's the link http://rowena.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/infinity_dress_how_to_serge_close_up_1.jpg (http://rowena.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/infinity_dress_how_to_serge_close_up_1.jpg), i hope she doesnt mind.

and i took some pics (not the best sorry) to see if they could help you




you sew the straps in between the skirt and the band, the band is folded in half.  hope this makes any sense.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tovi on July 13, 2006 01:50:32 PM
i must say
that every morning i wake up and
i watch this tread with my morning coffe...
 ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: iwriteplays on July 13, 2006 02:21:26 PM
I read this thread on a daily basis, too. It's great! I just ordered a bunch more jersey fabric so I can make more and more of these, and I wanted to give y'all a heads-up: Fabric.com has a BUNCH of tissue-knit jersey (both cotton and polyester) for $1.99/yard

That's cheap, people!

Go and get some before they run out :) That's what I did!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CraftyFox on July 13, 2006 02:25:48 PM
YAY!!!  I'm done!  and now i have not 1 but 2 dresses.  

the first is magenta/fuchsia jersey i already had. i had to make the straps a little shorter when i ran out of fabric length, but i think it's ok.  i think i will sew the straps on again tho, because i'd like more overlap of the straps for coverage, especially since i have less strap to wrap.i also need to think of ways to wrap that maybe don't emphasize the bust as much, for some reason the solid fabric makes it look huge  
i bought some fabric today on sale for 2 euro/m for the b/w dress.... i overlapped the straps a bit more, which was better, and i love the print!  it makes for a very fun version of this dress. i love strapless dresses, but they never fit right, and require strapless bras which i find really uncomfortable. so finally having a strapless or anything else dress is just the bomb!!!   ;D

http://static.flickr.com/59/188980552_41ef4c6a2b_o.jpg
http://static.flickr.com/77/188980553_0bacaf32eb_o.jpg




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Maliaka on July 13, 2006 02:45:23 PM
Okay, my eyes are blurry and I'm officially brain dead from staring at the computer screen for over an hour and a half reading all 22 pages of this thread, plus rostitchery's tutorial, plus her other post in "completed projects"....whew!!!
I'm madly excited to make this dress, but I just went on a fabric run so it will be a while before I go back to Walmart for more. I'm insistant on only buying the $1-$2 fabric, so finding a stretchy, hopfully NON-fraying fabric (my hemming jobs are never clean looking) in a color and pattern I like will be HARD!
But I'm just so inspired by all of your beautiful dresses and the fact that it seems to fit and flatter every size out there! I'm around size 22 with no hips or bust, but a huge stomach, so yeah, not the most flattering shape. I hope it looks okay on me, haha.

Thank you rostitchery for guiding us all through this project and for being so supportive and helpful!! You deserve ten thousand hugs! ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 13, 2006 03:25:04 PM
Whee! Ziabox- I think I finally , finally understand ! What I was thinking is the band is actually one of the straps. Your pictures and Rostichery's helped big time! Thanks a million for posting the pictures.

Love the black and white fabric Craftyfox! That dress looks fancy!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on July 13, 2006 05:41:11 PM
But I'm just so inspired by all of your beautiful dresses and the fact that it seems to fit and flatter every size out there! I'm around size 22 with no hips or bust, but a huge stomach, so yeah, not the most flattering shape. I hope it looks okay on me, haha.

Maliaka, I think if you make the waist of the dress at your underbust measurement, you'll be pretty happy with the stomach coverage, especially if you don't have much in the way of hips. An empire waist covers a lot of stomach, in my experience.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Maliaka on July 13, 2006 05:49:55 PM


Thanks, I might give that a try!!

But I'm just so inspired by all of your beautiful dresses and the fact that it seems to fit and flatter every size out there! I'm around size 22 with no hips or bust, but a huge stomach, so yeah, not the most flattering shape. I hope it looks okay on me, haha.

Maliaka, I think if you make the waist of the dress at your underbust measurement, you'll be pretty happy with the stomach coverage, especially if you don't have much in the way of hips. An empire waist covers a lot of stomach, in my experience.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LuNaGirl on July 13, 2006 07:32:57 PM
amazing! thanks so much for posting this!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 13, 2006 07:51:29 PM
craftyfox, the black and white definitely flatters you!! You look terrific--I wasn't sure about doing the dress in a print but now that I have seen yours,  I have a lot of printed knits in my older stash that would work!!  Thanks for sharing pics!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poetryinmotion on July 13, 2006 08:24:37 PM
I just ordered some fabric from fabric.com, so hopefully I'll be able to make this dress by this weekend.  Not that I have anywhere to go; I just really want this dress!  Wheeeeee, I'm so excited! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tiffanyiffic on July 13, 2006 10:40:16 PM
I read this thread on a daily basis, too. It's great! I just ordered a bunch more jersey fabric so I can make more and more of these, and I wanted to give y'all a heads-up: Fabric.com has a BUNCH of tissue-knit jersey (both cotton and polyester) for $1.99/yard

That's cheap, people!

Go and get some before they run out :) That's what I did!



oy!!!  I have been spending wayyy to much on fabric and whatnot and been doing nothing...but you!!! omg...1.99 per yard!?!??!?!?!?! for jersey knit???....the deal is too good...:-(  I purchased like...nine yards of random fabric...oy.  My dad's going to be like, "wasting your money again..."...i need to get off my arse and make use of my newwww serger!!!! eeep.  Thanks for the excellent tip.  It's a steal...but i'm getting so poorrr...sigh. bitter sweet.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CraftyFox on July 14, 2006 02:30:05 AM
craftyfox, the black and white definitely flatters you!! You look terrific--I wasn't sure about doing the dress in a print but now that I have seen yours,  I have a lot of printed knits in my older stash that would work!!  Thanks for sharing pics!!

yeah, i thought the same thing, because solids are supposed to be slimming and patterns not....but actually i found the printed fabric to be alot more flattering than the solid.  so don't be afraid of those prints ladies!  the busier the better   ;)

cheers,  tatjana


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pvwon on July 14, 2006 08:21:50 AM
So I have my fabric and I'm going to make this dress this weekend, but I have two questions before I begin:

1. I don't have a serger, but I do have a stretch stich on my sewing machine.  Is that what I should use for the waist seam?
2. When placing the straps, do you angle them at all or is the raw edge even with the waistband?

Thanks in advance!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Lateralus4594 on July 14, 2006 08:33:20 AM
So I have my fabric and I'm going to make this dress this weekend, but I have two questions before I begin:

1. I don't have a serger, but I do have a stretch stich on my sewing machine.  Is that what I should use for the waist seam?
2. When placing the straps, do you angle them at all or is the raw edge even with the waistband?

Thanks in advance!


I used a regular zig-zag stitch and it worked out perfectly fine.  You just need something that will hold well and will stretch with the fabric.

You overlap the two straps about four or five inches, but the two edges will line up together.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c92/igetmyflushotsatwalgreens/strap.jpg

The blue represents the top strap and the grey represents the strap underneath.  You should place the blue over the grey so they are not parallel vertically but will line up at the bottom, where you should sew across with a zig-zag stitch.  

If you have any questions feel free to ask!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Entropy on July 14, 2006 09:06:07 AM
Here is a similar idea top from Topshop

http://www.topshopus.com/product_info.php?cPath=66&products_id=245 (http://www.topshopus.com/product_info.php?cPath=66&products_id=245)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pvwon on July 14, 2006 11:03:39 AM
So I have my fabric and I'm going to make this dress this weekend, but I have two questions before I begin:

1. I don't have a serger, but I do have a stretch stich on my sewing machine.  Is that what I should use for the waist seam?
2. When placing the straps, do you angle them at all or is the raw edge even with the waistband?

Thanks in advance!


I used a regular zig-zag stitch and it worked out perfectly fine.  You just need something that will hold well and will stretch with the fabric.

You overlap the two straps about four or five inches, but the two edges will line up together.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c92/igetmyflushotsatwalgreens/strap.jpg

The blue represents the top strap and the grey represents the strap underneath.  You should place the blue over the grey so they are not parallel vertically but will line up at the bottom, where you should sew across with a zig-zag stitch. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Thanks for the fast response!  I'll post some pics when I get it done!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on July 14, 2006 01:19:05 PM
Here is a similar idea top from Topshop

http://www.topshopus.com/product_info.php?cPath=66&products_id=245 (http://www.topshopus.com/product_info.php?cPath=66&products_id=245)

Ooh, i like that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pama0101 on July 14, 2006 01:43:55 PM
Your dress and tute are AMAZING!!!  I am moving to China in the fall and this will be justthe thing to pack!  THANK YOU SO MUCH! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: meimei on July 15, 2006 06:22:24 AM
I've been watching this thread for aages (and have finally decided it's about time I actually registered :P) and I can't wait to make this. But I'm going to Canada tomorrow for two weeks so I have to wait  :(. Lol, I can't believe I'm more excited about coming back home than actually leaving Europe for the first time.. *sigh* I guess crafting is very definately in my heart!
I think I'll make a black one..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 15, 2006 07:48:30 AM
meimei, you're not leaving until tomorrow, you have PLENTY of time to make a dress for your trip.  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: yarncookie on July 15, 2006 09:01:14 AM
Does anyone remember from Project Runway season 2 Chloe's teal dress that was braided in the back? it reminded me of that. I am so blown away by your dress, Rostitchery!! Will it work with non-stretch fabric?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 15, 2006 09:52:29 AM
yarncookie, on my blog i posted a top i made with non-stretch fabric.  it worked ok but i was not satisfied with it.  i went into more details in my blog post.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RhymesWithPurple on July 16, 2006 02:18:43 PM
I have been following this thread since its inception, and admiring the dress in all its incarnations. And . . . I've just completed the dress in a dazzling green, 4-way stretch knit!

This was actually my first dress -- I've only made bags and a skirt or 2.

I went into some All Stretch, All the Time fabric store on 38th St in Manhattan, and picked out the color and softness I desired. I have never sewed in stretch, and didn't realize how much the 4-way stretch would change things! As it turned out, everything I cut to fit my waist was too big, because of the tremendous stretchability. So, I seam-ripped and re-sewed the seam (TG it's a one-seamed garment) with shorter waistband. Instead of cutting the circle skirt and making it less of a circle, I just added little gathers to make everything fit nicely -- it doesn't show when the straps are wrapped around my waist, but if it did show I wouldn't mind -- it's even a little cute.

Now the dress sits somewhere at my upper-waistline and makes me ecstatic. I haven't worn it, but when I woke up this morning I threw it on simply to play with the straps! Ooh!

All the green makes me look a LITTLE Statue-of-Liberty-esque, but I love it, I love it, I love it. Can't wait to make more.

BTW - I just zig-zag stitched around, and it stretches and holds quite well.


Thanks, Rowena.

And Thanks, kooky lady on the instructional website, for your infinite-dress-wrapping gems of wisdom.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: serahkins on July 16, 2006 02:56:57 PM
Thank you SO much rostitchery. This is the most awesome dress and tutorial EVER. I made it the other weekend and wore it to work (with a long sleeve top underneath because its winter here and bbrrrrr otherwise), it looked SO awesome and I got SO SO many compliments. Thanks thanks thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: loreleiariadne on July 16, 2006 07:23:16 PM
Yipee!! I love jumping on this bandwagon!!!

so here it is, with gray $1/yd wal-mart 2 way stretch poly-blend:



I love it, but I am not sure how to tie these and keep it from slipping all over the place.  Plus, I love getting to go into a bathroom or fitting room and changing the style when I get bored with it. = )

Thanks soooooo much!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: stoliedina on July 17, 2006 09:39:26 AM
This is absolutley stunning! Thanks for the tute!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 17, 2006 10:38:22 AM
okay... I am sooo excited after my first frustration I took some time to just watch the thread and see what others are making... I went today during my lunch break and bought some stretch knit fabric to try this out on. So, tonight I will try again, and then I will post pics no matter what it looks like for some hopeful feedback... stay tuned....

BTW, I got some cute lil dalmation, I think it was black and white print knit, and some fushia pink and some baby blue. The black and white was 80 cents/yard and the baby blue was a remanant for $3 and the fushia was like $2/yd.

So again, stay tuned....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ambear on July 17, 2006 10:43:10 AM
hey everyone!
just wanted to say that i saw a very hip girl strolling the downtown streets of toronto in this dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: katiebird on July 17, 2006 10:44:34 AM
I have been following this thread since its inception, and admiring the dress in all its incarnations. And . . . I've just completed the dress in a dazzling green, 4-way stretch knit!

This was actually my first dress -- I've only made bags and a skirt or 2.

I went into some All Stretch, All the Time fabric store on 38th St in Manhattan, and picked out the color and softness I desired. I have never sewed in stretch, and didn't realize how much the 4-way stretch would change things! As it turned out, everything I cut to fit my waist was too big, because of the tremendous stretchability. So, I seam-ripped and re-sewed the seam (TG it's a one-seamed garment) with shorter waistband. Instead of cutting the circle skirt and making it less of a circle, I just added little gathers to make everything fit nicely

I had the EXACT same problem (bought wildly stretchy fabric and now have a waist oh, 4 times too large!).  I thought of elestic, but maybe I'll try your idea of gathering (I'm a new sewer too, so even that seems challenging!).  Did you gather the circle skirt and sew it first and THEN add the waist band?  Because I attempted to gather the skirt while sewing the waist band on and it didn't work.  Any suggestions for the sewing-challenged?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: itsnikki on July 17, 2006 11:22:25 AM
K, I'm SO SO SO going to make this dress. I've got SO much fabric, and am now KICKING myself for not buying this $1 per yard light lime green stretch fabric from walmart. I bought a skein of yarn instead. Oh well! I have some funky black and white print that would be so so so PERFECT! I may post a pic when done!:D (I also may have to make it a top, because I love it as a top. I mean, I'll make a dress also, but definately a top too.:D)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mento_bug on July 17, 2006 03:59:24 PM
OK so i finished mine a while ago and I'm fairly pleased with it. I had hoped to find a cute print like other have but none of the stretch fabric didn't have anything that i thought would suit the dress. sooo it's instead a dark purple and cut but a little short but still good.  i will post a picture if i get a chance to mess with it because I'm currently immersed in band camp :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 17, 2006 04:05:12 PM
i have been cutting the waistline larger and using elastic in all mine because that gives me more flexibility in where i position the waistband on my body.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: frothy on July 17, 2006 05:31:45 PM
Oh wow. I love it! The colour, the style, everything looks great on you!

The tut is MUCH appreciated!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: loreleiariadne on July 17, 2006 07:09:07 PM
rostitchery - How do you keep the straps from slipping and moving throughout the day?  I had a huge problem with the straps moving and exposing skin.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Bambridge Bears on July 18, 2006 06:36:07 AM
Oh its pretty.

I have NEVER attempte to sew any clothing at all but I am tempted.  I just need to read and reread the stuff till I GET it as parts of it are still eluding me although it is also almost midnight here.

I am not 100% sure how the band is done or what the hell 2 way stretch fabric is BUT i will work through it and maybe one day I will be able to show my creation!

Thankyou for the tutorial I am hoping to be able to figure it out once I am awake, and tomorrow I am going to go and buy some material to try this, even if it is the middle of winter here ROFL



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: acidalbatross on July 18, 2006 07:28:58 AM
i finally made mine- the fabric i choose was slightly too thick for the dress, but it still works (i think)-
here it is-

(i look like HELL in this picture)

another variation

 
 and the fabric 'cause it looks very strange in the photos-




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 18, 2006 07:40:21 AM
Maybe this was covered, but I will ask anyway. Do you need a special needle in your machine or serger?? I have only ever sewed on cotton as I am a quilter. I am afraid of the stretch fabric, but want to try this dress.

 :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: loreleiariadne on July 18, 2006 08:12:51 AM
osewcute - I would recommend a ballpoint needle.  Also, some stretch material curls and if you don't like the curling effect you can run over it with a zig zag stitch.  Lastly,  if you aren't sewing with a serger/overlocker, make sure you use the zig zag stitch so your seams won't "pop" when you put the dress on. 

HTH!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: darksidevegan on July 18, 2006 08:30:48 AM
Okay here's my verson of the dress. I didn't have long enough material for the straps so I made a tie in the front to help cover.
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a7/DarkSideVegan/fe095ae4.jpg

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a7/DarkSideVegan/8f6ba50e.jpg

I also made the dress reversible with a bright green as the other side of the skirt. It made it a lot harder and time consuming to make, but I like how it turned out.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a7/DarkSideVegan/92890363.jpg

What do you think?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss American Pie on July 18, 2006 08:40:01 AM
Wow, darksidevegan, your dress looks great! I love the print and the colours.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 18, 2006 09:00:17 AM
Loreleiariadne,

thanks for the advice, I have never sewed on Stretch material, but want to give it a try and this dress looks like just the way to do that. I will hit the fabric store on my lunch hour.  :) :)


Darksidevegan,


Your dress is Beautiful. I love how you lined the bottom. Cute hair cut too.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 18, 2006 09:07:39 AM
another beautiful dress and yet another variation--love the lining and isn't it fab that you can adjust it so your little tattoos can peek out? Lovely job darkridevegan!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 18, 2006 09:12:56 AM
Does anyone have ideas for cutting out the circle center? I am afraid of this part. To big or to small. Any suggestions would be appreciated.  :-\



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pvwon on July 18, 2006 09:18:43 AM
osewcute-Start small with the center circle.  I mean really small.  I didn't and now I have to redo it.  Well, that and the fabric I bought was terrible and cheap and ran like bad drug store panty hose.  I never sew with knit and now I remeber why.  Oh well, I'll get some more fabric soon.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: KeenKitty on July 18, 2006 09:19:42 AM
too bad I don't like to sew AT ALL

~KnKttY


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: katiebird on July 18, 2006 09:24:55 AM
Does anyone have ideas for cutting out the circle center? I am afraid of this part. To big or to small. Any suggestions would be appreciated.  :-\



Well I struggled with this part, too, and my first attempt I didn't take into account that once you cut the waist-circle, that is going to affect your skirt length.  So after cutting out the center circle, I had a 10 inch skirt. Luckily I had enough fabric to redo it.  

My advice is to cut your waist circle SMALL; you can always make it larger if necessary!  And dependig on how stretchy your fabric is, it will most likely be much larger than you expect. Somewhere "up there" there is a good tut on how to cut a circle skirt that talks about how to fold the fabric 4 times which means you'll be cutting 1/4 your waist size.  Good luck!

darkridevegan, your dress and fabric choice are fantastic!!  


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 18, 2006 10:14:10 AM
Acidalbatross and darksidevegan- Both of your dresses look great! Acid- I love that it is a bit longer. I like it that way. Darksidevegan-Your fabric looks great and the green looks like fun!

I am so tempted to try this dress. I too have to figure how to cut the circle and then I am good to go! I even bought 2 kinds of knit fabric.

FYI: the Joanne's in my town is having a HUGE fabric sale. I bought knit fabric for $0.80 a yard! Not the best print, but still quite good!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 18, 2006 10:22:21 AM
ONECRAFTYBITCH,

I did a search on this site and found a TUT for circle skirt. It gave me some ideas that helped.

OSEWCUTE :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on July 18, 2006 10:25:36 AM
Thanks! I'll have to look for one myself. I think that will help.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 18, 2006 10:26:43 AM
to calculate the radius for your waist circle, divide your waist measurement by 3. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: darksidevegan on July 18, 2006 10:28:49 AM
Thanks for all the comments!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: loreleiariadne on July 18, 2006 10:38:53 AM
Hey all,

I have asked the same question a couple of times.  I've tried wrapping the dress a few different ways.  Does anyone have any suggestions for how to wrap it so it doesn't slip in the front and expose skin??? someone PLEASE answer me!

thanks so much!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 18, 2006 10:58:05 AM
I think local fabric store has some special double sided tape to hold things in place. If you are just afraid that you might let the girls loose, this would help.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Lateralus4594 on July 18, 2006 11:04:38 AM
Hey all,

I have asked the same question a couple of times.  I've tried wrapping the dress a few different ways.  Does anyone have any suggestions for how to wrap it so it doesn't slip in the front and expose skin??? someone PLEASE answer me!

thanks so much!!!

Unfortunately, I don't have the smallest chest in the world so I find that the straps move around and show off the sides of my boobs.  I try to wrap the straps in such a fashion that they go right underneath my arms to create a sort of sleeve, covering up the skin underneath my arms.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 18, 2006 11:09:48 AM
Acidalbatross!
Did you use more than 2 fabrics for your dress? Such an interesting variation! Thanks for sharing it! I've got a whole new perspective!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 18, 2006 11:54:01 AM
loreleiariadne, i haven't responded because i don't have an answer for you (usually, when you don't get a response, that's why--NOT because people are ignoring you).

i don't have a problem with my dress slipping.  could it be that you need to tie it tighter?  or wrap higher?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: busybuns99 on July 18, 2006 09:05:29 PM
would sewing the waistband with elastic thread give the same results as putting elastic in it?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: claypeanut on July 18, 2006 09:45:29 PM
Wonderful! This is kinda crazy, my grandmother gave me a dress this weekend that she got in the Bahamas 25 years ago, that is almost exactly like this dress! She thought I could make one, and now after seeing what all of you wonderful ladies have created, I am extremely inspired! Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CG on July 18, 2006 10:26:57 PM
Just had to drop in and link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/babyhopes/193160094/) my dress to the list.  It's needing a few touch ups (elastic for one.)  I'm excited to have another go at making the dress... but this time I think I'll go A-line with the skirt.  All that fabric feels a bit wooshy.  Since I'm out of pratice when it comes to wearing skirts, I think something a bit longer and less 'full' would work. 

BTW.  I've nursed in the dress and am completely impressed with how easy it was!  I've been breastfeeding kiddo's for nearly 3 years straight.  It'll be nice to have a dress to wear that is finally nursing friendly!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: acidalbatross on July 19, 2006 12:12:25 AM
McJulie-O - thanks!- i only used one fabric in the dress, it just has two (very) different sides- i was going to use 2 different fabrics, but i found this stuff for a dollar a yard, and knew it was the right stuff (for me any way)

and by the way i LOVE this pattern- it's soooo comfy, and i always get comments on it
i wore the first dress i made from this pattern (it's a light blue one) to a family party, and i had random relatives coming up to me all night and congratulating me for looking like a girl (not quite sure what they meant by that), so from what i can tell, they thank rostitchery too  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: la_chrystelle on July 19, 2006 12:14:34 AM
I really love that dress  and i'm definitly going to try making it
absolutly beautiful dresses... though I don't like blue it really looks great on you! Good job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: getoffmyskittle on July 20, 2006 11:35:42 AM
I made the dress.

It's absolutely perfect and darling and wonderful and sexy and the print is fabulous... except...

I screwed up the one seam.

I attached the skirt inside out.

I think I'm going to take a break, shower, maybe read a bit... then break out the seam ripper.

 ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 20, 2006 06:25:12 PM
Finally, I made the dress! I now have an awesome little black dress with a zillion possibilities. It only took buying one kind of fabric, deciding that one was not stretchy enough; going to buy another kind of fabric only to discover that it wasn't 60% off like the sign said and refusing to spend $50 on fabric; then going to another store to try again and FINALLY getting the right stuff. THEN, my sewing machine decided to stop working after I'd sewing a few stitches on the ones seam (which actually ended up being okay b/c I didn't have the straps/band in the right order). So I went and bought oil for the machine cuz I hadn't used it in a couple weeks. I got back with the oil, then realized that my needles were hitting the plate and breaking.

BUT, the machine was only two months old, and Sears let me exchange it. Yea Sears!

So here is my favorite way to tie it so far (and it allows for a strapless bra (not one with straps, which I didn't bother to take off before the photos. Oops. :)



Dontcha love how photobucket randomly decides how big or small to make photos?
Oh, and that's my scrap-eating dog Charley.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 20, 2006 06:58:50 PM
Another way - and you'd think I'd change the bra, but I'm still way too excited about this dress. Thanks, rostitchery!!!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on July 20, 2006 07:31:45 PM
these all look AMAZING...seriously every single one is beautiful.  tomorrow i'll have to go through and actually be patient and *read* rather than just look for the pictures, haha, and then get out of my non-motivated-lack-of-craftiness funk and hop to it!  has anyone made it with the tissue weight jersey?  would that be TOO light, do you think?  it seems like it would be good for all the wrapping, but maybe too sheer/fly-y-uppy for the skirt, i don't know.  but i see it on super-sale on fabric.com, like someone mentioned, so i thought i'd investigate. 
sooo inspired...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on July 20, 2006 07:46:23 PM
t  has anyone made it with the tissue weight jersey? 

i did!  if you look back, i think i posted a picture of the dress in a red flowery print that's tissue-weight.  it actually is great.  i actually prefer it.   :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: norahkate on July 20, 2006 07:47:22 PM
think i like the word actually?  i started writing that post, put my baby back to sleep, then finished.  i didn't notice  what i did until just after i hit post :-[


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 20, 2006 07:50:37 PM
I think tissue-weight jersey would be too light, especially since there are lots of ways to tie it where wearing a bra would be impossible. I bought my fabric at Hancock Fabrics for $3.99 a yard. Even with 5 yards (and lots left over), that's only 20 bucks. Not bad at all. It's a polyester knit. I love it! Now I have to go back and get the burgundy...

But norahkate posted as I was typing this and said tissue-weight jersey is great. So there ya go.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ElizaTerry on July 20, 2006 08:08:53 PM
that looks fantastic, and very comfortable!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Bambridge Bears on July 20, 2006 08:39:13 PM
I have the material... I will be attempting this in the next few days!
It is going to be interesting!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 20, 2006 11:18:37 PM
oh yes... my work friendly, bra friendly convertable dress. SO the story on this is tomorrow is my friends B day and I had nothing to wear. SO I whipped this up tonight. Lets see how it goes..

Ill be wearing it out tomorrow. I decided to go with the triangle skirt rather than circle ...



http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e241/Jbeland77/convert2.jpg



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Bambridge Bears on July 20, 2006 11:28:25 PM
Oh well done.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make Karen's Infinity Dress Song!!
Post by: tickleagangster on July 20, 2006 11:30:25 PM
I made mine, I made mine, I love it, I'm sleepy, can't find no camera, I'm ugly, my breath reeks, but my dress is too cute!! Will post tomorrow!! Nite, nite!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 21, 2006 05:59:05 AM


Ill be wearing it out tomorrow. I decided to go with the triangle skirt rather than circle ...




TRIANGLE SKIRT????????? Uh-Oh, I missed something somewhere.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poetryinmotion on July 21, 2006 06:51:45 AM
I finally made this dress yesterday and I looooove it!  Alas, I have no one to take pictures for me and I can't figure out the self-timer on my camera.  :-\


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 21, 2006 08:48:33 AM


Ill be wearing it out tomorrow. I decided to go with the triangle skirt rather than circle ...




TRIANGLE SKIRT????????? Uh-Oh, I missed something somewhere.


lol awee.. no a triangle skirt (I may have the wrong name for it) is really a piece of fabric, folded in half then you cut a "triangleish" cut on the fold. Sew along the angle that isnt folded, and voila!

Its really easy. I just measured my waist, cut that in half and that was the width of the top portion of the triangle (the tip) then I measured how long I wanted it to be and from that drew a slanted line going to however long, then cut. I dont know that really didnt sound clear, If you want more info let me know. Its totally easy peasy.

PS I work at a lawfirm and I wore it to work, and from the bathroom to my desk was stopped 3 times by people I didnt even know saying how cute my dress was. Im making a few in my style to sell in various colors. Every girl needs one.




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on July 21, 2006 09:12:30 AM
I think you mean A-line ish for your skirt?  That is a good idea to cut down on massive quantities of fabric in the skirt.  Btw, YOU ALL LOOK FABULOUS!!! I ordered my fabric and am obsessively checking the mail... I can't wait to make a dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jasfitz on July 21, 2006 09:47:12 AM
Ambear mentioned this thread to me, and so I finally had a little time to myself to investigate. It's astonishing how inspiring it is. Kudos to you, rostitchery, for drawing our attention to this, and making it so available for us.

My mum had a lovely dress in the 70s that the infinity dress reminded me of. I agree with a few of the comments previously posted: the front is constantly astonishing, but the back sometimes leaves something to be desired. So, i said to myself, why not just choose my favourite look of the bunch (the one reminiscent of my mum's dress, with the cap sleeves) and finish it formally in the back? Unfortunately, this definitely reduces it from an infinite possibility of approaches to just a few, but I'm still hip to that. I decided to go slim on the skirt, so it sits somewhere between a-line and pencil. You can't see it, but it sits just past the knee.

Here are a couple of poor shots. Sorry, my main man isn't exactly the best photographer.




somehow, it came out looking pretty ritzy... i could comfortably wear it to a wedding, or celebration! Unfortunately, I really was intending it for daily usage. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it a little more casual? I was thinking about adding a skirt pocket, but I think it would look awkward. I might screenprint onto it.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ziabox on July 21, 2006 09:56:37 AM
jasfitz: i also wanted it to be more casuel but i did it in black and i wouldnt think of going to the market with it lol. btw i love the color you chose, i love brown!... anyway, maybe the color has to do something with the casual/formal look, i was thinking of something lighter but i couldnt make up my mind and screen-printing something on it is a great idea, i hadnt thought of it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 21, 2006 09:58:21 AM
jasfitz: i also wanted it to be more casuel but i did it in black and i wouldnt think of going to the market with it lol. btw i love the color you chose, i love brown!... anyway, maybe the color has to do something with the casual/formal look, i was thinking of something lighter but i couldnt make up my mind and screen-printing something on it is a great idea, i hadnt thought of it.

I think it depends on how you rock it. lol. Mine is black and yes it can look pretty formal. But when I do it with the cap sleeves or open back and team up with black flip flops and a casual black back.. instant casual black summer dress.

I love it in the worst way.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RubyTuesday on July 21, 2006 10:27:04 AM
wow jafitz i love your version, is there a pattern for it anywhere?? - I'd love to have a go at making one for myself :-)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ziabox on July 21, 2006 10:27:59 AM
i might need to get me some black flip-flops then.. hmmm good idea.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: buzybeebee24 on July 21, 2006 11:05:30 AM
 I adore this dress!! I have never sewn anything in my life but I went out and bought the fabric for it.It's a beautiful pink jersey knit, just like tee-shirt material. I do have a few questions though. First off I noticed that some people were having problems with the circle skirt being too big. It was suggested to use a smaller measurement then you're actual. I was just wondering how much smaller? And where did most people take their measurement from? The waist, hips, or underbust? I also noticed that a lot of people didn't like how the back sometimes looks. I also don't like the peek-a-boo affect of the wrapping. I thought that sewing on a rectangular flap that you could pull up to fit under the straps that wrap around the back and that could also just tuck inside the skirt when not in use. That might work. If I'm not clear on how that would work just let me know and I'll try and do a drawing of it.




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 21, 2006 01:06:38 PM
I adore this dress!! I have never sewn anything in my life but I went out and bought the fabric for it.It's a beautiful pink jersey knit, just like tee-shirt material. I do have a few questions though. First off I noticed that some people were having problems with the circle skirt being too big. It was suggested to use a smaller measurement then you're actual. I was just wondering how much smaller? And where did most people take their measurement from? The waist, hips, or underbust? I also noticed that a lot of people didn't like how the back sometimes looks. I also don't like the peek-a-boo affect of the wrapping. I thought that sewing on a rectangular flap that you could pull up to fit under the straps that wrap around the back and that could also just tuck inside the skirt when not in use. That might work. If I'm not clear on how that would work just let me know and I'll try and do a drawing of it.




I was thinking about that. I was considering making a tube top to sew onto it that could be used when needed, then tucked in (and actually working to suck you in at certain parts!) when you don't need it. That way a bra could pretty much always be worn without peeking out.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 21, 2006 01:24:21 PM
Ambear mentioned this thread to me, and so I finally had a little time to myself to investigate. It's astonishing how inspiring it is. Kudos to you, rostitchery, for drawing our attention to this, and making it so available for us.

My mum had a lovely dress in the 70s that the infinity dress reminded me of. I agree with a few of the comments previously posted: the front is constantly astonishing, but the back sometimes leaves something to be desired. So, i said to myself, why not just choose my favourite look of the bunch (the one reminiscent of my mum's dress, with the cap sleeves) and finish it formally in the back? Unfortunately, this definitely reduces it from an infinite possibility of approaches to just a few, but I'm still hip to that. I decided to go slim on the skirt, so it sits somewhere between a-line and pencil. You can't see it, but it sits just past the knee.

Here are a couple of poor shots. Sorry, my main man isn't exactly the best photographer.

somehow, it came out looking pretty ritzy... i could comfortably wear it to a wedding, or celebration! Unfortunately, I really was intending it for daily usage. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it a little more casual? I was thinking about adding a skirt pocket, but I think it would look awkward. I might screenprint onto it.


How did you make your skirt? I like the slim look.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: katiebird on July 21, 2006 02:09:05 PM
I adore this dress!! I have never sewn anything in my life but I went out and bought the fabric for it.It's a beautiful pink jersey knit, just like tee-shirt material. I do have a few questions though. First off I noticed that some people were having problems with the circle skirt being too big. It was suggested to use a smaller measurement then you're actual. I was just wondering how much smaller? And where did most people take their measurement from? The waist, hips, or underbust? I also noticed that a lot of people didn't like how the back sometimes looks. I also don't like the peek-a-boo affect of the wrapping. I thought that sewing on a rectangular flap that you could pull up to fit under the straps that wrap around the back and that could also just tuck inside the skirt when not in use. That might work. If I'm not clear on how that would work just let me know and I'll try and do a drawing of it.




I was thinking about that. I was considering making a tube top to sew onto it that could be used when needed, then tucked in (and actually working to suck you in at certain parts!) when you don't need it. That way a bra could pretty much always be worn without peeking out.

I did make a tube top to wear with mine; I just used the same fabric as the dress and sewed a matching tube-top to wear under the dress for more coverage if/when I felt like it.   

Unfortunately, the tube top is the onlyl part I like!  This dress just didn't work for me at all; the fabric I chose was waaaaaay too stretchy, my straps weren't wide enough (so I would definately have needed that tube top!) and no long enough so I am limited in options to tie it. I'll never wear it, which makes me sad as all of yours turned out so beautifully.  I'll try again some day....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on July 21, 2006 02:22:10 PM
Mine has a wider waistband that I put right under my boobs and I can wear a strapless. The dress came out perfect. From my trip to the bathroom then to my desk, I got stopped three times!!

Keep at it and find what works for you. My first two were a flop.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: katiebird on July 21, 2006 02:54:58 PM
Jessiesmess, thanks for the encouragement.  It's pretty sad when you fail at the "quickie dress that anybody can make"! ha!  :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 21, 2006 03:08:39 PM
Jessiesmess, thanks for the encouragement.  It's pretty sad when you fail at the "quickie dress that anybody can make"! ha!  :P

Katie,  I haven't even cut mine out yet, so you're way ahead of me!!

I was just wondering if you could splice an extra piece of fabric (in a complementary color, maybe?) on the ends of your ties to give you the length that you need........ it's supposed to be a fun dress so anything goes, right????  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 21, 2006 03:34:39 PM
girls, go read thru the original thread in the designer homage section--i posted screenshots of this design from the 70's that has a tube top instead of the surplice, the ends are free at the center back and the skirt is so slim that there is a zipper in it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tickleagangster on July 21, 2006 10:17:36 PM
Here is my version in a vintage black and white polyester. I didn't have to hem anything and I really like the way the pattern looks on this style dress! So what do you think???



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tickleagangster on July 21, 2006 10:21:45 PM
Here's a close up of the fabric if this works,


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on July 21, 2006 10:29:16 PM
So... I found this thread at 3:00 local time.  I left work at 3:30 and had this dress made by 5:30 (travel time and extensive time at the fabric store)  I'm totally loving it!  i never thought that a strapless dress could fit so well.    I will post pics when my camera charges.

Thank You, Thank you, Thank you for the tut!

B


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on July 21, 2006 10:30:48 PM
wow, i love your fabric, tickleagangster!  i just finished mine too!  about 2 hours of stop and start work, not bad at all!!  i'm already in love with it and can't wait to play more with the [way too long at the moment] straps...i haven't been able to get a decent picture, but i'll keep trying, it's a good excuse to twirl and prance, right?  i made mine with a 6" wide band to help with the coverage, but it slips a bit, i think i'll sew in a bit of elastic to hold that in place, also the seam from that sits right in between the straps, kinda ugly...but i think in most ways i would wear it, it would be covered up anyway.  anyway, enough typing, more twirling and picture taking...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on July 22, 2006 02:43:20 AM
Was telling my friend about this amazing dress I'm going to make in summer ... she said 'oh, something like that was featured on Today Tonight'.  So, I did a search and here it is ... it's a slightly different style/shape, but same principal.

http://seven.com.au/todaytonight/story/?id=29277

Here is the link to the designer

http://www.sachadrake.com/index.php?level=index&site=v8

click on The Ultimate Black Dress for the Infinity dress ...
then on Styles and it will show you tying styles.  Down the bottom of this is the 'skirt' which shows better how the dress is constructed.

Interesting ... yet another take on an idea!

J ;D





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on July 22, 2006 05:15:24 PM
okay, here's mine!  i'm only going to put one pic, none are that great anyway...i couldn't get a good shot of the skirt, i looove combo of nice drapey fabric and circle skirt, it falls so nicely!  i like this way i wrapped it a lot, except that i'm noticing now, it showcases my lack-of-boobs.  i'm also in the club of not really caring to have my back too exposed, so i'm trying more ways.  my straps are toooooo long, 10 feet, but i'm finding them kinda fun to play with so i haven't trimmed them yet.  another big thank yoooooooou to rostitchery!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 22, 2006 05:40:13 PM
okay, here's mine!  i'm only going to put one pic, none are that great anyway...i couldn't get a good shot of the skirt, i looove combo of nice drapey fabric and circle skirt, it falls so nicely!  i like this way i wrapped it a lot, except that i'm noticing now, it showcases my lack-of-boobs.  i'm also in the club of not really caring to have my back too exposed, so i'm trying more ways.  my straps are toooooo long, 10 feet, but i'm finding them kinda fun to play with so i haven't trimmed them yet.  another big thank yoooooooou to rostitchery!

My straps are 10 feet long, too (actually a couple inches more because that's what was left). But I really like them like that! There are so many ways to cover my back (and back of a strapless bra). Plus it gives an awesome ruching effect when you wrap them around.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rika on July 22, 2006 06:37:16 PM
you guys have inspired me like crazy! im going to try and make a short one like the top part of miss american pie's so as to not use all of this fabric


plus i want the dress to be in a solid color (which i dont have right now). will post pix when im done

psst- sorry to clutter this thread, but if i dont post that ill make the shirt chances are i wont!! haah


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 22, 2006 07:07:14 PM
ladies, this is a reminder that if you want to be included in the infinity dress album, you need to send me an EMAIL that explicitly states that you give me permission to use your picture.

you can show as many versions of your dress as you like, and it would be wonderful to have wrapping instructions for your favorite version(s).

thank you! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on July 24, 2006 10:09:20 AM
Here is my version:


No head, :)  I know, I was outside with my kiddos, so no make-up.  Besides, it's hard to take a decent photo of self when using the self-timer on a camera propped on top of the kid's Cozy coupe car! 

Here's the fabric:


I got stopped about a jillion times (ok, maybe 12 or so) at church yesterday with everyone gushing over my dress.  I need to make another one!

A few things I learned (from experience) on this one:
-If your fabric has a white strip on the selvage edge, or a frayed edge, seam it!  It is too hard to try to tuck those ends under when you are putting it on.
-If you want it to be different lengths, make sure you use a LONG skirt hem...mine can only sit on my hips, cause we measured it too short!
-If you have nursing/momma boobs, you WILL want a bra...others have said it, it's true!  I actually wore a camisole under it to church yesterday, and tried it with a halter swimsuit top today!  Just SOMETHING for support!  Also, I could NOT find a completely secure way to tie it with no bra or back showing.  hence, the camisole.
-The flippy cute circle skirt is sweet, until a big gush of wind comes and you pull a Marilyn Monroe peep show in the church parking lot.  Wear a slip.  :P
-The straps (mine are 14" wide) should taper the last 2 feet or so, so it isn't bulky when tied.

I splurged on the fabric, I couldn't find any on the Wal-Mart $1 table, so I had to use the $2!  The whole sha-bang cost $7.  I am a size 14 (5'8" tall) and 3.5 yards of 60" fabric was plenty.
That's it!  Thanks for the tute, Rostichery, even for a NON-sew-er like me, it wasn't too hard...the hardest part is getting the thing on!  I feel like I need a sari or kimono team to tie me in!  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 24, 2006 11:52:18 AM
it looks wonderful!!!  even without a head.  :)

i am a nursing mother too, all i do is snap some cups into my dresses.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 24, 2006 08:20:40 PM
I finally took some pictures of my dress with my favorite way (thus far!) of tying it!  Sorry for the horrible mirror pics.  :-\  The dress looks so much better in person.


(I didn't feel like having a face today.  ;))


The color is off in every one of these pictures.  The color looks like this:


Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial, rostitchery!

All right - I gotta know how you tied that. It's awesome!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on July 24, 2006 09:00:58 PM
oooh, that's a nice color.  and i second the i-wanna-know-how-you-tied-that comment!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: loreleiariadne on July 25, 2006 04:56:07 AM
ditto on the " i-wanna-know-how-you-tied-that comment"


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poetryinmotion on July 25, 2006 07:37:05 AM
It's soooo simple.  I just tied a strip of scrap fabric around my neck and folded the dress straps over the front of the scrap.  Then I just wrapped the tails of the straps around my underbust area a couple of times and tied it in a bow in the back!  I hope that was clear enough for you guys to recreate it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: huongandmatthew on July 25, 2006 07:38:47 AM
I really like that version! Runs off to play with dress...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 25, 2006 07:55:07 AM
AHHH--another way to tie the dress!!!  OK--gotta dig through and find scraps of my dress to make a little tie now....so, fold the two top pieces over the tie and then just wrap the ends around and under the bust...I think I will play around with it...

this is a great site because we get to play with our dresses every time someone comes up with something different!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: efitch on July 25, 2006 08:54:42 AM
One of the other sites also shows a similar style using one of the neck-wire style necklaces. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CraftinMyAssOff on July 25, 2006 02:24:30 PM
Wonderful! I'm so off to make one of these.....well tomorrow anyway.   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Charisma on July 25, 2006 03:24:36 PM
Here's mine
Finding the fabric took 5 stores because none of them carried knits. I finally found a grey stretch fabric for only 2 dollars a yard. The cutting was actually easier than I though but sewing it was a pain because the fabric kept stretching. But it looks fantastic right now. I can't wait to make another one.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Bambridge Bears on July 25, 2006 03:33:05 PM
oooh ooh
I wanna do this sooooo bad


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on July 25, 2006 04:39:05 PM
Here's mine
Finding the fabric took 5 stores because none of them carried knits. I finally found a grey stretch fabric for only 2 dollars a yard. The cutting was actually easier than I though but sewing it was a pain because the fabric kept stretching. But it looks fantastic right now. I can't wait to make another one.

I dig your jagged hem...I wanted to do this on mine, but the fabric wasn't right for it.  OH WELL, I guess I'll have to make another one!   ;)

How thick is this fabric?  Mine was 100% polyester, and pretty opaque (didn't even need a slip in the sunshine)...I wonder if the thinner fabric (although harder to sew, it seems) is the reason you get a skinnier/more elegant tie?  Any thoughts on this anyone?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LuNaGirl on July 25, 2006 05:48:53 PM
Thanks so much Rostitchery! This is amazing!
 I love this dress because it's so wearable!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Charisma on July 25, 2006 07:14:51 PM
Here's mine
Finding the fabric took 5 stores because none of them carried knits. I finally found a grey stretch fabric for only 2 dollars a yard. The cutting was actually easier than I though but sewing it was a pain because the fabric kept stretching. But it looks fantastic right now. I can't wait to make another one.
I dig your jagged hem...I wanted to do this on mine, but the fabric wasn't right for it.  OH WELL, I guess I'll have to make another one!   ;)

How thick is this fabric?  Mine was 100% polyester, and pretty opaque (didn't even need a slip in the sunshine)...I wonder if the thinner fabric (although harder to sew, it seems) is the reason you get a skinnier/more elegant tie?  Any thoughts on this anyone?
It's much thinner than swimsuit weight fabric, but not as thin as the swimsuit lining fabric probably somewhere between the two. Mine's opaque too, but even though I did two layers on the top part of the strap, it still would have needed a bra, although, I'm pretty small and the dress is tight enough, so the cups from a swimsuit can be slipped in for modesty and still stay put without sewing them in. I think the reason my tie is skinnier is because my straps themselves are thinner, also I tapered the ends of the ties.
The jagged hem is actually much easier because it's just a square.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: timarie on July 25, 2006 07:31:27 PM
Luna, I love the color! Did you use a thick elastic band for the waist? I can't see too well. I had made mine much higher waisted but I'd love to have another that sits low on the waist like that.

Did you find you had to make the straps much wider because of the placement of the waist?

It looks soooo great on you


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: aliciarae on July 25, 2006 07:41:02 PM
Here is my dress.  I love it!  I didn't have too much fabric and I kinda cut it wrong, so I made slimmer skirt instead.  I really like it though,  it's a nice light fabric for summer.  I bought three yards of black knit fabric yesterday to make another one!  I have a question though.  In the tutorial, it seems like you sew the waistband so that you actually only see it in the back.  Is this how everyone did it, or did you sew the waistband in two places?  Mine came out a little funky where the waistband is in the front, so I was wondering how to fix this.  Also, how long did people make their waistband?
http://f3.yahoofs.com/users/42784c47zf349e489/91a0scd/__sr_/d06escd.jpg?ph4ttxEBp4hZldRG

http://f3.yahoofs.com/users/42784c47zf349e489/91a0scd/__sr_/a28bscd.jpg?ph4ttxEBU3t6FQck

http://f3.yahoofs.com/users/42784c47zf349e489/91a0scd/__sr_/8016scd.jpg?ph4ttxEBSyOG_FDk

http://f3.yahoofs.com/users/42784c47zf349e489/91a0scd/__sr_/409dscd.jpg?ph4ttxEBnSGX0t0Y

http://f3.yahoofs.com/users/42784c47zf349e489/91a0scd/__sr_/d150scd.jpg?ph4ttxEBmp16GRbM


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LuNaGirl on July 25, 2006 08:32:21 PM
timarie, thanks so much! i had some old shorts from when i was little so i took off the elastic waistband and slipped it inside the fabric waistband, sewed buttons on the sides of my waist, and voila! i got a better fit for the waist b/c when i cut out the hole in my skirt, it strecthed out a lot...
 ;) i made the straps as wide as i could because i wanted coverage, and it makes it a lot easier to wrap around if you want a short sleeve.
thanks


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rika on July 25, 2006 09:13:54 PM
FINISHED!

http://creativewinka.livejournal.com/


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rika on July 25, 2006 09:16:10 PM
Here's mine
Finding the fabric took 5 stores because none of them carried knits. I finally found a grey stretch fabric for only 2 dollars a yard. The cutting was actually easier than I though but sewing it was a pain because the fabric kept stretching. But it looks fantastic right now. I can't wait to make another one.
how did you make the skirt?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: k8kre8s on July 25, 2006 09:54:15 PM
rika, your skin and that fabric are my favorite colour combo of all time. mmmmm. ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rhondalicious on July 26, 2006 01:22:18 PM
OK, after reading this thread, the other thread, the blog...

I totally know what I'm doing now.

If only I can find polka dot fabric...



The red in the middle is a separate long tube top in a matching fabric. This is just one way to combine the 2 - also, you can put the tube top on under, pulled up high in back to cover a bra. Wear the dress as a wrappy skirt, with just the tube top. Or wear the tube top with one of the wraps that covers the shoulder but exposes that mid back - with the tube top under it, then only that fabric is peeking out. Or scrunch the tube top just around the boobs, so that when you want to nurse in this dress, you push aside a front layer and pull the tube top up - that way the top and sides of the boobs are still covered while nursing!

I suppose you could do it in the same fabric, as well - I just liked the idea of contrast.

Now to find some slinky polka-dotted fabric...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 26, 2006 01:38:14 PM
OK, after reading this thread, the other thread, the blog...

I totally know what I'm doing now.

If only I can find polka dot fabric...


The red in the middle is a separate long tube top in a matching fabric. This is just one way to combine the 2 - also, you can put the tube top on under, pulled up high in back to cover a bra. Wear the dress as a wrappy skirt, with just the tube top. Or wear the tube top with one of the wraps that covers the shoulder but exposes that mid back - with the tube top under it, then only that fabric is peeking out. Or scrunch the tube top just around the boobs, so that when you want to nurse in this dress, you push aside a front layer and pull the tube top up - that way the top and sides of the boobs are still covered while nursing!

I suppose you could do it in the same fabric, as well - I just liked the idea of contrast.

Now to find some slinky polka-dotted fabric...

I totally love that! The separate tube top is brilliant, and contrasting fabric is a great idea. Must ... get ... more ... fabric ...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on July 26, 2006 01:43:19 PM
That would have been so handy the other day!   A separate tube top! brilliant.

I need to post my pictures but let me tell you a made a wave at work yesterday when I wore my dress. Everyone wants one now!  I'm planning on making a couple for a preggers co-worker who is in those inbetween stages.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 26, 2006 01:57:44 PM
very good idea to use the tube top..... The red polka dots remind me of the dress from the movie Pretty Woman. (I think her dots were brown though)  :-\


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jailin on July 26, 2006 02:06:41 PM
It's a sad day when you mess up something titled "quickie dress that anybody can make" :(  I attempted it this morning and cutting the circle skirt just did not work out.  I've made circle skirts but its been a while.  I messed up a really nice fabric trying this too :(  It's like a burnt orange rust color and now it's just scrap fabric due to the humongous hole from my attempt.  I've wanted the monif c dress forever but cant afford it, but i may just have to save since my attempts have gone horribly wrong :-\


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on July 26, 2006 02:06:41 PM
OK, after reading this thread, the other thread, the blog...

I totally know what I'm doing now.

If only I can find polka dot fabric...



The red in the middle is a separate long tube top in a matching fabric. This is just one way to combine the 2 - also, you can put the tube top on under, pulled up high in back to cover a bra. Wear the dress as a wrappy skirt, with just the tube top. Or wear the tube top with one of the wraps that covers the shoulder but exposes that mid back - with the tube top under it, then only that fabric is peeking out. Or scrunch the tube top just around the boobs, so that when you want to nurse in this dress, you push aside a front layer and pull the tube top up - that way the top and sides of the boobs are still covered while nursing!

I suppose you could do it in the same fabric, as well - I just liked the idea of contrast.

Now to find some slinky polka-dotted fabric...
That idea is amazing! Love it. Love it. Love it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on July 26, 2006 02:19:19 PM
It's a sad day when you mess up something titled "quickie dress that anybody can make" :(  I attempted it this morning and cutting the circle skirt just did not work out.  I've made circle skirts but its been a while.  I messed up a really nice fabric trying this too :(  It's like a burnt orange rust color and now it's just scrap fabric due to the humongous hole from my attempt.  I've wanted the monif c dress forever but cant afford it, but i may just have to save since my attempts have gone horribly wrong :-\

What if you make the skirt part very short and use it as a top. It would have a little ruffle around the waist and you could salvage your fabric? Just a thought.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on July 26, 2006 02:35:31 PM
ahhhhh, a separate tube...  mine's attached and isn't quite meeting my needs.  maybe i'll cut that off and make a new one from the leftover fabric.  i was also thinking of making a pair of teeny cute shorts in the same fabric, to wear with, since it's so twirly and possibly underwear-exposing.  maybe... 

my circle hole was definitely bigger than it needed to be, not way too huge but i guess the stretch of the fabric changes things a bit.  maybe you could salvage it with some elastic?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on July 26, 2006 03:32:22 PM
When I cut the circle skirt, I did it in quarters (folded the fabric twice), and cut a very small arc (quarter of the circle) in the top corner. It was too small, so I just kept cutting about a quarter inch more at a time till it was about right when stretched. That worked for me. I bought elastic to prepare for problems, but I didn't end up needing it. There is an excellent tutorial for making circle skirts on here ... somewhere. Just start small with the circle for the waist ...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 26, 2006 03:57:31 PM
When I cut the circle skirt, I did it in quarters (folded the fabric twice), and cut a very small arc (quarter of the circle) in the top corner. It was too small, so I just kept cutting about a quarter inch more at a time till it was about right when stretched. That worked for me. I bought elastic to prepare for problems, but I didn't end up needing it. There is an excellent tutorial for making circle skirts on here ... somewhere. Just start small with the circle for the waist ...

That's a very good idea. I just cut mine out of a peculiarly kinda pleated very stretchy fabric of unknown content ($1/yd at Walmart which will be my "muslin" version)

Somehow, I had the idea that the waist arc radius should be about 1/3 of your waist measurement (circ=pi x 2r, right? with pi= approx. 3), but I figured, as stretchy as this stuff is, I'd cut it about 2" smaller than that. Well I forgot the 2 in the equation and wound up with half a skirt cut out (wasn't wide enough to cut the full circle so I cut a half at a time) with the full waist measurement already cut out of it....... With a seam, it's going to be a perfect A-line! Which I will like even better than the full circle, I think!

The waist debacle might've been avoided if I'd followed your method though.

Must go finish, and take pictures!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss American Pie on July 26, 2006 05:44:50 PM
Somebody asked about a way to tie the dress so that it doesn't slip? If you're dress is slipping and stuff you could try using a pretty pin or broach to pin keep it in place. I haven't had any problems with being exposed, but I have had issues with tan lines showing (which bugs me), so I just use a pretty pin to keep everything in place. I also use the pin sometimes instead of tying the straps in a knot at the end just for a more elegant look. Not that I have any occasion to be elegant... haha, still, it looks pretty and it stays in place.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on July 26, 2006 08:24:29 PM
I love that tube top idea...when i eventually make this dress instead of just following the thread, i will do that! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Charisma on July 26, 2006 08:44:28 PM
Here's mine
Finding the fabric took 5 stores because none of them carried knits. I finally found a grey stretch fabric for only 2 dollars a yard. The cutting was actually easier than I though but sewing it was a pain because the fabric kept stretching. But it looks fantastic right now. I can't wait to make another one.
how did you make the skirt?
It's almost identical to a circle skirt, except instead of cutting it into a circle, I left it as a square.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: daydreamer on July 26, 2006 10:44:19 PM
I can't seem to find if this has been answered before; how have all of you finished your edges? Serged 'em?



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on July 27, 2006 02:56:47 AM
I made mine yesterday, but as i have real problems with showing my back and bra etc, I added a tube/large bad to the tummy section, then added the skirt to the bottom, and straps and smaller band to the top. I then realised that my skirt was too long and I could just get rid of the middle tube/large band and just have the skirt pulled up higher, as in, under the bust. Gah. So that is what I'll be doing in a few moments, and when I take pictures when I'm not still in PJ's, I'll post them. I'vedone mine in white and already I feel like Marilyn Monroe. I'll be making two more in black,one for Mum and one for me.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 27, 2006 06:08:01 AM
daydreamer, i finish the edges of fabric that needs it, and don't finish the ones that don't.  :)

prettyandpetite, i wear the waist of my dresses just under the bust--it is hard to tell that in most of the pictures because the wrap of the straps creates a midriff. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tickleagangster on July 27, 2006 10:33:41 AM
I didn't need to finish my edges either. I was just very careful to make my cuts really straight and with stretchy fabric you don't get any fray anyway.  I'm going to make one in black this weekend, but I'm wondering if anyone in California has found a fabric store that carries a nice selection of printed knits for this dress? I went in Joanne's in Ontario and they had nada, and what they did have was ugly and expensive!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CraftinMyAssOff on July 27, 2006 12:17:25 PM
i tried and failed, the circle skirt was over estimated( hole was wayyyy too big), and my sewing machine hated me yesterday, it hates me everyday really.   :P  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 27, 2006 12:30:44 PM
cutting a circle:

most people divide the circumference by 3 to get in a range but that cuts on the large side.

most patternmakers use true pi, rather than just 3, but 3 gives you a good place to start.

example:
my waist measures 32". 
32 divided by 3 = 10.67"  (diameter)
10.67 divided by 2 = 5.34"  (radius)


if i use true pi:
32 divided by 3.1415 (i only go four places) = 10.19"  (diameter)
10.19 divided by 2 = 5.10"  (radius)

the difference between dividing by 3 and dividing by true pi is less than 1/4".  true pi gives a smaller number, so you have room to adjust.  if you choose to divide by 3 instead of true pi, then you should start with a smaller waist number to allow for the variance.

it takes very very very very very little to make a huge difference.  less than 1/4" difference in cutting yields a full 1.5" difference in finished circumference.

example:
if i cut the 5.10" radius, i end up with a 32" waist circumference.  if i cut the 5.34" radius, i end up with 33.5" waist circumference.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: XbeautifulXletdownX on July 27, 2006 04:34:27 PM
I finally made one!!!!  my next one will definately be stretch fabric....and not see through material...because i had to make two layers for my skirt....but i like the poofyness.

this is my favorite way to wear it....sorry horrible picture.

i added a white tshirt scrap around the middle....because i dont have a white belt

and the pin i put on it....


i cant wait to make another one!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ambear on July 27, 2006 06:07:39 PM
heres one i made for my friend jo
she plans to wear to a wedding back home in ireland
its modified to be way shorter, the way she likes things. also please note the back is quite lovely but she wouldnt take off her funny bra for the photo.




and then i made myself one! cant take photos of myself, so ill post later.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 27, 2006 06:44:21 PM
LAST CALL!

only four people have given me their permission to include their dresses in the album--does anybody else want to be included?  if so, i need you to write to me by private email or at least by PM. 

i'm planning to finish the album and new tutorial this weekend, so please let me know if you want to be included, i can't include anybody without your express permission.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CG on July 27, 2006 08:46:34 PM
I haven't actually read-back to the post where you're asking about including pictures... but You're welcome to use the picture I linked to in flickr. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LuNaGirl on July 27, 2006 09:02:37 PM
ambear, what kind of fabric did you use,  it's very pretty. also your cat is so adorable!
 ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ambear on July 28, 2006 07:23:17 AM
ambear, what kind of fabric did you use,  it's very pretty. also your cat is so adorable!
 ;)

hi lunagirl! its a mystery fabric that jo picked out herself. i can tell you its knit, it seems to stretch four ways and it had a fair bit of texture to it. she bought it at king textiles in toronto.

and yes polly is a lovely and very curious cat!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LuNaGirl on July 28, 2006 08:13:46 AM
ambear, what kind of fabric did you use,  it's very pretty. also your cat is so adorable!
 ;)

hi lunagirl! its a mystery fabric that jo picked out herself. i can tell you its knit, it seems to stretch four ways and it had a fair bit of texture to it. she bought it at king textiles in toronto.

and yes polly is a lovely and very curious cat!

ambear, it flows beautifully, whatever it is!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 28, 2006 12:33:01 PM
OK, here's my offering (first effort- using odd, but very cheap tiny pleated $1/yd fabric from Walmart)

I can't keep the wrong side completely concealed without serious strategizing so I've flipped it over to get a collar look. No hems anywhere..it is all raw edges...Oh, and this skirt is exactly half a circle but plenty full enough for me (my earlier post explained my dumbness)



From the back:



I'm ready to try one in a fabric that is the same on both sides now.
I'm counting this one as my "muslin".


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PhotographicKisses on July 28, 2006 03:29:03 PM
I just made one, and I adore it! Though I'm not too fond of going braless, but I'll live. My camera's out of batteries, though. Sorry


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on July 28, 2006 03:50:29 PM
OK, here's my offering (first effort- using odd, but very cheap tiny pleated $1/yd fabric from Walmart)

I can't keep the wrong side completely concealed without serious strategizing so I've flipped it over to get a collar look.

I really like the way that you have flipped the fabric - the collar look is classy and looks great! Dd & I are so looking forward to the warmer weather so that we can have one of these each!   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 28, 2006 05:22:00 PM
mcjulie-o i LOVE the collar! 

the creativity this dress brings out in every single person just astounds me.  i am so proud of every one of you, and so proud that i got the honor of starting this thread.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 28, 2006 07:24:23 PM
i finally made mine- the fabric i choose was slightly too thick for the dress, but it still works (i think)-

it does!!!

i missed your pictures--i'm just now seeing them--i love your variation! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Just_A_Girl on July 28, 2006 07:41:48 PM
Wow. I just spent the last hour and a half reading ALL 37 pages of this thread. Im completely in awe of everyones attempts and the genius of which Rostitchery started the whole thing. Im new to sewing but I def. want to make this my first real sewing project. LunaGirl yours was soooo amazing. Def one of my favorites. I was just wondering what fabric yours was or perhaps where you got it? And if you actually did a circle skirt? Or if you modified it somehow?    I cant beleive I've never seen this thead... now Im just going to go and think about this dress until I can attempt to get fabic tomorrow. Good job everyone! :o


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alicelovester on July 28, 2006 09:21:04 PM
This is my version that I made tonight with my last $30. Good thing my parents pay for everything...


This is my favorite way to wear it.



I'm in love with it and am going to make one in every color. I can't get it to stay up where I want it, though, even with elastic  :-\

And by the way, I colored out my face because I'm unphotogenic, not because of safety or something. My friends thought I was weird for doing it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 28, 2006 09:24:48 PM
Beautiful color and nice job!

Uh, guess that is NOT you in your avatar...it doesn't have a pink circle on it, ha ha


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alicelovester on July 28, 2006 10:58:21 PM
 :D Everyone knows that people look better in senior pictures than in any others.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on July 29, 2006 04:51:51 AM
:D Everyone knows that people look better in senior pictures than in any others.

Yeah, til you get wedding pics taken, then those become your best pics! LOL!
Don't worry about it, most of us cut off our head in our photos too!

I adore the color and drape of your fabric ALICELOVESTER!  Good job!  I have to get out and get more fabric for this one, I want to make a top next, I think!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 29, 2006 05:14:41 AM
Well, I think that all of you look great but you are right, we all cut our heads off!! hee hee

alicelovester--when you say you are having a hard time keeping it put--do you mean at the waist or the "straps"?  Is it because the material is slinky or the circle too big at the waist?  I am making one for someone about your size and I want to know what problems I could have...thanks.  It looked like it fit you pretty well--so does it start slipping after you wear it for a while?

Can't wait to see your top originalyouth!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on July 29, 2006 06:21:29 AM
The biggest problem that i had with it staying in place was that I always seemed to be undoing it to show someone just how simple of a dress it actually was! :D



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 29, 2006 08:19:39 AM
ha ha--Yeah, I ended up wearing my best bras just because everytime I went to the bathroom, someone asked me about the dress!!  I can't wait until the holidays because this dress is going to be showing up at all of the parties!!  And, never looking the same!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on July 29, 2006 10:31:41 AM
Alicelovester, that color is **incredible** on you! I like the length of your skirt, too.

Great job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alicelovester on July 29, 2006 07:45:17 PM
alwaysinmyroom: It was around the waist part. The elastic part keeps sliding down a little bit (probably only because I try to hike it up so high), but the fabric is a little slippery, so that's probably it.

eirle: Thanks! I was trying to decide between this and turquoise, but I decided this would be much more fall-y. And I couldn't decide on the length of the skirt, so I cut it as long as possible and ended up loving it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: flybabytina on July 29, 2006 08:02:49 PM
I can't wait to make one! This dress is awesome! Thanks so much for the instructions!!!!!!

Tina


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MSanna on July 29, 2006 11:50:13 PM
YAY! I made one! But I didn't use the correct fabric. But it is alittle stretchy. Heres the link.
http://lookizanna.livejournal.com/63964.html#cutid1



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on July 30, 2006 02:30:24 AM
MSanna, that's a great idea - pleating the skirt.  I've been stressing because I have a round pot-belly, and couldn't see how I'm going to disguise it with a circle skirt.   This might just do it!  You clever thing!  By the way, your dress looks fabulous on you ... very clever you are.  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: la_chrystelle on July 30, 2006 05:48:33 AM
YAY! I made one! But I didn't use the correct fabric. But it is alittle stretchy. Heres the link.
http://lookizanna.livejournal.com/63964.html#cutid1



wow, I really like your fabric better than the strechy ones! well done <3


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jershyLA on July 30, 2006 06:05:09 AM
so i'm tring to make this stupid dress and its not holding anything in place. am i reading instructions wrong. it looks like a cirle, waist band, and 2 large straps to cover boosb... when i try to asemble it looks bunched up and it doesn't cover anything.  i am already big with out the skirt accenting it....:(  anyone got a tut with large step by step photos that include how to tie the thing once made..,.
                                             


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 30, 2006 06:46:57 AM
jershyLA, don't panic!  if you read back (i know, it is a long thread), you'll see that i mentioned numerous times that i am making a new tutorial, which will include VIDEO of how the dress goes together--i'm also making cutting diagrams, and explanations on various options on tying, AND ways to include bra cups.

until i get the tutorial finished (hopefully in the next three days)--put your dress away--it is just a dress, it is totally not worth any frustration.  if it isn't fun to make or wear, then it defeats the whole purpose.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jershyLA on July 30, 2006 10:17:23 AM
god speed, i am putting down the sizzors now!!! :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 30, 2006 11:17:35 AM
jershyLA, don't panic!  if you read back (i know, it is a long thread), you'll see that i mentioned numerous times that i am making a new tutorial, which will include VIDEO of how the dress goes together--i'm also making cutting diagrams, and explanations on various options on tying, AND ways to include bra cups.

until i get the tutorial finished (hopefully in the next three days)--put your dress away--it is just a dress, it is totally not worth any frustration.  if it isn't fun to make or wear, then it defeats the whole purpose.

Rostitchery,
We dance in your shadow!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 30, 2006 12:36:28 PM
no no!  i stand humbled in the shadow of the immense creativity this thread has brought out!  and i am quite happy here, thank you, it is quite a joy to see all this beauty inspired by one simple dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rockthatfish on July 30, 2006 02:19:57 PM
after reading through 23 pages of this thread in the middle of the night, i couldn't read anymore and decided to get to it. i cut out everything i needed, except i ended up making the hole in the middle of the circle twice as big as it should have been. (i always do that with circle skirts, -_-). after that mistake, plus the time, i decided to go to bed. i got up today and got out my, uh, "sewing materials". i'm in the middle of moving and have no idea where my sewing stuff is, so i substituted thread with transparent stretchy cord used to make bracelets, stick pins with bobby pins, and a sewing needle with a darning needle. i put it all together (pleats are awesome) and i have no idea of how to wrap this thing. you guys have amazing dresses and wear them well, and i keep making it look like a toga, or it won't cover right, or whatever. i'll post pictures when i figure out how to wear it other than as a skirt. this is pretty much the coolest idea ever, especially considering if i get it on right, it will have costed $2!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on July 30, 2006 04:44:59 PM
A few better pics of my dress... with a head this time!  LOL!

1st way to tie:

and the back:


Another way to tie:

and the back: (yeah, my tankini is hanging out, so what?)


Enjoy your dresses, girls!  I got 2 more kinds of fabrics today to make some tops...will post them this week when I am done!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 30, 2006 05:56:31 PM
oh my--you look wonderful in your creation!!! So many different looks--including your hairstyles--ha ha--was it a stripey pattern?  I love how it is kinda on the diagonal when worn!!!  Nice colors, too--can't wait to see more!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: noushi on July 30, 2006 10:30:47 PM
I LOOOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH, i've always wanted a dress like this and i'm definately making it tommarow hehe if it turns out good i'm going to wear it to my first day of school


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on July 30, 2006 10:34:39 PM
oh my--you look wonderful in your creation!!! So many different looks--including your hairstyles--ha ha--was it a stripey pattern?  I love how it is kinda on the diagonal when worn!!!  Nice colors, too--can't wait to see more!!

Thanks alwaysinmyroom!  Yeah, the hairstyle is different because I couldn't be bothered with it down while I was re-tying the dress in the 100 degree heat!  I would've shown more ways to tie it, but my hubby wasn't in the mood to play photographer anymore. lol!

The stripey fabric is this:
 Reds, purple, black, tan, rose...
The colors are shown better here:

(This is a random shot...I was trying (unsuccessfully) to use the self-timer on the camera)!!! Ignore my silly pose!
It lays on the diagonal on the skirt in parts, due to it being a circle skirt....the pattern is vertical on parts, horizontal on others, since it is all one piece of fabric.  I hope that makes sense.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: *smileyzebra* on July 31, 2006 12:46:43 AM
Someone's a genius! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: gunanua on July 31, 2006 06:32:49 AM
Heres a similar dress I seen & loved last summer. Its made with contrasting fabrics though, which I think looks very cool. I hope this pic works!


http://makeupalley.com/account/thumb.aspx?FileName=0\8\8\8\319586.jpeg&maxSize=500


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 31, 2006 06:36:23 AM
ahhhh--those are gorgeous!! I am going to try those--tying around the waist to make a skirt!!!  I can't wait to get back from vacation to sew more dresses!!!  I think this addiction is worse than making purses or ATC's!!!!

The fabric you used originalyouth is excellent--gives a whole new spin--I hope I can find some like it!! Beautiful...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alicelovester on July 31, 2006 03:38:57 PM
I had to make another one  :D I like this one more.



Please ignore the fact that you can see my bra in the mirror.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on July 31, 2006 05:40:38 PM
but more importantly, we can see your BEAUTIFUL FACE!!! 

the dress is lovely too, i'm glad you are so happy with it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on July 31, 2006 05:46:27 PM
I thought the grey looked good on you...but holy cow, this color is GORGEOUS on you!!  Such a lovely face and a lovely color--I like how you have it wrapped--very classy!! Are you going to try a print?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bunx on July 31, 2006 07:58:59 PM
cute


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alicelovester on July 31, 2006 11:48:37 PM
Tehe thanks you all. I really like the sleeve wrap job, since I can wear it to school. And I reaaaalllly want to do polka dots or something, but sadly I went to Wal-Mart the second time and the navy was literally the only knit they had there. I'm planning to make another one out of the green and navy leftovers, and then find a print that I like.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on August 01, 2006 12:35:59 AM
It's still winter here, however, I have 3/4 finished mine!  I had some rich jade coloured fabric, which is actually a woven fabric, but has 2 way stretch (elastine?).  Firstly, doubled the straps (2 layers), and had a play, yuk!  So, cut them into single layer, and hauled out the rolled hem foot for my sewing machine.  Finally mastered it!  Gives a beautiful neat hem.  Made with 1/2 circle skirt which is really pretty.  Will finish off the hem and have a play wrapping ... won't be a long play, it's cold here at present!  Will post photos when the heater is on next!   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 01, 2006 05:30:54 AM
It's still winter here, however, I have 3/4 finished mine!  I had some rich jade coloured fabric, which is actually a woven fabric, but has 2 way stretch (elastine?).  Firstly, doubled the straps (2 layers), and had a play, yuk!  So, cut them into single layer, and hauled out the rolled hem foot for my sewing machine.  Finally mastered it!  Gives a beautiful neat hem.  Made with 1/2 circle skirt which is really pretty.  Will finish off the hem and have a play wrapping ... won't be a long play, it's cold here at present!  Will post photos when the heater is on next!   ;D

We can hardly wait to see!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: lupinbunny on August 01, 2006 06:46:26 AM
would anyone be interested in a swap for this dress? i can knit like a demon but can't really sew (nope, not even a one seam dress. well, i tried a dress labelled 'very easy' a while ago, and the way it came out... well, i'd rather put my energy into knitting something fab for someone and getting a wearable dress in return :) ). and i've never tried sewing with stretch fabrics before. but i really love this dress.

you could pm me to sort out details.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Faerietail on August 01, 2006 07:15:06 AM
I made one! This one is a quick mock up (and by quick I mean unbearably tedious, as I had to sew it by hand due to my machine currently being in a different city... anyhoo!). I found 2 meters of this purple stretchy polyester at an Op Shop (I swear it's authentic 70s jump suit fabric) and decided to do a practice version before doing a nice version (I bought some great dark brown stretch suiting stuff). Anyway, here's the dress!



I added a panel all the way around above the waistband so that it covers my bra and back. Anyway, I'll shut up now. Everyone has made awesome dresses!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jutybo on August 01, 2006 09:49:18 AM
To Faerietail:  I LOVE the purple- what a gorgeous shade!  And how you wrapped it- I'm still trying to figure out how to add that panel to cover the boobs- when you say you added it "over" the waistline, do you mean that you layered it over the waistline when you did the seam?  Did that question even make sense...??
I've decided that the fabric I used the first time (on the maternity top- thanks for your comment, ZaftigMomma!!!  You just gave my self-esteem a giant boost today!!) is a little thin (lighter than t-shirt material), so I'm going to try Round 2 and make another out of some stretch polyester, which seems to be the way to go judging by everyones' comments and creations.  Will post pics once it's done-hopefully in the next two days.     


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on August 01, 2006 10:59:50 AM
I am really loving everybody's my first one sucked. But I am going to make another one really soon. I was lucky enough this weekend to run into some stretch knit for $1/yd and then I bought 5 yds of black and 5 yds of tan, and then the girl only charged me for the black fabric, because she said she could get the tan one to scan right and she was tired of working, so I didn't question it. And counted my blessings, anyways... I am just sooo excited to get to sew once I get home tonight.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amber Nussbaum on August 01, 2006 12:47:18 PM
I've been lurking this thread for about a week and I love everyone's individual interpretations on the dress. I have about five yards of a turquoise/teal stretchy jersey that is sooooo soft and I can't wait to use it for this project, but I am a very inexperienced sewist (I've made one garment total) so I'm anxiously awaiting rostitchery's new tutorial so I don't ruin the fabric.

Maybe tonight I will cut out the circle skirt to get a headstart (I think I can do that part adequately).

Thanks everyone for sharing your wonderful garments!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on August 01, 2006 04:39:13 PM
hauled out the rolled hem foot for my sewing machine.  Finally mastered it!

Boy! I sure wish I could! Over the years I've had numerous tries - my Mother never knew how it worked either  :-[


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Faerietail on August 01, 2006 04:50:32 PM
Thanks to the peeps who said they liked my dress :)

To Faerietail:  I LOVE the purple- what a gorgeous shade!  And how you wrapped it- I'm still trying to figure out how to add that panel to cover the boobs- when you say you added it "over" the waistline, do you mean that you layered it over the waistline when you did the seam?  Did that question even make sense...??      

Ok, what I did is I made a strip of fabric that was high enough that, when folded in half widthwise, went from the waistband to over my bra back, and long enough to entirely wrap around to the front. I stitched the straps on to the front of the waistband, and then stitched the bra band over the straps and all the way around the waistband:








I hope that makes sense! Here's a picture of the back with me wearing the dress:



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 01, 2006 05:49:41 PM
Thanks for showing the bra band/tube top/extended waist band so clearly.  This is exactly what I planned to do on my next ones!  Great minds think alike (that we don't want to show off our bras and we have to wear them! lol!) :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: regansbox on August 01, 2006 06:24:10 PM
Thanks for the image, Faerietail. Let me make sure I've got it straight in my head before I attempt this dress... it's basically just a tube top sewn to the upper bit of the waistband. It's not attached to any other part of the dress, right?

Regan, who's highly anticipating the new, improved tute going up on rostitchery. I'm all about fewer ways for me to fail. :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DeliaRana on August 01, 2006 07:06:18 PM
I decided to post a pic of the one I made.  It is made from a woven fabric with sheer fabric accents.  I used the sheer to finish the bottom hem and added it to the straps at the shoulder.  the straps have less bulk when tieing.  I do not have a large bust so the sides gape, to night when I was trying it on I thought about adding darts to the outside edge of the straps.  I think I will try that tomorrow.  I plan to wear it to a retirement ceremony Friday.


https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/27782Dress-front.jpg


https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/27782Dress_back.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Faerietail on August 01, 2006 07:09:17 PM
Regan, that's exactly right. It would've been much simpler if I'd just said that, I guess! D'oh!

OriginalYouth, I'm just amazed that I was able to get a strapless bra in my size! It took me years to find one. An added bonus of the tube top addition is that my boobs don't feel like they're gonna tip out either. Added security is always nice :D

DeliaRana, your version is stunning! Wow! I think the darts in the straps are a really good idea, too - I'm having similar problems myself, despite having a sizable bust (I think maybe I made my straps too wide or something). Let us know how it goes.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on August 01, 2006 08:44:52 PM
OK - here is mine - however, I look like the back end of a bus in it ... can't see me wearing it too often (if at all).  Sad, but true - the joys of being short and dumpy.   :-\  The tube underneath is seperate (at this stage), but was just showing how it looked.

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/58663dress-f.jpg
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/58663dress-b.jpg
https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/58663dress-b-undone.jpg

Do you think that maybe the straps are too wide?  If I altered this, could I look taller, thinner and more super-model like?  What do you reckon?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: capnhonolulu on August 01, 2006 09:14:14 PM
Mrs Rabbit: I don't think it's so bad at all! I agree that thinner straps might work better.  That way the "sleeves" will be less boxy and it will be more fitted in your upper body. You could also maybe try wrapping  a wider waistband so there is less bulk at the waistline.  Wrapping the waistband lower might also help balance out the top and bottom havles of your body.  Hoory for short people!
-c


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 01, 2006 09:26:44 PM
I agree that the straps are too wide--your back view showing it backless is much more flattering, so I would make sure that you try a different wrap style--look at some of the other pics on here--there are some very flattering looks for larger woman like us--I do think this dress is not only a quickie but can be flattering to all sizes and ages!!!

I think a little shorter would also be more flattering--sometimes longer can make a person look matronly and dumpy -- which you definitely are not!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: indeliblechange on August 01, 2006 09:33:17 PM
hauled out the rolled hem foot for my sewing machine.  Finally mastered it!

Boy! I sure wish I could! Over the years I've had numerous tries - my Mother never knew how it worked either  :-[

what does that kind of foot look like? we got our sewing machine second hand, and there are a whole bunch of random foots for which i don't have a clue what they do...hehe. and if i found that i had a rolled hem foot i'd def try learn how to use it...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on August 02, 2006 12:39:09 AM
http://sewing.about.com/library/sewnews/library/aatech0803.htm

This gives good simple instructions on how to use the rolled hem foot ... once I read the instructions, I hit myself on the head for being so stupid!  Off to cut down the straps now and try again! 

I'm actually a 12/14 (Australian) which converts to an 8/10 American dress size ... just still struggle with not being the same size I was pre children (8/10 Australian which is a 4/6 American).  Plus, what do do with the pot belly and the thighs?

:D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on August 02, 2006 02:21:52 AM
OK, cut about 3 inches off the straps from waist to shoulder ... much better!  Only other thing I have problems with is the fluting on the strap edges, might be better after a wash and iron.  I even brushed my hair & put on summer sandals for the photo (it's cold cold cold) mind you - afterwards, dived straight back into jeans and jumpers!  Picture quality is attributed to my daughter (11) taking the photos ...





 ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 02, 2006 04:45:28 AM
OOH, MRS RABBIT:

I like the back of yours...how you tied the straps straight under, instead of crossing them! 

Isn't it funny, some of us will now have to consult our computer in order to figure out how to 'get dressed' when we are going to wear our dresses!  SO many options!

P.S. I am also amused by all of our complaints about the weather... I only took a few pics b'cause it was HOT (over 100 for like 9 days straight) and those under the equator in WINTER are freezing in their dresses!  TOO funny!

P.P.S YES, I know I said like 4 days ago I would post my pics of my new stuff, but I haven't gotten around to sewing them yet!  I have to go to my momma's and borrow her machine, which involves her watching my kids and helping me sew.  It's complicated, alright?  I will get them out soon!  I want to make one top (at least) to wear out Friday night for my anniversary!  Woo-hoo!  Maybe someday I will have a working machine of my own......sigh.  Anybody in DFW, TX know how to fix the tension on my old-school one?  I can't afford to take it anywhere.  :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 02, 2006 01:55:56 PM
Mrs. Rabbit, I believe the proportions are a lot better with the thinner straps, too, although the length looks a little long still. I don't think you look short and dumpy at all, and I salute you for showing us your stuff even in the cold! Thanks bunches!

Zaftig, I made my band about 6" wide (12"+  unfolded with seam allowances), and it seems pretty comfortable.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on August 02, 2006 02:46:31 PM
Thank you for posting about the tube top/bra band! I've been thinking about how to wear this dress and a bra. This may be it!

Quick question- How difficult do you think it would be so sew a bra band in after the dress is made if need be? I'd like to try it without one, but realize that I may have to have one. Yes? No? Do you think a band could be sewn in over the same seam later?

I'm totally not an experienced sewer and I hate to wreck up fabric if I don't have to.

Ps...Rostitchery- I am super excited about the new tutorial!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 02, 2006 03:12:32 PM
Quick question- How difficult do you think it would be so sew a bra band in after the dress is made if need be? I'd like to try it without one, but realize that I may have to have one. Yes? No? Do you think a band could be sewn in over the same seam later?

I'm totally not an experienced sewer and I hate to wreck up fabric if I don't have to.


OneCraftyB:Try a 'tube top' instead of sewing it in later (if you are worried about it).  You could just make a tube top with elastic at the top to cover your bra and try the band next time! Just a suggestion.

Zaftig Momma: Yeah my husband is amused by this one as well...just watching me get dressed is an adventure!  Men! :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Faerietail on August 02, 2006 03:16:34 PM
Quick question- How difficult do you think it would be so sew a bra band in after the dress is made if need be? I'd like to try it without one, but realize that I may have to have one. Yes? No? Do you think a band could be sewn in over the same seam later?

I don't think this would be a problem at all. You'd have to stitch over existing seams, but that's no biggie.

Or, you could do as OriginalYouth suggested and just make a seperate tube top out of the same fabric that you can wear under the dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on August 02, 2006 03:17:33 PM
http://sewing.about.com/library/sewnews/library/aatech0803.htm

This gives good simple instructions on how to use the rolled hem foot ... once I read the instructions, I hit myself on the head for being so stupid! 

Thank you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 02, 2006 03:21:39 PM
I'm totally not an experienced sewer and I hate to wreck up fabric if I don't have to.



One crafty,
I give you permission (**waves plastic beribboned scepter**) to try this out of the cheapest stretchy material you can find. Some people get it perfectly right the first time (beginner's luck???!!) but I was not one of them. It is so much nicer to try it without endangering your lunch money for the next month. No experienced sewist would think twice about making a muslin copy/version of a pattern before using a treasured length of valuable yardage.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on August 02, 2006 04:06:22 PM
My husband doesn't really like mine - says it's a bit like a toga and not flattering at all ... however, I'm going to wear it during the week (normal day to day stuff) rather than for going out ... may try again in a jersey print ... dd has me all lined up for hers ... yikes! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mrs Rabbit on August 02, 2006 04:09:20 PM
Mrs. Rabbit, I believe the proportions are a lot better with the thinner straps, too, although the length looks a little long still. I don't think you look short and dumpy at all, and I salute you for showing us your stuff even in the cold! Thanks bunches!

Thanks for the suggestion, will bring it up to just under knee length ... I tend to wear everything long long long (and actually felt that this was a little short!) ... feel like it covers more, plus, I love the swooshy feeling around my legs. 



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on August 02, 2006 04:39:36 PM
OK, cut about 3 inches off the straps from waist to shoulder ... much better!  Only other thing I have problems with is the fluting on the strap edges, might be better after a wash and iron. 

Yep, much better with the thinner straps - maybe they need to be thinner still?? It might help if you pulled things a bit tighter (that would probably fix the fluting).

I like to keep my knees covered (they're not all that attractive), I think the length also helps create a 'leaner' silhouette, but I agree with others, a bit shorter (personally, with my knees, I wouldn't be going above the knees though) so that you're not cutting your calves in half. Extending the waist down a bit might help too (so that you've got a wider, cumberbund effect that cinches the waist).

Anyway, I haven't had a chance to make mine yet, so what do I know. This project will have to wait until our move to QLD is complete.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 02, 2006 08:34:50 PM
Mrs. Rabbit, I believe the proportions are a lot better with the thinner straps, too, although the length looks a little long still. I don't think you look short and dumpy at all, and I salute you for showing us your stuff even in the cold! Thanks bunches!

Thanks for the suggestion, will bring it up to just under knee length ... I tend to wear everything long long long (and actually felt that this was a little short!) ... feel like it covers more, plus, I love the swooshy feeling around my legs. 



Some people describe the best, most flattering length as 1" above the widest part of the calf OR 1" BELOW the widest part of the calf. An example of covering the knee but still slightly above the widest part of the calf is Alice Lovester's post on page 37 of this thread. Looks modest and comfortable but not frumpy at all.

I tend to prefer long, LONG, too, but am going to experiment with this.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on August 03, 2006 05:22:32 AM
You all are fabulous!

I may just make the tube top and if I need to sew it in, then I will! Thanks for the encouragement!

McJulieO-Thanks for the permission. I think that I needed that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Captain R on August 03, 2006 06:02:40 AM
I made one too!  I didn't have much trouble, but the only color fabric I liked had only a little over a yard left.  So I did what I could, but it turned out too short, and the straps aren't really long enough.  It's a really good practice one, nevertheless.  Some silly pictures!

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As soon as I find more cheap, earthtone jersey fabric, I'm making a crapload more of these.  So pretty!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alisasaur on August 03, 2006 06:12:24 AM
This is so amazing...thanks for sharing this!
I am definitely going to have to make one of these today.

The thing I really love about this dress is how it flatters every body type & you don't have to worry too much about the sizing of it all.  Awesome!


Title: my infinite dress
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on August 03, 2006 09:07:48 AM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.msg1065391#msg1065391

hoping the link to completed projects will work!

anyone else making one of these?


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: bancher on August 03, 2006 10:04:09 AM
wow, yours is beautiful and you look awesome in it!  now i want to make one!  thanks for posting the link!


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: punkcatknitter on August 03, 2006 10:11:13 AM
I'm dying to make one of those!! I'm sort of new to sewing (I grew up with a family full of professionals, but I didn't really get into it) but I think I could handle it with minimal help. And I love seeing how flattering it is on those of us with curvier figures! :) So you're dress is so pretty!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on August 03, 2006 10:33:14 AM
ZaftigMomma! That looks wonderful!  I think that you did a great job!  I really like the length on you.  What great legs!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Baddscorpio on August 03, 2006 03:10:38 PM
I made one too!  I didn't have much trouble, but the only color fabric I liked had only a little over a yard left.  So I did what I could, but it turned out too short, and the straps aren't really long enough.  It's a really good practice one, nevertheless.  Some silly pictures!

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30058dddress.png (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30058dddress.png).

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30058dress2.png (https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30058dress2.png)

<<<edited to remove images from quote - please remember to delete IMGs when quoting, thanks! ~sweets4ever>>>

As soon as I find more cheap, earthtone jersey fabric, I'm making a crapload more of these.  So pretty!



I LOVE THE LENGTH OF THAT! VERRRY CUTE!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hgflower on August 03, 2006 04:19:54 PM
so i finally made one of these dresses and i totally feel like i just made it into the cool kid's club for craftster!
don't mind that i'm wearing a black tank top under my dress, i'm still a bit self conscious, plus i really don't have much cleavage to show  :P

for a dress that only cost me about 8 bucks for fabric, i'm really happy with how this turned out! i'm still trying to figure out the different ways to tie the dress and not have the back look too funky.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 03, 2006 05:31:26 PM

so i finally made one of these dresses and i totally feel like i just made it into the cool kid's club for craftster!

Ain't it the truth!? That is SO well put!

Incidentally, love your dress! You look MAH-velous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: JenBrett on August 03, 2006 07:24:09 PM
I definitely want to make one of these!

I'm in an area that's hard-up for fabric stores-anybody got any good online places to buy some cute, cheap jersey fabric?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: laviederachelle on August 04, 2006 04:27:53 AM
holy crap!  :o can that be easy? it looks amazing!! i want it :P

Great job!

...and the colour....aah  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on August 04, 2006 05:02:58 AM
I'm making a top of these as soon as I can get to the fabric store!  I saw a top along these lines in an undercoverwear (a company that does lingere parties) catalogue about 18months ago and it was one of those "book a party and get X amount of sales to get this top" and even then it was $40, which I just couldn't justify at all for something that appeared so simple. 

The design has been running around my head trying to become a top ever since, and I just couldn't work it out, however now I know!

I think I'm gonna make myself at least 3 of these tops (red, black and white) and probably a few cute dresses if I can work out a way to get better back coverage. This dress is the only dress you ever need, but you can't stop at just one!

For some reason I can see these becoming Christmas presents too, though more in the original infinity dress style (as in straps come out over the boobs, and probably straighter cut, maybed just A-line instead of circle)

For the first time in my life I'm glad the boyfriend talked me out of fabric shopping last night.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 04, 2006 05:55:34 AM
I definitely want to make one of these!

I'm in an area that's hard-up for fabric stores-anybody got any good online places to buy some cute, cheap jersey fabric?

Fabric.com has a new assortment of knits on their "Everything's $1.95/yd" clearance that might be really good http://www.fabric.com/clearance-fabric-everything-39-s-1.95-clearance-discount-fabric.aspx?cm_re=6/26/06%20New%20Arrivals-_-Clearance-_-1.95 and the first order ships for free.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 04, 2006 06:53:35 AM
I definitely want to make one of these!

I'm in an area that's hard-up for fabric stores-anybody got any good online places to buy some cute, cheap jersey fabric?

Fabric.com has a new assortment of knits on their "Everything's $1.95/yd" clearance that might be really good http://www.fabric.com/clearance-fabric-everything-39-s-1.95-clearance-discount-fabric.aspx?cm_re=6/26/06%20New%20Arrivals-_-Clearance-_-1.95 and the first order ships for free.

OH, THANKS A LOT (input sarcasm)!!!!
NOW, even at home we are going to get in trouble for buying a bunch more fabric! 
Okay, I'm kidding.  I love how everyone is addicted to this project...I still have my 2 next pieces of fabric (an army green super stretchy knit and a BOLD red/cream slightly sheer tropical floral stretch) sitting, waiting desperately to become new infiinity tops!  I am making myself wait to buy anything else til they get sewn!
Too many projects, too little time!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 04, 2006 07:41:05 AM
OK ZAFTIG MOMMA:
You SO rock!  I like the pigtails especially!

I want to see some burnt images or silkscreened skulls on that velvet!
How cool is that?  You could so rock it with red fishnets and combat boots!  You will have to have some badddd jewelry to finish the look.

Great job!  Keep the pics coming!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: meimei on August 04, 2006 08:29:32 AM
Absolutely everyone's dresses are gorgeous! My mom is taking me to Birmingham tomorrow to get some fabric so I can finally make my own! I can't wait, but I can't decide on a colour!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tickleagangster on August 04, 2006 09:48:23 AM
I look at this thread everyday, several times a day (usually at work!) and I am still amazed at how what Rostichery posted as a simple "anyone can do it" dress has blossomed into this!! It almost brings tears to my eyes sometimes because as someone on here said before, we're all different shapes and sizes (and ages!), but what girl/woman doesn't feel proud when she's made herself a fancy dress and gets to share the results with other supportive people?  Whether we're stay-at-home moms or work a corporate 9-5 gig, we're just really girls at heart that like to let a little creativity fly once in a while!! I'm luv'n it!!
xoxoxoxo!!


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: eenodol on August 04, 2006 03:07:05 PM
Hey, yours looks really great!  I made one too, but I didn't try turning it around backward to tie it.. The thought crossed my mind, but was immediately followed by, "no, that's CRAZY!"  But it looks awesome!  I really want to try making another one with a wider/extra waistband, it seems like that works pretty well!

There's mine... maybe I'll make the next one with a solid color   :P

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.msg1010545#msg1010545


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on August 04, 2006 06:13:36 PM
OriginalYouth : I have the red fishnets ready and my big stompy New Rock boots, I've also knitted red and black hair falls... who ever said knitting was a granny craft huh?!

I have no idea how to do what you suggested but now I want to learn!!



How did you knit the hair falls?!?!  It sounds like such an awesome idea, but then again I am obsessed with the idea of making hallowig from www.knitty.com, I just have to get yarn that has the right texture for what I want.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hgflower on August 04, 2006 06:25:24 PM
I have no idea how to do what you suggested but now I want to learn!!

stamp crushed velvet. like, you put the stamp onto the fabric and then iron it from the back and it makes the image permanent. at least i think that's how you do it.

*edit to add link*
check this site out, pretty easy instruction :) http://www.trystancraft.com/martha/projects/stampvelvet.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 04, 2006 09:12:57 PM

[/quote]

stamp crushed velvet. like, you put the stamp onto the fabric and then iron it from the back and it makes the image permanent. at least i think that's how you do it.

*edit to add link*
check this site out, pretty easy instruction :) http://www.trystancraft.com/martha/projects/stampvelvet.html
[/quote]

Yes, that is exactly what I meant!  Thanks for the link!

Zaftig, you have to post pics if you do it!

Also, Ladies, as I finished my mini project for the competition, I realized that she is wearing a version of this dress!  It seems to have the boob-tube-top, and long sleeves, but check out the way it is wrapped!  Coincidence, I think not! 
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111999.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=111999.0)

Life imitates art, right?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on August 05, 2006 12:11:17 AM
I made one too!  I didn't have much trouble, but the only color fabric I liked had only a little over a yard left.  So I did what I could, but it turned out too short, and the straps aren't really long enough.  It's a really good practice one, nevertheless.  Some silly pictures!

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/30058dddress.png

As soon as I find more cheap, earthtone jersey fabric, I'm making a crapload more of these.  So pretty!

Captain R - You look great and as for the length ......... why on earth wouldn't you wear it that length with legs like that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: christai on August 05, 2006 03:25:47 AM
this is awesomeness

I've been wanting to make a bathing suit with these convertable straps for some time. you've made it so easy to understand. i am truly motivated at this point!

I have an american apparel vid that shows a few other techniques to wrap something similar to this. Enjoy craftsters!

http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/ (http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/)

oh and here's another version of the Infinity wrapdress done by a Vancouver label called Narcissist. They're naming it the "Pamela":
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99320.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99320.0)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 05, 2006 03:50:09 AM
this is awesomeness

I've been wanting to make a bathing suit with these convertable straps for some time. you've made it so easy to understand. i am truly motivated at this point!

I have an american apparel vid that shows a few other techniques to wrap something similar to this. Enjoy craftsters!

http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/ (http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/)


WOW WOW WOW WOWEEE!
Those videos are the best thing since sliced bread!  I can't wait to make my tops now, that is the MOST helpful wrap-up link I have seen yet!  Although not all of those exactly could be done with the straps on this dress, they inspire to create and wrap new ways!  I can't wait to see what new half-breed contraptions this inspires!  My first change would be...make the actual dress straps shorter, and just have this extra scarf to wrap and tie over the top of the dress, 2 pieces!

GO SEE THEM GIRLS!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rostitchery on August 05, 2006 08:45:51 AM
well, my sincere apologies to all of you who have waited so patiently for the new tutorial, i am still behind.  :)   hopefully the heat will let up this weekend and i can get back to it, but for now, i have two broken rafters and a non-functioning air conditioner to take care of.  please bear with me, i promise you won't be disappointed when it is finally done.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on August 06, 2006 01:08:43 AM
I finished a new one!!! I can't post pictures yet since it's for my sister and she's about half my size. However, I did something really fun on this one. The fabric had a shiny side and a matte side, so I made the skirt matte and the straps shiny. It looks so awesome. :) I'm sorry to post without pictures, but I was too excited not to!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on August 06, 2006 03:07:58 PM
I finished a new one!!! I can't post pictures yet since it's for my sister and she's about half my size. However, I did something really fun on this one. The fabric had a shiny side and a matte side, so I made the skirt matte and the straps shiny. It looks so awesome. :) I'm sorry to post without pictures, but I was too excited not to!


Congrats on finishing your sister's, I am sure she will love it!  Thanks for putting off finishing it to help me with mine, you totally rock, and so does my new infinity dress!  As soon it is out of the wash, I will put it on and get the boy to take pictures!! So excited, I can't stop using exclamation points!  Addicted now and I want to make more!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on August 06, 2006 03:53:23 PM
talmina:

I'll sort some pics out of the hair falls and the way I knit them and post on the miscellaneous board if you like  :D

Thanks, especially since I just got out bid on the wig I was trying to buy for my sisters birthday party.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Dana_M_S on August 07, 2006 09:50:08 AM
I made this dress this weekend - thanks so much for the post and tute!

I have a huge bolt of white jersey knit.  It's industrial and the company that used it throws away the ends (which is probably 20 yards worth) and my husband's uncle got lots of bolts.  I got 1 red and 1 white of jersey knit and 2 bolts of denim.  I used to red for a red carpet (son's 1st birthday was a movie theme) and I'm going to wash it and make another dress.  I didn't know what to do with the white, and then I found this!

My biggest challenge was the hole in the middle of the skirt.  Hubby helped me figure out the diameter (who would have though I needed to remember how to figure out the diameter of a circle using the circumference - damn Math teacher was right!).  But because it was 4 way stretch it was WAY too big!  So I continued on, because that skirt was hard to measure and cut.  I need some elastic to make it fit, but otherwise it looks great!  I even messed up sewing it a little and the very front of the front strap isn't sewed in, but you can't tell with the straps wrapped and tied around it.

I have to wear a bra (38DD) so this will be worn over a t-shirt, tank top or swim suit.  We're going to the beack in September and I can't wait to wear it!   

I'll post pictures when I get the elastic in.  Thanks again!  I've shown my mom and co-worker and I think they'll be making one next :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on August 07, 2006 09:57:51 AM
I made this dress this weekend - thanks so much for the post and tut!

I have a huge bolt of white jersey knit.  It's industrial and the copany that used it throws away the ends (which is probably 20 yards worth) and my husband's uncle got lots of bolts.  I got 1 red and 1 white of jersey knit and 2 bolts of denim.  I used to red for a red carpet (son's 1st birthday was a movie theme) and I'm going to wash it and make another dress.  I didn't know what to do with the white, and then I found this!

Wow!!! I would have loved to come into contact with that much knit for this project. LUCKY!!

Can't wait to see the pictures. Sounds BEAUTIFUL.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 07, 2006 12:43:58 PM
Well girls, I made my shirt inspired by this dress yesterday!


Since I veered so far from Rostitchery's design and original construction, I figured I ought to post a new thread.  It is called "The NO-SEW Infinity Wrap Shirt"
and is here : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112287.0

Basically, I made mine with 6 pieces using 2 yards of fabric, and no sewing!  I used fusible webbing!  I also incorporated the 'scarf' from the American Apparel video... It is a whole new monster!

I would love to hear what you think of my shirt!  Check out my thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112287.0


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: laurherm on August 08, 2006 12:00:18 AM
i just went through 47 pages, when i have about a million other things to do. i can't wait to try this!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amber Nussbaum on August 08, 2006 01:01:46 PM
I cut out my circle skirt last night. I was really worried about the waist being too big (as I've heard others have had this problem) but I figured if I used this method (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109067.msg1040269#msg1040269) I couldn't go wrong. I traced out my little curve and cut. WRONG. It's so huge it won't even stay on my hips. Ughhhh.

I'll probably just cut up the back and sew a seam in the back of the skirt. No amount of elastic is gonna fix this haha. I hope to finish the rest of the dress tonight. I'll post pics when it's done.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on August 08, 2006 01:45:41 PM
I cut out my circle skirt last night. I was really worried about the waist being too big (as I've heard others have had this problem) but I figured if I used this method (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109067.msg1040269#msg1040269) I couldn't go wrong. I traced out my little curve and cut. WRONG. It's so huge it won't even stay on my hips. Ughhhh.

I'll probably just cut up the back and sew a seam in the back of the skirt. No amount of elastic is gonna fix this haha. I hope to finish the rest of the dress tonight. I'll post pics when it's done.

Honestly, don't measure it. I know, I know, it goes against A LOT of teaching, but I swear, with this stretchy fabric it helps not to measure. I just folded the skirt in quarters, with no hole cut yet, and cut an arc from the top. A SMALL arc. Just keep cutting the entire arc about a half inch at a time if it is too small. It will SEEM too small when you cut it, but when you open it up and stretch it, the difference is significant. I swear this method works.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cutout on August 08, 2006 02:20:33 PM
this is so cool. is it based on a copyright pattern or would it be possible to sell these dresses? I have a ton of ideas of ways to tweak it thatd be great for my stall, but i dont want to rip off a fellow craftster, or a big corporation, or anybody. everyones versions are so gorgeous. man, these straps could go on anything!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: flybabytina on August 08, 2006 03:12:37 PM
I know what you mean about the circle being waaaaaay too big for your waist... that's because of the stretchiness of the material.....

Tina



Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: low_budget_diva on August 08, 2006 05:14:09 PM
Yours looks great! I am planning on making one soon, too. I think mine will be the first zaftig+maternity style. Keep an eye out for it!


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: Dragonflower on August 09, 2006 01:52:04 AM
I love this! I am so going to have to shop for some stretchy fabric


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amber Nussbaum on August 09, 2006 05:28:29 AM
Well I put mine together last night. I ended up cutting and seaming the skirt on the side to take it in since I didn't want to deal with gathering that huge waist. I also decided to try to make a really wide waistband and I wanted the waistband to be in FRONT of the straps, with the skirt attached at the bottom. There probably was a better way but I ended up doing this:



In hindsight, I shouldn't have folded the waistband. Also now when I put it on, I guess because of the thread holding the fabric, it is really really tight, where before the stretchyness just held the circle skirt on my body, and the waistband was the right size, now it's extremely hard to get on and I have to put it over my head.

I tried wrapping it last night and just got totally frustrated because it was late, it was way too tight and hard to maneuver in, and I messed up one of the seams and it had a weird pucker going on in one place. I think when I get home tonight I'm going to take it apart, forget the wide waistband and just put it together the original way. I hate ripping seams, ugh.

But I like this fabric too much to not wear this dress, so ripping it is.


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: fizzle7033 on August 09, 2006 09:53:52 AM
Anyone have a guess of how many yards it would take for approx. a size 20 dress?


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: Keena on August 09, 2006 10:20:41 AM
yeah i saw your sexy dress. i was the one to help (with Ros) with the easier concept of the dress cuz i saw it on monif c's site.

ugh.. i need me one..


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: eenodol on August 09, 2006 10:37:40 AM
Anyone have a guess of how many yards it would take for approx. a size 20 dress?

I wear about a 16, and I used four yards..  I would have liked my straps longer, though.. I would guess about 4 1/2 to 5 yards for you..  Just make sure you make the straps crazy long, that way you never run out of ways to wrap it!  Also, you can cover more :) 


Title: Re: my infinite dress
Post by: JennLee on August 09, 2006 11:21:50 AM
When I was over in the UK for a school trip, I noticed that a size 18 over there is closer to a size 16 here (in Canada).  Don't know if that helps anyone at all, but I thought I'd throw it in there.

Your dress is amazing, and I think it's convinced me to go buy some stretchy fabric so I can attempt one myself.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amber Nussbaum on August 10, 2006 05:23:49 AM
Last night my sister came over and since she's a couple sizes smaller than me I decided that this dress might actually be the perfect fit for her. She tried it on and LOVED it. So I decided to give her the dress. Looks great on her too.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: butterflygirl on August 10, 2006 05:49:51 AM
I hope nobody's asked this before, I haven't read the whole thread - I am planning on making one with a boob tube attached to the skirt under the straps. Is there a reason why this wouldn't work? I can't go braless and that would solve the problem (I hope!)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 10, 2006 06:36:02 AM
I hope nobody's asked this before, I haven't read the whole thread - I am planning on making one with a boob tube attached to the skirt under the straps. Is there a reason why this wouldn't work? I can't go braless and that would solve the problem (I hope!)

Attached or separate, yes, it has been discussed, and, yes, it works.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: butterflygirl on August 10, 2006 06:51:41 AM
Ooh excellent!! I'll have to dig out the huge length of jersey I got for 20p and give it a go!
One day I will learn to post pics so I can show my stuff off.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on August 10, 2006 07:11:08 AM
Last night my sister came over and since she's a couple sizes smaller than me I decided that this dress might actually be the perfect fit for her. She tried it on and LOVED it. So I decided to give her the dress. Looks great on her too.

http://static.flickr.com/77/211700752_bc025e9789.jpg


OMFG!!! That is sooo cute, I am loving the color and you did an awesome job and your sister looks soooo cute in it. GREAT JOB!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: butterflygirl on August 10, 2006 11:00:56 AM
Part of one of the 50p bundles at Abakhan Fabrics so 20p is just an estimate. Unfortunately there wasn't quite enough in the piece I was planning to use (too narrow)even tho it is about 3 metres so I'll have to find something else. I have got a piece of black big enough (also out of a 50p bundle!) and I might try it with that but I need something for a wedding next week and the olive I had would have been perfect with silver pumps, bag etc. Ah well...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 10, 2006 11:54:21 AM
Part of one of the 50p bundles at Abakhan Fabrics so 20p is just an estimate. Unfortunately there wasn't quite enough in the piece I was planning to use (too narrow)even tho it is about 3 metres so I'll have to find something else. I have got a piece of black big enough (also out of a 50p bundle!) and I might try it with that but I need something for a wedding next week and the olive I had would have been perfect with silver pumps, bag etc. Ah well...

Olive green does make a lovely one, see I could only find 2 yards of this fabric, so I made a version of this dress into an assymetrical shirt!


You could make a simple skirt to go underneath it, or just an A-Line skirt instead of the circle.  If you don't do the boob/tube top, you should have plenty of fabric!

Read more about it in the thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112287.0

P.S.  Now ZaftigMomma, don't  be jealous, we know you have a LEAST 2 of these already!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: flutegeek104 on August 10, 2006 02:09:55 PM
I wanted to know (sorry if its already been asked, haven't looked through all 48 pgs) if you could make this long (like floor length)? My mom and I want to make it--like the perfect black formal dress. I'm not much of a sewer. How would you go about this? Did any of you draft patterns (my moms a big pattern person, she sews nicely with them)? Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 10, 2006 03:00:48 PM
I wanted to know (sorry if its already been asked, haven't looked through all 48 pgs) if you could make this long (like floor length)? My mom and I want to make it--like the perfect black formal dress. I'm not much of a sewer. How would you go about this? Did any of you draft patterns (my moms a big pattern person, she sews nicely with them)? Thanks!

I  haven't made one (yet...).  I don't see why you couldn't make the skirt floor length.  If you want to do a circle skirt, you'll need a lot of fabric and you'll have to cut out circle halves and then sew them together to get enough length.  Alternatively, you could make an A line skirt. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: butterflygirl on August 10, 2006 04:00:36 PM
 YES!! Thanks for seing what I was to bummed to see - I can still make the top! I have to admit I am a terrible lurker (although mostly cos I can't figure how to post pics) and I did see it and admire it greatly. Can't wear it for the wedding but at least I'll have a beautiful new top. Thank you!

Zaftig - suppose you don't live in the north? Abakhan ( http://www.abakhanfabrics.co.uk/ ) is the best shop ever although it has gone a lot more expensive since I started shopping there when I was a teenager (and that is too long ago now!). You do have to have a certain amount of vision with their 50p bundles but if you hit on a good day you're made.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: butterflygirl on August 10, 2006 04:02:46 PM
Oh, and sorry I didn't see in your post about making a skirt to go under. Top idea. I'll have a go at it tomorrow if I get time.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: aliciarae on August 10, 2006 06:32:05 PM
amber nassbaum-your dress is so cute!!  did you make a tube that goes over the straps, or is it seperate?

i have some nice black jersey and i can't wait to make another one once the new tute is up.  thanks rostitchery, and P.S. I think i'm addicted to your site


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: laviederachelle on August 11, 2006 05:21:23 AM
Amber Nussbaum:
 The dress looks great! Now I really want to make one too, i was just wondering what sort of fabric you used? Wast it some sort of lycra, tricot? What materials are in it (%) ?

Do you think something with 90% polyamide and 10% elastane would work? or is it too "swimsuitishy-material" :D ? I'm just wondering because i've only found tricot here which is 97% cotton and 3%elastane and don't think that it would be stretchy enough for this dress.And the 90/10 one is something I found in an internetshop so I can't really feel the material.. :/


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thao-an on August 11, 2006 02:37:43 PM
Wow, everybody looks great!

How well do you think stretch satin would work (25%)?  I know Rostitchery said it should have at least 40% stretch, but I wanted a slightly dressier look and I don't want to spend the money on the fabric if the straps won't be fully functional.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 12, 2006 05:30:18 AM
Wow, everybody looks great!

How well do you think stretch satin would work (25%)?  I know Rostitchery said it should have at least 40% stretch, but I wanted a slightly dressier look and I don't want to spend the money on the fabric if the straps won't be fully functional.

It might work a little better if you gathered the ties just a bit where you sew them to the skirt, so they can cup the breasts better and provide some side coverage, which a stretchy knit does already. Also, If you don't already have rolled hem foot for your sewing machine this is probably the project that will need it the most, seeing that you'll have to do something about those raw edges.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thao-an on August 12, 2006 08:43:12 AM
Thank you for the advice.  I think I'm going to try with some knit fabric first just to make sure I can actually do that correctly before I try with stretch satin.  Hopefully I can make it and post pictures sometime this week (sorry ZaftigMomma. lol).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: FauxChina on August 12, 2006 09:02:36 AM
I must have sucker tattooed across my forehead, I went to Fabricland last week, asked for black knit fabric with some stretch and the lady cut black "active wear" fabric, it's bathing suit material and charged me $18 per yard, I don't even know if this active wear stuff will work for this dress, anybody have any idea, cause I haven't the slightest clue, if it doesn't work, I guess I'll just save the fabric to make a swim suit for next year.  I should have just ordered from fabric.com it would have been cheaper even with converting the currency to Canadian dollars and shipping..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cosmo_mouse on August 12, 2006 10:49:02 AM
*sneaks in*

Hi everyone! This is my first post here and also my first ever self made dress. I kind of fell in love with the idea when I saw rostitchery's tutorial (for which I am eternally thankful) and all of your lovely versions so I thought why not give it a go, afterall if it didn't work I'd only lost a few pounds on the material.



I'm really happy with how this turned out, although the material on my straps seem to be curling. Does anyone know if heming them would solve it or do you have any other ideas?

Clare


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 12, 2006 10:56:48 AM
I must have sucker tattooed across my forehead, I went to Fabricland last week, asked for black knit fabric with some stretch and the lady cut black "active wear" fabric, it's bathing suit material and charged me $18 per yard, I don't even know if this active wear stuff will work for this dress, anybody have any idea, cause I haven't the slightest clue, if it doesn't work, I guess I'll just save the fabric to make a swim suit for next year.  I should have just ordered from fabric.com it would have been cheaper even with converting the currency to Canadian dollars and shipping..


Oh, my goodness! I'm so sorry! I'm absolutely sure it will work, but that piece of material seems a bit pricey for your first try.....do save it for later...........have you got a Walmart anywhere near?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on August 12, 2006 12:33:59 PM
*sneaks in*

Hi everyone! This is my first post here and also my first ever self made dress. I kind of fell in love with the idea when I saw rostitchery's tutorial (for which I am eternally thankful) and all of your lovely versions so I thought why not give it a go, afterall if it didn't work I'd only lost a few pounds on the material.

I'm really happy with how this turned out, although the material on my straps seem to be curling. Does anyone know if heming them would solve it or do you have any other ideas?

Clare

Is your dress made with 4-way stretch fabric? It seems all the fabric I bought that's 4-way stretch is curling, but the 2-way stretch doesn't. I like the 2-way stretch much better! I'll keep an eye out on here if you find a way to stop the curling. I'd love to know how to fix that.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 12, 2006 09:23:28 PM
Well sweet girls, I wore my top out again, this time to a charity auction.  This time I had 3 total strangers accost me, begging to know where I had got my awesome shirt!  Craftster, I say!  I had to write down 'infinity dress' and Rostitchery on the backs of my business cards to pass out!

Here is my outfit...with the assymetriclal knock-off version shirt, with extended ties and the boob/tube top underneath....




Does this pose remind you of Peter Pan?  I just thought that when I saw the pic!  LOL!

I made the jewelry this morning too, a CHUNKY drop necklace (actually same green as the shirt) and earrings...dressed up the mixed glass beads and silver tubes with some pearls and swavroski crystals thrown in!

Yeah, I think I rocked it  I am thinking about giving those Monif Plus Size models a run for their money!  :P

Oh yeah, and the painting I donated to the auction made a HEALTHY profit too!  Hmmm, it matches my outfit also!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on August 12, 2006 10:34:27 PM
Originalyouth--you look so great!!!  The top is unique, flattering and well done!!  The hem is so interesting!!--No wonder strangers came up to you:  you look terrific, confident and proud!!  The jewelry rocks as well!!

WOW--the painting is wonderful!!  You are a talent, sweetie!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on August 13, 2006 09:10:06 AM
I made a shirt yesterday kind of similar to OriginalYouth's for a girl's night. The bottom is different, but I did include a tube top that's not attached. My friends started gushing as soon as I walked in the door. First they were shocked that I made it, then even more shocked when I started untying it to show them what it was. Then the requests/commissions started. My question is - how much should I charge?

They also loved that I changed the top from halter to strapless when we went to a club. I promise to post pictures as soon as I have them!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 13, 2006 08:01:14 PM
I have jumped on the bandwagon!  Thank you Rostitchery for the inspiration!!!  This is so much fun.  I love the fabric, but the houndstooth exudes puffs of glitter at all times.  My entire condo now has a sparkly floor.  I took a lint roller to my bare skin, but even with that I'm going to go to work looking like a sparkly fairy princess tomorrow.  Washing and drying would probably help the problem, but I'm afraid to put it in my washer or dryer for fear my entire wardrobe will be glitterfied anytime I wash them.

For reference, my straps are 110" long and 10" wide.  I am short (5'1"), so that's a lot of strap!  At first I had the insane idea of binding the edges of the straps in a white fabric, because I wanted to have the black and white theme in the straps.  After spending 30 minutes pinning and realizing I had done one edge of one strap, I gave up the idea and went for white zig zagging, which ended up perfect for the look I was going for.  This fabric is 4 way stretch, and I don't have curling problems with the edges turned under about 1/4" and zig zagged in place.  However, the straps are a slink fabric, which I don't think curls in any event.  I think this really works in a fitted skirt!  The other change I made was to put the waistband/binding on the outside of the straps, so it shows all the way around. 

I scored some pretty sagey green 4 way stretch from Hancock's for $1/yd, so I'll be making a full skirted version with that.

I am having fun with wrapping styles.  I don't really want the pictures (slightly racy but not vulgar or anything) easily associated with me, so I created a yahoo photos (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/my_photos) called "convertibledress."  There are a few other looks in there.  Please feel free to post your wrapping looks in the album!  The password is the name of this website.  Please PM me if the password gets compromised and spammers start posting inappropriate material and I'll change the password.  (Rostitchery, I looked on your blog but couldn't find the gallery you have.  If this is duplicative, I'll take it down.  Definitely not trying to step on your toes!!!!)

This is my favorite wrapping method so far.  It feels very origami, very Issey Miyake.





(I got a clue and posed against a blue wall for the rest of the looks, so you can see them better, but this one was my favorite so I wanted to show it even though it's a little camouflaged against the black background.)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: osewcute on August 14, 2006 10:15:01 AM
love the two-tone black and white. Very pretty.

 :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sporkie on August 14, 2006 10:43:17 AM
OriginalYouth -- love the shirt!  The green is amazing, and so is the necklace.

nicegirl512 -- how did you make the skirt part?  I noticed that it's not the circle skirt, and was wondering if you did an A-line with a front and back and two seams.  I'm getting ready to make my dress and I'm not sure I want a full circle...if I "cut a piece out of the circle pie" (think 3/4 circle) will that give me a modified circle skirt with some, but not a lot, of fullness?  Also, at what point did you start to taper your straps, and by how much?  I read that the taper should be the last 2', but I don't know how skinny the thin end should be.

Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 14, 2006 10:51:42 AM
nicegirl512 -- how did you make the skirt part?  I noticed that it's not the circle skirt, and was wondering if you did an A-line with a front and back and two seams.  I'm getting ready to make my dress and I'm not sure I want a full circle...if I "cut a piece out of the circle pie" (think 3/4 circle) will that give me a modified circle skirt with some, but not a lot, of fullness?  Also, at what point did you start to taper your straps, and by how much?  I read that the taper should be the last 2', but I don't know how skinny the thin end should be.

Thanks!

The skirt is a two part (front and back) fitted skirt, with side seams.  I have been thinking of doing a 1/2 or 3/4 circle for my next one, just because a circle is sooo full.

I tapered the straps probably the last two feet.  My straps are 10" wide at the base, tapering moderately to about 5 inches wide at the ends.  My fabric is very "collapsible," though.  In a stiffer fabric with more body that's going to look more bunchy, I would taper the ends probably down to 3", or even to a point.  But this is not going to be the case with most knit fabrics, only wovens.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amber Nussbaum on August 14, 2006 11:07:21 AM
I love your version, nicegirl!
For those of you that asked about the fabric, it's a cotton jersey (I wanna say 90/10 cotton poly blend).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: naomiiii on August 15, 2006 12:07:39 PM
my first post! thanks guys!

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b366/yay4pictures/dress.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on August 15, 2006 12:25:28 PM
i see i'm not the only one with that teal fabric   :)  did you guys get it at jo-ann too?  the kinda light weight one that also came in a deep red and olive color?  i wanna go get those colors too, maybe for a top this time.  i can't find any black that i like though...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 15, 2006 12:29:46 PM
my first post! thanks guys!

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b366/yay4pictures/dress.jpg

I love the fishtail hem!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 15, 2006 12:36:26 PM
naomiiii...your's is FANTASTIC!  How adorable you are (I mean that in a good way...alll young and skinny and fabulous!  yeah, I am jealous! )

Way to rock it!  I love the hemline in the back, very stylish!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: BeltainE on August 15, 2006 12:37:19 PM
wow! naomiiiiii, that dress may be your first post, but it cannot possibly be your first attempt at sewing! It looks very polished, and you look lovely in it!
I just love how this thread and how it's grown and I get to see all the pics of the preetty dresses ;D Hopefully i'll get my dig working soon so i can post the pic of the one I made!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jewels06 on August 15, 2006 02:13:07 PM
 cool dress love it


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MopTopStumptown on August 15, 2006 02:55:05 PM
that looks great!  betcha it's fun to twirl around in.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RunsWithNeedles on August 15, 2006 05:00:27 PM




well i have a question..
beggin' your pardon if it's been asked.
but how wide is the "band" supposed to be? or how wide did you make yours?
that's the only thing i'm confused about.
 :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RunsWithNeedles on August 15, 2006 05:15:14 PM




juuuuuuuuuuuuust kidding i reread the whole tutorial and figured out where i was confused.  :)

but i'm probably not going to get to sewing the one seam until tomorrow.
well, i don't know.
but i'll be posting my funky dress (sweet $2/yard fabric from walmart) soon.
 :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: naomiiii on August 15, 2006 06:55:00 PM
thanks for the feedback ladies!
i'm currently studying fashion design at UCD, i just finished some summer classes where i learned how to use JUKI industrial sewing machines, boy are they fast and fun!

the "fishtail" back was an accident! i made my circle skirt waist waaaay too big, so i just pinned it in the back with a safety pin. i was planning on going in later and cutting out a large chunk or something, but i got too excited and couldnt take the dress off!

i did buy the fabric at jo-anns, it was all they had for stretchy jersy that wasn't tacky shiny stuff... they also had the olive color. i'm planning on going to a store on thursday to find some more fabrics, i'm going to make my sister a dress to match ;)

i can't believe how easy these dresses are! i've been searching for a backless design for ages, i'm glad i found you ladies! thanks so much!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RunsWithNeedles on August 15, 2006 08:22:23 PM
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551861/)
fat bottom girl.. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551861/) by alycat8701 (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551859/)
fabricccc (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551859/) by alycat8701 (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551857/)
lalala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551857/) by alycat8701 (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551856/)
mom said i'm 80s. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/216551856/) by alycat8701 (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
mom said i looked 80s with my bangs.

haha.

anywyas, that's my dress with cheapo walmart fabric that i looooooove.
this dress makes me want to go bowling (LOL i wrote blowing..oh, i am immature to the maximus)

but i'm gonna wear it tomorrow to babysit. and then also to a clothes swap.
yay.



anywayssssssss, this only took me maybe 30 minutes (not including the time spent cursing at my machine) by hand. because my machine was being a jerk.
um, and i made a bootube too. that way i don't have to wear a bra, but my girls are still supported.




ummmm...kbye? haha.



EDIT: k i never shared pictures from flickr before..so here's the link  ::)
sorry.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/?saved=1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/?saved=1)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: acidalbatross on August 15, 2006 10:15:53 PM
i love that fabric- it's uber fun it looks like you did an excellent job :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MissLulu on August 16, 2006 12:56:07 PM
I lept on the bandwagon, dusted off my sewing machine and made on of navy blue t-shirty material. i love love love it - thanks for all of the tips!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: blonenomore on August 16, 2006 01:04:56 PM

anywayssssssss, this only took me maybe 30 minutes (not including the time spent cursing at my machine) by hand. because my machine was being a jerk.
um, and i made a bootube too. that way i don't have to wear a bra, but my girls are still supported.


What is a "boobtube" and how do you make it?  sorry if it's already posted somewhere on this long board but I didn't come across it.
Thanks!  Your dress is suppppper cute too


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: FauxChina on August 16, 2006 01:12:37 PM
A boobtube is a tube top type thing that you can make as part of the dress or separately to keep from pulling a Janet, and having your boobs slip out of the dress, it also adds a bit more support for those who need it, and to cover up bras if you're really well endowed.  I guess the easiest way to make it would be to measure your bust and sew a tube according to your measurements


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RunsWithNeedles on August 16, 2006 01:36:08 PM



yup, faux china got it right  ;)
but i didn't measure. i cut a strip about 10 inches wide (well, tall when you're wearing it) and then wrapped and pinned so it would be tight on the ladies and sewed.
there's an overlap in the front, but i like that so i can go braless and nothing is seen since it's whiteish fabric.

 :D thanks for the compliments too


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiesmess on August 16, 2006 02:13:46 PM
ok once again

This dress is 345.00 on girlshop. Granted its silk jersey, but still.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RunsWithNeedles on August 16, 2006 07:40:26 PM
ok once again

This dress is 345.00 on girlshop. Granted its silk jersey, but still.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn




geez, and it's so EASY to make!
even for non-sewers.
for real.

 :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: indeliblechange on August 16, 2006 09:13:14 PM
hehe, i just found it on nzgirl.co.nz for $180...
http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/shop/viewproduct.php?item=163


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jelly. on August 17, 2006 03:52:29 AM
Oh yeah that NZ Girl shop is in the new Nuffeild St complex in Newmarket, I think the whole mall only opened today, or this weekend or something.

Has anyone made this dress in a rib?
The only nice stretch fabric I can find for cheap, well its not exactly a rib, but it has lines all through it - kind of the same way corderoy does. Does anyone know what I mean?
Yeah and I cant decide if I should get it and make one or not...or wait until I find some other nicer fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 17, 2006 04:39:16 AM
Oh yeah that NZ Girl shop is in the new Nuffeild St complex in Newmarket, I think the whole mall only opened today, or this weekend or something.

Has anyone made this dress in a rib?
The only nice stretch fabric I can find for cheap, well its not exactly a rib, but it has lines all through it - kind of the same way corderoy does. Does anyone know what I mean?
Yeah and I cant decide if I should get it and make one or not...or wait until I find some other nicer fabric.

Here is my 2 cents on that one...WAIT until you find a stretchy thin jersey type fabric.  I made my first one (a dress) out of a stiffer, thicker, less stretchy fabric, and it is a bit bulky and slips around...I have a hard time tying it so it looks attractive.  (around page 35 or so of this thread)...where as, the awesome olive green fabric I used for my shirt (5 pages ago, maybe) is uber easy to tie and very flattering. 

Of course, if you are one of the skinny-mini-cutey-patootie girls (there are several who have rocked this dress in this thread) you probably don't have to worry about it!  Those of us size 14 plus (and I speak only for myself here) want something that is more body hugging/contouring and don't have to fight with the fabric!  Good luck!

Seriously, someone with a good Wal-Mart or sales rack nearby should stock up on 3 1/2 yard pieces of good quality cheap fabric and sell it to the rest of this crew who can't find any!  Maybe that would make for a great swap...The ideal infinity fabric swap! (Mine was only $1 a yard, which makes you feel awesome when wearing a $2 shirt and strangers beg you for where you got it!!!)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: blonenomore on August 17, 2006 08:10:37 AM
A boobtube is a tube top type thing that you can make as part of the dress or separately to keep from pulling a Janet, and having your boobs slip out of the dress, it also adds a bit more support for those who need it, and to cover up bras if you're really well endowed.  I guess the easiest way to make it would be to measure your bust and sew a tube according to your measurements

Thanks!  I will give that a try with my dress for sure
So I can make a seperate one or sew it in then. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 17, 2006 09:56:19 AM
ok once again

This dress is 345.00 on girlshop. Granted its silk jersey, but still.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn




Price is outrageous, obviously, but the fabric is gorgeous and I like the midriff band idea (though I think it limits the ways you can tie it, and you could get the same effect by wearing your boob tube *over* the straps).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on August 17, 2006 10:18:16 AM
http://www.orientalsilk.com/mulpages/SilkJersey_37.html

There is silk jersey for $20/yard, not too bad for a great top...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: FrogPuddle on August 17, 2006 10:21:24 AM
Wow!! that is such a classy dress, thanks! :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on August 17, 2006 05:06:58 PM
Do you think stretch satin would work for that one?  Instead of silk jersey? *wishes the metre of stretch satin she has wasn't in an unreachable box to check the stretch on it, growls at boyfriend who conned her into putting it up there*


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: val3ntine on August 20, 2006 05:01:16 PM
I made the dress, but I'm having trouble wrapping it.  How are you getting it to look strapless? Do you generally wrap with the "v" in the front or back?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on August 20, 2006 05:16:58 PM
I made the dress, but I'm having trouble wrapping it.  How are you getting it to look strapless? Do you generally wrap with the "v" in the front or back?

How I did strapless:

I wrapped it with the "v" in the front. I wish I had a picture, but I haven't taken one yet. So here's my best description. Mine ended up with more of a sweetheart neckline. I took the left strap and kind of hooked it over the right boob, then did the same with the right strap over the left boob. The bottom looks all funky at this point, but that's where the wrapping comes in hand. I wrapped both sides around the back, then when I got back to the front, I covered the funky, gappy bits in the front by wrapping just under my chest. Perfect for hiding the imperfections. Then I continued around and just tied it in the back (I may have wrapped it around one more time - one of my tops has much longer straps than another). It creates a nice gathered effect.

I hope that made sense ...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pvwon on August 21, 2006 05:25:19 AM
So I finally got my fabric for this dress.  It is black and white thin stripes... very cute.  I was thinking about making it more like this dress, with a band from the underbust to the high hip.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn (http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn)

I have two questions,

1. Has anyone pieced the straps without too much trouble?  The stripes run across the fabric, but I want the straps to have verticle stripes. This leads me to my other question.

2. Would this stripe configuration look okay on a 5' 8" size 12... verticle stripes for the straps, horizontal for the band and verticle stripes at the front center of the skirt.  I always worry about horizontal strpes.

Thanks in advance!
pvwon


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 21, 2006 06:12:34 AM
So I finally got my fabric for this dress.  It is black and white thin stripes... very cute.  I was thinking about making it more like this dress, with a band from the underbust to the high hip.

http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn (http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn)

I have two questions,

1. Has anyone pieced the straps without too much trouble?  The stripes run across the fabric, but I want the straps to have verticle stripes. This leads me to my other question.

2. Would this stripe configuration look okay on a 5' 8" size 12... verticle stripes for the straps, horizontal for the band and verticle stripes at the front center of the skirt.  I always worry about horizontal strpes.

Thanks in advance!
pvwon

If you want to wear this dress like the model from Girlshop with no extra fabric in the bosom area, you'll need to have stretch across the  strap (not going lengthwise, but across). If you DON'T have stretch going the width of the strap you're going to need  a few gathers (or more, if you're generously endowed) where you connect the straps to the skirt so as to get some coverage in that area.

As to the stripes, if they're little you probably won't notice them at all in the awesomeness that is this dress..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pvwon on August 21, 2006 06:23:01 AM
Thanks for the quick response!  The fabric has stretch going both ways, so I think I'll be okay.  I may overlap them a little anyway.  I'll have to pin (carefully!!!) and see.  If I get it done, I'll post some pics.

Thanks again!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: juminee on August 23, 2006 11:25:27 AM
Do you think there'd be a way to get the skirt part to be a little less "ripple-y"? I love love the dress, I think it'd look nicer on my short self if it didn't have as many ripples (folds, creases, whatever you call them)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on August 23, 2006 11:45:45 AM
juminee

Sure you can add any skirt that you would like.  Previously on this thread (man i sound like the start of a TV show, anyway...)  There have been many variations on this dress.  I know I have made it with a hankerchief hem and an A-line skirt.  Really the wow factor comes from the versatility of the straps.

Have fun with it and if you don't like it the first time try it again.  Remember Cheap fabric looks just as fabulous as expensive.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tickleagangster on August 23, 2006 01:18:00 PM
If anyone is having trouble finding nice fabrics, I luck out all the time with some vintage poly or jersey pieces from local thrifts.  I'd loooove to do a swap, so I'm going to try to post up images of the stuff I have in my stash.  I have a brown jersey, black, and a couple of really nice prints so far.  Some of the pieces are under 3 yards, but would still make nice tops or less than a full circle skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on August 23, 2006 01:49:04 PM
If anyone is having trouble finding nice fabrics, I luck out all the time with some vintage poly or jersey pieces from local thrifts.  I'd loooove to do a swap, so I'm going to try to post up images of the stuff I have in my stash.  I have a brown jersey, black, and a couple of really nice prints so far.  Some of the pieces are under 3 yards, but would still make nice tops or less than a full circle skirt.

I would love to try and do a swap./


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on August 24, 2006 04:38:10 PM
Do you think there'd be a way to get the skirt part to be a little less "ripple-y"? I love love the dress, I think it'd look nicer on my short self if it didn't have as many ripples (folds, creases, whatever you call them)

I was considering doing one with either an A-line skirt or a half-circle skirt. Though I find that so long as it is the right length I don't have issues with circle skirts looking odd on me and I'm pretty short too.  You could aslo do a panelled skirt or something if you wanted, but that would probably be better in a style closer to this http://www.girlshop.com/shop/girls/catalog/product.asp?pf%5Fid=KRN%2DK65559D&bt=krn
so it wouldn't be as easy, but it could look great


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: calswimgal on August 25, 2006 04:21:03 PM
i'm in love with the back!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MotorCityPinup on August 25, 2006 08:48:56 PM
Er...okay, I need help!  I read the directions about making a circle skirt, but am not sure I understand correctly (can't remember who wrote them...).  She said to fold a rectangular piece of fabric in half, bottom to meet top, and then fold left to meet the right, "like a four-page book w/bottoms of each set of 2 pages stuck together at the bottom".  What? lol  (I'm new at this!)  She also said that if the sides of the rectangle were 12" and the bottom/top were 24", it would be a 12" skirt?  I think I want it to be a little longer than that (I look best when it hits right below the knee).

The fabric I'm using is from a 60" bolt...any suggestions?  Help!  I really want to make this tomorrow so I can take it on vaca next month, and maybe make some as gifts for my girlfriends.  Thanks! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thevaticant on August 26, 2006 10:46:12 AM
If you try it with paper first, to understand the method, that'll keep you from wasting fabric (hopefully!).
Just take a square of paper, fold it in half one way, then again the other way. Look for the corner that has all the folds edges (it'll be the centre of your original square), and that's where you'll make your cut for the hole in the centre of the paper skirt. The length of the skirt will be the length from the original edge of the paper/fabric to the centre where you cut out the bit for the hole...
If you make your paper skirt out of measurements that are proportionate to your finished measurements, that helps too.
Also, you could check out the circle skirt thread in the clothing section. I don't have the link, but it's quite easy to find.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on August 26, 2006 05:46:39 PM
add the radius of the small circle (waist/pi/2) to the length you want the skirt to be, this will be the radius of the big circle, and the minimum width or length of your folded sections.  If you get what I mean.  If you are really scared, try it with some muslin or paper first, something that you arent going to be upset if you mess it up...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bcgrote on August 27, 2006 10:11:36 PM
What a thread!!!

I must say, every picture I've seen is absolutely wonderful!  THis dress looks great on so many figure types, it's amazing!

And for us incredible growing and/or shrinking women, the adjustability factor is a sweet bonus!

Than you sooo much for creating this beautiful thing!  I will post when I make mine!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: swampcricket on August 28, 2006 06:35:36 PM
a circle skirt tutorial:

http://www.whatthecraft.com/index.htm (http://www.whatthecraft.com/index.htm)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 29, 2006 10:30:36 AM
I made another one.  I made this one in green, and lined the straps with a contrast print.  The lined straps are very thick, though.  I think I'm going to need to narrow them greatly.  Still fun!  I also made a boob tube to increase the wearing possiblities, as seen below.



Pics of other wearing combinations here (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/album?.dir=853cre2&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/my_photos).  

All are invited to use the convertible dress (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/my_photos) yahoo photo album!  Password is the name of this website.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on August 29, 2006 10:44:20 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/nicegirl512/GreenDress3Front.jpg

What kind of fabric is your dress made out of?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nicegirl512 on August 29, 2006 11:14:20 AM
What kind of fabric is your dress made out of?

Hmm, I'm not really sure.  They're both synthetic for sure.  The green I got on clearance at Hancock for $1/yd (score! it's hard to find bargain knits).  It has sort of a crepe-y appearance, and it's a four way stretch.  The floral is from the bargain table at G Street Fabric (local DC area fabric store).  It is also a four way stretch and has a very slippery/silky feel.  The floral absolutely requires a stretch needle to work, a regular needle can barely push its way through.

Hemming a circle skirt with 4 way stretch is a pain, btw, because the fabric only rolls where it's on the grain and not on the bias.  I probably should have reversed the right side/wrong side of the fabric, because there are places where the hem rolls outward and I should have made it so the curl goes inward.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on August 29, 2006 12:41:16 PM
Thanks, I think I may go look around Hancocks.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on August 29, 2006 05:16:31 PM
I made another one.  I made this one in green, and lined the straps with a contrast print.  The lined straps are very thick, though.  I think I'm going to need to narrow them greatly.  Still fun!  I also made a boob tube to increase the wearing possiblities, as seen below.

Pics of other wearing combinations here (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/album?.dir=853cre2&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/my_photos). 

All are invited to use the convertible dress (http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/convertibledress/my_photos) yahoo photo album!  Password is the name of this website.


No. 1 is my absolute favorite! I'm gonna have to try that tying method ...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on August 31, 2006 07:19:29 AM
Does anyone on her watch Project Runway? I wonder of Laura reads Crafster after seeing this:



Come on, we've all made this dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: socomfyhere on August 31, 2006 07:51:32 AM
omg i totally agree!  i think that laura's dress was a bit of a cop-out...i mean, they're like professional designers and as we all know this dress can be made with one line of stitching!  did anyone else notice that every time they showed her working on it she was just adjusting the way the straps were tied on the mannequin? i wish someone like nina garcia (with her apparently infinite knowledge of clothing construction ;)) would have called her out on that


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DeliaRana on August 31, 2006 07:53:08 AM
I was thinking the same thing.  I think she may have done something a little different to the back, but it is a variation of the dress we have all made.
Her modeling this also goes to show how versatile it can be.  She is  early in her pregnancy and it still looks good on her, and it travels well.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MotorCityPinup on August 31, 2006 07:11:57 PM
Finally made mine!  I'm definitely making more...gotta find some print jersey.  Where do I go?  lol  I'm so excited - this is my first dress ever, and it looks SO nice!  Thanks, Ro!  :D  I'm completely jazzed!  Sorry about all the pics, but...first dress. :)  I think I'll put elastic in the waist - I have scoliosis, which makes it hang lower on one side, and I think the elastic will help, but I'm just in serious like with the dress.  Hubby likes it too. :D :)

Sorry about the messy, chopstick-ed up hair and bad makeup.  It gets hot in the studio.  :P  ;)








Thanks for looking! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hgflower on August 31, 2006 08:22:25 PM
your dress looks so great!! i'm always amazed at all beautiful dresses that everyone is making in this thread :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on September 01, 2006 09:26:29 AM
MotorCityPinup,
Looks absolutely great on you!
Almost addictive, isn't it!??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MotorCityPinup on September 01, 2006 12:07:35 PM
TOTALLY addictive.  I think I'm going to use one of my vintage pins on the shoulder for the Grecian look, it'll be so swank.  I can't wait to make the next one!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on September 01, 2006 10:51:35 PM
MotorCityPinup, in that last pic you almost look like Samantha from Bewitched :P

I have to get the time to make my dress, but I'm so busy working and trying to find a job that I have no time to sew atm... *cries*


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TinyTerrorTrina on September 02, 2006 09:47:58 AM
I'm so   confused about the band. Like everything about it. I know it's prob. not as difficult as i'm thinking about it, but im so lost.. :(   And how do you make the dress have the "sleeve" look?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on September 02, 2006 09:58:38 AM
wow motorcitypinup!!  Your dress is so flattering on you and you have shown us once again how versatile this dress is!!

 I see that it is appearing a lot on wistlists for swaps and since it is so easy, it makes swappers like me look like sewing goddesses to our swap partners who don't sew--ha ha!!

I come to this post often to get inspired by everyone's dresses !!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: violet, flashing on September 03, 2006 03:41:47 PM
Just browsing online for inspiration and found this:

http://www.fredericks.com/promo/convertible042006.asp

and this:

http://www.fredericks.com/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=Holiday2002&category%5Fname=Clothing-Short+Dresses&product%5Fid=20035

Also, I saw a version of this on an episode of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' the one where Larry and his wife renew their vows. For the ceremony she wore a pink satiny shirt which was basically a halter, but had 'ties' attached at the cleavage that were similar in that you could arrange them in different ways.
Here's a link to stills from the episode - it's not the best shot of the shirt but you get the idea...

http://www.hbo.com/larrydavid/episode/season4/episode39.html

I HAVE to make a version of this dress! (haven't got around to getting fabric for it)
BTW, I've been glued to this thread and I totally love everyones take on the infinity design.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Faerietail on September 03, 2006 08:59:37 PM
Wow, those Fredericks photos are so trashy...!

Sorry, I just had to point that out.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on September 04, 2006 07:32:05 AM

 I see that it is appearing a lot on wistlists for swaps and since it is so easy, it makes swappers like me look like sewing goddesses to our swap partners who don't sew--ha ha!!


I had never even THOUGHT of making one of these for a swap! What a great idea!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jershyLA on September 04, 2006 08:37:19 AM
Okay so i relize now that my problem with this dress is the circle skirt. when i fold the fabric i am getting a retangle instead of the square. when i do manage to ge the square the skirt is way to short. i am a size 26-28 so can someone please tell me how to do this. i need the skirt to hang to my knees. also when i cut the waist it takes almost half the material. is ther a wa to just slit the frabict to get the openig?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 04, 2006 10:26:06 AM
Okay so i relize now that my problem with this dress is the circle skirt. when i fold the fabric i am getting a retangle instead of the square. when i do manage to ge the square the skirt is way to short. i am a size 26-28 so can someone please tell me how to do this. i need the skirt to hang to my knees. also when i cut the waist it takes almost half the material. is ther a wa to just slit the frabict to get the openig?

 I think what you need to do is to cut out 2 half circles and sew them together. I know there are tutorials on here somewhere showing how but I'm having PC probs today and can't make search work for me. The wider the fabric, the longer you can make your skirt. I've made one today as part of a different dress using the square instead of cutting out a cirlce, it gives a kind of hankerchief hem look, and because I didn't have to cut any off to make it rounded it is floorlength.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DuMont on September 04, 2006 11:30:47 AM
Yay! I'm happy, I finished it!!!
I made a square skirt instead of a circle skirt though. I love it so much!! The one thing that bugs me is the fact that I used printed fabric, so it has a backside to it that doesn't look nearly as interesting as the front side(you can see in some of the pics at the bottom of the dress.)
Oh, and sorry for the big pics, I'm lazy. :P


Excuse my blindingly red eye :P




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on September 04, 2006 12:47:00 PM
VERY chic, DuMont!  I love that pattern!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 04, 2006 12:58:33 PM
That is lovely, I still haven't got around to a patterned one yet  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thevampirehanna on September 04, 2006 01:07:26 PM
Ok so when i first stumbled across the tut for this (thank you so so much!) i printed it out imediately and put it aside for the time i had somehow aquired the perfect fabric. That day came last weekend when i was at walmart (dont shoot me!) and stumbled across 2 dollar a yarn stretch in a fab color not even thinking of what i could do with it just that it was a good price I bought two yards bought it home and then of course went "AhHA!" And so the results are below.



(ignore those bra straps, they are merely a figment of your imagination)


Its love.




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on September 04, 2006 10:11:47 PM
Ok so when i first stumbled across the tut for this (thank you so so much!) i printed it out imediately and put it aside for the time i had somehow aquired the perfect fabric. That day came last weekend when i was at walmart (dont shoot me!) and stumbled across 2 dollar a yarn stretch in a fab color not even thinking of what i could do with it just that it was a good price I bought two yards bought it home and then of course went "AhHA!" And so the results are below.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v285/the_vampire_hanna/HPIM1070.jpg (ignore those bra straps, they are merely a figment of your imagination)



Whoa! How'd you do those straps?! Awesome!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: acidalbatross on September 04, 2006 11:31:15 PM
i love the 2 colors! neato!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on September 05, 2006 06:03:51 AM
I, too, would like to know how you got the checkerboard effect from this dress!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: thevampirehanna on September 05, 2006 09:31:57 AM
Thanks, Its simple realy... I didnt have enough of either color for straps to be the full length of the same color and so I combined! The ends of em are the greenish blue and and as you can see where its attached its white. Just yet another take on this fab dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: meimei on September 07, 2006 07:35:34 AM
I just found this dress on asos.com for £75.
http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=120878&cid=-1 (http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=120878&cid=-1)
A lot cheaper than some of the other versions on the net, but still wayy too pricey when it's only got one seam! Thanks heavens for craftster.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on September 07, 2006 08:04:16 AM
I just found this dress on asos.com for £75.
http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=120878&cid=-1 (http://www.asos.com/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=120878&cid=-1)
A lot cheaper than some of the other versions on the net, but still wayy too pricey when it's only got one seam! Thanks heavens for craftster.

Intersting bra on that website (Braza bra, goes up to DD cup!!)

I'm not absolutely positive but this may be the OTHER Infinite dress pattern, the one attributed to Lydia Silvestry  (the one with the one seam going vertical instead of horizontal). It has a much straighter skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kristen81 on September 07, 2006 07:29:08 PM
I LOVE this dress. I making mine right now...I think I'll add a tube top underneath tho...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jedifreac on September 09, 2006 04:01:01 AM
I gave it a shot.  It was my first time sewing stretch knits and I didn't have a serger so if you look at the zigzags the Zs are all different sizes.  Luckily it's really hard to notice.  I was initially going to make one of the "tails" red and the other black but then I ended up looking like Harley Quinn from Batman.  I just stuck with one panel.  The skirt is a rectangle skirt because I knew I would never be able to cut a perfect circle.

I think I may have made the tails too long though because I always seem to have too much to wrap.  They're 4 yards.  It gets stifling hot when I'm all wrapped up!

I'm all for instant gratification and this thing only took me a couple of hours, so thanks sooo much for posting the tutorial!  ^_^







Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: meimei on September 09, 2006 07:47:29 AM
Intersting bra on that website (Braza bra, goes up to DD cup!!)

I'm not absolutely positive but this may be the OTHER Infinite dress pattern, the one attributed to Lydia Silvestry  (the one with the one seam going vertical instead of horizontal). It has a much straighter skirt.

Haha yes I looked at the bra too, I'm not sure that I'd wear it personally...
Yeah I agree, it's definately more like the Lydia Silvestry dress. I might have a go at making one like that, not that I've even made the craftster version yet, damned back-to-school clothes eating up my money. *sigh*, eventually I'll have this dress...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on September 09, 2006 07:48:27 AM
It looks great, jedifreac!  I really like the red.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kristen81 on September 09, 2006 10:34:56 AM
I made mine with 4 way stretch.  I doubled my straps and it made them WAY to heavy!!!  I have to re-do them and attache them end to end instead.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: meimei on September 09, 2006 01:11:26 PM
jedifreac I love the hem on your and the red panel. it's gorgeous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: danger.kitty on September 10, 2006 08:03:58 AM
I hope our crafty ladies in NZ have found this thread and are making their own versions of this dress rather than buying this New Zealand made version I found online for $180.00 http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/shop/viewproduct.php?item=163
 PS - I will post pics of the top I made using this principle one of these days...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: indeliblechange on September 10, 2006 02:32:20 PM
I hope our crafty ladies in NZ have found this thread and are making their own versions of this dress rather than buying this New Zealand made version I found online for $180.00 http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/shop/viewproduct.php?item=163
 PS - I will post pics of the top I made using this principle one of these days...

lol yeah i posted that link a few pages back. hehe


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: serahkins on September 11, 2006 02:25:51 PM
I was browsing through a 'girls' website and they are selling *this* dress for $180!!!! :O :O :O MADNESS!

Anyway, they have done a sheet/instructions on some basic styles, quite interesting:

http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/articles/6792 (http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/articles/6792)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: danger.kitty on September 11, 2006 04:56:34 PM
haha...everyone is raggin on the NZGirl now


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jutybo on September 13, 2006 08:52:22 AM
Hello all, I made another maternity top a few weeks ago and just got around to posting pics of it!  I didn't have enough fabric to do the straps, so I just made the top with a boob tube and a modified circle-skirt that's longer in the front to accomodate the baby belly. It's technically two seams instead of one, since I had to sew the boob tube to itself, but I posted a few pics here if anyone's interested:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120526.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120526.0)
Thanks for looking!   :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MotorCityPinup on September 13, 2006 12:15:21 PM
That looks great, jedifreak!  I love that splash of red. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: serahkins on September 13, 2006 04:53:00 PM
I hope our crafty ladies in NZ have found this thread and are making their own versions of this dress rather than buying this New Zealand made version I found online for $180.00 http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/shop/viewproduct.php?item=163
 PS - I will post pics of the top I made using this principle one of these days...


LOL, I didn't even see your post and only clicked when I read the one you posted after I posted! I live in NZ and I made my -multi dress- for $15 and it only took about an hour... I can't believe they are charging $180! Sacre Blu!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kristen81 on September 15, 2006 09:57:58 PM
Here's mine!!!  4 way stretch!








Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poppysmum on September 15, 2006 10:40:50 PM
Wow! You look great! Fantastic figure by the way... :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kristen81 on September 15, 2006 11:05:56 PM
 :D  Wow!  Thanks!!!


..they're real and they're fabulous  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on September 16, 2006 01:35:31 AM
Kristen81 - awesome!!  That 3rd picture is the absolute knockout.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on September 16, 2006 07:42:23 AM
What a beautiful dress Kristen!  The fabric is amazing!  And I adore the color too!
See, you show that those of us with big chi-chis can wear this dress (and ROCK it!)  :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on September 16, 2006 09:49:35 AM
Wow! Kristen!  You spectacular!  That red is so lovely.  You totally look like you're on your way to a red carpet debue.  Good job.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kristen81 on September 16, 2006 09:57:13 AM
Wow!  Thanks everyone!!!!  I was thinking I was showing off too much...but hey!  Maybe not!

You think this dress would be ok to wear to the theater?  (My boyfriend and I splurged on Phantom of the Opera tix)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hgflower on September 16, 2006 10:14:00 AM
i think that dress would be PERFECT!! it looks so great on you :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on September 16, 2006 11:18:46 AM
Red carpet Debue!!  HELLO!  Of course you can wear it to the theatre.  That is one very lucky boy.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poppysmum on September 16, 2006 05:19:29 PM
Course you can wear it to the theatre. Were else would ya go lookin' that fab?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LindaL on September 17, 2006 12:04:04 PM
i just love this dress, and i'm sooooo psyched about making one, and maybe a couple more for girlfriends too!  I would like to make one to wear to work; but can't quite figure out how to cover my back with the straps so it's "appropriate office attire," as they say where i work  ;)  any pix or can ya'll tell me how to design straps to cover your back?  Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kristen81 on September 17, 2006 12:23:49 PM
When I wrapped mine I put the two straps over my shoulders then keeping them flat (not twisted) I crossed them over my back and back around the front.  Because my straps are but wider (to accomodate the girls) they cover nicely.

You could also make or buy a little tube top to wear underneath (or even a camisole).

 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LindaL on September 17, 2006 05:04:36 PM
Thanks gf...i got it now, a litle camie underneath is the perfect look. :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PixieSkull on September 21, 2006 10:16:24 AM
This tutorial was VERY easy to follow, thanks for writng it all out. Easy, cute, versatile in SO many ways... just awesome all around.

I made two dresses and one top a few days ago. Instead of the circle skirt, I want the asymetrical hem to showcase the stripes on my fabric. That makes it easier to sew the waistband on and if you want to hem it there are only straight edges. I ended up overlapping the straps a bit too much, but I don't mind.

One thing I tried was moving the waistband so the front is short and the back is super-long and it looks great either with or without pants.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Flansy on September 21, 2006 10:40:39 AM
Sorry if this has been posted already, but I was flipping through my Real Simple magazine this morning and saw they have an article on convertible clothing!

Having this tutorial, and looking at those other pieces really got the my mind cranking about what else I could make!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rebexy on September 28, 2006 06:28:06 PM
i did it! i did it! i used just about the heaviest jersey knit i've ever seen, but i wanted a cheap knit and this was it. this is the practice, i have a beautiful lightweight knit to do the real one. it's red with some orange black and green outlined flower detail. sounds hideous, but it's much prettier than it sounds.
anyways, sorry you can't see much detail of the wrapping or anything, but it's just a basic wrap style that's in a few of the posts.
ps- apologies, this is my first post so i don't know if i linked the pics right...
http://static.flickr.com/107/255264498_f165cdd432.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/107/255264498_f165cdd432.jpg)
http://static.flickr.com/90/255264495_e8c527dfb2.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/90/255264495_e8c527dfb2.jpg)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on September 28, 2006 06:57:12 PM
Great job Rebexy!  Yours is too cute!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: green.turtle on September 29, 2006 06:02:46 AM
ooh! it's so much fun coming back to look at this thread and see so many more pretty dresses! good job!! <33


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: talmina on September 29, 2006 08:35:42 PM
Rebexy, that first pic is excellent, very Marilyn Monore, but sort of a darker version....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on October 02, 2006 06:12:07 AM
I was flipping through Real Simple magazine at the grocery yesterday and they have an entire article on adjustable clothing!

This dress is not in there, but there are shawl/sweaters, jeans, jackets/vests, and dress/skirts. Some really cute stuff, but rather expensive.

Just letting y'all know that you are on the cutting ( ha!) edge of fashion!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CUTOMISEJUNKIE on October 03, 2006 02:00:22 AM
1:i LOVE UR DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2: did u relally make dat i wud buy it in heartbeat frm topshop 3:my friends sister for a cousins wedding bought a dress lkie that fr aronds £60-£100 4: ur really  talented its a CRIME  if u dont become a designer 5: who is hat  ADORABLY CUTE baby i want that baby its soooooooo cute 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rebexy on October 03, 2006 06:51:05 PM
as promised... the REAL dress with the pretty red print. This one was a little more difficult since the print is only one-sided. I couldn't just line up any old side I wanted. So I ended up not following Ro's tute exactly. i seamed with the right side of the skirt facing up. It made more sense to me that way anyway. As you can see from the back pics, one-sided prints require some extra care, so I'll probably double the straps toward the end so that it's 2-sided.
I plan to wear to a wedding rehearsal dinner this weekend, I'm thrilled!!!!
http://static.flickr.com/87/260257160_89cd7a1765.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/87/260257160_89cd7a1765.jpg)
http://static.flickr.com/104/260257158_93a4353cff.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/104/260257158_93a4353cff.jpg)
http://static.flickr.com/95/260257152_a6f2f70f21.jpg (http://static.flickr.com/95/260257152_a6f2f70f21.jpg)

This is a beautiful thin knit. The lady cutting it at the fabric store said, and i quote, 'oooo, this fabric is like buttah!'
i'm a 36B/C, and by tying it under or over the bust, there is no extra holdage needed. it's definitely possible to wear a tank top or something though as well. it's a good idea to make a practice one with some cheaper fabric to understand how it goes together. Lining everything up under the seam takes some patience!

Go sew it!

xo


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ladyofthelake on October 04, 2006 03:56:23 AM
That is freakin' gorgeous, Rebexy!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on October 04, 2006 10:19:08 AM
Hot hot hot! I love it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ChaCha05 on October 16, 2006 01:44:04 PM
Finally had a chance to make some more!

http://www.buxomentertainment.com/i/u/2105365/i/store/ginanahidclaudmari002rs.jpg

I looove the colors I found in L.A.'s garmet district!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on October 16, 2006 01:50:23 PM
Wow, ChaCha!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ingysoup on October 16, 2006 02:31:31 PM
Wowza, and I thought this dress was for the "unencumbered."  I was Soooooooo  wrong!  Awesome!  I belong in this group!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on October 16, 2006 03:11:05 PM
ChaCha05 AMAZING AMAZING!!! Those are absolutely gorgeous, I am soooo scared to attempt this again. But, those are GREAT!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: poppysmum on October 16, 2006 05:37:10 PM
Oh my goodness! What beautiful women! Oh, & dresses of course...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybitch on October 17, 2006 05:27:17 AM
WOW. Beautiful! The colors are great, your models are perfect, the dresses look amazing! That picture should be in a magazine!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Gangsta_Vegan on October 17, 2006 07:19:26 AM
Here's my addition to the Infinite dress craze.  Thanks Rostichery-girl you rock!

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c65/superfoxymama25/100_2935.jpg
view 2:
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c65/superfoxymama25/100_2936.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mento_bug on October 17, 2006 07:30:31 AM
ok so i already posted this back at the orginal (?) infinity dress thred but i thought i would add it to the wonderful collection of dresses here:

it was spirit week and today was purple and gold day!!! (i was wearing a fabulous layered gold necklace which i conviently broke before i had the idea to take a picture!! :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sweetz_love on October 17, 2006 07:43:25 AM
ok so i already posted this back at the orginal (?) infinity dress thred but i thought i would add it to the wonderful collection of dresses here:
it was spirit week and today was purple and gold day!!! (i was wearing a fabulous layered gold necklace which i conviently broke before i had the idea to take a picture!! :(

mento_bug..... yours is absolutely georgeous
i HAVE to make one
it looks great short like that
so young and hip
im gonna join the club and make one once i get the right fabric
it looks great on you


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on October 17, 2006 07:52:42 AM
I'm wearing mine right now!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on October 17, 2006 08:26:07 PM
I tried making this dress but had SERIOUS problems with the dress being WAY TOO big at the waist.  What measurement should I use?  I used the underbust divided by four method and that was HUGE!  Please help me 'cause I need this dress for Halloween!  Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Bambridge Bears on October 17, 2006 10:46:16 PM
I made one but failed on the straps I cut them too narrow how do you work out how wide they should be?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on October 18, 2006 12:43:38 AM
ShelbyBelby : you gotta divide by Pi to get the correct circle waist..... I just fudged mine by dividing by 3, as it was a stretch fabric it worked fine  :)

Eccles2003: measure from the centre of your chest to your side


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Bambridge Bears on October 18, 2006 12:55:24 AM
Oh DUH!!!
Some days I just can't think!
Thanks


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss_Vicki on October 18, 2006 01:15:23 AM
I am officially gonna jump on this bandwagon.  I have a box full of 2 way stretch living under my bed that is begging to have something made out of it. 

Also wanted to mention I have a summer top at home which I bought at a chain store around 6 years ago that uses a similar concept.  It is even more brief than the tops I have seen here in this thread so I'll take some pics when I find the top.  For now, try to imagine a string bikini made with infinity dress type ties instead of the usual triangles.  I loved it so much I did try to make another, but that was a very long time ago and my sewing skills sucked, it was a disaster.  Time for me to try again.  ;D  I'm so excited.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: max on October 18, 2006 11:50:16 AM
Soooo... I have a question. It's hard to tell in the picture tutorial but are the straps placed on the dress right sides together?
max


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: autopilotstar on October 18, 2006 01:20:00 PM
I tried making this dress but had SERIOUS problems with the dress being WAY TOO big at the waist.  What measurement should I use?  I used the underbust divided by four method and that was HUGE!  Please help me 'cause I need this dress for Halloween!  Thanks!

I also made the waist too big originally.  For others who haven't cut the circle yet, I would recomment forgetting about measurements and just cutting it really small (way smaller than you think it should be), and then open it up and try it, and cut it bigger if need be.  You can always cut more, but if you cut it too big... you can't uncut (obviously).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on October 18, 2006 01:25:53 PM
I found that when i did cut it too big i would just take that all in with gathers in the waist band.  Hopefully you can salvage your skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tinybits on October 18, 2006 01:54:11 PM
ohhh this is great! now i know what to wear for the big day :D

 i read all the replies (yep all 63 pages) and fell in love with the all the versions.. i love the tube top idea, it would be great to cover up sides and backs  to show off the bra. i will definetely try this with black and might make the skirt longer.

the only thing i worry about is my big stomach.. gosh i hate that..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: autopilotstar on October 18, 2006 02:40:34 PM
About the 'big stomach', I think this dress would be pretty good for hiding it.  If you kind of wear the band higher up (under the bust rather than at the waist) then the poufy-ness of the skirt part will just pouf, and people will think it's the dress not your stomach... if that makes any sense.

Definitely give it a try, it seems to be flattering on a lot of different body types!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tinybits on October 18, 2006 11:50:11 PM
thanks for the tip autopilotstar.. so it is only the way you tie it not the way you sew it.. cool!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: emmalou135 on October 19, 2006 10:43:17 AM
This is so clever, and seems easy enough for me to make too :P ur a star x x x


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Emmi on October 20, 2006 01:50:43 PM
I'm new here, so this is my first post! :)I have to try this dress..i love that dress!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Emmi on October 20, 2006 02:16:01 PM
I made this dress and my daughter wanted her own dress too :) Does anyone have any instruction how to tie this dress differently?  
So here is the pic of my dress..
http://www.jessicastyle.com/js/userpix/3192_Infinity_dress_1.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on October 20, 2006 02:27:35 PM
That looks wonderful!

I suggest that if you have some time take a peek through some of the pages of this thread.  You will find a lot of different ways to tie this dress.  personally my favourite way is to flip the straps over my shoulders, cross, and wrap around my waist.  it is simple and quick.

by the way, welcome to craftster.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Eveel on October 20, 2006 03:50:36 PM
That is a beautiful color and very flattering.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Emmi on October 20, 2006 11:41:49 PM
That looks wonderful!

I suggest that if you have some time take a peek through some of the pages of this thread.  You will find a lot of different ways to tie this dress.  personally my favourite way is to flip the straps over my shoulders, cross, and wrap around my waist.  it is simple and quick.

by the way, welcome to craftster.

Thank you for the info.. i have checked this tread, and there is so many ways to use it, but i would love to have some insturctions how to tie those ways..  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: niftyba on October 22, 2006 08:59:48 AM
I'm watching "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?," and the wedding coordinator is wearing a pinkish convertible dress like the ones on here!

And that was so strange because I'm wearing one I made the other day right now.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cyberange on October 23, 2006 02:39:19 PM
this dress is so amazing it's for all the size all styles  !!! merci beaucoup !


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: amybworth on October 25, 2006 12:48:02 PM
ChaCha, I love your photo!  You can only get that light and those colors in Southern California…



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rondafrank on October 25, 2006 10:30:23 PM
wow im impress looks great!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mermaid melanie on October 28, 2006 09:08:54 AM
You guys are amazing.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TAddictedAngelT on October 29, 2006 03:06:32 PM
eek

i'm making it right now with this blue jersey fabric i got from wal mart for a dollar a yard

the instructs are so confusing

but i cut out all the parts already.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TAddictedAngelT on October 29, 2006 04:36:29 PM
ok i just finished
it was soooooo easy
i love it
its my new favorite dress
its really comfy too

oh for all of you guys who don't know this

WAL-MART SELLS JERSEY FABRIC FOR $1 A YARD.


I always see posts on crafster with people not knowing where to buy jersey. I've been to 3 walmarts and all of them carried jersey for a dollar a yard.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on October 29, 2006 05:20:29 PM
I did it! I did it!!  I did it!!!  So...I just finished my dress and it is gorgeous!  It is technically my 2nd garment, but the other (another infinity) needs to be fixed (couple of missed spots sewing and elastic added because the skirt is HUGE!) but I finished my dress in time for Halloween!!! I am so glad that the structure of the dress allows for imperfections 'cause it is hard to sew stretchy fabric and being a novice and all....well, without further ado here is the link to my dress:  http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/7125/sp3380zg4.jpg  (I will fix this when it lets me!)

Not the best photo - I look all haggard, but I was so proud.  In case you can't tell the dress is midnight blue with gold specks and is a rectangle so the sides are jagged.  I will post more pics when I go out in full costume!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on October 29, 2006 06:22:22 PM
oooh, love the sparkly fabric!  i want to make my next one with the square skirt like that. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on October 30, 2006 09:55:28 AM
ShelbyBelby, that looks fantastic on you!! I love the fabric you used and the length is just right! :) Great job. :)

(Where did you get that fabric, btw?)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on October 30, 2006 10:02:23 AM
Thanks!  I got the fabric at Jo-Ann.  It was a lot more than I wanted to spend, but I fell in love with it and nothing else would do - you know how that goes!  Anyhow, it was $12.99 a yard, but I used my 40% off cupon and that helped.  I did mess up on a cut and went back for more for the skirt and used a yard and a half instead of a yard so it would be a bit longer.  Still so proud of myself!   :D ;D ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RobinLynne on October 30, 2006 08:18:57 PM
 ;D Here's mine, finally! I loooove it. $2/yd fabric from wal-mart ( :'( ) soft and fabulous!  Thanks for the original post, Ro'! <333


 




They're all clickable/enlargeable :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ChaCha05 on October 31, 2006 09:18:44 AM
Thanks!  I got the fabric at Jo-Ann.  It was a lot more than I wanted to spend, but I fell in love with it and nothing else would do - you know how that goes!  Anyhow, it was $12.99 a yard, but I used my 40% off cupon and that helped.  I did mess up on a cut and went back for more for the skirt and used a yard and a half instead of a yard so it would be a bit longer.  Still so proud of myself!   :D ;D ::)

Shelby... I've seen that fabric in so many colors...and I'm DYING to try it, but the price tag is just too steep!
I love how flattering it is on you!  8)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on October 31, 2006 10:57:53 AM
I know, it was really expensive, but the dress has to be blue (hard to be the 'Devil With a Blue Dress' without a blue dress) and there was no other fabric that was in the right blue family that would work - especially when I fell in love with that fabric.  I know I'll wear it again, though!  I bought 2 pari of blue leggings for $8 at Wal-Mart that match perfectly (I'm wearing them in the pic) and am using one for a shrug and wearing the other.  How they turned out the EXAXCT shade, I'll never know!

The other dress I made is a grey-ish blue and it was only $2 a yard at Wal-Mart.  Every WallyWorld I go to I check the $1 bin, but I never find any that will work for this dress!  Oh, well $2 isn't bad...at least they always have something that will work for my handbags and I can make 3-5 bags per yard, so that works.......can't wait to post pics I take of the dress in full costume!   8) ;D ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TheRehn on November 01, 2006 02:18:08 PM
;D Here's mine, finally! I loooove it. $2/yd fabric from wal-mart ( :'( ) soft and fabulous!  Thanks for the original post, Ro'! <333

The dress looks great on you and I love the different ways you tie it :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Elizzlebizzle on November 02, 2006 06:35:47 PM
this is such a fantastic dress... I want to make one when it quits being freezing cold here!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: domUNIQUE on November 02, 2006 06:43:45 PM
Robin, how thick are your straps?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 04, 2006 08:38:32 AM
Robin, how thick are your straps?

I was wondering the same thing domUnique!  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RobinLynne on November 04, 2006 07:52:38 PM
Quote
Quote from: domUNIQUE on November 02, 2006 08:43:45 PM
Robin, how thick are your straps?

I was wondering the same thing domUnique!  Wink

My straps are 6" wide  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: domUNIQUE on November 05, 2006 09:30:34 AM
ya got that, alwaysinmyroom?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: craft_princess on November 05, 2006 08:08:41 PM
Oh!!! I´m new here, and what can I say, I started looking at all your dresses, and I couldn´t end till I saw all of them... now I need to do one!!! but, here it´s 5 a.m. and everybody is sleeping, so... I cannot give it a try right now... but wait till tomorrow! (I´ve to search if I have enough fabric or go and buy more)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on November 05, 2006 09:43:27 PM
I was posting other pictures on Craftster and realized that I'd never posted the second dress that I made.

This is my adorable sister and the awesome purple dress. I made this one with a slightly stretch purple satin that was matte on one side and shiny on the other. I decided to make the skirt matte and the straps shiny so that as you wrapped it, the opposite side didn't look out of place. I love the effect it gave.

The front:
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/purple%20dress1.jpg

Oooh la la! The back!!
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/purple%20dress3.jpg

And, of course, a much more demure back picture:
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/purple%20dress2.jpg

I love the way that she's able to wear it with a completely open back.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 06, 2006 07:50:05 AM
Gorgeous! and what a good idea to reverse the fabric so that it wraps properly!! This is still one of the most flattering dress for everyone--I love how she can wear the back so open like that!!

Wonderful job on both dresses

and, yeah, dom, I got it--six inch straps!! ha ha


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on November 06, 2006 08:56:44 AM
and, yeah, dom, I got it--six inch straps!! ha ha

ALWAYS: Is she your new model? 
Dom: looks like you lined up a personal seamstress, eh?  :P

Eirle, GREAT DRESS! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on November 06, 2006 10:45:24 AM
I <3 dom! The daughter I never had!!!  :-*

And she wants this dress, which of course, I have told her how many hours I will have to take to make it  ;), and that she will have to send me lots and lots of knitted goodies because of all the intricate sewing, fitting, etc.  :D

So ladies, be sure to tell her how hard this dress is to make... :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alohamom2three on November 07, 2006 12:02:02 AM
I can't believe I just read all 67 pages of this post...it took two days.  The only stretch jersey in my stash is a little bit of pink with metallic stars from one of my girls' halloween costume.  Walmart's open but I'm broke....grrr >:(
Must buy fabric...must make dress...

Great job everybody!! What a fun project...hopefully I'll be able to make a dress and get it on here on page 100...I don't see this post stopping!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on November 07, 2006 08:12:29 AM
Hey, I made three of these dresses! Two I made before August, and one in September, but have only just got around to posting pics!

This one makes me feel like Marilyn Monroe:
http://myspace-983.vo.llnwd.net/01396/38/91/1396191983_m.jpg

I love the colour of this one and wore it to my Dad's birthday meal and got a lot of nice comments from the women who went (Daddy's a bit of a pimp  8)):
http://myspace-470.vo.llnwd.net/01396/07/41/1396191470_m.jpg

I wore this one (made with a tight pencil skirt) to my 18th birthday party in September (it was a cocktail party and everyone had to wear cocktail dresses and suits) and loads of people were amazed that I made it:
http://myspace-425.vo.llnwd.net/01396/52/42/1396192425_m.jpg

And I Love purple, but didn't have enough material for a full dress, so made this top (and love it):
http://myspace-284.vo.llnwd.net/01359/48/23/1359413284_m.jpg

I love this dress, it's so versatile, I just want one in every colour! I'm planning on making a top in grey and one in red.

Let me know what you think. x


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Sanjaa on November 07, 2006 08:41:20 AM
All of the dresses are amazing!!!

prettyandpetite: I love them all!!!  They all look great on you, and I too think you should go ahead and make the tops and dresses in every colour.  This way you will never run out of clothes to wear :).  One question, how long were your straps?  They seem short to me, which I like, because of the sleeker look.

(I have yet to make mine)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on November 07, 2006 08:56:16 AM
OMG!!! Those are gorgeous!!! I especially love the turquoise color, and your innovative use of a pencil skirt - SUCH a GREAT idea!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Sanjaa on November 07, 2006 09:24:52 AM
Another question: I want to use stretchy material for my dress, but which material do you recommend? Something that hopefully won't fray at the ends, or roll up.  Surprisingly enough, finding the righ matterial is the hardest part for me.  Not a great selection here in Canada, Ontario (if you know otherwise, please say so).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on November 07, 2006 09:31:53 AM
My straps were just played by ear, on the turquoise one *goes to measure* they are 71 inches long. On the black one, I had to sew an extra bit of length on because they were too short.

I used a jersey knit fabric for the white one, and that's ok but I dont really like the edges raw (they go a bit fluffy..it's weird) but I'm too lazy to do anything about it, even though I have an overlocker. The other ones were made from a more lycra fabric that does roll up at the edges, but I like that because it covers dodgy cutting. They don't roll up too much.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sarahpanda on November 07, 2006 10:04:50 AM
PrettyandPetite: Good work, those are beautiful. I think it's funny that you're making the exact same face in every picture.  :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Born2bWild on November 07, 2006 10:36:08 AM
Those look great on you. I'm so jealous of everyone's infinity dresses. I want to make a dress and a top but my sewing machine's broke and I've been so busy working I haven't taken it to get it fixed. I'm this ( ) close to hand sewing!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RubyTuesday on November 07, 2006 11:12:23 AM
...And I Love purple, but didn't have enough material for a full dress, so made this top (and love it):
http://myspace-284.vo.llnwd.net/01359/48/23/1359413284_m.jpg

where do i find the pattern for the top? -I love it! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on November 07, 2006 11:24:03 AM
The top is just the same top part, but a boob-tube thing sewn to the straps, one that fits over your hips :-) I'm not very good at explaining stuff, sorry!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: vaurienne on November 07, 2006 01:47:31 PM
I've read a few posts and threads without registering, but then I never actually got around to making anything before now, so I didn't really have any reason to.  However, this dress ended up being almost exactly what I was looking for.  So, of course, I had to make one!

http://ca.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/vi_co_1/detail?.dir=890bre2&.dnm=3ce6re2.jpg&.src=ph

Since it's fall and thus getting cold, I decided to go with the long-sleeved shirt underneath as a more appropriate winter look.  When I was fitting this for the first time (or rather checking to make sure that I had pinned the waistband to about the right length since fitting isn't really an issue) I had a heavy turtleneck knit sweater on underneath and even with that this dress was still very flattering.  Yay!

This makes university student me very happy because I now have a dress with about a million looks for a total cost of about $10 and the three hours of sewing that it took me.  (Yes, that's a long time for this dress, but I also don't have a sewing machine and did all the work by hand, including the French seams on the pieced straps.)

Anyway, many thanks to everyone for this wonderful dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on November 07, 2006 02:03:17 PM
Welcome vaurienne!

I love the look of the shirt underneath.  Great job doing all of that by hand! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Smashtastically on November 08, 2006 08:48:58 AM
This is so flippin cool!! Great job...when I have some spare time I think I will attempt to make one.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: caradee on November 08, 2006 09:15:48 AM



hurrah!  I've finished mine.  Now, I'd like to master tying it with the back covered, and I may narrow the ties.
mine is A-line skirt, 4 way (super slinky) stretch fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tania10 on November 09, 2006 11:32:20 PM
I wore this one (made with a tight pencil skirt) to my 18th birthday party in September (it was a cocktail party and everyone had to wear cocktail dresses and suits) and loads of people were amazed that I made it:
http://myspace-425.vo.llnwd.net/01396/52/42/1396192425_m.jpg


i love this one..can i know how did u did the tight pencil skirt??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on November 12, 2006 10:32:36 AM
I didn't use a pattern, just pinned fabric around my butt and legs, took it off and sewed it! make sure it's loose enough to walk in though, and it's best to have it above your knees else you won't be able to walk without taking tiny bitty steps!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on November 12, 2006 11:51:10 AM
Prettyandpetite i was wondering how you got the back to be higher?  I have been using an attached tube top but then you can't get the boobiliousness in the front.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on November 14, 2006 10:19:28 AM
Prettyandpetite i was wondering how you got the back to be higher?  I have been using an attached tube top but then you can't get the boobiliousness in the front.

Ok, so you have your circle skirt cut out, and the straps? Attach the straps directly to the circle skirt. Cut out a rectangle that would cover your breasts from under the bust line, over both of them. Sew the sides of this rectangle to either side of the straps and then to the other side of the circle skirt:
http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c264/prettycrazymuffin/dress1.jpg

I'm no good at drawing but the pink is the outside material, purple is inside material (so the straps are laying face down, the back is face up) and the green lines are where you sew the back.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on November 14, 2006 10:24:39 AM
thanks darling!  i just had a head smacking moment.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rozame on November 14, 2006 05:52:04 PM
This dress is the sole reason I actually got a username! I thought it would be unfair to use the amaaaazing tutorial and not share it with you all so without further babbling....

This is the first one I made with a handkerchief hem but sadly I made the waist huge [I had no idea the material was THAT stretchy] so even with elastic it sort of falls down. It will most likely be given to one of my friends!
http://photos-192.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v49/123/10/72105137/n72105137_30203192_8317.jpg

The second one is with the same material, but a circle skirt instead.
http://photos-182.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v49/123/10/72105137/n72105137_30203182_4492.jpg

Then a few ways I discovered to do the straps!
http://photos-179.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v49/123/10/72105137/n72105137_30203179_3317.jpg
http://photos-183.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v49/123/10/72105137/n72105137_30203183_4865.jpg
http://photos-189.ak.facebook.com/ip002/v49/123/10/72105137/n72105137_30203189_7148.jpg

[Sorry to just post links, I a) am a wee bit unsure of how to post actual pictures and b) think I saw somewhere that you have to post 10 times before you can do pictures]


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on November 15, 2006 04:00:35 AM
rozame, welcome to Craftster  :D
i'm glad you joined to show us your dresses. They are lovely and that last pic is a little risque too, I like that LOL I'm just the wrong shape and size to tie it that way  :)

Ditto!  But it's good to know this dress is sexy for those with petite boobies, as well as for us with the momma boobies, right Zaftig?  :P

Welcome to Craftster!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on November 16, 2006 05:07:33 PM
this is awesomeness

I've been wanting to make a bathing suit with these convertable straps for some time. you've made it so easy to understand. i am truly motivated at this point!

I have an american apparel vid that shows a few other techniques to wrap something similar to this. Enjoy craftsters!

http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/ (http://www.americanapparel.net/storefront/movies/6445/)

oh and here's another version of the Infinity wrapdress done by a Vancouver label called Narcissist. They're naming it the "Pamela":
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99320.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=99320.0)


boy - I knew I'd seen these links somewhere - you wouldn't believe how long it took for me to find them, so I thought I'd put them in again for others


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MotorCityPinup on November 17, 2006 03:56:10 PM
Thanks for those links!  I'd been looking for them again.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: liddy on November 17, 2006 08:56:36 PM
The top is just the same top part, but a boob-tube thing sewn to the straps, one that fits over your hips :-) I'm not very good at explaining stuff, sorry!


did you put a "boob-tube thing" into the dresses too?  or how did you make it so your back does not show?  yours are so pretty!

i just made mine but i'm thinking im going to have to try again...i made my circle waaaay too big so it looks funny...but im trying to make it work!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: liddy on November 17, 2006 09:27:08 PM
i just saw you already answered this question a million times...sorry! ignore me.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: defunctbuffalo on November 18, 2006 04:59:00 PM
I finally made one!  And I'm very proud, because it's the first from-scratch piece of clothing I've ever made.

But here's my question:  I'm finding that I can't get the area under my armpit covered, and my bra band shows there, which annoys me. 

ChaCha, in your picture, the dresses seem to go right up to the armpits of all of your models.  Could you tell me how the dresses were tied?  And were their backs covered? 

Thank you to everyone for all of the inspiring pictures and helpful instructions!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 18, 2006 07:49:00 PM
Here are my two cents (or dresses :) )The first one was made months ago now, with the help of the wonderful eirle it turned out great.  I made it with a extra long A-line skirt - so comfy! 
Front:

And Back:


Then I had to have a grecian style dress for my halloween costume - Medusa - and I found this yellow snakeskin printed nightdress thing somewhat like this (with longer sleeves and slightly longer length):

I undid all the seams and used RIT to dye it green.  I cut the long way up the front piece and added the length of the sleeves for the straps, and used the whole back piece to make a much shorter A-line skirt.  It was MUCH too short, so I added scraps all around the hem.  Then I added pipe cleaners and plastic snakes to my hair ;D

And a group shot full of a number of home made outfits:


Sorry this was such a long post - I haven't posted in a while - I guess I was saving up :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 18, 2006 07:53:14 PM
Oh, and for extra excitement - I ordered fabric to make one of these for eirle's wedding - I get to be a bridesmaid!!!! I'll hopefully be posting that eventually, by April at the latest  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: four eyed girl on November 18, 2006 08:33:19 PM
cute_anarchy, that shade of pink looks gorgeous on you.  I REALLY like it with the longer skirt!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on November 18, 2006 08:54:39 PM
Maybe I'm just in a tired, loopy mood, but doesn't that pajama model have funky, ugly man feet?  HA HA HA!

(Nice dresses, btw!  That Loooooooooooong pink one is SO dramatic!)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alicelovester on November 18, 2006 09:03:21 PM
Maybe I'm just in a tired, loopy mood, but doesn't that pajama model have funky, ugly man feet?  HA HA HA!

(Nice dresses, btw!  That Loooooooooooong pink one is SO dramatic!)

Yes, and her race seems to change as you move from her head to her legs.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on November 18, 2006 09:23:56 PM
Maybe I'm just in a tired, loopy mood, but doesn't that pajama model have funky, ugly man feet?  HA HA HA!

(Nice dresses, btw!  That Loooooooooooong pink one is SO dramatic!)

Yes, and her race seems to change as you move from her head to her legs.

Seriously!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on November 18, 2006 11:56:57 PM
Wow! Wow! Her feet are SCARY!!!! I never would have noticed that if you hadn't pointed that out.  :o :o :o

Cute_Anarchy, your dresses look wonderful. :) But I got to see them in person, so I'm a little biased I suppose. :)



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on November 19, 2006 04:26:34 AM
Ooh, so many ideas and wonderful dresses.... I thought I was going to make myself just one or maybe two of those. :P ::) Realise i have an inresisteble urge to have mooore of them. Much more! One top, one with a squareskirt, more than one with prettyandpetits solution of the for me too bare back, one long an beautiful as cute_anarchy´s, one in two colours... *gasp* And on and on and on and on..... :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: karls_mommy on November 27, 2006 10:26:15 AM
This dress is quite fabulous.

I bought 4 yards of brown heavy spandex to try this, and I couldn't figure out how to get the proper length circle skirt from the width (only 45"), so I took someone's advice on another post and did a half circle.  She suggested I sew the two halves together to make the full, but when I had one cut out and gave it a whirl in the mirror, it looked awesome!  So I went with that.  Now I cut my straps, but they are only about 61" long, and too short for most of the versatility of this dress.  Now I wonder, should I piece some more one from the scraps? Take them off and just wear the skirt?  Or can I find a creative way to use the straps to style a permanent top (basically making it a regular dress)?

Now I don't know what to do!  But aside from my own personal confusion, the tute was easy to follow and works great. ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on November 27, 2006 12:56:32 PM
[quote author=karls_mommy Now I cut my straps, but they are only about 61" long, and too short for most of the versatility of this dress.  Now I wonder, should I piece some more one from the scraps? Take them off and just wear the skirt?  Or can I find a creative way to use the straps to style a permanent top (basically making it a regular dress)?

Now I don't know what to do!  But aside from my own personal confusion, the tute was easy to follow and works great. ;)
[/quote]

I had to piece an extra bit onto each of the black dress' straps, and it turned out fine, as long as you tie it so the seams are hidden.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on November 28, 2006 06:45:43 AM
I am an avid stalker, sometimes poster to this particular thread, I did try the dress before, but it didn’t come out cute at all. I was wondering exactly what kind of fabric you guys are using to make yours sooo elegant and classy, I can’t seem to find any. I want to make one for my job’s holiday party in January, So, I have some time to take my time. But I just want a little bit of assistance, if I may have some from my fellow craftinistas and craftinistos hehe!!  Anyways… I think last time I messed up cutting the width of the straps and then attaching them on, my circle skit came out perfect, but everything else was a flop.



Do you think that this fabric would work, as a little of something to practice on??? Also, should I start making like a Barbie size dress first???


http://www.fabric.com/clearance-fabric-everything-39-s-1.95-clearance-discount-fabric-novelty-knit-thick-stripe-denim-blue-white.aspx (http://www.fabric.com/clearance-fabric-everything-39-s-1.95-clearance-discount-fabric-novelty-knit-thick-stripe-denim-blue-white.aspx)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: caradee on November 28, 2006 10:14:21 AM
That fabric would be super casual.

Try something that looks a little slinky.  The one I used was like spandex, but not quite.  Something you'd see a "bar/club" shirt made from.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on November 28, 2006 10:17:13 AM
That fabric would be super casual.

Try something that looks a little slinky.  The one I used was like spandex, but not quite.  Something you'd see a "bar/club" shirt made from.

I agree, great description.  The first one I made was a thicker knit, with a print, and it is heavy and not figure flattering.  The t-shirt, stretchy/slinky thinner fabrics stay in place much better and are way more flattering.  Good luck!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rozame on November 28, 2006 10:20:04 AM
That fabric would be super casual.

I agree, I think something with a more fine knit would work better. Maybe something like this?
http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-stretch-fabric-lycra-fabric-stretch-modal-rayon-jersey-knits.aspx

Sorry for the super-duper long link!

Personally, I used a really stretchy material, I have no idea what it was made out of but it was really smooth, thin, and soft.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on November 28, 2006 01:15:51 PM
Thank you all for the advice, I am going to go and start looking, another question, anyone have any quick tips or anything helpful they learned while making theirs to make it better??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rozame on November 28, 2006 01:39:41 PM
I found it helpful to pin... a lot. My fabric was more slippery than I'm used to and it was constantly slipping from where I wanted it [which resulted in the straps not being completely caught in the seam on the first one I tried.] Also I found it helpful to sew at least an inch in from the edge so you had plenty of seam allowance to screw up with and then you can just snip the extra off when you're done.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 28, 2006 06:06:57 PM
Yes, I agree with what everybody said - what you want probably is a tshirt like fabric.  It drapes beautifully, and is still comfortable and supportive.  Also, 4 way stretch is very nice (so you don't have to worry about the direction of the fabric) and pinning helps a bunch. 

Figuring out what order to layer everything to sew together was a bit of a challenge for me.  Having done one, making the second was a breeze.  Good luck & looking forward to seeing it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: JessicaH on November 28, 2006 11:47:34 PM
wow! i was so impressed with this thread that i just HAD to sign up and reply!- 

i have a question though, what do you guys think about using some sort of a fleece/sweatshirt fabric?  had i seen this a few months back i would have already made at least one dress by now, but it's snowing and i want to stay warm!  do you think that it would be too bulky though?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on November 29, 2006 05:57:28 AM
I personally would not reccomend using sweatshirt material.  While it would be warmer, you would not believe how bulky and uncomfy that would be.  The t-shirt/jersey material can become unbelieveably bulky at times while doing up the straps and stuff.  I really love my dresses, but we all have to admit that putting them on can be incredibly frustrating sometimes.  ::)  In the end the dress looks so amazing and it's worth it!  Good luck!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rozame on November 29, 2006 07:58:50 AM
i have a question though, what do you guys think about using some sort of a fleece/sweatshirt fabric?

I agree with what ShelbyBelby said about it not being a good idea, but if you were desperate for one made out of fleece I think it may be possible if you adjust some things. You'd have to find the thinnest fleece possible and probably wouldn't be able to make the straps longer than maybe to wrap around once... you'd probably end up with a basic dress. Although, a fleece dress sounds delightfully cosy!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: JessicaH on November 29, 2006 09:06:53 AM
thanks for the replies, thats just what i was thinking too, i just needed that confirmation before i go to buy material today  ;)



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Clever on November 29, 2006 09:39:41 AM
that dress is super HOT!!! :o ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Just_A_Girl on November 29, 2006 04:33:50 PM
Hey all,
Ive made this dress, minus the dress part. I made a top just to practice but would have done a few things differently. 1) The band was most def. too small in in width and a tad to big around 2) Im a small waitsted but huge boobied girl and tho my straps were quite long, I would make them wider the next time around for maximum boobie coverage.  ;D
I love the variations of the dress that everyone on this thread has come up with.

PrettyandPetite Im aware that you've explained how you got more coverage but I just wanted to clarify (Im a visual learner so Im bad at this) You attatched the rectange piece to the skirt before or after the straps... but the rectangle piece, was it just in the front? or a tube that went around to the back as well? Again, sorry to keep asking, I know people have gone over this numerous times and I assure you Ive read this thread ALL of this thread a number of times over the past couple months. Im just slow  :D 
-Marie


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on December 06, 2006 09:04:43 PM
I suppose if you wanted to do the majority of the dress in a fleece or sweatshirt material, you could look for a t shirt knit in the same colour, and make the "straps" in two pieces. the fleece part would go up only as far as a shoulder seam, and then you could do the rest of the straps in the lighter weight material, so that it would be less bulky around your waist.

I've made 3 infinity dresses so far, and have four more in the works, two of which have been commisioned. I love love love them


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ChaCha05 on December 06, 2006 10:33:17 PM
Hello Ladies!
I decided to add the Convertible Dresses to my plus size boutique...
OMG! I had 16 made and sold them all in 2 weeks and I now have pre-orders for 11 more!

My poor fingers are gonna fall off!

I've recieved a few PM's about what kind of fabric I use...
I use a 2 way stretch knit...it's a blend of Polyester/Rayon/Spandex.
The rayon is very important! It gives the fabric a sleek sheen, and it feels really slinky and soft!
I can't find black or red anymore to save my life, but the jewel tones are selling like crazy!


If you haven't already tried it... try putting the dress on backwards... it covers backfat and adds more options for configuring the straps!  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on December 07, 2006 05:18:49 AM
I lust after that purple dress.  I need some fabric like that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alvan on December 07, 2006 05:49:20 AM
Woaoh! They look awesome, absolutely wonderfull! I new right from the beginning that model would fit big sized girls/ladies but I never thought it would look this good. I should make one for my self.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: umheried on December 07, 2006 06:03:32 AM
I LOVE THE JEWEL TONES, I CAN SEE WHY THEY ARE SELLING LIKE CRAZY!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 07, 2006 08:08:19 AM
I second the wearing it backwards.  I got so many compliments on the red one I wore for my Christmas party.  I have also had a LOT of people ask if I can make them one.

As far as fabric goes I have yet to pay more than $3.50/meter and that was usually at Wally world.  They usually have the nice stretch fabric. The last time I was there i picked up an intire bolt of red jersey.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Divabunny on December 08, 2006 11:16:19 AM
Okay I'm not very S-M-R-T  :P but I really want to make a top version of this to wear to a X-mas party next week. I've only sewed one other thing in my entire life and it was a bag. The band thing is still kinda throwing me off. To make this a top, would I just make a tube top type thing that fits right below the breast and then just attach the straps directly to that?  ???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rude-girl72 on December 11, 2006 06:51:13 AM
yes I finally make one! for our scooterpartry last weekend. everybody loves it. and the more they drunk the less they understand how the dress was wrapped on me  ;)
you can see the dress on my blog

http://heppiehaakstersdumpplaats.blogspot.com/ (http://heppiehaakstersdumpplaats.blogspot.com/)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on December 11, 2006 06:56:41 AM
Okay I'm not very S-M-R-T  :P but I really want to make a top version of this to wear to a X-mas party next week. I've only sewed one other thing in my entire life and it was a bag. The band thing is still kinda throwing me off. To make this a top, would I just make a tube top type thing that fits right below the breast and then just attach the straps directly to that?  ???

Yes, that will work just fine!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: dooney on December 12, 2006 11:44:38 AM
Keena - Saw your dress in the "recent posts with pics."
It's gorgeous and I love how thrilled you look in your 1am pic!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: knittydoll on December 12, 2006 12:19:27 PM
Yeah Keena the dress is amazing- that colour looks fab on you!!! Great job!! btw- I LOVE your earrings!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: linda1213 on December 12, 2006 04:43:31 PM
Keena, love that dress and the color is fab on you


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: amelia4relia on December 12, 2006 06:03:12 PM
I LOVE THIS DRESS. the shape and back is so pretty!! it is gourgeous! It would also add a nice touch to make it with a stiffer fabric...but the satin(i think) is so pretty. also, with a stiffer fabric it might add a more casual feel!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 13, 2006 09:03:36 AM
If you are going for a more casual feel I would recommend going with a t-shirt weight jersey.  The 4 way stretch is really what makes this dress.

My first I made out of a 2 way heavier poly blend and it looks wonderful but wearing it is another matter.  I am constantly adjusting the straps to cover myself up.  I have made several others and so far the best ones have been from the jersey.  They move and breath and you can dress them up or down.  It is all in how you do the straps.

Have fun with it though and totally experiment! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 13, 2006 09:46:58 AM
I agree peariso--the lighter weight fabric appears to work the best because of the drape...and even with the lighter weight fabrics, this dress is pretty heavy!! Once those straps are wrapped all around you, it also can get very hot!!

You would think that the thin jersey might not be flattering on a heavier person, but I think the opposite is true! If you are bit self-conscious about "fat" areas, tie it differently!  ha ha--I use the straps almost like a mini girdle to hold me in a bit!

I have experimented with a separate boob tube (love it!) and even a separate long extra strap in a print...I use the extra strap as a belt right now, but I am still playing around with using it to change the bodice as well.

Has anyone else tried a zipper in the skirt?  I prefer a zipper but it adds about 15 minutes to the time to make--ha ha


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 13, 2006 10:38:53 AM
Allwaysinmyroom,  I'll have to try doing a zipper in the next one.   I also LOVE the idea of a contrasting separate strap.  It could be a nice Obi belt look....  Hmmm where is my jersey...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: domUNIQUE on December 13, 2006 12:33:36 PM
I JUST REC'D AN AMAZING BLACK INFINITY DRESS FROM A PERSONAL SWAP WITH ALWAYSINMYROOM!  i will def. post pics, it is AMAZING!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 13, 2006 12:42:19 PM
You are so LUCKY!  Always is such a great seam stress superstar!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 13, 2006 01:14:50 PM
Oh wow!! That was fast!! I did not take pics because the dress looks like a sack of potatoes on the hanger--ha ha--each woman's body makes the dress...have fun with it...I hope the red one I made for another person fits as well...someday, I will keep on for myself!! ha ha


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: parallax on December 14, 2006 02:38:49 PM
I have this masquerade ball to go to this Saturday and nothing to wear !!  So I made the dress last night in a crappy jersey I had stashed to practice - so freaking easy!  Anyway, I'm a chubster girl and large chested and I was wondering about the boob tubes people have been making.  I was thinking of just making the waistband extra wide instead of making a separate tube top.
Have others tried this?  Do you think a separate or integrated tube would be best?  I've got a limited amount of fabric to work with and I don't wanna mess this up.

Thanks.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 14, 2006 03:36:06 PM
When it comes to the boob tube I am of two opinions.  I love the support and the coverage but I want to show off the girls.

What I have been doing lately is only sewing half the waistband to the back part and over lapping the straps by at least 4".  That gives me the coverage and the waistband being a bit on the tight side gives the support.  Plus added bonus of not having to use more fabric than needed. 

I also love to wear it backwards.  So that the waistband turns into the boob tube and since i have such an over lap with the straps my back is totally covered when i flip the straps forward, around my arms (creating sleeves) and cinch the straps tight around my waist. 

I hope this answers your question.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on December 14, 2006 10:49:21 PM
I made mine with an extra wide waistband rather than seperate tube top, I think I'd go for a seperate top next time though (next time?? I already have 3 dresses lol)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on December 15, 2006 06:31:28 AM
I love all the ones that I have made so far, but to make one a bit more modest, for a friend, i put wide stretch lace trim (the kind used for making underwear) on the inside of the wasteband, underneath the straps. It covers your bra and boobs well, and I've been lucky to find laces that complament the fabrics I've used.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on December 15, 2006 11:03:15 AM
I love all the ones that I have made so far, but to make one a bit more modest, for a friend, i put wide stretch lace trim (the kind used for making underwear) on the inside of the wasteband, underneath the straps. It covers your bra and boobs well, and I've been lucky to find laces that complament the fabrics I've used.

How do you do that???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: parallax on December 15, 2006 12:11:08 PM


What I have been doing lately is only sewing half the waistband to the back part and over lapping the straps by at least 4".  That gives me the coverage and the waistband being a bit on the tight side gives the support.  Plus added bonus of not having to use more fabric than needed. 


I don't quite understand..are you only sewing the waistband to the back edge (and not front edge) or are you not folding the waistband in half and leaving a raw edge?  How thick does your waistband end up being?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 15, 2006 12:41:11 PM
parallax -  my waist band ends up being around 5"  and I don't fold it over but i do finish the edge on the top.  yes I'm only sewing the waist band to the back edge.  The straps are sewn to the waist band. 



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Loveliness on December 15, 2006 01:25:17 PM
peariso- You're a genius! :o  I would never have thought of doing that!  :D  It seems like the perfect solution!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on December 15, 2006 01:52:53 PM
thanx Loveliness but i can't take credit for it.  prettyandpetite was the one who came up with it.  I'm just really good at the knock offs.   ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 15, 2006 02:58:57 PM
I love the lace idea--I have lots of stretch lace that would work with your idea!!

Thanks to all of you for the variations, tips, suggestions, fabrics, etc.  ha ha --I also learned a whole lot about my serger, thanks to this thread!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: domUNIQUE on December 16, 2006 10:34:39 AM
here's the infinity dress alwaysinmyroom made for my dance!  this isn't the best pic of the dress, i will get better shots of the full thing later, but here's an idea of the top of it



haha and thats my boyfriend zeke.

thanks alwaysinmyroom!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: prettyandpetite on December 17, 2006 10:04:22 AM
thanx Loveliness but i can't take credit for it.  prettyandpetite was the one who came up with it.  I'm just really good at the knock offs.   ;)

You're much better at drawing to show how to do it too :-P So much simpler than my pictures!!

I'm glad it's a good solution for anyone with back/bra issues!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on December 17, 2006 05:35:09 PM


How do you do that???
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I'll post pictures when its all done, and I find my camera.

I have to partially take it apart, because I didn't factor in how I was going to put on the straps.

Also, I wore one to a holiday party on Friday and got about a zillion compliments. I felt wonderful, and wore it until 3 am


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on December 18, 2006 05:51:40 AM
Mine turned out lovely. Takes a bit of time figuring out how to wrap it best on you, but it's worth it. Just look at all the pictures.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: narcissaqtpie on December 19, 2006 05:53:12 PM
I made mine in pink stripe knit for the top and a faux suede for the bottom (had to elastic the waist for the suede.)

http://public.fotki.com/narcissaqtpietoo/winter-blues/1004217.html

http://public.fotki.com/narcissaqtpietoo/winter-blues/1004218.html


I am going to make MANY MORE of these with different fabrics. This is going to be my main dress for summer 07!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on December 19, 2006 07:08:39 PM
WOW!  Your dress is amazing and you look fab in it!  I've been wanting to try the two-tone method and you've got me convinced!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: craftgirl_sampson on December 21, 2006 07:09:59 PM
how did everyone decide the measurements of the band??? and i love all the dresses and tops


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on December 21, 2006 08:52:15 PM
how did everyone decide the measurements of the band??? and i love all the dresses and tops

didnt measure it.. even in the tut she said that she didnt measure it

everytime i did it, i just took the scrap material, wrapped it around my waist and thought "this fits!" and sewed it down as the band.. but i'm using knit, so its way more forgiving

++++++++++++++

one that i made for my fashion show..





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: julissa on December 29, 2006 05:02:29 AM
hey love the dress and the color is fabulos


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: littleone1098 on December 30, 2006 02:09:14 PM
Amazing. That's so great. Thank you.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kaiser Scissorhands on January 03, 2007 11:55:49 AM
This is quite possible the best dress I have ever seen and I intend to make myself one with your directions and will send you a picture when I finish it... Or rather get around to starting it. I wish I had had this when I was trying to make something for my boytoy's sister's wedding.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cyberange on January 04, 2007 07:51:35 AM
I think this dress is fabulous, but i'd like to know how meter of fabric you need to do this ?
i've search on the post but no found  ???
i've hunderstant that it's stretch fabrich ( extensible fabric ??? i dont know how say it in english sorry ) but for the rest i've translate the tuto, i think it's easy to do this dress but i didn't see were it's indicat how meter of fabric i have to buy
thank's for the responses and sorry for the mistakes >< !


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kiki870 on January 04, 2007 07:53:38 AM
This is a gorgeous dress that even my big butt would look good in!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on January 04, 2007 09:34:49 AM
cyberrange-  as far as meterage goes you need to think about how big you are. 

For this dress I typically use 3 meters for smaller women (very full skirt)  and larger women 4 meters. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cyberange on January 04, 2007 09:51:17 AM
i thank you !
i don't know how in " but in meter i'm 1.63m for 71kg but i'm doing a diet ( my new year resolution  ;D )


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mirela on January 05, 2007 08:11:30 AM
Thank You!
Excellent! It's going to be the next thing i do


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bluwave06 on January 05, 2007 02:20:28 PM
thanks, for the great tut. Here is a picture of one I made for my friend, I inserted a zipper on the side and came across a snag as I thought  :o I had enough material, but only could make the straps 68 inches. :( But i think it came out great, the material is crinkle cotton. Without further ado:


The zipper on the side (not finished yet):
 Thanks again.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tinybits on January 06, 2007 12:34:28 PM
wow bluwave the color contrast makes the dress look way different... so cool.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: msvivid on January 06, 2007 08:54:56 PM
so im brand new here and i stopped reading on page 20 ran to wal mart and found no stretch fabric they do however have some fifty cents a yeard fabric so im gonna get that tommorow and try it i will definitely post pictures when i finish:)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: JessicaH on January 06, 2007 10:56:33 PM
i finally made mine!  i got the fabric at mill end textile for 97 cents a yard! woohoo!

it's a thicker knit so it can get kinda bulky if you tie it certain ways, but it's still stretchy and super comfy!

i made the band/opening in the skirt a tad too big, but that's okay because that way i can wear it lower around my hips if i want, and if i wear it higher i just need to secure the straps around it snugly and it's fine :)





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: snowyangel on January 06, 2007 11:09:50 PM
I love mill and textile, they had sale with all sorts of fabric for .50 a yard, it ruled.
I love the colour combination you used for the dress! I still have this dress on my to-make-list for months now.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: roxybadoxy on January 06, 2007 11:17:08 PM
JessicaH - whoa whoa whoa now! i love yours!! is the grey part of the plaid fabric or did you sew that on there?! anyways amazing job! looks awesome.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: JessicaH on January 06, 2007 11:20:04 PM
JessicaH - whoa whoa whoa now! i love yours!! is the grey part of the plaid fabric or did you sew that on there?! anyways amazing job! looks awesome.

it's actually just the backside of the fabric. i was originally thinking about making the straps lined somehow but once it was finished decided that it looked decent without a lining- it's not really gray in real life, it's like a heathered lavender/navy blue.... i think it gives it more of a "comfy" look


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: msvivid on January 07, 2007 03:08:48 AM
im confused so after you sew the band and the straps it'll just be the skirt and the extra strap and waist band and you just tie that however you want? could somebody take a picture of the finished product not on them just so i can see what it looks like pre tie ??? please and thank you so much :-*


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 07, 2007 09:39:32 AM
im confused so after you sew the band and the straps it'll just be the skirt and the extra strap and waist band and you just tie that however you want? could somebody take a picture of the finished product not on them just so i can see what it looks like pre tie ??? please and thank you so much :-*

if you read the first message in this thread there is a link to Rostitcherys website where she gives the tutorial with some step by step pictures and photos.
have fun  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on January 07, 2007 04:13:58 PM
PrincessKae, your niece is such a lucky girl.  You chose beautiful fabric - no wonder she felt like posing like a model.  In fact, I think this dress has that effect on everyone who wears it regardless of age... just check back over the images on this topic!  Who can blame anyone for that - everyone does look like a model in this.

I was thinking of making the top variation for myself, but your idea of making the dress for a child has blown me away - why haven't we all thought of this before!!!  Little girls won't have the same issues with bra straps, bulgy bits, etc - so what a quick and fun thing to make as gifts, etc.  I am definitely making a little girl version - I was trying to think of the perfect gift for a little girl turning 8 soon and this is it.  Thank you so much for posting, and once again, well done on a beautiful finished garment.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: msvivid on January 07, 2007 05:30:09 PM
i saw it but is the band supposed to go all the way around the waist>


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on January 07, 2007 06:23:14 PM
the band can go all the way round or you can do just half.  Really it is up to you as to how you would like to wear it. I personally like only half.  Just play with it and see what you like.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: msvivid on January 07, 2007 06:40:16 PM
thanks:) im gonna go see if i can find some fabric tommorow wal mart was a bust today :( hopefully ill be posting pictures of me in my infinite dress and all its variations sometime this week
i havent been this excited since i made my first hooded dress and wore it in public :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mirela on January 07, 2007 07:44:18 PM
I did it too!
Thanks again! great idea! loving it!

here it is:
My Very Own! (http://mirelap.wordpress.com/2007/01/08/all-in-one-dress/)

What do you think?

P.S. I didn't do the full circle, just a simple A line pattern. The fabric is very stretchy, so I can lift the waist up, under the b*bs or lower it a little for the skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: msvivid on January 07, 2007 07:57:43 PM
very cute fabric


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on January 07, 2007 08:42:56 PM
I did it too!
Thanks again! great idea! loving it!

here it is:
My Very Own! (http://mirelap.wordpress.com/2007/01/08/all-in-one-dress/)

What do you think?

P.S. I didn't do the full circle, just a simple A line pattern. The fabric is very stretchy, so I can lift the waist up, under the b*bs or lower it a little for the skirt.

Amazing use of that fabric! It looks fantastic on you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kishcrafts on January 08, 2007 11:36:33 AM
good job. i actually think i can take a stab at making this dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: slymaria on January 08, 2007 10:51:37 PM
OKAY! So I remember seeing this thread when it was first posted and going WOW! I want to make this! and it has FINALLY been made!! In the form of Christmas presents for all my lady friends! All in "Team colours"... it's a long running inside joke that we have which led me to have to scour 3 different fabriclands for these colours, and leaves me yet without a dress :( (i need orange)
All in all, the results were positive:

I think they'll all look even better when not thrown on over t-shirts! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: slymaria on January 08, 2007 11:00:43 PM
I did not take pics because the dress looks like a sack of potatoes on the hanger

Haha this is so true!! As each of my friends opened their presents I got four seperate "uuuh... what the hell?"s!
Me - "JUST WAIT! I WILL EXPLAIN IT WHEN EVERYONE GETS THEIRS!!" lol I probably should have included instructions...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SesSpringett on January 09, 2007 06:12:32 AM
Sorry if someone's asked this already... but if I was to make this in non-stretch cotton would I encounter any mahoosive problems? except for having to hem the cotton I guess? Thanks


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 09, 2007 06:19:12 AM
If you don't use a stretch fabric you will have to insert a zip into the skirt part so you can get it on and off and possibly make longer straps too depending on how you want to wrap them. There has deffo been some woven fabric ones made though, I just can't remember who has made them  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mirela on January 09, 2007 06:22:49 AM
Yup, right! It is so much easier to do it in stretch...
...or make the the waist line larger, so that you fit trough the circle, and add elastic...
I would also make the bands wider then gather them a little, where you attach them to the circle so that they cover everything and make room for what they cover....

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If you don't use a stretch fabric you will have to insert a zip into the skirt part so you can get it on and off and possibly make longer straps too depending on how you want to wrap them. There has deffo been some woven fabric ones made though, I just can't remember who has made them  :)
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Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on January 09, 2007 06:37:31 AM
Sylvieonabun,
You're a Genius!!!
Your friends look Fabulous, even with The Dress over t-shirts!

I especially like the green one on the redhead (I'm red on the head as well so it's a natural bias)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on January 09, 2007 08:46:29 PM
Whew! what a relief to find the thread! I can understand why it got moved to sewalongs, but I kind of panicked when I couldn't find it in its usual place!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 10, 2007 12:28:19 AM
I didn't even realise it had moved LOL

The new "show all images" button works particularly well in this thread, I think there are around 14 pages of actual dresses here now  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SesSpringett on January 10, 2007 02:35:01 AM
Thanks.. my zip skills are a bit rubbish so I'll try it in stretch first.  ;D

What kind of finishing are people doing on the raw edges?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mirela on January 10, 2007 06:46:15 AM
Stretch is a better choice then. Lots of options dor finishing edges, here are some:

You can use a coverstitch but that's available only on some sergers...

I think a twin (or double) needle would be the easiest next choice, in case your machine does a zigzag. Choose one that is thin and if you can find with ball tip...so it does not cut the threads in the fabric.

Or you could also finish the edges with a wider, longer zigzag stitch (try no the pull on the fabric, push it under the needle so that it does not stretch).

Tips for stretch seams I posted to a different thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=144372.0)

You can apply folded elastic on the edges but you must use a stretch seam (like the back and forth stitch or the zigzag).
The folded elastic can match the color or not. One side of the elastic goes under the fabric, the other comes over, so that it covers the edge. You can also sew with a twin needle over the elastic, this will prevent the raw edges under from fraying.

Or apply scalloped edge stretch lace, narrow instread of folded elastic. Place the right side of the fabric face to face with the right side of the lace, then sew from the wrong side on the edges. Turn to the right side and place the seam allowance under the fabric and sew another seam over the fabric, so that it keeps the allowance in place. But in this case those are a lot of seams, considering the looong straps.

Hope this helps and can't wait to see your version of the dress!

Thanks.. my zip skills are a bit rubbish so I'll try it in stretch first.  ;D

What kind of finishing are people doing on the raw edges?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 10, 2007 07:30:27 AM
I didn't do ANY finishing on the ones I made, the jersey curls slightly so I made sure I cut it so it would curl to the inside rather than the outside  ;D lazy CRAFTY huh  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on January 10, 2007 08:58:54 AM
I'm using a rolled overedge on my serger. The fabric I'm using is a stretchy, lustrous knit with a little bit of Lycra in it. I haven't quite figured out how to achieve a lettuce edge (new to serging) but the stitch I'm using looks nice.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 10, 2007 09:01:55 AM
I'm using a rolled overedge on my serger. The fabric I'm using is a stretchy, lustrous knit with a little bit of Lycra in it. I haven't quite figured out how to achieve a lettuce edge (new to serging) but the stitch I'm using looks nice.

Oooh when you get that lettuce edge sussed out let me know how!
please  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on January 10, 2007 09:26:07 AM
homebunnyj - I'm new to serging too, but I think it's achieved by pulling the fabric slightly as you serge. Hope this helps!

I'm hoping to get my new serger figured out, so I can make a quickie dress of my own!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amy_UK on January 10, 2007 09:56:35 AM
Oooh when you get that lettuce edge sussed out let me know how!
please  ;D

I think that you use a really tight zig-zag and strrrreeeeeetch the material as you sew it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mirela on January 10, 2007 10:11:13 AM
Yup, overedge works too, or rolled hems...
For this dress though I would use a lettuce effect only for the bottom hem, not for the straps, at least not at the bust in front...maybe on the strap ends..that would work also.
To create the lettuce with a serger...

Pull the fabric to stretch it while serging yes!
Also the thighter the steps the stretched the fabric is...

Also some sergers have differential feed, that means the top fabric is moved toward the back of the machine differently then the bottom layer, so that also can be used to gather or stretch the edge.

For using sergers (andd decorative seams) I liked this book: The New Singer Sewing with a Serger
I found it at our local public library, also on amazon.

Cover for Sewing with a Serger (http://www.browardlibrary.org/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?showImage+14070+555953617+600)

I'm using a rolled overedge on my serger. The fabric I'm using is a stretchy, lustrous knit with a little bit of Lycra in it. I haven't quite figured out how to achieve a lettuce edge (new to serging) but the stitch I'm using looks nice.

Oooh when you get that lettuce edge sussed out let me know how!
please  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SesSpringett on January 10, 2007 12:35:21 PM
Ok this may be a realllly stupid question
But what's a serger?
*covers her head in shame - I'm a jewellery person not a sewer!!!*
Heehee  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mirela on January 10, 2007 12:47:01 PM
serger or overlock machines are the ones that can cut the fabric edges and sew and finish the seams in one step. Take a look on the inner side of any piece of clothing from the stores  - a serger does those kind of seams!

For a beginner in sewing I would just use a regular machine with a zigzag stitch then. A straight stitch breaks when you pull the fabric.

A serger is harder to thread and use then a regular machine...the ones that are easy to use are really expensive.

PS. I'm a beginner in jewellery making...so I have tons of questions about that  ???

Ok this may be a realllly stupid question
But what's a serger?
*covers her head in shame - I'm a jewellery person not a sewer!!!*
Heehee  ;)



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SesSpringett on January 10, 2007 02:38:46 PM
OOO I have one of them - an overlocker, but it's broken and living in the attic. Now I'm thinking I should get it fixed!!

I'm no expert but feel free to ask any weird beading questions, happy to help :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on January 10, 2007 05:57:21 PM
Ooh, I would get if fixed if I were you and you plan to do any amount of sewing more than a teeny bit-- it makes life much easier, cuz it really cuts down on sewing time. Of course, if it's too expensive to fix and buying a new one would be cheaper, you definitely would want to check into desirable features first. Mine's kinda basic, but it does help out a lot.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on January 11, 2007 08:20:28 PM
SCORE!  I cannot believe my luck!  I just got 5 yards of coveted BLACK jersey at Wal-Mart for $1/yard!!!  The heavens decended upon me and I finally found some decent jersey in the dollar bin!  I've got plans for a new dress and a shirt!  I think since I have 2 infinity dresses under my belt already and tons of black dresses, I will do the shirt first.  Plus...in a few weeks my best friend/cousin and I are having our first Ladies' Night Out since she had her baby and I want something HOTTT to wear for the occasion!    8)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: SesSpringett on January 12, 2007 06:41:51 AM
Yeah, I'm definately going to do that!!

ShelbyBelby - consider me completely totally jealous!! WHY don't we have wal-mart on this silly little island!!! :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on January 13, 2007 04:02:11 PM
At last I've made one!  This one is a gift for an 8 year old being modelled by my daughter prior to wrapping it and running off to the party!

I had been told that the little girl's favourite colour right now is light blue, so I went with that idea to the fabric shop and found bubble stretch knit in light blue with a kind of sparkle as part of the fabric knit (not the glued on sort).  I like the way it works for this dress.

I finished off all the edges with a very narrow rolled hem using my overlocker (serger).  I would recommend this to anyone for a really easy finished look.

Rostitchery's brilliant instructions meant this was a get-it-right-the-first-time project for me (phew!).  I had a couple of tricks of my own which ensure the easy cutting of the circle skirt and the one-step waistband/elastic casing.  I love it and my daughter has requested one for her birthday too!

Thanks owed to PrincessKae who posted the first children's version to this topic - I wouldn't have thought of adapting it for a child without that inspiration.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PrincessKae on January 13, 2007 06:18:08 PM
Thanks owed to PrincessKae who posted the first children's version to this topic - I wouldn't have thought of adapting it for a child without that inspiration.

aww, I'm blushing. your version turned out so pretty.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss_Vicki on January 14, 2007 06:43:43 PM
Last page someone mentioned lettuce hems.  It was suggested this would be nice on the skirt hem, but not on the straps.  I tend to agree, especially since the straps most folks are making are quite wide.  However, I have a top which has lettuce hemming all round.  From memory the straps on this top are only about 15cm wide, so the edging is prolly more appropriate (it would get lost on those wide straps, which I prefer BTW).  So, if you are after a really revealing version, it may be the way to go.   I mentioned the top many, many pages ago and still have neglected to post a pic.   :-[  Mainly, because it is super revealing and my photography wasn't great.  Though I will drag them out now, for the purpose of showing how it looks with that type of edge.  Also, I would kind of like to see the design of the top improved some, the straps could have been longer.  Posting this up might motivate me some.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: JessicaH on January 19, 2007 11:59:41 PM
i found another expensive selling infinity dress!

http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441792881&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302029887&fm=home&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1169279221256 (http://www.shopbop.com/shop/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441792881&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302029887&fm=home&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=1408474395181057&bmUID=1169279221256)

its a long one though, and it doesn't really say specifics about tying it, but it looks like the infinity concept...  just makes me feel that much more awesome with the fact that it's so easy to make for alot cheaper than it sells for!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Debs_5 on January 20, 2007 02:06:48 PM
I've got a school ball (prom) coming up at the end of the year but all I can find is stretch satin. Would stretch satin be alright to use for a formal take on this dress? Has anybody made one in stretch satin? Or am I better off continuing the hunt for jersey knit?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on January 20, 2007 04:11:41 PM
the satin will work but it won't be as flexible as you may want.  Keep your eyes out for the jersey(you'll be happy you did) and use the satin in a pinch.

have fun at the Prom!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Debs_5 on January 20, 2007 04:34:30 PM
Thanks for the advice :) It's a while off but I want to be prepared!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 21, 2007 07:15:47 AM
I've got a school ball (prom) coming up at the end of the year but all I can find is stretch satin. Would stretch satin be alright to use for a formal take on this dress? Has anybody made one in stretch satin? Or am I better off continuing the hunt for jersey knit?

If you could use satinf for the skirt and a matching or contrasting jersey for the straps it would look pretty awesome for formal wear  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on January 21, 2007 07:57:06 AM
ZaftigMomma, I was thinking the same thing! A satin skirt with matching or contrasting jersey ties would be awesome! You could even mix in a satin print, or some fun trim if you want!

I'm so ready to go with my dress, I have 5 yds of sea green wool double knit. Do you wonderful ladies think I'll need to line it? (I was thinking I could probably get away without lining the skirt, if I wear a slip underneath, but I think I'd hafta line the straps, I find wool soooo itchy sometimes!) Thanks!  ;D

(Oh yeah, and I need to figure out how to thread & use my serger! LOL)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on January 21, 2007 09:23:14 AM
line the straps, but only as far as the shoulders, and line the waistband (if you do the style with a wide waistband) You don't need to line the skirt if you are wearing the slip, just make sure you feel comfortable in it...please post pictures!

Also, I think it would be hilarious if you changed the way you wore the dress halfway through the night, just to watch the confused faces!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 21, 2007 09:31:28 AM

Also, I think it would be hilarious if you changed the way you wore the dress halfway through the night, just to watch the confused faces!

I did that  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on January 21, 2007 09:55:45 AM
I've got a school ball (prom) coming up at the end of the year but all I can find is stretch satin. Would stretch satin be alright to use for a formal take on this dress? Has anybody made one in stretch satin? Or am I better off continuing the hunt for jersey knit?

I did one for my sister in purple stretch satin. It's on page 65. I used the contrasting sides of the fabric to make it a little more interesting. For a prom you might want to use all shiny, though.

The key with stretch satin is that you need to make sure you're making the ties with the stretch the way that works best on you. (If you have a larger chest, you may want/need stretch across. If you have a small chest, you want the stretch to go the length of the ties so you can make it a little tighter.) I've done two now with no stretch and they work fine, they just require a little more work to get them on right.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Debs_5 on January 21, 2007 10:17:20 AM
Thanks for the advice eirle I'll go look for your version :) I think I might go with stretch satin for the skirt definately and continue hunting for some jersey too just incase.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: luv43t on January 31, 2007 03:56:28 PM
Wow I have some material I have been  waiting  for the perfect project  to  use it on. and  this dress is a must !!!!!! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jacki Jinx on February 05, 2007 04:27:02 PM
Out of curiosity, has anyone thought about attempting this with denim?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on February 05, 2007 05:08:36 PM
Out of curiosity, has anyone thought about attempting this with denim?

Jacki - Plain denim might work for the circle skirt bottom, but unless it has some stretch, the straps might not wrap as well as a thinner, knit fabric. I'd imagine they'd also be harder to tie, and you wouldn't be able to get a skinny twisted strap, like in a jersey knit. Hope this helps!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: faux on February 05, 2007 05:57:37 PM
Wow, these all look amazing! I've gone through 80 pages fairly thoroughly, and I still have one question.  Feel free to slap me if I missed this somewhere along the line, but being an amateur seemstress, I have a question about the fabric.  The extent of my sewing has included few patterns and not a lot of fabric buying (reconstruction = love) so.... the circle skirt.  As far as my limited experience of wallmart and Joann's fabric leads me to believe that it wouldn't be wide enough to cut out a decent sized circle.  Is there somewhere else I should look before I go out and make one of my first fabric purchases, or is it a technical fix that I should know about?  Thanks for putting up with my beginner-ness!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on February 05, 2007 06:25:02 PM
oh darling  :D   That isn't a silly question at all!  You are right some bolts of fabric wouldn't be large enough to do a traditional circle skirt unless you do it in 2 pieces (very common btw). 

When you go to buy fabric look/ ask for a 60'' bolt of (insert stretchy fabric here).  That should give you plenty of room to make a circle skirt. 

Then it is all in how you fold your fabric  before you go to cut.  When you buy fabric typically it comes off the bolt already folded in half.  so measure 60"  and cut the fabric square. 

unfold your square and lay it flat.  Fold your bottom left hand corner up to your top right hand corner to make a 45 degree triangle.  Then fold corner to corner again to make a smaller 45 degree triangle with all the cut edges together. 

Now you are going to cut an arc along the cut edge, this becomes your hem.  At the top you will cut a MUCH smaller arc and is your waist mesurement divided by 3.14(pi)  I actually go smaller than this with the stretch material as it typically comes out really big with the stretch. 

now you are ready to attach your waist band and straps in whichever way makes the most sense to you. 

Anymore questions please feel free to just ask.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on February 05, 2007 06:34:28 PM
This may not be right (I am not an amazing sewer, by any means) but I think I recall seeing a circle skirt tutorial where the maker actually reccommended cutting a slit, rather than a circle shape, in the middle of the fabric.  That seemed a bit strange, but also more controllable in terms of the size of cut... thoughts anybody? 

I have some fabric I dug out of my stash hidden at home and I want to try one of the hankerchief hem styles.  Everyone has made the coolest dresses!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on February 05, 2007 07:01:01 PM
That isn't how i do it but that doesn't mean anything.  ;)  It totally makes sense though.  you wouldn't lose any of your length that way. 

hmmm all have to try that on my next one. Thanks for the tip.  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on February 06, 2007 09:57:13 AM


this might help


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: faux on February 07, 2007 04:15:50 PM
Thank you guys so much!  I got fabric today, and I can't wait to get started on my very own infinite dress!  Thanks again, I'll have lots of pictures when I finish!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: StookeyDough on February 18, 2007 11:18:13 PM
OKAY! So I remember seeing this thread when it was first posted and going WOW! I want to make this! and it has FINALLY been made!! In the form of Christmas presents for all my lady friends! All in "Team colours"... it's a long running inside joke that we have which led me to have to scour 3 different fabriclands for these colours, and leaves me yet without a dress :( (i need orange)
All in all, the results were positive:
I think they'll all look even better when not thrown on over t-shirts! :)

what kind of fabric is that?  gosh, those are gorgeous =]

edit:  sorry that post is way old, i didn't realize i had read so far back already.. but they are still beatiful none the less!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: slymaria on February 19, 2007 11:17:18 AM
no problem, i still come read this thread all the time because I love seeing what people come up with!! I think it was called "matte jersey." It's almost like swimsuit material, but doesn't have that weird spandexy sheen to it that makes you think of bad 80s workout videos.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: caradee on February 22, 2007 12:58:24 AM
This may not be right (I am not an amazing sewer, by any means) but I think I recall seeing a circle skirt tutorial where the maker actually reccommended cutting a slit, rather than a circle shape, in the middle of the fabric.  That seemed a bit strange, but also more controllable in terms of the size of cut... thoughts anybody? 

I have done this for other skirts and been quite pleased, it's definitely worth a try for those that haven't had a go at it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: safety_scissors on February 22, 2007 01:51:04 PM
I would LOVE to know how you wrapped it in the first picture. I've been trying to get mine to look like that from the second I made it, but with no luck. could you PLEASE post or pm me instructions? I would be forever grateful!! it looks gorgeous! :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: receeoni on February 24, 2007 11:42:07 AM
omg you have now become my new best friend lol me and my mum fell in love with the infinity dresses at a renasaince festival we went to but they were like 80 bucks each and we are yeah not payin that much for it and now i can make one for us and that makes me yay so yeah i heart this post


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: fluffybaka on February 25, 2007 12:31:21 AM
I would love to make this dress, but I've got a minor problem.  I'm stuck with DDs.  As a result, I won't leave my house without a bra on.  Anyone else out there with this same problem, did you do something special to your dress for added support, or just wear it in ways that would cover bra straps?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ShelbyBelby on February 25, 2007 06:24:14 AM
I have the 'sisters' too and I just wear my dress so that the straps don't show.  I do have one really good strapless-convertible type bra that has GOOD, strong clear straps that I use.  I don't usually like it when people wear the clear ones - like with halters or spagetti straps, but I only wear them when the way I'm wearing the infinity shows some strap in places - which is normal because they are so versatile and can go where no other garment can go! 

That said, my infinities (three dresses and two shirts!) are my absolute FAVORITE thing to wear out!  They always look so hot and so different!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on February 25, 2007 03:03:04 PM
I would love to make this dress, but I've got a minor problem.  I'm stuck with DDs.  As a result, I won't leave my house without a bra on.  Anyone else out there with this same problem, did you do something special to your dress for added support, or just wear it in ways that would cover bra straps?

I have DD's too and have never gone without a bra, especially since I've had four kids and gravity has exacted a high price from me as well. :( Even so, I find that my spandex-y black infinity dress can provide enough support when wrapped in certain styles, quite snugly. Also, I've recently acquired a Delta Burke strapless/convertible bra that actually stays up and supports me(miracle of miracles!). It has regular and clear straps as well. I've never had a strapless before that really did anything good for my figure so I nearly couldn't believe my eyes. So hopefully you can find a strapless that works for you, but don't give up on the infinity dress in the meantime; it can still work for you if you choose a good supportive fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hawaiilover07 on March 01, 2007 04:12:09 PM
I have now read all 82 pages!! It took over 2 days b/c I had to just step away from the computer! Anyways... I am so making one wait, three maybe for my trip to Hawaii!! Just as soon as I get my fabric in the mail. I also have fabric to make a shirt and will post pics as soon as I am done!  Everyone looks fantastic in theirs!!

Nicci


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elliebelly123 on March 01, 2007 07:18:21 PM
Thank you sooooooooo much!!!!

Here's my version








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Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: blackheathen on March 01, 2007 07:38:36 PM
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

elliebelly123... You look like Marilyn Monroe!!!!!

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: funkyhooker on March 02, 2007 05:56:41 AM
Yours is beautiful and you look wonderful in it!  I just looked like melted cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap in mine!  2 11lb babies'll do that to ya I guess! LOL


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hawaiilover07 on March 02, 2007 09:54:15 AM
That dress looks beautiful on you! The color is great! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: papertrail89 on March 15, 2007 09:32:56 PM
ok, i honestly have to say that i joined craftster for this originally.  and also, rostitchery, you have just about made my day for the next three years!  i am leaving for a school trip to france soon, and i was stressing about a way to pack multiple dresses, but not have a lot of space taken up.  this has totally solved my problem, and there are now 13 girls at my school who love you because of this dress.

I also have to say thank you to everyone who posted edits and other ideas.  you all are amazing, and i promise to post pictures of my friends and myself as soon as possible.  maybe even from france!

thank you all so so so very much!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on March 19, 2007 01:50:19 PM
I made one with modifications. here's one pic



I posted more pics in completed projects for curvaceous crafters here  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=158969.0)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on March 19, 2007 02:57:32 PM
Tenille- That looks lovely!  I really like how you have the dropped waist.  Great job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jessiniowa on March 28, 2007 05:02:17 AM
rostitchery, I want to thank you for such a wonderful pattern to follow! I've just joined craftster today when I saw this thread...spent the last hour or two going through the first half of it. Everyone's dresses are gorgeous!

I have an hour to wait till JoAnn's opens...I'm hoping to find a good deal on some stretchy fabric! I have a dress to wear to our housing staff banquet on Sunday afternoon, but if I can get this done, I'll definitely wear it.

I am very large busted (G-cup) - followed a link to this thread in the curvy forum...if I can make it work I'll post some pics for you all  :) I also want to thank the other curvy girls for showing me it could be done, and it can look good!  ;D

::sets alarm clock for one hour::


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on March 30, 2007 05:35:24 AM
I made this for my daughter a while ago but only just photographed her in it.  I was pleased with my variation of the original pattern and think it might be a useful variation for others.  Basically, my material wasn't wide enough to allow a full length circle skirt without piecing.  Instead of piecing I made two squares with a waist hole in the middle, then laid one on top of the other so that the corners of the two squares appeared from above to make an eight-point star.  I used this double layer instead of a single layer circle, and where the points come down gives the impression of a handkerchief hem at full length.  This could be useful especially for some of the curvier girls who would like to get better length from their fabric as well as avoid having a dress which is too easily "flyaway" - the double layer of fabric drapes beautifully.


Posed shot.

Action shot!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Muzzymom86 on March 30, 2007 07:02:05 AM
J_en:  I love this.  I have been thinking about trying this for my daughter and her friends.  I think it would be fun for them.  I am just still a little afraid to attempt it.  Is it really as easy as everyone says it is?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: melonby on March 30, 2007 09:47:14 AM
I found some awesome lace, so I gave this a go too. Gonna wear this to a wedding, it came out so lovely.
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i41/melonby/SUC30025.jpg
Back shot:
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i41/melonby/SUC30026.jpg
I could only afford enough lace for the skirt and the front of the dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Xaneth on March 30, 2007 02:59:31 PM
That dress looks really nice with the two tones melonby, and your daughter is absolutely adorable j_en! I can't wait to try this. :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on March 30, 2007 04:43:28 PM
I am just still a little afraid to attempt it.  Is it really as easy as everyone says it is?

YES!  It is easy.  Last night my daughter wore hers and her friend wore one that I made earlier to their school disco (they are 8 years old) and afterwards they were telling me that everyone wanted to know where they got their dresses!  It is ridiculously easy in relation to the amount of compliments it gets... so I would say give it a go!  The girls plan on wearing their dresses to the next disco as well, but trying a different tie-style. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on March 31, 2007 06:40:00 AM
Melonby, Is the green a non stretch fabric and the white a stretch? Just trying to get my bearings here.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: melonby on April 01, 2007 04:11:11 AM
Melonby, Is the green a non stretch fabric and the white a stretch? Just trying to get my bearings here.

Yup, the white is a lycra/cotton mix (i think) and the lace is non-stretch.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onemoreseam on April 02, 2007 09:12:08 PM
I am enthralled w/this dress but I'm wondering what kind of shoes y'all wear with this thing?  It looks so dressy (pretty, but dressy), I'm wondering if it's a practical dress for a random summer day or if you save it for special occasions.  I'm taking an international trip this summer so it definitely appeals to me in terms of saving space but I can't figure out what shoes I'd wear w/it.  Thanks!

I'm so jealous of everyone's $1/yd Walmart finds.  Our $1 bin at Walmart has the most hideous, cheap, flimsy fabric I've ever seen.   :'(  The one stretchy bolt they had today was see through.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 02, 2007 10:48:02 PM
regarding shoes and the "dressiness" of this dress.... It can be dressed up or down depending how you tie it  :) I have worn it with  heeled sandals last summer, my sneakers AND my beloved New Rocks  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on April 03, 2007 11:05:22 AM
That's just it you can wear anything!  I have worn my dresses with my dressiest heels and i have pulled out my boots and tights to do a more day wear look.  I totally plan on wearing one with sandles on the beach. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on April 03, 2007 11:39:05 AM
I wore my black one this winter with my pvc boots. Looked great. :)

Dressy sandals would most definitely work. Make it in a light, summery color, put with strappy sandals, slides, whatever... you could dress it up or down, especially if the fabric isn't all shimmery.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Shadygirl2623 on April 08, 2007 07:14:53 PM
I found this beautiful dress in Las Vegas. It was at the Trop Shop Kiosks in the Tropicana Hotel.  It is similar to the quickie dress.  I have a link to a couple of sites that have them for sale but I'm looking to make my own and since I found this web site, I figured I put it out there.  You could make them short, long or even for kids.

http://blogs.ocregister.com/stylescoop/archives/2006/09/convertible_style_1.html#more

www.instyletrend.com


www.tamaraus.com


www.ctodesigns.com

I can wrap my dress about 6 different ways, but that's because the ties aren't long enough for plus sized women, as soon as I get a bigger one made, the possibilities are endless, You have two separate layers so it makes it so easy for different ways to wear other than just wrapping straps.  Mine because of the prints make it look a little bohemian, but you could make it any style depending on pattern.


Hopefully some good idea for spring. good luck, I can't sew but I'm gonna try.         Barb


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: OriginalYouth on April 08, 2007 07:24:45 PM
Cool links, Shadygirl!  Thanks for sharing.  I'd love to see some photos of the one you bought, with the measurements so someone here can better attempt to make one.  Also, I'd ask one of the clothing mods to move your post to a new thread, since this is pretty different from the infinity dress, let's get a whole new discussion going on it!  :)
Great stuff though!  :)  I'll watch for more info.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Shadygirl2623 on April 08, 2007 09:58:09 PM
I don't sew, so measurements won't be possible right now, I have no way to do it, but I just got pictures on photobucket.  Here's the link, I'm not too crazy about the patterns but it does look beautiful on.  You could change the style to what ever you want.  It's very feminine and flowy.

http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f251/Shadygirl2623/

How do I ask MODS to move this?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Shadygirl2623 on April 09, 2007 12:35:35 PM
  used my hubby's measuring tape :-[



There is not a tag for type of fabric but I'd say it is somesort of silk. I know you've seen middle Eastern women in their full body covering outfits that are in many beautiful prints, it's kind of like that. I hate bareing my arms or shoulders....ever. But I'd have to say that I felt comfortable because the dress stole the show and it just made me feel more feminine.  You could also wear one of those little shrugs they have over it.  Layed Out Flat it looks like /___\ . To me it just looks like a long wrap skirt but hte straps are extra long for wrappping.  My straps are too short for me (They didn't accomadate plus) I can only make it wrap a few ways so you may want to go longer.  And the web pages show some of the ways to wrap it.


This pattern seems to be a half circle (remmber I don't sew) the top " waist" band is curved.  I'm gonna call it a skirt, it just seems easier to describe.  The main waist band is about 44 inches (that goes the width of the skirt.  They attached to extra straps on each side about 32 inches on each side.  I measured length of "skirt" and it seems to be 31 inches top layer and 35 inches bottom layer.  I am a size 20 and I need a little wider of a skirt and longer straps.  Also you could make this shorter.  To wear as a shirt or short dress over leggings or pants.  Options are endless.  I can't wait to start. I'll try to answer questions. I'm thinking if I do a full circle pattern, after I use what I need, I can use extra to make one for my 6 yo daughter (I'll have to shorten it of course).


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 09, 2007 12:42:59 PM
It looks to me rather like a half apron.... is one layer longer than the other? are there just the 2 ties on each end of the waistband?
I like versatile and easy to make so any help it a bonus  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Synne on April 17, 2007 11:53:17 AM
I've dropped off Craftster for the past year+, but somehow (quite late to the party, as usual) I came across Rostitchery's tute for the infinity dress and I HAD TO HAVE IT. Never mind that I'm not the sewing type, that I've never made a dress, and that I don't even currently own a sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch, much less a serger. I read through all 84 pages of the thread (yes, really!), bought way too much (6 yds) of bright red polka-dot poly blend from wally world, and set to it. A few hours and more hand-stitching than I've ever done in my life later, I've got a new dress!
I, too, had the issue with the waistband being too big and had to cinch it with elastic, but I didn't want to take the chance that the waist wouldn't fit over my (proportionally) big hips. Although I'm not thrilled that the wrong side of the fabric inevitably makes an appearance (see the twisted-back version), I loved the print so much that I was willing to work with it.
Some headless pictures:
     



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on April 17, 2007 11:59:49 AM
Synne,
I love it, too! The wrong side being visible doesn't look bad at all! It looks like you'll really enjoy wearing it every opportunity you'll get!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: riario on April 17, 2007 12:01:37 PM
has anyone made this dress floor length??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 17, 2007 12:54:15 PM
Beautiful dress!  The polka dots on red are gorgeous!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiac_3 on April 19, 2007 08:27:57 AM
Ok, I confess... ::)

I joined this forum just so I could reply to this topic.

I found this online yesterday afternoon, then I went to purchase some fabric (enough for three) and I am wearing one of them today!  It was a bit of an ordeal, since I bought sheer fabric without knowing it, so the one I'm wearing ended up as a shirt rather than a dress because I had to double up all the layers, but it looks great anyway!

The other fabrics aren't sheer (I made sure to check them at the store, and thought that I had checked this one too, but oh well...) so they can be regular dresses.  I hope to post pictures later tonight or tomorrow! 

Thank you so much Rostichery, for coming up with an easy to follow tutorial for this exceptionally simple, yet very elegant dress!  You have re-introduced this timeless design!

And thank you to Craftster.org for hosting all of this goodness of knowledge sharing, and for all the lovely folks who contributed to this forum!

Well, enough of my ramblings for now!   :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiac_3 on April 19, 2007 12:38:21 PM
HA HA HA!!!

This dress sells for $200!!  :o

http://www.lydiasilvestry.com/

I just spent $30 at Joanns yesterday on enough fabric to make 3!  :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tinybits on April 20, 2007 01:40:46 AM
i love all your versions gals! i look through all the photos posted to this thread and several other topics made. and i am in love with this dress. the problem to backlog me to attempt to make the dress is i dont want  any flesh to show through the back part of the dress. i have seen so many added a tube to cover but i am a bit skeptical if the tube stay on where it should be, so i am thinking adding a real tank top (this cheap, strech ones with thin straps), do you think it would work?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on April 20, 2007 08:05:04 AM
i am a bit skeptical if the tube stay on where it should be, so i am thinking adding a real tank top (this cheap, strech ones with thin straps), do you think it would work?

It would work but you'd be able to see the straps depending on the way you choose to wrap it. I can picture it withe the tank in my head nad it looks cute.  ;)  The tube part I added to mine doesn't slide. I measured it so that the top and bottom of it are the exact measurement for wear i want it to sit at the top and of my waist. Since it's stretchy fabric it fits over everything very snugly and doesn't slide at all. I wore it to my cousin's wedding and didn't have to readjust it at all the entire time.  I did however have to hold my skirt down when the wind began to blow..heh..heh.. It never occurred to me I might have one of those Marilyn Monroe moments because my fabric was light. lol


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on April 20, 2007 09:33:18 AM
yeah, i learned the hard way that you should wear a slip with this thing.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 21, 2007 12:54:16 AM
yeah, i learned the hard way that you should wear a slip with this thing.

I'm not as modest and made matching panties from the leftover fabric  :o ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on April 22, 2007 05:33:51 AM
yeah, i learned the hard way that you should wear a slip with this thing.

you could always do a Britney - ha ha, only joking, no way I would! The matching panties are more my thing.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TabithaK on April 22, 2007 05:58:03 PM
You guys are all awesome!! Especially you Rostitchery for mentioning the infinite dress in your blog in the first place. I really want to thank you because I have been looking for this dress for 15 yrs. I first seen it on an infomercial once or twice and I loved it! I wanted it then!

Well, after showing the infomercial that 1 or 2 times, they never aired it again and ever since I've been online for these past 7 years, I'd occasionally look for this dress with no luck. It didn't help that I didn't know the name though!  :'(

Anyways, around 11:30pm last night I decide to try again and over an hour later, about to give up, I remember I have better luck searching google images instead of google's normal search and I found your blog with your original post about this dress Rostitchery!!!! Needless to say, I'm very, very, VERY excited to finally find this dress!!!!  ;D ;D

Ok, so from 1am last night to 1:30 pm this afternoon I read all 85 pages of this thread (for the most part). I got about 4 hours sleep in between! You ladies all made beautiful dresses and I can't wait to make my own. It's going to have to wait a bit though because I have other projects I MUST finish.  :-[

I do have a tip to share though. Has anyone here consider NOT sewing the straps on but instead use buttons or heavy duty snaps to attach the straps?

This will allow you to turn 3 Infinite dresses into 9 Infinite dresses because you can switch around the straps! And what if you make the skirts reverseable as well? I know some of you already did that but how many dresses is that now? 36 dresses out of only 3? I don't know, I'm not that good at math so maybe I'm wrong there but I'm sure you get what I'm saying.  ;D

OMG !!! I can't wait to do this!! LOL

Tabitha


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kurisu on April 22, 2007 06:37:39 PM
Just wanna say thanks to Rose-chan for posting the pattern!!!!  ^_^

I'm usually not too much into sewing, but this is the first pattern I'm actually excited about... (Eeeee!).  It's usually hard as heck for me to find any dresses b/c I kinda have a curvy lower half (like j lo) and a small chest.  At least with the straps, I can tie it to fit me... :D

I'll post it as soon as I finish it! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on April 22, 2007 10:35:50 PM
has anyone made this dress floor length??

Yeah, I have made two now that are floor length, though to have them that long, I made an A-line skirt instead of the circle skirt - it is a little more sewing, but less material needed.  I think I used 4 yards and had plenty left over each time.  And I like really long straps. 

I used the latest one as my bridesmaid dress at eirle's wedding - and (I at least thought) it looked nice and formal - I did satin skirt and organza ties.  I'll post pictures once we get them back :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: eirle on April 24, 2007 01:37:39 PM
Since I have pictures that cute_anarchy doesn't have yet, here's a great picture of her dress (and her boy). Isn't she beautiful?


]http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/becca%20and%20matt.jpg
I love how formal this dress looked for the wedding! :)

Also, don't you love the ruffle in the back?? I think that was an awesome addition.

Here's the front! Cute_anarchy's standing with one of my other bridesmaids -- don't they look great together?
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~edwards/Craftster/becca2.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: riario on April 24, 2007 02:21:14 PM
thanks guys!! I want to wear this to a wedding too. I have a fall back dress just in case I don't get around to making it.  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on April 24, 2007 02:27:06 PM
cute_anarchy,
I want to know EXACTLY how you did that dress!!! It looks wonderful!

Did you use an A line skirt pattern with a zipper or just make it wide enough to slip on with an elastic waist?

Neither satin nor organza stretch...how did you compensate? And did you line or double the organza tie? Is the whole top organza?

It looks like you have a vertical flounce/bustle thingie in the back as well as a tie in the front...do you have a photo of what the back looks like straight on??

Just one more question...how did you get the two fabrics to match so closely??

Major kudos to you! It looks FABULOUS!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on April 24, 2007 04:17:58 PM
so I just finished reading through all 86 pages of this thread. I LOVE the idea of this dress. the application however.... not soo good on me. I ended up with a too-short half circle skirt and the straps don't want to conform to my body even with them the right width and the stretch going across. i'm not giving up though, i'm going to try it again with a few modifications... here's how my first attempt looks as a top. please excuse my goofy look and messy hair.



by the way, question for you larger ladies who have made this dress. I measured from the center of my chest to under my arms and it was 12 inches, but when I made the straps that wide, they seemed to big. any input?

I found and ebay store that sells TONS of jersey knit and satin lycra for pretty great prices. http://stores.ebay.com/uBet-uWin_Satin-Lycra-Fabric_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ7841664QQftidZ2QQtZkm (http://stores.ebay.com/uBet-uWin_Satin-Lycra-Fabric_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZ1QQfsubZ7841664QQftidZ2QQtZkm)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: iwriteplays on April 24, 2007 11:01:44 PM
Anyone notice the dress Jordin Sparks wore on American Idol tonight? Here's a refresher:

http://media.americanidol.com.edgesuite.net/photos/top6performances/22433.jpg
 Here's a link if the pic doesn't work : http://www.americanidol.com/photos/view/?set=168&seq=68

It's DEFINITELY a wrap dress. I can't find a pic of the back of it, but she had it crossed across her back in an X.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on April 25, 2007 05:39:19 AM
I made another of these, this time for a friend:


This is lycra in a nice teal, although my computer tried to change it to a shocking blue each time I tried to compress the picture for uploading so I have my fingers crossed it will show up in the elegant tone intended.  It will be a lovely colour for my beautiful friend.



My slender friend is smaller than the smallest setting on the mannequin, so it won't be tight on her like it is on the dummy.
I made it with a 3/4 circle skirt and did this with three equal panels (this was a result of the constraints of the amount of fabric I had).  It worked really well, as there are seams on either side at the front and one down the centre at the back and although they are almost invisible, when they do show up they give the garment the look of a flattering front panel.  I was happy to go with the 3/4 circle so that there is less exposure on windy days but still enough to twirl in!  All edges are finished with a rolled hem edge.

Just in case she is struck by the mood to dance on tabletops I made these, too:
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l169/j_en68/krissyinfinitypantie.jpg

But I owe the inspiration for these to our wonderful ZaftigMomma, whose work often inspires me.

I'm not as modest and made matching panties from the leftover fabric  :o ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on April 25, 2007 05:45:03 AM

But I owe the inspiration for these to our wonderful ZaftigMomma, whose work often inspires me.

I have the silliest big grin on my face now J_en  ;D thank you  :-*

The teal dress with a 3/4 circle skirt looks so elegant, I'm sure you friend will look stunning in it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on April 25, 2007 09:02:35 AM
by the way, question for you larger ladies who have made this dress. I measured from the center of my chest to under my arms and it was 12 inches, but when I made the straps that wide, they seemed to big. any input?


hey diva. that doesnt sound too big at all. my measurement was 17 inches and it did just fine. its good to have the wide straps cuz you can cover your back fat more or your chest, or shoulders.. depending on how you configure the straps of the dress for whatever look you tryin to achieve.

sice we're all total biters  :P, i was at monifc.com's site and she made a vid on how to configure the straps to create different looks..

check it: monifc.com . on the main page, click the top and it'll be a pop up vid.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on April 25, 2007 12:13:23 PM
keena, that video is great!

question about fabric. a lot of people said they have used jersey knits, is that 100% cotton? I found some on an ebay store and since I can't feel it I want to make sure I'm getting something that will work. This is the description of the fabric...
"Beautiful soft finish jersey knit fabric color DEEP PURPLE, 100% cotton, first quality MADE IN USA, 5.6 ozs. per square yard and 50 inches wide (25 inches tubular)."

And another question about the straps, sorry if someone's already asked it. When you sew the straps in place, do you put them at an angle or straight?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on April 25, 2007 02:54:41 PM
Thanks, Keena, for the video link - it is a really well-made instructional and I hadn't thought about hiking the dress up to wear as a tunic top, but that looks so good.  I notice that the ladies in the video have the most perfect underwear for this dress, which makes it worth a peek for our more curvacious craftsters too.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on April 25, 2007 03:56:09 PM
keena, that video is great!

question about fabric. a lot of people said they have used jersey knits, is that 100% cotton? I found some on an ebay store and since I can't feel it I want to make sure I'm getting something that will work. This is the description of the fabric...
"Beautiful soft finish jersey knit fabric color DEEP PURPLE, 100% cotton, first quality MADE IN USA, 5.6 ozs. per square yard and 50 inches wide (25 inches tubular)."

And another question about the straps, sorry if someone's already asked it. When you sew the straps in place, do you put them at an angle or straight?

1.if its 100% cotton, its bound to shrink. so buy more than needed and wash before sewing

2. you sew them straight. the beginning of the straps should crossover a tad. look at the tut again and you'll see. especially since it stretches, it'll lay straight as you sew with the other layers.
hope i made sense


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on April 25, 2007 04:51:22 PM
but will the stretch be right on that kind of jersey fabric?
thanks for all your help.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: R3n331 on April 25, 2007 06:45:56 PM
Thats very Pretty


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on April 26, 2007 12:08:11 PM
but will the stretch be right on that kind of jersey fabric?
thanks for all your help.

i would believe so

why dont you buy a small amount first.. and if you dont like it, no lost (or use it for another project). if its perfect, by more!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on April 27, 2007 10:30:34 AM
Thanks for posting pictures for me eirle!  And thanks for the compliments McJulie-O :D

cute_anarchy,
I want to know EXACTLY how you did that dress!!!

Neither satin nor organza stretch...

It looks like you have a vertical flounce/bustle thingie in the back as well as a tie in the front...do you have a photo of what the back looks like straight on??
The fabric is actually a stretch satin that I got off of fabric.com - they have a nice range of colors, and matching chiffon.  I did get swatches first to double check the colors.  All the bridesmaids found their own dresses and we got really lucky (I mean, skill, pure skill) that we all matched. 

And I pretty much sewed a tube of the satin with extra fabric flapped over off the back for the ruffle, and I did a very wide waistband that worked as a tube top (though it kept trying to slide down!).  The chiffon straps weren't stretchy, but I just used them to anchor the dress, create a waistband and decorative top.  I was going to line them just over the chest, but decided the tube top would work better anyway. 

The seam at the waist was a bit puckery and unshaped, but I covered it up with the wrappings and nobody could tell. In the pictures I just wrapped it a bunch around my waist and then crossed it flat in the back and tied in the front so it looked like a matching wrap.  (I can look for a picture.)  Later I tied it so I had shoulder straps.  It worked both ways and I was pretty happy with it.  But who was looking at me?  Eirle just glowed and looked GORGEOUS!!!!   


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on April 28, 2007 04:09:18 PM
Ok. I'm way late with all this. I just got a new sewing machine a few weeks ago and I'm the kind to wanna eek my way into a new craft and then bust through like crazy. Any multi-craftsters here might even know me from the Spinning boards! I've done a few tote bags and now I'm ready to make something to wear. I love this convertible dress!! It seems like the perfect dress for my figure! And it seems so simple to sew. BUT!

I  notice there's no mention of finishing the fabric edges? Or is this just implied to veteran seamstresses? What did I miss?

And to all who've made one and posted pics here, You ALL look fabulous!! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on April 28, 2007 05:59:34 PM
Ok. I'm way late with all this. I just got a new sewing machine a few weeks ago and I'm the kind to wanna eek my way into a new craft and then bust through like crazy. Any multi-craftsters here might even know me from the Spinning boards! I've done a few tote bags and now I'm ready to make something to wear. I love this convertible dress!! It seems like the perfect dress for my figure! And it seems so simple to sew. BUT!

I  notice there's no mention of finishing the fabric edges? Or is this just implied to veteran seamstresses? What did I miss?

And to all who've made one and posted pics here, You ALL look fabulous!! :)

u can serge it
but many knit fabrics you dont need to.. at least i didnt need to on mines :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on April 28, 2007 06:21:37 PM
u can serge it
but many knit fabrics you dont need to.. at least i didnt need to on mines :D

Oooh a serger.. Can't swing that right about now. So, I'll look for a knit fabric to start with.

Thanx!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on April 28, 2007 07:19:54 PM
I  notice there's no mention of finishing the fabric edges? Or is this just implied to veteran seamstresses? What did I miss?

I've made three of these as gifts for girls and women and in each case I've used my overlocker(serger) to do a rolled hem.  I also think doing a "lettuce edge" (basically a rolled hem stretched as you go so that it gets a slight frill to it) would look great on the lower hem.  Without the overlocker I would probably go with neatly trimmed but unfinished edges on knit fabric.  Make sure you look at the cut edges of the fabric on the bolt before you buy to get an idea of what sort of edge you would get if you left it unfinished.  If you had your heart set on a fabric which didn't go well with an unfinished edge I'd be interested to see what sort of results would come of edge binding with something stretchy... has anyone else tried this?

Good luck with your growing skills - you'll love this dress when you've made one.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on May 03, 2007 03:52:48 AM
Ugh.. I just finished an attempt on the dress. I'm so upset it's sad. Apparently the straps aren't wide enough and my girls fall out of the sides. And I overlapped them too much,whic doesn't help either.

I'm not even going to get into the circle skirt business, because now, not only do I have to give this away to someone with smaller boobs but someone who's butt doesn't hike up the back of the dress!

IF I try again, it's an a line skirt and very wide straps. apparently, 90 inches isn't long enough for me... 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on May 03, 2007 07:48:35 AM
Apparently the straps aren't wide enough and my girls fall out of the sides. And I overlapped them too much,which doesn't help either.

apparently, 90 inches isn't long enough for me... 

2 questions. first, How tall are you and second did you measure the width of the straps from the center of your chest all the way around the side to directly under your armpit?  I'm 5'10" and I made the straps on mine about 3yds (which is about 108 in) long and If I remember right the width was 17in . Mine were supposed to be 90in long too, but I rounded it up to the nearest yard so I wouldn't have to figure out how long to cut mine. Then I only had to cut them the right width. As far as the circle skirt goes, they work, just cut them much longer than you think you'll need. My first dress ended up being a little too short for me so I added an extra waistband in the middle and it was perfect. I had all that extra fabric from cutting my straps so i decided to use it for good. lol. That gave it just enough length that I could actually wear it.  I added the waistband to my second dress because I liked it so much. I did follow my own advice the 2nd time and cut the skirt as long as my fabric allowed though. It turned out great. you could even try cutting it at an angle so that one edge is longer than the other to give extra booty room. OK, I think you should know that I'm laughing at myself right now because I said Booty room. heh..heh.. I crack myself up. hope I helped. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on May 03, 2007 08:16:34 AM
"booty room" HEHEHE

I'm 5'4". And don't ask me why but I did measure just the way you mentioned and came up with 9". And I'm a DD. So where'd I go wrong? Am I supposed to double the result? And I also learned(from testing on a sheet first), that one yard isn't enough to cut the skirt out of.. I'm guessing 3.5 yards isn't gonna work for ME. And I confess. I used 4-way stretch.. which I've read is a no-no.. Oh well. Next time I'll do it with a solid where it doesn'tmatter if the inside flips out a bit. I soooo wanted this to work!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on May 03, 2007 08:24:52 AM
excuse me for jumping in but did you measure straight across or curve the tape measure around the widest part of your breast? When I made mine I measured, then added an extra inch to each strap...just be be certain  :)

ooooh BOOTY ROOM, sounds like a VIP club for us lovely larger ladies  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on May 03, 2007 08:57:00 AM
LadyBean32

i'm a sista with a booty as well, so i look HIDEOUS in a circle skirt (plus its too complicated to make anyways)



then i shortened it (due to an accident):


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: BeaG on May 03, 2007 10:47:21 AM
And you were actually on a catwalk wearing it! Congrats!
It looks great on you!
BeaG


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on May 03, 2007 03:21:28 PM
Ugh.. I just finished an attempt on the dress. I'm so upset it's sad. Apparently the straps aren't wide enough and my girls fall out of the sides. And I overlapped them too much,whic doesn't help either.

I'm not even going to get into the circle skirt business, because now, not only do I have to give this away to someone with smaller boobs but someone who's butt doesn't hike up the back of the dress! 

Every attempt is a lesson and people pay to learn stuff, so you come out even.  But have you thought about maybe wearing it as a top?  On some of the wrapping tutes that have been linked to in this thread the ladies are hiking the skirt part up over the bust and then wrapping the straps for various effects and basically this makes a pretty good top to wear over jeans.

It sounds like you made a top instead of a dress  ;), and we all know that a nice new top is a good thing to have.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on May 03, 2007 03:35:43 PM


Every attempt is a lesson and people pay to learn stuff, so you come out even.  But have you thought about maybe wearing it as a top?  On some of the wrapping tutes that have been linked to in this thread the ladies are hiking the skirt part up over the bust and then wrapping the straps for various effects and basically this makes a pretty good top to wear over jeans.

It sounds like you made a top instead of a dress  Wink, and we all know that a nice new top is a good thing to have.


Well hmm.. I didn't realize that's what they'd done. Wrapping TUTES? Can't say I've seen those specifically. Do theyhave pictures? because I'm a very visual learner. But I will check out the posts and see what other ways I can wrap it.

And yeah, a new top is always a good deal! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on May 03, 2007 04:56:41 PM
http://www.monifc.com/product_info.php?products_id=104&osCsid=d5515394c0f744afa86e4eae (http://www.monifc.com/product_info.php?products_id=104&osCsid=d5515394c0f744afa86e4eae)

We owe thanks to Keena for originally leading us to the Monifc site where I think they really show the full potential of this dress.  The link I've posted shows the top+jeans variation and you'll see an option to view either the instructional video (which is fantastic) or to view some stills of other wraps.  So Ladybean, once you've styled your fabulous new 'top' be sure to post pictures so we can congratulate you, yeah?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on May 03, 2007 05:00:06 PM
Ok.. I've tried the dress on again and pulled it up higher before wrapping. I'll still need wider straps to cover the boobage more thoroughly and, I'd like use a fabric that's not so stretchy, but so far it seems ok. And it appears long enough to wear as a dress. Sorry the bottom is cut off.. the 10 year old took these pics :))


ETA: Another thing I wanted to ask... Doesn't the 'sleeve' area kind of restrict your arm movement? I CAN move, but if I do, the edges slip up into a halter style. Or is it just the choice of fabric? I'd hate to have to tie it so tight as to bind my arms.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on May 03, 2007 05:19:11 PM
Ladybean32, it sure doesn't look like you've had any hassles with the dress - it looks great.  Your fabric is amazing.  Your straps don't look too narrow either so you've obviously found a wrapping style to overcome that.  You don't need to be sad about this finished, wearable and unique garment!  I love that the fabric pattern looks like it's hand-painted.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LadyBean32 on May 03, 2007 05:26:51 PM
thank you j_en! Actually though, I COULD use wider straps.. so when I cross them behind and pull them up under my arms it covers the extra side-breast area..

ETA: I should point out that the coverage you see isn't really as secure as it might look. I was only able to wrap around myself 1.5 times to cover. If the straps were wider.. there'd be more covering the sides initially  and the wraps would be to secure THAT moreso than to produce coverage. The straps as you see them are NOT covering even the entire front of the boobage; I'm relying on the wrapping to do that.
And, if there's one thing this dress did, it's remind me how short-waisted I am.. elch..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on May 04, 2007 09:26:09 AM


ETA: Another thing I wanted to ask... Doesn't the 'sleeve' area kind of restrict your arm movement? I CAN move, but if I do, the edges slip up into a halter style. Or is it just the choice of fabric? I'd hate to have to tie it so tight as to bind my arms.

yeah i get that
so i just stop rockin that style and do other wrap variations..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Impshlady on May 04, 2007 03:14:25 PM
gah! i have fallen foul of the "hole too big in my circle skirt" gremlins! i am sure my maths was right, i cut it right, but lo and behold when i opened it up and tried it on there is room for me and probably my husband and cat too!  i don't want to chop a bit off so i am going to try and gather it but as i haven't tried to make myself a dress of any kind before, it might end up in disaster! I just searched this topic for " too big" and it seems almost everyone got theirs too big too? when did maths stop working? the bit from the center looked the right size, and now if i tried to put the center in the hole it would be way too tiny for it.

I'm going now to carry on. if i get to the end tonight I'll post pics.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on May 04, 2007 03:56:03 PM
as far as I can tell, it's because it's a stretchy material. You cut it, open it up and it just stretches right out.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Impshlady on May 04, 2007 04:44:24 PM
i suppose it makes sense if you cut out the center of all the thread going in both directions it will go a bit floppy!

i put in six dart three to either side at the back (i want the front as flat as possible) and it's still too big but I'm going to put elastic in and see what it looks like.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on May 04, 2007 07:33:42 PM
I can sympathisize. Mine was way too big, too, and I thought I had cut it just right until I opened it up.  :P :P

My best suggestion is to cut it way too small to begin with, then gradually cut a tiny bit more off until it's right. ...the pragmatist's approach... ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss_Vicki on May 07, 2007 05:14:59 PM
Last time I made a circle skirt I had the same problem, but it was not a stretch fabric.  So, err, um, it really must have been my shoddy maths.   :-[  I ended up making a bigger seam in the back where I put the zipper.  Not that that helps you here.   :-\


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on May 08, 2007 06:02:48 AM
I had to pleat mine just a little bit. when i cut mine, I took that 1/4 measurment and actually measured it strait across at an angle for my two points and just eyeballed the curve a little bit so it would well...curve. It seemed to work fine. It wasn't really too big for me. When I made my second one it turned out fine too.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: knittinfiasco on May 08, 2007 08:23:14 AM
Well, part of the problem is humans are not really circular at the waist, but oblong/oval/ellipse-shaped.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Impshlady on May 08, 2007 10:42:02 AM
The elastic works great actually i used 1" elastic and it stays wherever i put it now. I have been trying to find my favorite way of tying it, and because I'm quite tubby i find it has to be quite simple or there isn't enough to wrap around. i made my straps 90" long, but i have a 43" waist. I was going to try and sew an extra bit onto each strap but it would make an ugly seam i think. I can tie it a few ways quite successfully and I'm pleased with it, i just have a hard time looking at it subjectively, like whether everyone who sees it will think it looks homemade or not. The weird thing is i look at all the ones on here and think wow thats a wonderful dress! but then i see me in mine and all i can see are the flaws.

i would post pictures but i look mental in them. if i can get an action shot where i don't look deranged I'll post it. ;)





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on May 08, 2007 12:22:45 PM
so it's not just stretchy fabrics that have this "too big cirle" problem at all. When I made mine for this dress, I followed McJulie-O's suggestion and cut it way too small to begin with and then just a bit at a time until it fit. Well, I made another cirlce skirt (half circle actually) the other day and since it wasn't stretch fabric I thought it was safe to use the actual measurement. Boy was I wrong. I'm going to have to cut off about 6 inches of fabric. But it'll still look great since it's not intended to be an actual one-piece cirlce.
The moral of the story:
Follow McJulie-O's advice and cut it way too small to begin, then a bit at a time until it fits just right.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on May 08, 2007 01:04:19 PM
......
The moral of the story:
Follow McJulie-O's advice .......


Words to warm my heart!!  ;) Maybe I'm reading WAY too much into this, but as the mother of three independent children, I consider this a RED LETTER DAY, a personal milestone!!!!  ;D

I don't often hear, "Listen to Mom, she knows what she's talking about!"  ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on May 08, 2007 01:29:59 PM
you're not reading too much into it, that was great advice, you've saved many a circle skirt!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jan1972 on May 08, 2007 03:39:15 PM
WOW!!!   I found this post a few days ago and have worked my way through all 90 pages of posts.  On page one my attitude was "I want one"  by the 40's I was more "I must make a couple of these".  now after 90 pages "I want at least 2 in every colour with different style skirts". 
I have a wedding to attend at the end of July and this is going to be the dress I wear (I just need to shop for the perfect fabric).  I also definately want a chocolate one and a black one for every day wear.
I love the tops as well, I will have a go at one of those at some point too.

Everyone has done so well with these, they look so different on everyone, even though they are the same.  Every pic that is on here has been fantasic,  So inspiring.

Janette


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cthulhu on May 09, 2007 07:02:37 AM
Great googly moogly! That dress is awesome!! Going to have to find me some stretchy fabric and have at it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: KeyWest on May 09, 2007 07:37:12 PM
I made this today in about an hour, then hopped on my scooter and took hubby to the beach so I could twirl.

A good time was had by me.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tigergirl on May 09, 2007 07:38:47 PM
You wore it on your scooter??


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RubyPurl on May 09, 2007 07:44:59 PM
you made it in an hour and you wore it on your scooter??? You rock.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: KeyWest on May 09, 2007 07:49:28 PM
yep. on my little silver scooter with pink hibiscus flowers. :)
In fairness, the beach is all of 3 minutes by scooter. The twirling was well worth the risk of giving the entire island a free show.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on May 09, 2007 08:09:26 PM
Woohoo, nice dress - beautiful and so perfect for summer!  Nice legs too :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mmcheezesandwich on May 09, 2007 08:57:29 PM
I LOVE THE COLOR!!!!! It looks so cute!!!!! You must have had the BEST time twirling in it.  Ah yes, twirls of satisfaction are always the best in a new dress made by you :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pearsonchick on May 09, 2007 09:17:54 PM
Beautiful!

I think it looks like an orchid in that photo! It's great, and the fact that it was worn on a scooter is super! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Coops8888 on May 09, 2007 10:10:54 PM
this is so cute
I like the back and the color tons.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on May 09, 2007 10:44:01 PM
 KeyWest, you look fantastic  :)  nice legs there babe! Twirling is compulsory in this dress isn't it?? I think I need a new one for this coming summer. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: samipi on May 10, 2007 09:39:14 PM
i totally spent, like, 3 days prowling through this thread!  ^O^  and i totally love the idea of this dress!!!  it's so simple but everyone has done such unique and fancy things to it~~  thanks so much to Rostitchery for her pattern~  and thanks to everyone who's tried it for giving us their tips for success!!!  *^_^*

even though everyone said it was super easy, i thought i'd do a quick trial run with my pullip doll (a barbie-sized doll with a giant head.  ^O^) first~ i just used the cheapest bolt-end i could find, which wasn't stretch jersey, unfortunately.  ^O^  and whoever said that hemming a circle skirt was hard was completely right!!  ^O^;; and because it's just for a doll, i didn't bother hemming the straps.  but it's soooo cute and so much fun!  ^O^  i thought i'd share a couple pics with you guys~  (hope it's not too dorky.  ^O^;;; )





definitely going to try a human sized one now!  ^_^  (with jersey, clearly, so i don't have to repeat that fun of hemming a circle skirt.  ^O^)



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onemoreseam on May 11, 2007 07:17:42 AM
I thought I was the only one who did mock-ups on dolls when I'm not sure how the real thing is going to go!  If you are dorky, at least you have company.  :P LOL!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: lazykate on May 11, 2007 07:27:17 AM
Sorry Keywest-found your pic now and I concur-that is made awesome by the spirit and teh colour of teh fabric and teh fabulous setting (I'm not dyslexic, jsut cant type the at speed)!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: KeyWest on May 11, 2007 08:04:37 AM
So I really wanted to wear this to work today, but I couldn't find a way to wrap guaranteed to keep my strapless bra covered (It's a seriously cold hotel office, braless is NOT an option!) So I decided to improvise. 

I took a length of leftover fabric and made into sort of a bandeau-type bra cover... Just a length with the ends sewed to form a circle. I put it on and tucked the edges under the bottom of my bra. successfully camouflaging it into my dress and now I can twist into any of the supercute styles and still have the confidence to wear without my unmentionables showing.

I'd take a picture of it, but my camera's battery is charging.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on May 11, 2007 09:47:56 AM
Bandeu bra cover... that's GENIUS!!! LOL I love this dress, and you've just made it even better! Awesome idea!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DancinJules on May 14, 2007 10:09:12 AM
I made one! I made one!  ;D

It's lovely and purple, and really more of a shirt, but soooo much fun.  I must take pics and post them.  SOON!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on May 14, 2007 10:49:20 AM
I must take pics and post them.  SOON!



you MUST!!  ;D my 1st one was purple too


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jan1972 on May 17, 2007 02:52:45 PM
I'm shopping for fabric this weekend,  so I should have mine made in the next couple of weeks.
Just found a dress similar to this for $199.  loads of ideas on the site for wearing it, 

http://www.infinitedress.com/page7link.html

The neck ring is a fantastic idea,  so dressy.

Janette


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on May 25, 2007 01:22:43 PM
i finally got through reading all 92 pages of this thread and now the only thing i want to do is go buy some silk jersey fabric and sew!  i already know i want this for prom, floor-length in a lovely saturated jewel-tone color.  rostitchery you are wonderful for sharing this with us!  what a great girlfriend gift idea, too!

ill definitely post pictures when im done!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CostumeMistress on May 27, 2007 06:24:37 PM
I just made one of these.  I bought some random fabric and when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make it.  The only thing is I put my bra parts in a little too far, so there's a bit of side boob showing.  I'll have to take the waist band out and try it again.  I love it except for my error on positioning the straps.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on May 28, 2007 11:46:40 AM
i finally made one! 




for those of you planning on making one, here are some things i wish i'd known or learned from my mistakes:

1. i bought four yards thinking it was enough.  unless you plan to get it perfectly the first time, buy five.

2. position the waistband almost around your ribs.  youll have coverage this way, and the skirt will start higher up, so it looks more like a dress.

3. buy a denser/thicker fabric.  the polyester/jersey fabric i bought i had to double the skirt layers for [it was so thin!].  try a darker color first or a silk jersey.

4. pay attention to the width of the straps: rostitchery suggests from your sternum to under your arms -- do just that!  be generous, too, you can always chop off less. 
             
         *i had a problem here: to make my straps wide enough, and long enough, it used up all my fabric length-wise.  it also took a great deal out of the yardage width-wise, meaning, my skirt was going to be shorter than intended.  does anyone have a solution for this?

have fun and good luck!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on May 28, 2007 11:51:32 AM
How much fabric would a shortie like me need? I'm 4 foot 6-ish?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CostumeMistress on May 29, 2007 04:12:20 PM
Rach-What I ended up having to do for my skirt was make a circle skirt, but when I did it I didn't do it on the fold.  My skirt has two seams on it because I had a limited amount of fabric (since it was a remnant.)  It worked out really well!!  If that doesn't make sense let me know and I'll try to explain again.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on May 29, 2007 05:04:27 PM
Rach-What I ended up having to do for my skirt was make a circle skirt, but when I did it I didn't do it on the fold.  My skirt has two seams on it because I had a limited amount of fabric (since it was a remnant.)  It worked out really well!!  If that doesn't make sense let me know and I'll try to explain again.

that seams like it would work much better!  thanks :) i was trying to be all easy-way-out and it just used too much fabric. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bellydancingknitter on June 04, 2007 08:26:48 PM
LOVE The fabric!!!
It looks super smooth.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bellydancingknitter on June 04, 2007 08:31:52 PM
OK, after seeing Rostitchery's WONDERFUL tut and all of the other Craftsters' dresses, I had to try one for my *pregnant* self...


It looks AMAZING!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jutybo on June 06, 2007 12:16:17 PM
OK, after seeing Rostitchery's WONDERFUL tut and all of the other Craftsters' dresses, I had to try one for my *pregnant* self...


It looks AMAZING!

 ;D  Thank you SO MUCH!!  Now that the babe's in arms, I'm eagerly awaiting the re-appearance of my waist so that I can have yet another go at this dress!   ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on June 06, 2007 08:19:32 PM
On Canadas Next Top Model, they all wore infinity dresses (well, the storebought version) to judging, and each girl wore theirs differently. Only one of the girls had even heard of the dress before...maybe she's a craftster.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on June 06, 2007 08:25:22 PM
On Canadas Next Top Model, they all wore infinity dresses (well, the storebought version) to judging, and each girl wore theirs differently. Only one of the girls had even heard of the dress before...maybe she's a craftster.

That's interesting! :D

How much fabric do you think a sixth grader needs for this dress?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on June 06, 2007 08:42:05 PM
Well, we made one for a small 8th grader (she wore it to our fake prom, and to her graduation!) and I think we used the same 1.5m for the skirt and about 25 cm inches for each of the straps. so...2m

we skipped the band on hers, mostly because she didnt feel like sewing it (she did it by hand!)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on June 06, 2007 08:47:24 PM
Well, we made one for a small 8th grader (she wore it to our fake prom, and to her graduation!) and I think we used the same 1.5m for the skirt and about 25 cm inches for each of the straps. so...2m

we skipped the band on hers, mostly because she didnt feel like sewing it (she did it by hand!)

Okay! Thanks! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: reformfabric on June 09, 2007 09:20:25 AM
I am so chuffed. Made one of these dresses this afternoon.

I only discovered Craftster two days ago and already I have made an infinity dress (didn't know what that was two days ago either) and I have finished a "galaxy" dress I started at Christmas and I have altered a Karen Millen dress I bought in a charity shop ages ago but haven't got around to making it fit!!

So a massive thank you for the inspiration.

I am so pleased with myself I am haing a snifter of white wine to celebrate. ;)

I will post a photo when I have worked out how to do it, and found my camera!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on June 11, 2007 09:02:42 AM
 I just wanted to say I have made one for a swap partner this week  ;D I won't put a pic on as I haven't posted it off yet.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on June 12, 2007 10:08:42 AM
Did anyone watch the next Canadian Top Model?  All of the girls where given this dress in black for the final judging.  12 girls and 12 different styles!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on June 12, 2007 05:14:06 PM
Did anyone watch the next Canadian Top Model?  All of the girls where given this dress in black for the final judging.  12 girls and 12 different styles!



Is there any chance of a picture?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on June 13, 2007 07:50:20 AM
You guys should go to Youtube and see this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0S8vu_YY-U  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0S8vu_YY-U) It's part of one of the judging rounds of Next Top Model's Season 8 in the US. I'm positive that that blue shirt she's wearing is an infitiy shirt. Am I wrong? They never showed the back so I couldn't be positive.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on June 13, 2007 09:35:00 AM
they very very quickly show the back of the shirt. I thought it was an infinite one at first too. I think I paused it to see how it was tied around her arms and I never really figured it out. Renee always did some strange things with her clothes, like wore long sleeve t shirts as these wierd hood headwrap things...then all the girls on ANTM started doing it.

I wish I could find a picture of the CNTM infinity dress episode. It was kind of funny, because they made it sound like this wasnt something you were supposed to do with these dresses ('what do you mean these are all the same dress!?'). It wasnt quite the same style as the one shown on here, the straps were much thinner and they appeared to taper out at the ends, like the kind that you can buy online


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on June 13, 2007 10:07:07 AM
I have been trying to find a picture of it or at least a screen shot but no such luck.

Quote
It was kind of funny, because they made it sound like this wasnt something you were supposed to do with these dresses ('what do you mean these are all the same dress!?').

That was very funny. Like it was something so new.  I actually wore my black dress the day after it aired and i had people stopping me asking me if it was the same dress as the one on CNTM and where did I get it from!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on June 13, 2007 10:09:19 AM
I looked at it again and she's got it wrapped around her neck halter style, down the front side, then straight across the back from each direction and around each arm a couple of times.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on June 13, 2007 10:12:00 AM
I have been trying to find a picture of it or at least a screen shot but no such luck.

I found the canada video on youtube! IT's  at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt0eMOFp1kE


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: peariso on June 13, 2007 10:17:59 AM
Thank you for finding that Tenille! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Beantown on June 18, 2007 02:47:48 AM
OMG, I just read all 94 pages of this thread.  Can't wait for Wally World to open.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on June 20, 2007 11:38:00 AM
blowing my own trumpet...

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=168811.msg1842774#msg1842774

a link to the dress I made in the Ongoing Wishlist Swap  :) I'm rather proud of this  ;D and I think the recipient is quite pleased too 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on June 20, 2007 11:40:36 AM
That is the most gorgeous dress! Your recipient is sooooo lucky.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hawkeye on June 21, 2007 01:30:41 PM
I have been messing round with this dress all afternoon - I have been trying to make it with a flared skirt instead of circle because my fabric has big chunky stripes on it. I have already tried three times! :-[ :-[ :-[ Does anyone know how this can be done?  ???

Meanwhile I guess Ill start going through all 90 pages of this thread... :'(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mila_monkey007 on June 21, 2007 10:14:50 PM
i cant wait to make one!!! i shall go to the shops to get material (i was thinking black) next week..

then post results!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shatani on June 22, 2007 10:39:08 AM
has anyone as lazy as i am tried just adding straps to a skirt you already have?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on June 22, 2007 12:23:28 PM
probably  ;) but I don't think it's been mentioned before (not that I can recall all 90 odd pages!)
have you done it or just contemplating?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on June 22, 2007 02:37:26 PM
i'm actually thinking of doing the opposite. I made one of these a while ago and for the life of me cannot figure out how to tie it and make it flattering on my body. So I think i'm going to cut out the straps and just wear it as a skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shatani on June 22, 2007 07:03:40 PM
probably  ;) but I don't think it's been mentioned before (not that I can recall all 90 odd pages!)
have you done it or just contemplating?
contemplating...i have a couple of skirts that could use some sprucing up and i never wear them otherwise so they would be good for practice...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on June 22, 2007 08:08:02 PM
a fellow craftster (atomic mary) cut the straps off of hers and folded over part of the waistband to turn them into really easy dresses...which she makes all the time now and they always look fantastic!

i wish she would post them, so that I wouldnt have to brag all by myself


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on June 22, 2007 09:07:45 PM
shatani - go for it! lol if you aren't going to wear them anyway what have you got to lose?
Be sure to show us what you come up with though  :) we LOVE pics  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jan1972 on June 24, 2007 04:17:36 PM
I found a really cheap fabric stall at leicester market, as we were visiting friends and we only go once a year I had to stock up on loads of fabric.  I have bought enough to make 6 of these in different colours/patterns.  All I have to do now is find the time to make them.  Sewing them together is ok as the kids love to watch me using the sewing machine, but they always want to help as soon as they see me cutting fabric. ::)

Janette


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hannah19142 on June 25, 2007 11:23:15 AM
wow! i absolutely adore my dress! your tutorial explained everything perfectly, and it turned out great. I found some amazing tiel jersey fabric on sale for $2 a yard. I'll try to post some pics soon....

<3


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: miasu on June 25, 2007 02:17:05 PM
Made one! Woohoo! Made from a hot pink (I know it kind of looks red in the pics) poly knit that had lotss of stretch. First, thank you tons and tons for introducing the pattern. I loved messing with the straps, but the only problem is, I can never how I did a particular style, which is sad. But, on a brighter note, each trial brings something even more awesome. Sometimes. Hopefully. In the future. As well...

Anyway, pictures for your pleasure:




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: katie_sews on June 25, 2007 02:30:43 PM
all these dresses look amazing! i'll have to try this! when i have the time to sew the looong straps! hmm should be a fun summer project  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on June 25, 2007 03:13:44 PM
Oh my goodness, mynailsarepink1, that's beautiful!  I love the way you tied it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: laceyC9 on June 25, 2007 05:30:42 PM
very very cooll!!!! how adorable!!
:)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on June 26, 2007 07:25:59 AM
mynailsarepink1  that is gorgeous! I love the way you tied it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jaloux on June 28, 2007 05:00:36 PM
love this i plan to make one when i get back home!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: annamhudson on June 30, 2007 09:38:03 PM
Made one! Woohoo! Made from a hot pink (I know it kind of looks red in the pics) poly knit that had lotss of stretch. First, thank you tons and tons for introducing the pattern. I loved messing with the straps, but the only problem is, I can never how I did a particular style, which is sad. But, on a brighter note, each trial brings something even more awesome. Sometimes. Hopefully. In the future. As well...

Anyway, pictures for your pleasure:
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r276/mynailsarepink1/Infinity%20dress/DSC01155.jpg
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r276/mynailsarepink1/Infinity%20dress/DSC01136.jpg
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r276/mynailsarepink1/Infinity%20dress/DSC01150.jpg

Wow that looks so elegant in that style. I have yet to make one for me! You should take a step by step pic of what you are doing. I wish I could see how you wrapped it this way. I think it is my favorite way!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on July 06, 2007 06:55:11 PM
I made myself a convertible dress about six months ago. Loved it... but never wore it, since I have varicose veins and am terribly embarrassed about wearing dresses. (Wish I could figure out a way to, though.)

So, I took off some length, and voila! A wearable top!



Here's another wrap style meant to save me some pain from my stinging sunburn (ouchie!)


 :-[ Pardon the messy bedroom! I honestly hadn't noticed that the pics were taken at such an inopportune time. I really do make my bed, I swear.  :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: fivedollarlove on July 06, 2007 07:39:36 PM
Cute! It's very flattering and I love that you can style it different ways.

Have you tried wearing leggings?  Like, the kind that end just below the knee?  Those would hide any things you may want to hide. :)  They're also super comfy.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on July 07, 2007 01:29:30 PM
homebunnyj   your shirt is wonderful. I love it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: estaki on July 08, 2007 07:04:29 PM
Lots and Lots of pics.. Beware.

There are still several ways to tie it that I've not figured out... Hehe a few of you definatley have me beat!

  I too messed up my circle skirt.. So I pieced four wide rectangles together, And it looks fine.. Although I really love the full circle skirt, And will probably be making another soon.

What do you guys think?

miss cherry it looks awesome!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shortiekrista70 on July 12, 2007 08:30:03 AM
I've also been following this thread forever and it was definitley one of the reason I finally joined craftster. I finally got to joann's and bought some purple stretch fabric on sale for like $2.50 a yard to make this dress. Well I didn't have enough for a long enough circle skirt, and then after adjusting and creating a different skirt my sewing machine freaked on me. I'm pretty sure the timings off and idk how to fix it right now. Anyways, i ended up handsewing the waist band and everything basically, so that was less than fun, but TOTALLY worth it. I love this dress!!!

Here's pics of me wearing it. I'll mostly be wearing cami's and tanks under it, i like the look but I'm also rather "well endowed" and need a bra. One day I'll make a boob tube though.

the front
http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/7910/dscf2226eb6.jpg (http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/7910/dscf2226eb6.jpg)

of course wearing it with matching flip-flops.
http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/2369/dscf2252xs3.jpg (http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/2369/dscf2252xs3.jpg)

the back
http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/8320/dscf2243iv9.jpg (http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/8320/dscf2243iv9.jpg)

fun shot!
http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/4214/dscf2241ft8.jpg (http://img184.imageshack.us/img184/4214/dscf2241ft8.jpg)

I also love everyone else's creativity with this dress, and basically can't wait to make another one!!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on July 12, 2007 09:10:57 AM
Great job shortiekrista70  . That color looks awsome on you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kimberlina on July 17, 2007 10:26:18 AM
Here's one I made for DD- took me about 20 minutes (made one for myself last night, exactly the same only bigger.)

Love the dress- thanks, Rowena, for the tute!






Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mysscryss on July 18, 2007 05:44:18 PM
Does anyone have any pointers for working with such 'slick' material? I'm used to working with cotton with interfacing for purses and such and this large amount of fabric that just kept slipping and sliding everywhere really drove me nuts.

Is there an easy way to keep this from getting the best of me? I also had a hard time keeping the band and everything else together while i was sewing it.... any advice?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on July 19, 2007 07:42:58 AM
there was an article (I think it was in Threads, or maybe Sew news....or maybe a random piece of paper I found on a desk at work...) about sewing knits and jersey, recomending that you cut strips of a fusible, tearaway interfacing to stablize the fabric as you sew, and to make it less slick and finnicky...

I keep meaning to try it, but I'm also trying to keep my title for "worlds laziest craftster"


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CuteFace on July 19, 2007 01:36:37 PM
I am SO thrilled I found this forum... I was thisclose to spending almost $200 a piece for four "Pamela" dresses for my bridesmaids to wear, from the Narcissist store in Vancouver. I was a little upset that I didn't have much selection when it came to colours (they only offered black, and black with red) but I REALLY want this type of dress!
When I found the instructions to make them myself I did a serious happy dance!

I have a few questions... and I've read through all 97 pages of the thread, don't think I found the answer I am looking for. I would like to use a fancier material, organza or taffeta or silk, something like that, but none of those stretch at all. Any suggestions on how to compensate for the lack of stretch? If I use a stiffer material will it still wrap well? Anyone have any experience with that?

Thanks :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on July 19, 2007 03:06:55 PM
I haven't made one with stiffer fabric before. I would suggest buying some stiffer fabric, maybe from the walmart $1 table and trying it out before you use the fabric you really want. Then you can play with it and see how it will work before you start cutting.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on July 19, 2007 06:52:35 PM
I would look for a silk or satin jersey, if you can find it. It will have a nice sheen, but it will stretch, wrap and drape well. Its a little hard to track down, I would check out the closest textile district to wherever you are. Failing that, a few people have done infinite dresses with a non stretch satin, you just have to put a zipper in, and finish your edges/hem, which you wouldnt have to do if you used a jersey.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jan1972 on July 23, 2007 04:39:35 PM
Finally,  I have had my fabric for this dress (6 dresses to be exact) for about 2 months.  I kept putting it off, unsure if I could do it.  Made my first one tonight.  Don't know what I was worried about,  It only took 1 1/2 hours.  I love it.  will have to get the rest of the fabric out and make the rest.



Its much easier to wrap on the dummy than on me.
Janette


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kittin1982 on July 23, 2007 08:34:05 PM
pretty fabric! Here's mine.  I made it in a bright pink jersey from joann's that i got on sale.  I modified it a little.  I made the skirt a half circle and added a tube top to the waist band.  I love the way it fits, though I have some slight modifications to do to make it fit even better...



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on July 24, 2007 03:58:00 AM
Kittin, your dress is lovely.  I love both your tying styles - the cap sleeve version is my fave.  You achieved a great fit with it already - can you fill us in on your modifications when they're done?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rjbell on July 24, 2007 05:11:01 AM
I modified it a little.  I made the skirt a half circle and added a tube top to the waist band. 
I love your modification with the tube top.  Can you explain how you did that?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jan1972 on July 24, 2007 04:30:39 PM
I love that pink Kittin.  I only bought black and beige in plain fabric for this (and 4 different prints).  might have to go shopping again.
Got my second one done tonight. 
I am so in love with this dress.


I think it was the circle skirt that put me off for so long,  but once I took the plunge it was so much easier than I expected.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bnanca on July 24, 2007 05:57:24 PM
Jan1972, thats soooooooooo awesome, I love the print, its sexy mama!!! I am inspired to make this again, or attempt to. Just got to find some sexy fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on July 26, 2007 08:45:12 AM
I saw a post on Bluelines (http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/blueprint/2007/07/change-of-a-dre.html) that I thought y'all might be interested in.

Where can you buy the silkly looking fabric?  Is that the satin jersey that people were talking about a few days ago?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiac_3 on July 26, 2007 09:36:18 AM
I saw a post on Bluelines (http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/blueprint/2007/07/change-of-a-dre.html) that I thought y'all might be interested in.

Pfirsch, that video on the link you posted is great.  I never thought about putting the dress on upside down to make a draped shirt!  Totally cool idea!

This dress just gets better and better!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: cute_anarchy on July 26, 2007 06:28:14 PM
Hi to everybody who wondered about fancy fabric with stretch... I made a dress out of stretch satin (see pg 86), and it worked fairly well for a bridesmaid's dress.  I had to hem it and finish the edges more than with jersey, and it only really stretches one direction, but it did work and looked fairly dressy.  The drape is also a little different, as the fabric is stiffer.  Silk jersey would probably be much more like working with the recommended fabric, but also much more expensive and scary to cut!  Anyway, here's my source for the satin:

http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-satin-fabric-stretch-satin-fabric.aspx  (http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-satin-fabric-stretch-satin-fabric.aspx) 



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alvia on July 27, 2007 05:03:48 PM
what an awsome dress, thanx for sharing. I´m gona make myself one(or few) for a wedding I´ll be atending. I just cant make up my mynd about what color I should do first or if a should do a "duo-dress".

all you who showed your dresses, I know what I´ll be dreaming of tonight!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: michpitts on July 30, 2007 06:06:25 AM
Okay, I bought my fabric, and I'm all ready to go. Quick question about circle skirts though - how long was yours? (radius from the center point?). If I have 60' fabric, am I going to have to make two semi-circles and sew them together (one noes! Now it's three seams! xD) or will I be able to get away with just one?
Any opinions?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on July 30, 2007 06:34:36 AM
I put in a wider waistband to drop it down to atleast my natural waist (a few I've dropped to almost my hips), which gives you a few more inches length in the skirt. It uses less fabric than two half circles, but it gives you a more below the knee kind of length. It really depends on how much you have to cut for your waist (because it reflects how much you will lose off your 30") I lose about 3.5 inches, and my skirt falls to a few inches below my knee. If you are hoping to have a more floor length style, I would do it in an a-line


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: michpitts on July 30, 2007 07:17:57 PM
Thanks a ton, Grand TheftUno! That sounds like it will work - I'll be sure to post my results!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss_Vicki on July 31, 2007 05:23:10 PM
I just noticed that the most recent article on the Patterns From The Past blog features infinity dresses.  Thought I'd post a link in case any of you are interested http://oldpatterns.blogspot.com/2007/06/70s-easy-to-wear-clothing.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: honeyb1 on July 31, 2007 07:54:14 PM
Hi:

I'm new to this.  I've read through all 99 pages, and have just loved all the gorgeous dresses!  I bought some stretchy, sort of shiny grey jersey-like material, but seems to be thin.  I got it at a thrift store for $3.00 for 3.5 yds-45" wide.   
 I have a couple of questions.  If I make the tube top, do I sew it to the waistband, and it comes up over my bust?  Would I have to put a waistband on then?  I do need something to cover my boobs, and also some support.!
I also noticed on the Infinity dress site, that it seems to be one piece from hem to top--with straps at the top of the bust, and wide at the top, but tapers as they get to the ends.  Has anyone tried to make this style?  It looks simple enough--maybe would require a seam down the back.

Also, I read back in July/06 that Rostitchery was going to put up another tutorial--but I haven't been able to find one.  Has she done it, and maybe on another section?

Thanks for all the great info.  Hope someone can clarify these things for me.

Happy sewing!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 31, 2007 07:57:31 PM
Thanks, Vicki,
For those of us who have been eating and breathing this thread for over a year now, it seems hard to imagine that anyone in the world (who sews) can have possibly been unaware of it, especially after A Dress a Day featured it.  I still enjoy seeing the new incarnations, and LOVE seeing new people discover how easy it is to make.

Must be time to clean out my stash and make another one!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on July 31, 2007 08:57:56 PM
... I read back in July/06 that Rostitchery was going to put up another tutorial--but I haven't been able to find one.  Has she done it, and maybe on another section?
Rostichery posted a tutorial for the one seam convertible dress (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/06/one_seam_conver.html) on her site.

Is that what you were looking for?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiac_3 on August 01, 2007 01:26:09 AM
Wow Rostichery...this has been up over a year, and is nearly 100 pages!  I bet when you posted this you had no idea it would be such a big hit!

A million thanks though, for introducing (and "tuting") this to us!

I still have three of them that I need to make (black, purple, white)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 01, 2007 06:27:03 AM
 
 I have a couple of questions.  If I make the tube top, do I sew it to the waistband, and it comes up over my bust?  Would I have to put a waistband on then?  I do need something to cover my boobs, and also some support.!

I also noticed on the Infinity dress site, that it seems to be one piece from hem to top--with straps at the top of the bust, and wide at the top, but tapers as they get to the ends.  Has anyone tried to make this style?  It looks simple enough--maybe would require a seam down the back.

Honeyb1:
I think the attachment of the bandeau/tube top is a personal preference, maybe determined by how much fabric you have, (I attached mine almost as a very wide waistband) although if your material is stretchy enough you might keep it separate from the dress itself and fashion it as a sports bra, for extra bosom support.

The Lydia Silvestry Infinity dress (which inspired this original thread, and which, in contrast, has one VERTICAL seam) is another whole ball of wax. Its straps are very long and tapering and there's a whole thread dedicated to it on Craftster as well. I'll see if I can find it for you....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 01, 2007 06:36:08 AM
 
 I have a couple of questions.  If I make the tube top, do I sew it to the waistband, and it comes up over my bust?  Would I have to put a waistband on then?  I do need something to cover my boobs, and also some support.!

I also noticed on the Infinity dress site, that it seems to be one piece from hem to top--with straps at the top of the bust, and wide at the top, but tapers as they get to the ends.  Has anyone tried to make this style?  It looks simple enough--maybe would require a seam down the back.

Honeyb1:
I think the attachment of the bandeau/tube top is a personal preference, maybe determined by how much fabric you have, (I attached mine almost as a very wide waistband) although if your material is stretchy enough you might keep it separate from the dress itself and fashion it as a sports bra, for extra bosom support.

The Lydia Silvestry Infinity dress (which inspired this original thread, and which, in contrast, has one VERTICAL seam) is another whole ball of wax. Its straps are very long and tapering and there's a whole thread dedicated to it on Craftster as well. I'll see if I can find it for you....

Here are a couple that might help: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102791.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102791.0) and
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125890.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=125890.0) but some of the picture links no longer work...sorry!  :-\


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: honeyb1 on August 02, 2007 01:32:34 PM
Thanks pfirsch & Mcjulio for the replies.  I looked at the sites you mentioned, and found out lots re the infinity dress.  I think I'll try that one out of some sea green stretch material I got at WalMart for $1 per yd, & I'll make the one with the skirt out of the grey.  I'll try to post pictures when I'm done. 
Thanks so much for your help.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alohamom2three on August 03, 2007 08:55:25 PM
Well, I said back on page sixty something (or was it seventy something?) that I would probably find time to make on somewhere around page one hundred...ta da.

I actually made two!  The first one was for myself for my birthday party.  It's a beautiful spice orange color but...tried to do it with just a straight stitch which took all the stretch out of the waistband...but you all knew that would happen...I wore it anyway and retied it three times during the party...EVERYONE loved it!!!
Of course I don't have any pictures of that one...I promise the next time I wear it I will get a pic!

The second one I made for a friend....I broke out my brand new serger for her...worked much better and I am in LOVE with serging.  She was sure she couldn't wear a dress with no bra but she did and she wore it to an awards ceremony and everyone there loved it too.  I love this color on her and she never would have picked purple.
Oh...I had to add an elastic to her waistband and I swear I cut the littlest waist...oh well...still looks awesome!
I've had so much fun reading every single post and I am so excited that I got to do this!!!







Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on August 03, 2007 09:11:03 PM
That's very pretty the way you wrapped it! Love that color purple too.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sirensrising on August 04, 2007 07:57:22 AM
Oh my god...I'm halfway through the images only but I couldn't even wait to post. This is AMAZING and all the dresses are seriously so, so beautiful. We just discovered our sewing machine again (albeit missing different needles, button and zipper foots, and thread) but that was only yesterday and as a complete novice I don't even understand the instructions...maybe I'll show this to my mom (so she can be confused with me? :P She can't really sew either). I would LOVE one of these babies, I'm already wishing I had one for my anniversary at the end of the month but maybe by next year I'll have got the hang of it... ::)

Anyway, seriously, wowowowow. I can't wait to see more.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Mienna on August 04, 2007 10:08:37 AM
I love your dress alohamom2three! The color is awesome and it looks fantastic on you. :) Looks like your ready for a night out.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: andieface on August 05, 2007 07:15:06 PM
Well, I have a couple to add to the mix!  Nothing revolutionary here...I did the first one in a green knit.  The fabric makes it pretty bulky, but I still like it.  I made a second one in a black and white jersey knit, it hangs much better.  I love these dresses! 
http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x239/andiefacetx/IMG_3761.jpg
http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x239/andiefacetx/IMG_3779.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: 123annette on August 06, 2007 01:21:48 PM
I have FINALLY reached the100th page OOT!! (I made a craftster JUST so I could post here!!) - and I must say I cannot WAIT to start making this dress! It's gorgeous and SOOOOOOO functional. For someting as simple as the beach to something as elegant as an awards show - this dress is your new best friend!!!

I think I'll have to make mine in black - I really do need a "little black dress" but have had such a difficult time picking just ONE. BUT NOW I won't have to!!!

THank you all fellow craftsters for posting your pics (that show images only button at the top of this thread is REALLY gona come in handy).

And special thanks to Rostitchery for taking her some precious time out of her day to create a tutorial and share with us how this dress is made!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: flipflopsgirl21 on August 10, 2007 04:50:58 PM
i've read every post! they all look awesome. i can't wait to get a sewing machine.  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on August 13, 2007 08:29:53 AM
Here's the last one I made. pics not that great though. Ignore the bed head. :)


(http://www.flickr.com/photos/tenille/1104408951/)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: AliBeachGrl on August 13, 2007 09:19:39 AM
That color glows on you!  Very pretty.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on August 13, 2007 03:38:49 PM
Pretty color! My fave! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: AngieW on August 15, 2007 05:12:43 PM
I'm hung up on quite possibly the dumbest step of this project ever--cutting out the pieces. I have 3 yards of fabric. Do I cut the straps out first, and then the circle skirt? I know this seems like a lame question, and I actually understand how to put it together and sew it, but I can't conceptualize this in my head, how to get all the pieces out of this fabric and make the straps long enough. Feel free to laugh and point now :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ranchelmarie on August 15, 2007 05:44:41 PM
that's actually a really good question, it took me forever to figure this out as well. what I did was cut the straps from the full length of my 3 yards of fabric, then with what was left I made a half circle skirt, because i just like the half cirlcle skirt better than a full circle skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: AngieW on August 15, 2007 06:04:16 PM
Oh, that would work, thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jennycakes on August 28, 2007 04:12:01 AM
ok-another newbie question, but I've tried to read thru all 100ish pages of this thread & I am going crosseyed....I made the dress last night, & it's ADORABLE...but it's a shirt....b/c I am slightly impaired about cutting out the circle skirt...I guess I am asking how big a piece of fabric do I need to start with when making my circle skirt? My waist is 35" & I wanted it about as long as rostitcherys...I think you said it was 26" long?  I'm sorry for being so math-stupid.....
I will say, I was very proud of myself for figuring ANY of this out, i've never made a garment before-this is giving me courage!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on August 28, 2007 07:01:50 AM
this is my "it looks complicated but its not" method for cutting out the skirt, and the waist.

basically you need 1.5 m of a 60" fabric to do the skirt if you want it about 26" long. fold the fabric along the fold line, then  fold it in half, so you have a 75 cm (30") square. pin your measuring tape to the inside corner (the corner with the most folds, not one of the corners with a raw edge. Use the measuring tape like a big compass to measure out 30" all the way around and mark with pins until you get a big 1/4 circle of pins. cut along that line. to cut the hole for yourself, subtract a few inches from your waist measurement (becuse this stuff gives like crazy, especially when cut into a cirle. divide your waist measurement by 3.14, then find the square root of that number. for example, if your waist measurement is 33", subract 4" to get 29", divided by pi is 9.23, then square rooted is 3.03, so you should measure our (the same way you cut the first cirle, a small circle for your waist, that is 3.03 inches deep.


I'm sorry for all the math stuff. I was never good at having math explained to me, and thusly I am not good at explaining it myself. its a lot easier to explain in person.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jennycakes on August 28, 2007 07:28:22 AM
thank you SO MUCH for your help on that!!!  You have cleared up my confusion!!! ;D  i'll have to post pics when I am done!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: arimethia on August 28, 2007 08:21:11 AM
I made this dress a few weeks ago and I love it! I wore it to a craft show and I got so many compliments on it. Thanks for the tute! I'll post a picture as soon as my hubby gets home.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jennycakes on August 29, 2007 06:48:05 AM
ok-here is the latest one I made-didn't look in the mirror before hubby, took pic, but...you get the idea...it was easy after grandtheftuno helped me out!!
http://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/xHyn2j
ok-I never posted a pic before, so I hope the link works, if not...thanks to everyone for their help!
sorry-it's the last pic on the bottom of the thumbnails....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on August 29, 2007 08:12:01 AM
jennycakes  your dress looks wonderful! your other stuff is great too!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jennycakes on August 29, 2007 07:12:43 PM
thanks Tenille!  My 3 daughters get TONS of stuff made by me, mainly b/c I don't feel like dragging them out whenever we need something....I'm a little addicted to doing things myself-& the kids love saying "my mommy made this for me!"....and I don't mind hearing it either *smile*.  Now I need to continue making things for ME!!
ok-I just peeked at your flickr pics-hello??!! You are amazing!!  Your dresses are beautiful & I am in LOVE w/your sock monkeys...I keep meaning to try to make one.....beautiful!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sorcha.ni on August 30, 2007 04:23:18 AM
It's a great dress and tutorial - I whipped one up myself in half an hour using some stretch fabric in my stash. The downside was that I cut the straps so the stretch was along them, rather than across, which isn't ideal.

It works really well having a square/handkerchief skirt too.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Harmony96 on September 10, 2007 03:24:16 PM
Ok.... I read this WHOLE thread... and the time it took me to do that could have also probably been spent actually MAKING a dress (or 2 or 3).  lol.  First I'll post a few replies... then I'll try to finish my and babygirl's halloween costumes, then if time remains I will make one of these dresses.  I have some crushed-velvet-looking purple that was originally intended to be a nightgown... but it's probably going to be too hot as that, so now it will be this dress.  :)

Jutybo, from post number 184 on page 19, this dress as a maternity top looks SO CUTE on you!  Although I'm sure by now you've had your baby a long time ago.  lol.  Especially with the handkerchief-style hemline.  Love it.  :)

loreleiariadne, from post number 233 on page 24, I hadn't thought about getting bored w/ it while out and about and then just changing the style impromptu in the bathroom.  lol

alicelovester, from post 363 on page 37, thank you for that second picture!  Seeing the front and back of that view the same way made me all of a sudden realize how to tie it for that view.

mirela, from post 757 on page 76, using those 3 different fabrics really looks so stunning!

j_en, from post 822 on page 83, thanks so much for the 8-point-star/double-square-layered skirt idea for a child!  I have a daughter who's only 9 months, so she's a long way away from wearing dresses like that, but I can definitely see using this idea on other outfits for her too.  :)

mynailsarepink1, from post 950 on page 96, I LOVE the way you tied that!  Especially in the back, SO cute!  When I get mine done I'm going to attempt to duplicate that... from the 3 pictures you posted, I _think_ I can... or something close to it anyway.  lol



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Harmony96 on September 10, 2007 09:00:55 PM
Ok, I'm done.  :)  (I cheated and made this dress after finishing my costume but before starting Lydia's.)  I never ever thought that I'd be able to wear it w/o a bra... but sure enough it's plenty supportive without one.  The hemline had a weird long spot that I kept trimming a little off of, and now it's close enough to even to suit me for now.  In the back view you can see the wrong side of the fabric... and my VERY long tails.  lol.  One's even longer than the other, I definitely need to trim them a bit.  Anyway without further delay, here it is:



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jutybo on September 11, 2007 05:11:30 AM


Jutybo, from post number 184 on page 19, this dress as a maternity top looks SO CUTE on you!  Although I'm sure by now you've had your baby a long time ago.  lol.  Especially with the handkerchief-style hemline.  Love it.  :)



Thank you so much!   ;D  And yep, my baby girl will be a year old next month... and that much closer to crafting her own clothes herself!   ;)
I look forward to seeing pics of what you end up making!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Harmony96 on September 15, 2007 12:08:23 PM
Ok, now that I have more than 10 posts... I edited the post two posts above this one w/ actual pictures instead of just links.  :)

Has the fad passed now, or are people still planning to make this dress?  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on September 15, 2007 08:51:43 PM
I've been dying to have this dress forever (I even asked for it in a swap!)  I'll get around to making it one of these days!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on September 16, 2007 06:47:41 AM
Has the fad passed now, or are people still planning to make this dress?  :)

I'm still making it. I had a black top (I cut it down from the dress I made since I had worn the dress once due to my embarrassment of my horrible veiny legs :(  ) and wore the top alot. Alas, someone threw it in the regular wash and ruined it, so now I need to make another black one, and a turquoise one, and a burgundy one, and a navy one, and a .... Well, you get the picture. :D Plus, now that it's boot season, I do need the dress and must make another one of those now too.

It's just too versatile a piece not to have one in each of your best colors, and also to have it in tops and in dresses. Add a collection of shrugs and you're set. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: ZahraDesigns on September 18, 2007 04:34:21 PM
I'd still love to make the dress.  I can't find any fabric, but I'd love to make it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Jessiac_3 on September 19, 2007 03:40:08 PM
I still have the stuff to make three of them sitting in my laundry/craft room... :-\...one of these days I'll actually get around to making them! ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: binemitz on September 22, 2007 12:25:52 AM
beautiful dress!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: schtankylu on September 23, 2007 04:27:40 PM
OMG!! These are almost $300!!  :o

http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/

Y'all need to get a business started--stat!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alymiller on September 24, 2007 06:34:08 AM
OMG!! These are almost $300!!  :o

http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/

Y'all need to get a business started--stat!!



WOW!  That is crazy!  Maybe they got the idea from rostitchery.. her blog says PLEASE NOTE:  the instructions for making this dress are available for free but are not to be used for commercial purposes. please do not sell dresses made using these instructions, and do not make copies of the instructions without asking my permission first.  thank you!

I doubt it, but.. maybe. 
I do think that would be a great idea for bridesmaids dresses though, considering how simple they'd be to make. Maybe for my wedding I'll get ambitious and make some myself!  I'm sure my bridesmaids would be happy not having to spend $100's of dollars for a dress they'd only wear one time.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on September 24, 2007 08:04:26 AM
I think we have bridesmaid dresses in this thread somewhere...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Fortune_32 on September 24, 2007 05:29:41 PM
OMG!! These are almost $300!!  :o

http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/

Y'all need to get a business started--stat!!


... and they're not even silk jersey, just nylon/lycra spandex!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alymiller on September 24, 2007 08:08:41 PM
I think we have bridesmaid dresses in this thread somewhere...

I am not ambitious enough to sift through 100 pages to find them!  I'm sure they were beautiful!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DivastarMirna on September 25, 2007 05:54:25 AM
Hi everybody!!!
I finally made it, i read all of the pages of this thread, all of them. I started reading from yesterday night(i paused to sleep) and continued this afternoon :).
I am definetly going to make this dress, i just dont have enough stretchy fabric, but tomorrow i am going to get 4 yards of it to make this dress. It's the best dress ever!!! Rostichery you rock.
When i am done i'll post the pictures of it. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Chic-a-Cherry-Cola on October 06, 2007 04:00:40 AM
Somebody has probably already asked or done this, but I'm a scrap sewer, I just sew from material I find around the house. Would it be okay if I made some of these dresses for a barbie doll and gave them out as party favours a a kiddie party?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jutybo on October 07, 2007 05:29:42 AM
Somebody has probably already asked or done this, but I'm a scrap sewer, I just sew from material I find around the house. Would it be okay if I made some of these dresses for a barbie doll and gave them out as party favours a a kiddie party?
What a fun idea!!  I think that sounds great.   ;D  Those would be some really tiny dresses, tho... please post pics when you're done!  I'd love to see how this works out.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: crafty_beader on October 15, 2007 10:35:27 PM
definitely,im going to make my own..
thank u so much for the tutorials..


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mouse123 on November 04, 2007 11:41:38 PM
At first when I saw this fabric in the $1.50/meter bin at walmart, I thought of Shleybee's cowl neck dress, which I sadly failed at (wrong body type...)  

So I decided to attempt this dress.  So I went back to Walmart after doing some super awesome calculations, I even drew out mini sketches of the pieces!!  Anyhow, this is what I ended up with.
my dress! (although sloppily tied...) The fabric is 2 way stretch, that is lighter and less shiny than swimsuit material.



ps.  like my attempt at blue hair?  it turned out green...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kittin1982 on November 06, 2007 08:30:38 PM
Everyone's dresses look fab!  I love how everyone has taken the idea and made it to fit them....:)  I found some pretty black fabric that has amazing drape to it and I am going to make another one...I just need to get to work on it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sewingoesdiva on November 26, 2007 07:40:45 PM
omg i LOVE THIS DRESS
humm i need to get some material and try to make one
i will have to hit joann's on weds
woohoo


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TeeBee on December 14, 2007 04:00:26 AM
OMG!  I need a dress to wear tonight and this is it.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PegasusMarsters on December 14, 2007 06:43:15 PM
I HAVE to make one of these.

Whats even more amazing is the fact that there are wrap methods that'll cover my tattoos on my shoulders. THANK YOU CRAFTSTER. I struggle to find dresses that don't have bare shoulders or straps that somehow dodge the tats even if they're wide. My family (other than mum) don't know about the tats so they have to stay a secret.

I'm so going to suggest this dress to my auntie for her bridesmaids. WHOOP.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Ashter-Crafter on December 14, 2007 11:55:30 PM
Fantastic!
I've been reading this post forever and finally got around to making it, not reading about it.  It turned out great, the instructions were wonderful.  Unfortunately I made the straps too narrow, so I'm limited to how I can wear it.  But for my version, I made it a narrow/pencil skirt type thing, so I ended up just hiking up the waistband up around my...upper section...and wearing it as a tube/strapless dress.  I just used the straps that way.  I'll be attempting it again, making my straps an inch or two wider.  THANK YOU for this tutorial.  I have a pattern for it, but your way is SO much easier, and better explained.
Uhh, and I think pictures would explain better what I did to this dress...

(First post, I hope I did these images right....)
http://img99.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img1627rk3.jpg (http://img99.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img1627rk3.jpg)
http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/8403/img1630md6.jpg (http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/8403/img1630md6.jpg)
http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/1838/img1640kr9.jpg (http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/1838/img1640kr9.jpg)
http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/5025/img1624ko1.jpg (http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/5025/img1624ko1.jpg)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on December 15, 2007 08:10:53 AM
Nice job, Ashter!
Tres chic!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: WIPs on December 15, 2007 01:10:10 PM
That's gorgeous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: klum78 on December 16, 2007 04:50:41 PM
I had a Christmas party to go to last week and had nothing to wear.  I think it always feels like this once I pass the 8 month mark...  I needed something quick and inexpensive to make and this dress came to mind!  
I made minor adjustments.
I did do the boob tube since I would feel way too exposed without it.  Also I used 2 panels to make the skirt because I didn't have enough material to do the whole thing as one panel.  It's about 3 inches longer in the front than the back to accommodate my belly.  And I made a top only because I figured I would get more use out of a shirt than a dress.  

So here it is:

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m278/batgrrl8/crafty/000_0098.jpg


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Dalmaney on January 01, 2008 12:25:33 PM
Better late than never. This is my first attempt, and I'm far from a sewer. I think I may have to make another circle skirt just for fun.

And it won't let me post photos.

So screw it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 01, 2008 12:29:44 PM
As a newbie you have to post links - c'mon show us your pretty dress  :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Proud Mimi on January 01, 2008 07:06:03 PM
Dalmaney - Please post links. We need to see a new dress!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Synne on January 05, 2008 08:43:33 AM
I had a Christmas party to go to last week and had nothing to wear.  I think it always feels like this once I pass the 10 month mark...  I needed something quick and inexpensive to make and this dress came to mind! 
I made minor adjustments.
I did do the boob tube since I would feel way too exposed without it.  Also I used 2 panels to make the skirt because I didn't have enough material to do the whole thing as one panel.  It's about 3 inches longer in the front than the back to accommodate my belly.  And I made a top only because I figured I would get more use out of a shirt than a dress. 

It came out lovely! That color looks great on you!
I have to say, I'm always impressed when people can sew up something fabulous when they have "nothing to wear"--every time I attempt to sew any item of clothing I always hit some sort of tremendous snag (usually related to my vintage sewing machines hating me and refusing to work properly) and the project ends up sitting around unloved for months (or even years) before it gets finished. Kudos to you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: maemae8 on January 21, 2008 10:06:04 PM
Im going to try making this lol. Its my first Clothing Item I have done. I have sewed toys,quilts and purses so this will be very exciting to try. I love the look with the shirt version over jeans its so cute! Thank you for offering this!
Maemae


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: estaki on January 24, 2008 10:29:28 PM
someone posted about making this with a triangle skirt rather than a circle skirt - is this in your tute rostitchery? I think I prefer the shape with a less full skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on January 24, 2008 11:54:18 PM
someone posted about making this with a triangle skirt rather than a circle skirt - is this in your tute rostitchery? I think I prefer the shape with a less full skirt.

rostitchery's tute is for the original circle skirt version, many variations have cropped up in the thread since.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alli_Lucy on January 26, 2008 03:08:14 PM
Yay - I finally made one!  I am now totally in love with this dress.  I can't even believe how quick and easy it was; I'm a beginning seamstress, and it took me less than an hour to put together (including a fairly long period of lint-rolling every piece because I cut them on my craft room floor without vacuuming first and apparently my cat is in shedding-overdrive).  I made mine with a pencil skirt rather than a circle skirt, but I'm definitely going to make a circle version soon.  One bonus of the pencil skirt is that it takes far less fabric - I only had about 2.75 yards, and I only used half of it for my dress.  The rest is going to be used to make a tube top in case I need a bit of modesty underneath (great idea), and to make a shirt version (another great idea).  Thank you to Rostitchery and to everyone who has posted in this thread!

A few bad pictures can be found here:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223096.msg2409857#new (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223096.msg2409857#new)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: electrix_strawberry on January 27, 2008 05:24:44 PM
thank you so much for the tute!  I love the colour by the way.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: applesonastick on January 29, 2008 06:00:49 PM
I'll start off by saying that I am a TOTAL fabric newbie. I don't know anything about it. I just touch it and if I like it I'll get it lol. I saw this fabric at walmart and wanted to know if you craftsters think it will work.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2229144101_30e430ab70.jpg?v=0 (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2229144101_30e430ab70.jpg?v=0)
if you can't read it: 100% cotton, asst crinkle cotton, width 37/39"
I don't know what that means.  :P
It's kinda stretchy but not really. And its thin. Maybe this picture will show it better?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2407/2229936574_4a1ccb8d20.jpg?v=0 (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2407/2229936574_4a1ccb8d20.jpg?v=0)

I don't know. Help please? :-[


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on January 29, 2008 06:50:47 PM
no. I don't think it's a good choice. You need something really, really stretchy.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: klum78 on January 29, 2008 06:54:21 PM
I'll start off by saying that I am a TOTAL fabric newbie. I don't know anything about it. I just touch it and if I like it I'll get it lol. I saw this fabric at walmart and wanted to know if you craftsters think it will work.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2229144101_30e430ab70.jpg?v=0 (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2229144101_30e430ab70.jpg?v=0)
if you can't read it: 100% cotton, asst crinkle cotton, width 37/39"
I don't know what that means.  :P
It's kinda stretchy but not really. And its thin. Maybe this picture will show it better?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2407/2229936574_4a1ccb8d20.jpg?v=0 (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2407/2229936574_4a1ccb8d20.jpg?v=0)

I don't know. Help please? :-[

100% cotton is probably not your best bet.  It is not going to stretch as much as you will probably need it to.  I am not saying that it will not work but something with lycra or a stretch poly blend would be best.  Just my opinion though.  There are some craftsters that have used non-stretch:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.msg994449;topicseen#msg994449
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/07/convertibleness.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on January 29, 2008 09:54:14 PM
i altered the one i'd made previously, so it stays more up around my waist.  and another one in the works!  i passed up the $13/yard niiiice drapey/light/soft black 95rayon/5spandex that i really wanted...even though it was 30% off and/or i could've used a % off coupon, and instead snagged whatever was left on two bolts in the clearance area for $3 a yard plus only $1.50/yd for the partial yards.  one's a tissue jersey type and the other's maybe slightly heavier...neither is as nice and stretchy as that other stuff though.  plus i don't have enough of either to do the whole dress, so either i try to do tops, or do the skirt part in one color and straps in the other.  this time:  wider, slightly shorter straps, not a circle skirt, and a better under-tube.  i haven't started yet, i plan to go through this thread again for all the great tips and tricks i know are here but have forgotten.  ooh, i loooooove the pencil-ish black version posted not too long ago...unfortunately not sure pencil's the best bet for my shape, but it sure does look good on you! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mouse123 on January 29, 2008 10:54:26 PM
are there any tutes on tying the dress?
i made one a while back, but cant figure out any decent way to tie it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on January 30, 2008 11:48:35 AM
are there any tutes on tying the dress?
i made one a while back, but cant figure out any decent way to tie it.

There are links to sites that show you different ways to tie the dress, but you'll have to look through the posts.  (I don't remember where exactly :()

I just found some at Sacha Drake (http://www.sachadrake.com.au/styles.html) though that I hadn't seen before.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: applesonastick on January 30, 2008 02:22:42 PM
alright thanks for the responses.. guess i gotta find a new fabric


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MissKerouac on February 02, 2008 02:31:52 PM
So this was my second attempt at the dress. the first one i made i made with a circle skirt but i found the dress was just too short when i did that, even with 60" wide material, so i just made a really simple skirt and did the rest just as instructed.

This is how it turned out.
Horray Black spandex-unknown fibre material!
This is my favourite way to wear it




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Babyangel on February 02, 2008 03:25:44 PM
So this was my second attempt at the dress. the first one i made i made with a circle skirt but i found the dress was just too short when i did that, even with 60" wide material, so i just made a really simple skirt and did the rest just as instructed.

This is how it turned out.
Horray Black spandex-unknown fibre material!
This is my favourite way to wear it
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v639/frufee/Photo32.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v639/frufee/Photo35.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v639/frufee/Photo34.jpg


that has to be the sexiest version of this dress I love it! Very classy!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kaitlinnegan on February 03, 2008 11:58:36 AM
applesonastick, I might be a little bit crazy, but I'm thinking that woven fabric would be really cute if you did some ruching/smocking with elastic thread in the part of the straps closest to the skirt (to go over the bust) and in the waistline of the skirt.  There have been several tutorials on how to do this here on craftster - I bet you can find one if you search.  That would make those areas stretchy!  You'd have to do a little planning to see where you want the placement of the ruching and how that would work out with your wrapping options.  If you don't like the ruching idea, if you gather the straps where they are attached to the waist they might give a little better fit.  Anyway, I wouldn't give up on the woven fabric entirely.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MissKerouac on February 03, 2008 01:00:05 PM
Quote
that has to be the sexiest version of this dress I love it! Very classy!

thank you very much!
i like it alot


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on February 05, 2008 12:52:32 AM
I've used this fabulous tutorial to make 7 more of these dresses - for children.  It was a 9yo's fashion themed sleepover which included 'makeovers' (basically hairstyling and a bit of nailpolish).  Each guest got a dress.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225452.msg2439293#msg2439293 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=225452.msg2439293#msg2439293)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: shorty3boys on February 05, 2008 07:43:19 AM
Did anyone else just see this dress on Martha?  ???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on February 05, 2008 12:28:50 PM
are there any tutes on tying the dress?
Your post got me curious, and I've found a few more links with tying instructions:
  • Fertile Mind 6 Way Dress (http://www.fertilemind.com.au/page.asp?e_page=353518&product=382084&brand=372671&productName=Fertile%20Mind%206%20Way%20Dress&FAQ=369860&HIW=373033) even has step-by-step photos you can follow
  • Bluelines (http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/blueprint/2007/07/change-of-a-dre.html) talks about the ready-made dresses and has links to video instructions by American Apparel
  • Monifc (http://www.monifc.com/index.php?cPath=30_27&mxd=100&osCsid=6b66175244e62e9e245df035f7a5e067) has an instructional video (http://www.monifc.com/convertibledress.php)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on February 05, 2008 03:39:13 PM
I just saw this dress for sale on the victoria's secret website too!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on February 06, 2008 10:24:34 AM
Ok, I don't normally watch Martha Stewart's show, but I happened to be home when it was on this morning. The lady that runs this http://kenziekate.blogspot.com/2007/10/two-birds-one-dress.html was on showing her two-birds-one-dress bridesmaid dress that works for anyone. And guess what!?! IT was the convertable dress! I was all "I have that Dress!!!!" (stopped short of jumping up and down though.) And Martha was all "Maybe I'll get myself one of those". lol.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: lolo2358 on February 06, 2008 07:57:03 PM
I saw the 2 birds bridesmaids dresses on Martha Stewart show today. Is it one of those bridal places where you have to order a minimum of several dresses? For exemple, Vera Wang Bridesmaids has a minumum of 3 dresses of the same style.  The two birds dress comes to $320 ($270 + $30 shipping + $ 20 handling fee). For a nylon dress? i think not.    ::)






Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alli_Lucy on February 07, 2008 10:52:25 AM
I love seeing this dress for hundreds of dollars - it makes me so happy about my ten dollar version!  At the same time, I want to put up a giant sign that says, "Stop!  Don't pay $300 for this!  Even if you've never sewn before, you can make it yourself!"  I do like the fabric of the Two Birds dress, but I don't think it's worth such a huge mark up (of course, no bridesmaid dress is!).

Is it one of those bridal places where you have to order a minimum of several dresses? For exemple, Vera Wang Bridesmaids has a minumum of 3 dresses of the same style. 

Actually, this isn't true (or at least it wasn't when I was planning my wedding two and a half years ago).  I looked into buying a Vera Wang bridesmaid dress to wear as my gown, and according to the bridal shop that I visited, the Vera Wang company has no minimum on orders.  The rule is imposed by bridal shops (who say it is a company requirement), because they want to discourage brides from wearing bridesmaid gowns.  Bridal shops are absolutely criminal in their policies!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: lolo2358 on February 07, 2008 07:16:09 PM
Maybe Vera Wang Bridesmaids has changed their policy. I got married in 2005 and bought my wedding dress at Vera Wang Bridesmaids in NYC.  I can assure that I had to buy THREE dresses of the same style. They must have changed their policy but it was definitely true in 2005.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alli_Lucy on February 08, 2008 05:21:12 AM
That is so weird; I got married in 2005 as well, and was assured by the shop that I was thinking about buying from (L'Elite, in Boston) that it was no problem to buy one VW BM dress.  I had heard about the minimum number policy, and so I was sure to ask them about it before I tried on any dresses.  According to them, it was a store policy, and they were able to order only one for me.  I came really close to doing it, but ended up having my dress custom made instead.

Anyway, now back to your regularly scheduled thread!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: luckyduck29 on February 08, 2008 11:11:38 PM
Ok, after months of admiring everyone's dresses I am going to attempt this. However, on pg 38 of this thread Rostitchery said that she was going to make a video tutorial. Does anyone know if she did? I know that this dress is way simple but I don't want to waste my nice fabric.

 :-\*crosses fingers and says a prayer"

I'll let you guys know how it turns out.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: elfin enigma on February 09, 2008 09:00:16 AM
sorry, i know this is o.t. but it got me giggling: 

on the fertile mind site:  "CAP SLEEVE: A truly elegant look - perfect for evening wear, or change accessories for gorgeous daywear. The little black dress that hoes anywhere."  hmmmm.  typo anyone??  there's also a style that "sows off the bump." 

...i've been reading too many hilarious grammar blogs and my eyes are just drawn to these things, ha. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Lethargic on February 09, 2008 09:08:27 AM
Ok after spending 3 hours last night and about an hour this morning I have read all 107 pages in this topic. whew! I have to say I am very pleased that someone found a way to make a convertible dress that can be worn with a bra. I bought a couple of those silk wrap dresses at a stall in Vegas (I know someone mentioned those a few pages back) and was so disappointed when I brought it home and tried it on. None of the ways they suggest allow for a bra and the fabric was so thin and not at all stretchy that I would really need to.(I've got a good chest on me  ;) :D )

I'm really excited to try this and I hope it works because I have little money to spend on clothes and don't really own anything dressy. It looks a little difficult to put on properly without some helping hands.  :-\ I'll have to torture the boyfriend.  ;) :D

I liked the idea that someone had about adding straps to an existing skirt. This might be a really great and easy way to do a thrift store find revamp.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on February 09, 2008 09:10:34 AM
sorry, i know this is o.t. but it got me giggling: 

on the fertile mind site:  "CAP SLEEVE: A truly elegant look - perfect for evening wear, or change accessories for gorgeous daywear. The little black dress that hoes anywhere."  hmmmm.  typo anyone??  there's also a style that "sows off the bump." 

...i've been reading too many hilarious grammar blogs and my eyes are just drawn to these things, ha. 
I didn't even notice--I was just looking at the pictures.  Thanks for letting us know! :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nomij on February 09, 2008 10:04:14 AM
Cheebz-  Awesome job.  I saw the pics before I read the post, and I thought "woah, that's a bit too revealing... very seductive".  Then I read that it was actually lingerie :D.   Very sexy and lovely! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: spoopys_gal on February 09, 2008 10:06:34 AM
such a nice dress!  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: graced on February 09, 2008 10:12:50 AM
Now THIS my husband would adore! I couldn't wear one out in public, but in private, that's a different matter all together! It's lovely!

I thought of you guys and your amazing dresses when I saw a Martha Stewart episode this week with this MIRACULOUS dress someone was hawking. Ha! It was this  dress! She called it something like the infinity dres, and was selling it for mere $270 US as the answer to the one-for-all bridesmaid's dress. Gulp!

And she did show a kind of wrapped-up style for wearing with a bra, Lethargic. Maybe you could find a clip on Martha's website and see if it would work for your silk versions? Such a shame....

Buying one for a mint is just for non-crafty dames, though. If I wasn't pushing 50 and carrying an extra 50 pounds, I might try my hand at following y'all's awesome examples!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alli_Lucy on February 10, 2008 05:48:37 AM
I love your version, Cheebz.  I never would have thought to turn this dress into lingere.  You look gorgeous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: CelticCoyote on February 11, 2008 09:04:52 PM
Just saw an email from Victoria's Secret that is advertising a dress identical to yours for a mere $107 US.  What a rip off!!!

I have finally read all 108 pages of this thread and I think all you ladies have made fantastic versions of this dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kishcrafts on February 11, 2008 09:19:25 PM
I too saw the Victoria's Secret 7-in-1 dress for over $100!!! YIKES!

Craftster's rule!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on February 12, 2008 06:33:34 AM
I become curios and googled up Victorias Secrets version. And found another tying tute!!! ^^
http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/application/prodDisplay/?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=8J-223124&page=1&cgname=OSCLODRSBLK&rfnbr=3198 (http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/application/prodDisplay/?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=8J-223124&page=1&cgname=OSCLODRSBLK&rfnbr=3198)

Just click on the "how to wear it" shortcut!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: phoenics on February 12, 2008 11:54:14 AM
So I found this tutorial on Thursday, went out and bought fabric and then sat down Friday evening to hook up my brand new (okay refurbished) sewing machine and made a dress that night for my birthday dinner on Saturday evening.

I haven't sewn since high school.  It was harder for me to figure out how to get the machine working and threading the needle and the bobbin stuff than it was to make this dress!

Saturday morning I made ANOTHER one!

At my birthday dinner, everyone was SHOCKED that I made it.

I also saw the 7-in-1 dress at VS (got an email from them) and laughed.  I'm so excited.  This dress is just awesome.  I'm already envisioning ways to change the dress so that I can make it in many different ways.  I want various skirts for it too... even the bridesmaid versions are abject ripoffs - just imagine, a craftster bride could make all of her BM dresses for practically NOTHING and they could wear them again!

HA!

Can you tell I'm excited?

As soon as my friend sends me the pics she took at my party, I'll post those.

Thank you rostitchery!  You rock!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on February 13, 2008 09:40:20 AM
 phoenics: haha, i get lucky just reading your post! You reallly share the joy of crafting! ^^ It will be really fun to see your dresses, looking forward for that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: applesonastick on February 16, 2008 09:44:05 AM
Yay I made one!!  ;D



I included a boob tube (which gives the dress so many more styles; you can wear the dress with it, or tuck it under and go bare) and side pockets (because dresses with pockets are adorable :))

I'm so excited! Thanks rostitchery, and everyone on this board for inspiring me to make it!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on February 16, 2008 04:26:43 PM
Great going, Apples!
Love LOVE the pockets especially!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alli_Lucy on February 17, 2008 06:27:40 AM
You dress looks awesome, applesonastick!  I love the plaid and the pockets.  Is the fabric stretchy?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: applesonastick on February 17, 2008 03:47:08 PM
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You dress looks awesome, applesonastick!  I love the plaid and the pockets.  Is the fabric stretchy?

Thanks!! No, it's not stretchy. I was just planning on practicing with some fabric that I had at my house, and this was the only fabric that I had enough of. So I just made the circle skirt with the middle part big enough to go over my hips, and then I put elastic in it. I also put elastic at the top of my boob tube. I wish my straps were stretchy, but oh well, I'll live.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: melanie98210 on February 17, 2008 08:09:30 PM
Made one! Woohoo! Made from a hot pink (I know it kind of looks red in the pics) poly knit that had lotss of stretch. First, thank you tons and tons for introducing the pattern. I loved messing with the straps, but the only problem is, I can never how I did a particular style, which is sad. But, on a brighter note, each trial brings something even more awesome. Sometimes. Hopefully. In the future. As well...

Anyway, pictures for your pleasure:
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r276/mynailsarepink1/Infinity%20dress/DSC01155.jpg
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r276/mynailsarepink1/Infinity%20dress/DSC01136.jpg
http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r276/mynailsarepink1/Infinity%20dress/DSC01150.jpg

sorry, i just had to bump this!!
i loved how you did it so much, it looks so elegant!
sorry for the people that already saw it, but if you haven't you should definately take a look!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on February 18, 2008 12:48:19 AM
I love how the checkerd one turned out. Very very very Nice! ..with pockets too! Thats very clever puting pockets in it. I must remember to to that with mine. I´m really like the checkers. *repeats* ;) I have a nice piece of cloth that is strechy and checkerd. I tj´hink I will make myself one soon. A new springdress is nice!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on February 18, 2008 01:15:45 AM
I love that this has been done with a woven fabric - because it is very hard to find the bargain two-way stretch fabric here... stretch fabrics seem much more expensive.  You've got me thinking that a non-stretch fabric with shirred straps could be good - but I guess that's a lot of shirring.  Congratulations on a wonderful variation.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Keena on February 18, 2008 10:41:43 AM
Apples, i LOVE the plaid. reminds me of something that Gwen Stefani would rock!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LoopedyLoop on February 18, 2008 09:18:05 PM
I saw the dress on Martha the other week and thought "I've totally seen this thread on Craftster." It's crazy they are charging so much for these dresses. I think I might have to go "grocery shopping" at Walmart tomorrow and meander around the fabric department JUST TO SEE if there's any stretchy fabric crying to be made into this dress :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: spoiledkitten on February 19, 2008 12:47:52 PM
I'm a bit confused by the tute. I feel stupid, everyone else got it. My questions are, does only one side of the straps get sewn in? As in, You have the skirt part and the straps get sewn in at the front, not the back, or vice versa?? And is there any way to not sew the skirt from a circle? I am WAY CONFUSED by the whole circle skirt thing, I just can't wrap my head around how to do it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Cheebz on February 19, 2008 01:50:16 PM
I'm a bit confused by the tute. I feel stupid, everyone else got it. My questions are, does only one side of the straps get sewn in? As in, You have the skirt part and the straps get sewn in at the front, not the back, or vice versa?? And is there any way to not sew the skirt from a circle? I am WAY CONFUSED by the whole circle skirt thing, I just can't wrap my head around how to do it.
step 1: make a skirt without a waistband. It does not have to be a circle skirt, but there are a couple of circle skirt tutorials that should help you out. Make sure that the waist of the skirt is big enough to fit over your hips and onto your waist - other wise you will have to sew a zipper or add elastic to the "waist band piece that you cut.
step 2: Establish where center front is on your skirt and pin your straps to the waist of the skirt, instead of pinning the sides right next to each other, you want to overlap each edge over the center line by about 1" as if you are making a surplice top.

Step 3: fold your waistband/boob tube in half and pin it on top of the straps and all the way around the waist of the skirt, making sure to hide the ends/seam behind the straps at center front.

Step 4: stitch.

you only attach the straps to the waistband at one end. Don't feel stupid, lots of people have had trouble with this.

Does that help? There is a paint diagram somewhere in the thread that really helped me.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Nymphara on February 26, 2008 10:21:24 AM
I found this thread, and I am STOKED! I just got a bunch of gorgeous midweight purple 4 way stretch. I'll post pics as soon as I'm done. Thank you to all of you, (specially Ro) for posting your beautiful pics.

Wheee!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Nymphara on February 26, 2008 02:15:20 PM
Oh, and how did people finish the edges of the straps? I don't have an overlock machine, so that's out. I'm making this for an audition tomorrow, so I want to do this right. I got a nylon blend, kinda sorta like swimsuit material, but a bit heavier, and no sheen. The edges of the fabric look pretty fine unfinished, but I just thought I'd ask.

Thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Cheebz on February 26, 2008 03:36:27 PM
Oh, and how did people finish the edges of the straps? I don't have an overlock machine, so that's out. I'm making this for an audition tomorrow, so I want to do this right. I got a nylon blend, kinda sorta like swimsuit material, but a bit heavier, and no sheen. The edges of the fabric look pretty fine unfinished, but I just thought I'd ask.

Thanks!

Personally, I feel it's best to leave it unfinished since adding a hem will affect the stretch.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: receeoni on February 27, 2008 04:59:12 PM
so i am def going to make a shirtish one of these with some tweaks to the others and i will def post pics when im done and as i go


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: britnlind on February 28, 2008 10:35:34 PM
Well I thought I just sent a post but I think I just previewed. Anyway...the dress took me a little more than 20 minutes...more like three hours but I am new at ll this. This is my second completed item ever!!!



I like it. I wish that I did not need a bra with it but I think it will be cute with a really lite tank or as a cover up over bathing suits. It was alot of fun to make. I definatley want to make it again in black.

I found this material on the dollar rack at Walmart. The dress total cost me $4 including a thread that was  close but not exact match which really does not matter. I had no idea how to cut a circle skirt so I cut two pices one rectangle and another at an angle to break it up a bit. The next will be circle. Thanks for posting this tutorial this was alot of fun to make. It brought me back to the machine after I had just had a disaster....just what I needed  ;)

Sorry for the messy room...we are moving stuff around the house  :P


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: fellybabe on February 28, 2008 11:14:11 PM
that dress is beautiful

am gonna try it but it's bit hard for a beginner like me

is there any way u can make the tutorial easier? maybe step by step

that is very creative of you.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Cheebz on February 29, 2008 07:45:02 AM
that dress is beautiful

am gonna try it but it's bit hard for a beginner like me

is there any way u can make the tutorial easier? maybe step by step

that is very creative of you.

Read back a bit through the post. There are several tips and illustrations posted by various members that should help you through.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 08, 2008 09:35:17 AM
my high school has this beautiful tradition for graduation, where all the boys wear white tux jackets and black pants and the girls wear white, floor length (non strapless) gowns.  fortunately, we girls are lucky enough that we get to wear whatever dress we want, so long as it abides to the restrictions. 

i have decided that i would love to make a white, floor length version of this dress with an empire waist and will wrap it in that grecian, hugging-the-shoulders style that ive seen on here before (yes, i just finished reading all 110 pages!  hehe). 

i had this ancient, strange blue and green "scenery" fabric that looks like some louis XVI painting repeated over and over again.  its a two-way stretch and needed to have something done with it, so i tested the pattern and made a little shirt.  (i measured it to make it be a shirt but here im wearing it with tights lol).  i plan to run to walmart and get hoss amounts of jersey to test out the floor length, long strap way ... the fabric i used here wasn't enough to make the nine foot straps so theyre only about 50 inches long (so this style below is really the only thing i can do that is um .. appropriate) :D  o yeah and ignore the bra.

front


back

(once again ignore my bra!  lol)

full view


its hard to see the fabric, but it looks like a little gathering of old fashioned 1600s people on a gold balcony with trees and lots of sky.  wierd, but it looks neat actually. 

its been so fun to follow this thread and see everyones dresses!  thank you rostitchery!  ill have my floor-length test up soon.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: piratelibrarian on March 08, 2008 10:45:07 AM
That's beautiful!  I would so wear that over jeans and the fabric is very fun.  Great job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 08, 2008 11:25:06 AM
That's beautiful!  I would so wear that over jeans and the fabric is very fun.  Great job!

thanks!  ill probably wear it over jeans too, or some white skinny jeans for spring :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Alli_Lucy on March 08, 2008 03:02:04 PM
That is really cute - it does look like a weird fabric, but it works!  I love the idea of wearing it with white skinny jeans. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 08, 2008 03:07:06 PM
That is really cute - it does look like a weird fabric, but it works!  I love the idea of wearing it with white skinny jeans. 

haha thanks!  when i first got it (from my "fairy godmother" who moved in behind us and gives me all her old silk and such) i was thinking ... what am i going to make out of this?  it seemed busy and odd.  but, hey, everything deserves a chance and it worked!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on March 10, 2008 06:52:16 AM
I promise I will try my VERY hardest to get through more or all of the 111 pages of this thread...but I have a couple quick questions.

Someone mentioned making a floor length dress of this style, how much fabric was used on this?  Also, how is the skirt part of this long of a dress sewn?  In a circle skirt style still, or something else?

Sorry if one or both of these have already been asked, but I can't read all 111 pages at work right now!

TIA!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 10, 2008 06:17:38 PM
I promise I will try my VERY hardest to get through more or all of the 111 pages of this thread...but I have a couple quick questions.

Someone mentioned making a floor length dress of this style, how much fabric was used on this?  Also, how is the skirt part of this long of a dress sewn?  In a circle skirt style still, or something else?

Sorry if one or both of these have already been asked, but I can't read all 111 pages at work right now!

TIA!

its okay, it does require a ton of free time!  the long skirt would be done in an a-line style, or if you want something fuller, sewn with multiple panels.  it takes away from the "one seam" magic but hey, still pretty simple :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on March 10, 2008 07:14:12 PM
I promise I will try my VERY hardest to get through more or all of the 111 pages of this thread...but I have a couple quick questions.

Someone mentioned making a floor length dress of this style, how much fabric was used on this?  Also, how is the skirt part of this long of a dress sewn?  In a circle skirt style still, or something else?

Sorry if one or both of these have already been asked, but I can't read all 111 pages at work right now!

TIA!

its okay, it does require a ton of free time!  the long skirt would be done in an a-line style, or if you want something fuller, sewn with multiple panels.  it takes away from the "one seam" magic but hey, still pretty simple :)

Here's a thought....if you sew the skirt as a long A-line (or any skirt with two seams), you'll have an easy shot at putting in POCKETS! (not having pockets is the worst part of the full circle skirt)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: camino on March 10, 2008 08:15:23 PM
GORGEOUS! I love the color,it  looks fantastic on you! I'm a veeery newcomer to sewing and would love to make this dress. What exactly do you mean by non-stretchy material? What is the fabric label of your dress? Could this be made out of cotton fabric? I'm from veery hot,humid s. texas and cotton is the best to wear for me. Pleas email at [email protected]


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hesmywatermelon on March 12, 2008 04:12:15 AM
Camino, i think it would work, although you almost definatley need a zip or buttons or something of that nature, other wise youd only be able to look at it and not get into it  :P and that would be a real shame!

unless maybe you did it in a real stretch cotton...

white skinny jeans and that dress would be soooo great!

also a have a question  ??? for you guys on the whole convertable dress thing, am trying to figure this one out and would very much appreciate all your convertable dress wisdom!
check it out here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=233311.msg2547760#msg2547760

HMW


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on March 13, 2008 01:11:25 PM
I figured it would be a A line :)  Those look nice on me, so I don't think it should be an issue when making a long version of this.

What width should the fabric be?  I found some pretty lavender 4 way (I think, I can stretch it 4 ways whether it is supposed to or not, maybe it's only 2 :) ) but it is 44/45 and not 60 inch...can I still make this dress based on a circle skirt if I were to decide on making a short version instead?  Somehow I think the fabric would not be wide enough on 44/45....???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 16, 2008 04:43:10 PM
wow rostitchery you're right, with side seams pockets are a total bonus!  (and i agree, it drives me nuts to have a full skirt and no pockets.  i always try to stick my hands in the empty space and then theres no pocket there.)  good idea!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hesmywatermelon on March 17, 2008 03:03:11 AM
 :)

hello all,
i have question for your knowledgeable brains!

ive offically made 2 of these, i have one on 'order' for one of my friends (ill charge her in cakes and time with her kittens)

so now i want another one! I want to try something a little lighter like a jersey fabric- i have used a kind of swimwear fabric twice, one heavier on lighter, and theyre great but could get a bit hot when backpacking around europe, india and sri lanka this summer!  ;D

i want to put in some pockets and have been looking for a tutorial, without luck!

i want to make those pockets that are at the seams of trousers and skirts and dresses etc, they're kind of 'hidden' and you slip your hands in at the sides.

I was wondering if anyone knows of a tutorial for these, or what the correct name of this pocket type is?!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bluwave06 on March 17, 2008 05:23:23 AM
:)

hello all,
i have question for your knowledgeable brains!

ive offically made 2 of these, i have one on 'order' for one of my friends (ill charge her in cakes and time with her kittens)

so now i want another one! I want to try something a little lighter like a jersey fabric- i have used a kind of swimwear fabric twice, one heavier on lighter, and theyre great but could get a bit hot when backpacking around europe, india and sri lanka this summer!  ;D

i want to put in some pockets and have been looking for a tutorial, without luck!

i want to make those pockets that are at the seams of trousers and skirts and dresses etc, they're kind of 'hidden' and you slip your hands in at the sides.

I was wondering if anyone knows of a tutorial for these, or what the correct name of this pocket type is?!

It is called an in-seam pocket: http://groups.msn.com/NMSLFriends/inseampocket.msnw (http://groups.msn.com/NMSLFriends/inseampocket.msnw). This link should give you an idea of how to make one.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on March 17, 2008 07:43:09 AM
I will ask this one again now that there is some action on answering a couple questions here:

What width should the fabric be?  I found some pretty lavender 4 way but it is 44/45 and not 60 inch...can I still make this dress based on a circle skirt if I were to decide on making a short version instead?  Somehow I think the fabric would not be wide enough on 44/45....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hesmywatermelon on March 17, 2008 08:02:44 AM
i dont know the actualy width inches of fabric, but im assuming you have a regular width and not a double width?

either way, im pretty sure this would work, especially if you dont mind the skirt being short- instead of making a donut shape in your fabric, make 2 half donuts and sew them together. There are abillion tutorials for this on the web in craftster, just serach for circle skirt and keep reading untill you find one that uses 2 half circles.

OR you could do as a few others in this post have and make the skirt a rectangle shape, and have more of a pencil,a line skirt

hope this helps! ???

HMW


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on March 17, 2008 08:17:17 AM
I will ask this one again now that there is some action on answering a couple questions here:

What width should the fabric be?  I found some pretty lavender 4 way but it is 44/45 and not 60 inch...can I still make this dress based on a circle skirt if I were to decide on making a short version instead?  Somehow I think the fabric would not be wide enough on 44/45....
I'll give it a try, Sapphire, though my advice is worth what you pay for it.... ::)

Unless you want a pretty short version of this (like less than about 18 inches skirt length), 44/45 won't be wide enough, UNLESS you want to adapt it to a HALF circle skirt (with one vertical seam to close the skirt), which is what I did with mine. I didn't want the fullness that a full circle skirt provides... You would utilize a semi circle and place the flat side right against the selvage of the (stretchy) fabric, letting the curve of the circle go as far into the fabric as you want the length of your skirt to be, while allowing for your waist hole...I used a piece of string with a washable marker on the end to draw a semi circle on my fabric.

Two half circles sewn together would work just as well to get that extra fullness, too, if you couldn't live without it.

Now, if you went for a typical A-line, with a seam down each side, you could lay out your pattern down the length of the fabric instead of having to juggle the width, AND insert pockets as described above. It's a little bit more complicated, but you can figure it out if you've done any sewing before.

I hope I made some sense there.

Quite honestly, it's nice to be able to practice on some very cheap fabric first.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on March 17, 2008 08:27:53 AM
Great!  Yeah, this stuff was only a $1 a yard, so if I mess up a couple I will still have enough left to make a dress with the 8yd I bought.  I could probably work with an A line or similar for the 45" I guess.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on March 18, 2008 11:08:16 AM
Ok, I just thought I'd share. I made my dress about a year ago. My mother was kind of skeptical about it when I showed it to her. So we had a fight this weekend and then later she calls pretending nothing is wrong and leaves a message saying that I "should make some more of those dresses for the summer" because shesaw them in the Kohls paper (I think) and now they're cool and in style. ARGH. She drives me nuts!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Nymphara on March 18, 2008 11:16:52 AM
Good heavens. Can we possibly have the same mother? Mine also makes those non commital "Hmm" noises whenever I mention sewing. Lady, I make freakin corsets! I made a civil war dress without a pattern! Geesh. Mothers...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hesmywatermelon on March 18, 2008 01:24:44 PM
i think they're jealous that you are both so crafty and can do amazing things with your hands and vision  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on March 18, 2008 04:54:50 PM
i think they're jealous that you are both so crafty and can do amazing things with your hands and vision  :)

I liek the way you think hesmywatermelon


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: DisneyBelle on March 20, 2008 04:17:38 PM
Here a a version I found at twobirdsbridesmaid.com and it is cute (and expensive)!  Good thing I found fabric to make one on sale at walmart for $2/yard :)

http://www100.blibs.com/editor/working/120605477071861?5110263675


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: newyorkdoll on March 20, 2008 11:02:56 PM
This is freakin awesome. I just spend the past 2 hours reading, looking at pics, etc. I am going to buy dark turquoise and blank jersey fabric tomorrow, hopefully, and get started right away.
Who cares about homework? I'm about to graduate from college and need some dresses for grad parties! Well...I guess I should complete my coursework so I actually graduate. I should've majored in Craftology...
I will post pics as soon as I make my dress(es)! ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 22, 2008 07:03:14 AM
haha yeah i went to walmart too!  i got a silky grape coloured jersey from walmart for $1 a yard, there were eight on the bolt, and so i got the whole thing!  i finally got myself some ball-pointed needles too, for the stretch fabric.  (and ball-pointed pins!)  this will be used for my test-dress for graduation.  of course, when im done ill cut it knee-length and wear it to school :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: onecraftybean on March 29, 2008 11:36:59 PM

This is the second one I made. The skirt part is an old bed sheet.
I wore this on Easter.
Thank you so much for the link to the tutorial!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on March 30, 2008 01:46:14 PM
i finished my graduation dress prototype that i mentioned earlier!  i messed up twice because i made the angle between the straps too huge. 

i made the floor-length bias skirt and it looked great!  i just cut on the diagonal with a heck of a lot of fabric, used 2 seams, and it worked very well.  after mistake #2 with the straps, though, when i had to rip it all out, i just took out the long skirt and replaced it with a circle skirt so it was more casual for wearing out.  here it is!











the last picture is the way i plan to wear it for graduation.  it will be all white, floor length, and afterwards ill chop it knee length and dip-dye it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: klum78 on March 30, 2008 03:39:44 PM
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b192/heartshapedcoffin45/IMG_5322b.jpg
This is the second one I made. The skirt part is an old bed sheet.
I wore this on Easter.
Thank you so much for the link to the tutorial!


That looks awesome on you!  I love that you used a different fabric for the skirt.  Great job!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on March 31, 2008 08:12:08 AM
That looks great rachelily  and I love the bottom of yours onecraftybean


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on April 01, 2008 03:21:26 PM
thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: luckyduck29 on April 02, 2008 11:16:28 AM
I was just wondering, do you cut out your straps first or do you cut out the skirt part?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: arimethia on April 02, 2008 11:36:11 AM
I made this dress this summer, (before I was pregnant) and it looked lovely. I pulled it out the other day and wore the elastic like an empire waistline above my 8 month pregnant belly and it made a beautiful maternity dress. I must say though, with all the wrapping and ties it does make me look bigger than I am, but that's okay since the belly is beautiful. The skirt pulls up a little more in the front too so I wouldn't recommend wearing it on a windy day. I used extra wide elastic in mine so I think it will also make a really great postpartum dress since the elastic gives me quite a bit of support.
Thank you so much for posting this tute!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: broadwaybabe_4 on April 03, 2008 08:23:23 AM
rostitchery- Am I right in understanding your tutorial- The waist band is behind the straps, and never is really seen? It is just there to hold up the skirt and to finish it off it the way you wear your dress does not have a back or so?

I think this all makes sense then.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on April 03, 2008 09:58:01 AM
I was just wondering, do you cut out your straps first or do you cut out the skirt part?

I actually had them cut two pieces of fabric for me when I made/make  mine. One to use for the skirt, and one that's the length I need for my straps. That way, I don't have to make  ten milion extra cuts and ruin pieces of fabric. Only 2 cuts for the length of the straps (one if I use the clean edgesof the fabric instead of the middle) and of course I have a piece that's just right to cut my skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mrsflibble on April 07, 2008 06:41:46 AM
thanks for the tute, I love this style of dress and have seen it on ladies both smaller and larger than myself so I KNOW it'll suit me lol!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pantsonfire on April 09, 2008 08:45:05 AM
I wanted to thank everyone for such an informative thread! I started reading it in September, used a modified version of the pattern to make four bridesmaids' dresses for my wedding in March (one with a boob tube), and you can see the results here: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg). I guess I'm not allowed to post photos in my first ten posts.

I think they look pretty good!




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Babyangel on April 09, 2008 09:53:15 AM
I wanted to thank everyone for such an informative thread! I started reading it in September, used a modified version of the pattern to make four bridesmaids' dresses for my wedding in March (one with a boob tube), and you can see the results here: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg). I guess I'm not allowed to post photos in my first ten posts.

I think they look pretty good!



Here is your picture! They are beautiful (as is your dress)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: luckyduck29 on April 10, 2008 01:21:52 PM
I wanted to thank everyone for such an informative thread! I started reading it in September, used a modified version of the pattern to make four bridesmaids' dresses for my wedding in March (one with a boob tube), and you can see the results here: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/2382082924_1ae2165edb.jpg). I guess I'm not allowed to post photos in my first ten posts.

I think they look pretty good!





OMG! First of all everyone looks gorgeous!! I am freaking out because you're gown is similar to one that I want and I had the idea to have my bridesmaids wear the convertible dresses too. Anyways, just wanted to say you looked beautiful!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kaitlinnegan on April 10, 2008 03:02:38 PM
Those bridesmaids dresses look fantastic!  What fabric did you use?  It looks a bit shiny, but it looks like it might have some stretch too?  So nice that the dress is versatile, so hopefully they will get to wear it again (and again and again).  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pantsonfire on April 11, 2008 01:26:08 PM
Thanks everyone - I actually used four different fabrics (because I was looking for four different colors, and stretch fabric isn't that easy to come by around these parts if you want it to be nicer than cotton jersey). The light, celery green was two-way stretch satin, the darker green and blue-green were a thicker four way stretch poly, and the medium green was a really thin (and kind of sparkly) super stretchy fabric so I had to double the straps.

It was my first time making a dress and I made four of them. I did add a zipper (to make sure they would fit, and also because all I had were measurements; they all live in CA and I'm in Denver) and made half circle skirts instead of full circle. I also made the waist band on the outside of the straps since that's how they all wanted it. The boob tube dress is the blue-green one; she was quite a bit bustier than the others and needed more support. I told them all they could tie the dress however they liked but they all ended up tying it about the same.

I don't know if any of them will wear them again, but the celery green one and dark green one both fit me (we are all the same size) so if they don't want their dresses they can give them back to me, haha!

luckyduck29, my dress is by Alfred Angelo. I didn't want a "real" wedding dress but it was important to my mom so I found one with the most color available. You can't tell from this photo but the embroidery on the dress is all green as well.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mouse123 on April 11, 2008 07:55:21 PM
It was my first time making a dress and I made four of them. I did add a zipper (to make sure they would fit, and also because all I had were measurements; they all live in CA and I'm in Denver) and made half circle skirts instead of full circle. I also made the waist band on the outside of the straps since that's how they all wanted it. The boob tube dress is the blue-green one; she was quite a bit bustier than the others and needed more support. I told them all they could tie the dress however they liked but they all ended up tying it about the same.

they all look so professional!!  do you mind sharing the dimensions of the straps?  and did you finish the edges?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: luckyduck29 on April 14, 2008 07:09:22 AM
I was just wondering, do you cut out your straps first or do you cut out the skirt part?

I actually had them cut two pieces of fabric for me when I made/make  mine. One to use for the skirt, and one that's the length I need for my straps. That way, I don't have to make  ten milion extra cuts and ruin pieces of fabric. Only 2 cuts for the length of the straps (one if I use the clean edgesof the fabric instead of the middle) and of course I have a piece that's just right to cut my skirt.

Sorry I am so late with this but thank you for your reply. That made alot of sense, don't know why I didn't think of that earlier before I ruined some fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pantsonfire on April 15, 2008 03:36:53 PM


they all look so professional!!  do you mind sharing the dimensions of the straps?  and did you finish the edges?

The straps were all made to fit each bust (ie, the width of the mid-chest to under the boob) so they were different for each dress. I think they were all about 90-100 inches long, though they might have been shortened by the BMs. I hemmed one of the dresses, my mom hemmed 2, and the MOH (light green dress) had hers professionally hemmed. Her dress and the medium green had double sided straps so they were already finished. I didn't finish the edges of the straps of the other two but my mom turned over and hemmed the edges of the parts that went over their boobs. This was all done at the last minute; when I sent the dresses they weren't hemmed so the girls could all decide how they wanted them hemmed and how short they would be.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hesmywatermelon on April 17, 2008 08:05:38 AM
personally ive done the skirt first, im not sure why though! i shouldnt think i would matter, just think about where your cutting it from so you make sure youll have enough 'uninterrupted' fabric :-) good luck!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on April 17, 2008 08:46:39 AM
I made one!  Finally, haha, I've been posting on/looking at this thread since page 6!

My favorite way so far to tie it...



And it was also great for my little sis's "wacky day" outfit for school!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Auri on April 20, 2008 02:53:44 PM
WOW! I can't believe how beautiful all these dresses are!

I just made one, being a bog girl and knowing that circle skirts do nothing for me, I made a 1/2 circle skirt and a boob tube, and pinned it all and tried it on- anyway it was a disaster and made me look huge across my belly  :-[

So I thought I would try a full circle as I had enogh fabric, and lost the boobtube too! And it looked fab!!!!!!

I am so chuffed- will have to take photos and post! I left the hem in the sqaure shape so its a hankercheif hem- partly cos I was feeling lazy lol and partly cos I love them!

I am really struggling to work out how you all are tying the dress over the shoulders, and another loop round the top of the arm???????????? HELP!!!!!!!!!
pretty please!  ;D

Thanks

Aurora       xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: hesmywatermelon on April 22, 2008 01:36:29 AM
have a look around the first 10 or so pages, there are some links to 'how to tie' sites.

Im not sure if this is what your after but after pulling the straps up and over your shoulders, bring them underneath your underarms and cross/tie around your middle/front.

did that work?  ??? :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: homebunnyj on April 23, 2008 01:09:13 PM
Something I've been thinking about recently....

In the tutorial, the strap length calculation is based on height; however, I feel that girth should also be taken into account, as it can make a big difference when you get into some of the fancier wrapping techniques, such as the one with the loop on the arms, and that Grecian-looking wrap that I like so much, but for which my straps were too short. I think I'll add about twenty percent to the strap length next time. I'm a 2X (18-20), and I think it will help to have more strap to wrap over my chest and around my middle. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Spifftastic on April 23, 2008 11:29:05 PM
I spent WAY more time than I should have on this dress...and I screwed it up about five million different ways...but it's (pretty much) finished:





Boo to sticky, super-stretchy fabric! :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: robynsteiner on April 24, 2008 08:08:02 AM
Spifftastic:  I think it fits you like a glove! And the color is soooo pretty with your skin tone. Be proud!! Yay for you! ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bluwave06 on April 28, 2008 12:32:06 PM
I made one to wear to my sister's graduation, I made a couple modifications, I made a double layered pixie skirt with an elastic waist. You can see it here:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242660.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242660.0)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mynta on May 01, 2008 04:35:51 AM
bluwave06: wow!! That one is awesome!!!!!!!!! :o


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jel004 on May 01, 2008 03:16:00 PM
I'm desperate for a tutorial for the Infinity Dress.  Every single link I have clicked that claimed to be the tute was non-functional!  ??? :'(  Someone tell me please how to make this awesome dress!  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RoaneFaery on May 01, 2008 04:00:41 PM
Looks like she moved the post on her blog to:
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mamaknitsandsews on May 01, 2008 04:19:55 PM
Thank you all for posting your ideas, modifications and pictures. I am SO inspired. I have a wedding to attend and none of my dresses fit (post baby weight that didn't "just fall off"). I will be making this dress in some black slightly stretchy fabric and if it looks good, I'll go out and get either a coloured fabric or a patterned one to make one for teh wedding.

I plan on making an a-line skirt (so two seams on teh sides) and about 35cm wide ties.

Oh.. and I just wanted to say that I was so inspired by all of yoru work that it made me register on Craftser just so that Ic an join in the fun!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: stlyso86 on May 09, 2008 10:50:59 AM
do you still have the dress pattern?  i can't find it anywhere :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on May 09, 2008 11:08:19 AM
do you still have the dress pattern?  i can't find it anywhere :(
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html there ya go, have fun  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on May 10, 2008 02:21:15 PM
i finished it!  i had posted earlier about doing this pattern for my graduation dress and here it is!


the full thing.  because i made it i could have the skirt as long as i wanted!


a slightly closer view.  i wrapped it in the grecian style.

thanks, ro, for this post!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Cheebz on May 10, 2008 03:49:21 PM
i finished it!  i had posted earlier about doing this pattern for my graduation dress and here it is!

Gorgeous!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on May 10, 2008 07:46:20 PM
Oh my goodness, that's beautiful! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: timid_gothica on May 11, 2008 01:33:49 AM
it's simplistic, but it looks complicated and elegant at the same time. wonderful piece of work.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: rachelily on May 11, 2008 05:15:32 PM
thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Tenille on May 12, 2008 11:38:57 AM
That's gorgeous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on May 12, 2008 07:10:53 PM
Saw this post in "recent with photos," and it took my breath away! It's absolutely gorgeous, and you look beautiful!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kaitlinnegan on May 12, 2008 07:14:43 PM
I'll add a "me too"   :D  Your dress is gorgeous, rachelily!  After graduation, you can keep it to wear as your wedding dress, if you should ever need one.  That is, if you don't wear it every day because you look so gorgeous in it.  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on May 12, 2008 07:27:44 PM
I thought it was a wedding dress before I actually READ what she typed. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bluemelody84 on May 13, 2008 02:21:24 PM
I LOVE the graduation dress!!! :o I also think it would make a beautiful wedding dress!! I love the Grecian way you tied it though, and was wondering if you could let us know how you did that??? Its gorgeous!!!   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jjenjen on May 13, 2008 04:39:40 PM
WOWZERS , you are all so clever . I hate sewing , but , I might just have to try this . Is there any way you can make a less fuller skirt? Like maybe using a tube of fabric?I dont speak sewing , so this is all new to me .Great idea you have to admit ,and maybe a turning point for non sewers like me,lol.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PhunkyThreads on May 13, 2008 06:17:15 PM
i love this dress.  I wish the link to the tute still worked


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jjenjen on May 13, 2008 06:19:32 PM
PhunkyThreads , try this....www.rostitchery.com


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bluemelody84 on May 13, 2008 07:51:46 PM
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html) There's the tute.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Kookaloo_Starr on May 13, 2008 11:28:48 PM
WOWZERS , you are all so clever . I hate sewing , but , I might just have to try this . Is there any way you can make a less fuller skirt? Like maybe using a tube of fabric?I dont speak sewing , so this is all new to me .Great idea you have to admit ,and maybe a turning point for non sewers like me,lol.

There are many variations of the skirt in this thread, full circles, half circles, A-line, straight. Click the "image only" button and you'll probably find one you like  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: PhunkyThreads on May 14, 2008 06:10:24 AM
PhunkyThreads , try this....www.rostitchery.com


oh ok. thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: violette28 on May 14, 2008 09:05:32 AM
Okay, I've caved in and decided to make this dress!

One question, about how much fabric will I need?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: LiliDesign on May 14, 2008 09:15:49 AM
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html) is the link to the tute...the one in the first post doesn't work....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: theLonerette on May 14, 2008 05:15:00 PM
This really is amazing...I need to get some fabric!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: bluwave06 on May 14, 2008 05:44:16 PM
Okay, I've caved in and decided to make this dress!

One question, about how much fabric will I need?

Well, I used about 11 yards. Of course, I made two square pixie skirts, so, I used more.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: violette28 on May 14, 2008 06:10:00 PM
Okay, I've caved in and decided to make this dress!

One question, about how much fabric will I need?

Well, I used about 11 yards. Of course, I made two square pixie skirts, so, I used more.

Thanks! I'll keep my eye out for some good strech fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jmkc83 on May 14, 2008 11:33:26 PM
I made the dress yesterday and it is fabulous! I will try it on and take a picture later! I am going to wear it to a wedding in a few weeks and am excited! :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sasastorme on May 15, 2008 05:18:39 PM
How much fabric for a floor length dress?  These are sooo Gorgeous!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on May 16, 2008 04:18:19 AM
I keep seeing questions about how much fabric to use and I know this isn't explicitly dealt with in the tute.  I'm not very confident about my math but I'll have a go at explaining how I worked it out.  I'm more than happy for someone more mathematically minded to improve on my advice - won't be offended at all!  :D

Here's a diagram to help with my explanation:


So let’s say we are making a dress for someone who is 5’8” (173cm) tall with a waist measurement of 32” (81cm) and a middle-boob to armpit measurement of 9” (23cm).  They want the dress to fall mid-calf, which on them is 31” (78cm) below their waist.

To cut the skirt in one piece they would need fabric of a width equivalent to 2 x drop of 31” plus the diameter of the circle for their waist measurement – but this would be 31+31+11=73” (185cm) – very wide fabric!  You will probably have to count on cutting 2 pieces instead.  Each of these would need fabric wide enough to accommodate the waist to hem drop plus the radius of your waist measurement.  In our example that’s 31+5.5=36.5” (92.5cm).  It’s usually easy to find stretch fabric in this measurement.  I lay my fabric out carefully and chalk all my cutting lines on.  I use a measuring tape pivoting from the centre of my circle to measure out my outer circle (for the bottom hem) and then again for the waistline.  This creates two parallel arcs.  The length of the fabric used is the original 73” (185cm) for the half circle, so for a full circle skirt you will two lengths like this, ie. 146” (370cm).  If you are not making a full circle skirt I can’t help with the maths – maths is not my forte.  I have made a ¾  circle one of these and the important thing to remember is that it isn’t just ¾ of a circle skirt – you would end up with only ¾ of your waist measurement if you did that… you can still do it but you have to remember that the ¾ circle must still accommodate 100% of your waist.  Ultimately I managed it but I did have to chalk it out twice because my first lot of chalking was wrong and I only just managed to realise it before I cut!
If you are really lucky your fabric will be wide enough to accommodate the straps along one edge beside where you cut your circle, but if not allow for the length of these.  They look better without a seam in the middle (which might land right on your boobs when you are tying certain styles), so I wouldn't be tempted to piece them just to save on fabric purchase.  Remember – leftover stretch fabric is always useful, and it might encourage you to make the matching boob tube to wear underneath and expand the range of styles you can manage.  I actually made matching underpants for one version.  I’ve made 9 of these for children and one for an adult.  It is not hard if I can do it!  Hope this helps.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on May 16, 2008 08:12:54 AM
Very good explanation of the math, j_en!

It is also worth noting, I think, that if you're working with stretchy knits (and you probably will be, on this project) that the waist hole will also stretch (A LOT more than you expect it) because the bias edges part of the hole will especially stretch. So you might want to cut a bit smaller than your actual waist measurement to start with; you can always cut a little more off.

ALSO, a HALF CIRCLE makes a nice draping skirt with not so much fullness, and you can cut it (needs ONE piece in a semi circle) on the selvage edge, often leaving enough room to cut the two straps along the other selvage edge.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kali_akash on May 19, 2008 10:20:24 PM
Hi! I wanted to drop by and say i love the dress. It's so pretty, and you look great in it! Is that your kiddo? Cute!

Anyway, I was really excited when I say you included a link to your tutorial, but I haven't been able to get to it. Can you give the (I know it's long... :P) plain link to it? I'm not sure if it's just my comp not being cooperative or what, but I really want to check out the tute. I like it! Thanks for sharing!!

KA


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on May 20, 2008 03:52:39 AM
Can you give the (I know it's long... :P) plain link to it?

http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html) is the link to the tute...the one in the first post doesn't work....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pineapplehead on May 25, 2008 12:17:42 PM
I have one question before I dive into making this.

I read the explanation that j_en gave for how much fabric you would need for the skirt, but I'm still a little confused. Using my measurements and how long I want the skirt I get 47.5 in. for the fabric width, so would the length would be the same, making a 47.5 in x 47.5 in square of fabric?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on May 25, 2008 09:32:20 PM
Using my measurements and how long I want the skirt I get 47.5 in. for the fabric width, so would the length would be the same, making a 47.5 in x 47.5 in square of fabric?
For a circle skirt, cut in one piece, yes.  But this doesn't include straps.

If you can't find fabric in that width you will need double the length to make two half circles and hopefully the fabric left along the width will accommodate one or both straps, with maybe a little extra fabric to buy if you are going to have the strap length at 1.5 times your height.

Also, someone earlier in this thread had a useful hint about buying their fabric in two pieces, one for skirt, one for straps, and using excess fabric for the boob-tube option or another project.

I normally work it all out on paper before buying fabric, with "measure twice cut once" being a cautious mantra that helps me a lot!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pineapplehead on May 26, 2008 11:07:28 AM
Yeah, I understood the rest of it, I've just never made a circle skirt and so that is where the confusion was. Thank you so much. Now I just have to find some pretty fabric...  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mariemorgan on June 01, 2008 08:51:45 PM
How thick is the band supposed to be?  ???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pfirsch on June 02, 2008 09:03:29 AM
How thick is the band supposed to be?  ???
Maybe somebody who has made one could tell you better than I, but I think it's your own personal preference.  Some of the store-bought ones are like tube-tops while others are 4-6 inches wide.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: broadwaybabe_4 on June 02, 2008 07:16:18 PM
Hello everyone!

I tried to go out and buy jersey fabric. Guess what? NO ONE in the SE Wisconsin area sells it!!! Well, okay they do. However, none of it is anything but heather grey/purple/blue/or pink. And it is $9-12 a yard!

I tried Walmart in Watertown, Whitewater, and Janesville. Not to mention JoAnn in Watertown and Janesville.

I am going to go to Madison this weekend, but does anyone know where I can find this? It seems so may people have said, "Oh I got it for $1/yard a Walmart...."

Where do you people live???

GAH! CRAFTING FRUSTRATION!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Chilan on June 03, 2008 09:45:38 AM
Well, if you are headed to Madison, there is Joanns, Hancock Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby.  Hobby Lobby isn't really known for their fabric selection, though.  I know that the Joanns (ok, Madison has two.  Be sure to go to the one on Odana Rd., near the West Towne Mall!  It's waaayyy bigger.)  does sell knits that would work.... but I was there this Saturday, and a lot of it was kinda gross.  They did have a few bolts of really nice stuff, but they were expensive.  They were, however, having a sale on knits for Memorial Day, but it may be over now.  I'm not sure.... and I don't remember what colors).  But I do believe that the Hancock Fabrics, although kinda small and harder to find, also sells some fun stuff as well, you just have to dig a bit because it struck me as a bit unorganized.

Good luck with that!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mechainsanity on June 06, 2008 01:11:31 AM
hey everyone, i'm surfing the net late at night and i saw the dress being sold on http://www.twobirdsbridesmaid.com/ for $270 to $290. yeahhh.

looks like their version doesn't have a waist band, but they have tons of tutorials and pictures for wrapping and tying if anybody is confused!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: indeliblechange on June 07, 2008 04:40:35 PM
i clicked the link but it doesn't work unless you remove the www hehe


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 07, 2008 05:51:09 PM
i clicked the link but it doesn't work unless you remove the www hehe

thanks!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 08, 2008 08:31:25 AM
Ok....must jump on bandwagon. I've had this thread marked for a LONG time. I probably qualify as a novice sewer, so I have a few

Questions:

1. Think I read that you're supposed to use four-way stretch. I just learned what 2-way is, but I have no idea what four-way is. I bought some fabric already. It's at least two-way...I think. It does stretch one way more than the other....
2. To get the best fit, how should I cut in regards to the stretch? For example, I'm assuming that I wouldn't need these crazy long straps to stretch much more, so I would cut the fabric so that the greatest stretch went the width of the straps and not the length, right?
3. I'm not a fan of the circle skirt. I think it looks wonderful on the thin and amazing on the plus sized, but I am neither. I have a stretchy dress with a skirt that I love. It's fullish, but not enough to be a circle skirt (I just think they really make my butt look HUGE, and I normally don't have butt issues...). Any suggestions as far as process on this idea?
4. Is it really safe to leave the edges raw??? I've never done that before, and it's kinda scary! The dress I mentioned in #3 has raw edges on the bottom...still...

I would really appreciate any direction that anyone could give me on this! It's such a beautiful and amazing dress! The variations are fantastic and I WANT ONE!!!

BTW, thanks for the site, mechainsanity. My fabric was $1/yard, so mine will be considerably cheaper!!! I'm glad to see some tying directions. That was going to be a challenge.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: stitch81 on June 10, 2008 10:56:06 AM
Rostichery-...  I tried to go back and read through this thread, but I'm on dial up internet and it took forever to just get through a dozen pages or so, let alone 120!...lol   I did see talk of a gallery of the different ways to tie this dress...did the gallery ever get started...if so, can you give me the link to it?  I just made my first dress using your tutorial, I LOVE it by the way..lol, but would love to see all the different options.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 11, 2008 07:39:06 AM
Dude, I cant get the tute to work, and I was just asked to make two of these during the next week and a half...


HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Nymphara on June 11, 2008 08:07:42 AM
What part of the tute isn't working for you? Details?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 11, 2008 08:07:56 AM
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 11, 2008 12:40:31 PM
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html
Got it!  Thanks a ton!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 11, 2008 01:43:12 PM
I just finished mine!!! I think my favorite wrap technique is something I call the Spider web. I bet everyone has their variation. You're trying to invent something new, but instead you find yourself trapped in your straps, hoping that no one comes around the corner before you sort yourself out!  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tendstowardschaos on June 11, 2008 05:19:00 PM
I read this whole thread today and decided I needed to make one. It was so easy once I got over my nerves about cutting the fabric.  ;)  I'll try and post pics later. My only issue is that my fabric doesn't stretch the length of my waistband...and I have to pull it over my head. I'd fix it, but it fits so nicely once it's on that it seems worth the trouble of squeezing in and out.  ;D

Thank you, Rostitchery!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 12, 2008 12:54:51 PM
Ok, so I have a question.  I was asked(oh so nicely) to make a toga for a friend for a concert.  I figured, make an infinity dress and if it survives the concert(unlikely), she can wear it again.  Thing is A, we're both obsessively modest and B, cleavage+ punk rock circle pit= not good.  So I need ours to not have so much busty-ness.  Now, I thought of just seaming um the straps more, but I plan on wrapping mine like this(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245247.0)(the white grad dress made by rachelily).  If I just seam it up more will that wake it turn out all wonky?  If so, please HELP!!!!

TIA girls!(Unless there are boys in a dress thread....)

Minorpunk56~!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 12, 2008 06:42:41 PM
I finally made one!!!

I didn't do the full circle skirt--didn't want to have that much fabric--bulk on my bottom half. I took lots of pics on my dress form, but the flash, indoors at night....yuck! Will take more later. In the mean time, here's one very simple way to wear it. (Move the seam up under your boobs.)

front:


back:


I normally don't do the cut-ur-head-off thing, but with the temperatures in the 100's most of the day.... I was a bit sweaty and don't want to be seen as such!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 12, 2008 06:43:56 PM
Ok, so I have a question.  I was asked(oh so nicely) to make a toga for a friend for a concert.  I figured, make an infinity dress and if it survives the concert(unlikely), she can wear it again.  Thing is A, we're both obsessively modest and B, cleavage+ punk rock circle pit= not good.  So I need ours to not have so much busty-ness.  Now, I thought of just seaming um the straps more, but I plan on wrapping mine like this(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245247.0)(the white grad dress made by rachelily).  If I just seam it up more will that wake it turn out all wonky?  If so, please HELP!!!!

TIA girls!(Unless there are boys in a dress thread....)

Minorpunk56~!

Look back in this thread. There's a version (purple) that added a boob tube. It ads alot more coverage. Plus, if you like, you can make it a separate piece, so it's optional for later. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: pinkink on June 12, 2008 07:11:11 PM
I made it! I feel like there should be a "I survived reading the entire infinity dress thread!" button or something  :D

I am so excited to start this. I only wish I had found this sooner so I could've gotten someone to drive me to Wal-mart so I could've made one while I had time off this week. Hopefully I can go tomorrow though. I can't wait to make some!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: j_en on June 13, 2008 03:27:36 AM
Quote
Look back in this thread. There's a version (purple) that added a boob tube. It ads alot more coverage. Plus, if you like, you can make it a separate piece, so it's optional for later. :)
I'd second the boob tube suggestion.  I've made 11 of these (for other people) now and the last one had the boob tube as a separate piece.  It ensures modesty, can be left off on less vigorous occasions when you don't think you might accidentally dance out of your clothing  ;) and could even be worn as a separate piece.  It will also make the wearing of a strapless bra possible which would be good if you wanted the support.

If you wanted to join the boob tube to the dress however, Tenille made a gorgeous one that you can see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=158969.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=158969.0)

Good luck with the project.  If you are like me then you will love making it and find excuses to make them for many other friends as well.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 13, 2008 07:55:14 AM
Thank you so much, you guys. I just hope I can get to Wal mart...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: schtankylu on June 13, 2008 10:56:27 AM
I found a beautiful aqua/teal stretchy fabric for $1/yard at Wal-mart!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 13, 2008 03:11:24 PM
Ok, so I made a trip to walmart and got 75 sq feet of a white stretchy knit that looks like an ugly tablecloth.  I made my first one by making a boob tube and sewing my straps between it and the skirt.  then I realized, I forgot the waist band.  So I look and the tute, and it doesn't say how wide to make it. So I need to know so I can fix mine and then make my friend's correctly! 
Thanks a ton guys for helping the noob!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 13, 2008 05:28:34 PM
Ok, so I made a trip to walmart and got 75 sq feet of a white stretchy knit that looks like an ugly tablecloth.  I made my first one by making a boob tube and sewing my straps between it and the skirt.  then I realized, I forgot the waist band.  So I look and the tute, and it doesn't say how wide to make it. So I need to know so I can fix mine and then make my friend's correctly! 
Thanks a ton guys for helping the noob!

I got stuck there as well. Looks like it's up to you. I made mine 5" wide with seam allowances. Once it's folded, I have a 2" wide waistband. Saw one online, and it looked thinner. So, it's up to you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 14, 2008 07:56:47 AM
ok, back for more questions.  how wide did you guys make your straps?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tendstowardschaos on June 14, 2008 08:29:07 AM
I'm 5'2" (34B) and my straps were 9.25" wide and 96" long. Hope that helps a little.  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 14, 2008 09:22:31 AM
ok, back for more questions.  how wide did you guys make your straps?

You should measure from between your boobs to just under your arm. Mine were 9" wide.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MinorPunk56 on June 14, 2008 12:51:48 PM
sweet!  I just finished mine!  For the second time, too, since I had to make it look right.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Watermelon.Tasha on June 17, 2008 03:38:34 PM
I'm super excited to make this dress, and want to make it with about 4 yards of 60" wide fabric. Anyone know a good place to buy cheap jersey (or any other stretchy material) in Toronto (Canada)? I know Wal-Mart sells it super cheap, but I don't support Wal-Mart and sort of don't wan't to cave in now. I'm planning to check out Queen Street, and other suggestions? Otherwise I'll probably just end up buying fabric for 5 bucks a yard; I will definitely post the final product.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mollyvaughan on June 20, 2008 06:12:23 AM
I just made this dress last night! Plus, I am a total newb when it comes to clothes making - I've sewn various bits and pieces and am fairly confident, but have never sewn any clothes before - and I love it! I'm also new to Craftster and can't post photos yet... but I can do links to Flickr :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594158033/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594158041/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594996388/

I love this dress so much! I am now desperate to make more in different colours... :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on June 20, 2008 06:22:00 AM
I just made this dress last night! Plus, I am a total newb when it comes to clothes making - I've sewn various bits and pieces and am fairly confident, but have never sewn any clothes before - and I love it! I'm also new to Craftster and can't post photos yet... but I can do links to Flickr :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594158033/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594158041/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594996388/

I love this dress so much! I am now desperate to make more in different colours... :)

Oh, Well Done!
It looks wonderful on you!
Great job! Too fun!
And welcome to your first post!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mollyvaughan on June 20, 2008 06:37:55 AM
Thanks McJulie-O - I am quite over-excited and have been buttonholing people at work to show them the dress... I may have calmed down a bit by tomorrow - I hope!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: nofury on June 20, 2008 08:19:20 AM
Very nice! It fits you perfectly!!!

I just made this dress last night! Plus, I am a total newb when it comes to clothes making - I've sewn various bits and pieces and am fairly confident, but have never sewn any clothes before - and I love it! I'm also new to Craftster and can't post photos yet... but I can do links to Flickr :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594158033/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594158041/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2594996388/

I love this dress so much! I am now desperate to make more in different colours... :)


Title: How to cut waist hold - esp. with stretchy fabric!
Post by: anwhidden on June 20, 2008 01:22:43 PM
Hi everyone - I have noticed a few people cut their waist hole way to big in their skirt so I went the opposite way and cut a very tiny hole. I'm afraid I'm going to rip the dress everytime I put it on! So I'm wondering....how do I measure to cut a hole in a circle skirt or bias cut skirt to fit my waist or a waist measurement I am given (when making the dress for others) to make sure I can slip the dress on over my hips?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tendstowardschaos on June 23, 2008 07:39:17 PM
So, I got my sweet husband to take pictures of me in my dress tonight...  ;D
Thanks for looking and please ignore the lack of effort I put into my hair...it's humid, I frizz  ;)



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MendhiFae on June 23, 2008 10:00:16 PM
Gorgeous!  I really like the color!  I just finished sewing a purse (what was I thinking) so I'm going to start looking for fabric for this.  I'm 5'2" so would I want my straps to be about 93 inches long (1.5 times my height) or are you ladies finding that you prefer your straps longer or shorter than that?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tendstowardschaos on June 24, 2008 07:24:10 AM
Gorgeous!  I really like the color!  I just finished sewing a purse (what was I thinking) so I'm going to start looking for fabric for this.  I'm 5'2" so would I want my straps to be about 93 inches long (1.5 times my height) or are you ladies finding that you prefer your straps longer or shorter than that?
Thanks!  ;D
I'm 5'2" also, and my straps are roughly 98" long and I have plenty of length.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: wombatgal on June 25, 2008 04:28:39 PM
After reading the entire thread and taking notes (yes, I'm that big of a crafty geek) I went out and bought 3.5 yds of black four way stretch fabric.  I'm pretty sure cutting the fabric was the hardest part, which only took me about 40 mins.  It ended up a little shorter than I had planned on, but it'll make a nice summer dress.  I plan on making a longer matching skirt that I can wear underneath and maybe a tube top too.  Heck, maybe I'll just go buy a few more colors of this same fabric and make a bunch of dresses!  Thanks soooo much for all the instruction and inspiration!

Oh, and excuse the whole "eyes closed in photo" thing.  I totally didn't even look at the pics until after I uploaded them to Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611950644/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611118623/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611120809/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611123545/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611959098/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611961308/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611130013/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611132207/in/photostream/


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on June 25, 2008 05:05:56 PM
After reading the entire thread and taking notes (yes, I'm that big of a crafty geek) I went out and bought 3.5 yds of black four way stretch fabric.  I'm pretty sure cutting the fabric was the hardest part, which only took me about 40 mins.  It ended up a little shorter than I had planned on, but it'll make a nice summer dress.  I plan on making a longer matching skirt that I can wear underneath and maybe a tube top too.  Heck, maybe I'll just go buy a few more colors of this same fabric and make a bunch of dresses!  Thanks soooo much for all the instruction and inspiration!

Oh, and excuse the whole "eyes closed in photo" thing.  I totally didn't even look at the pics until after I uploaded them to Flickr.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611950644/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611118623/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611120809/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611123545/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611959098/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611961308/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611130013/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2611132207/in/photostream/

Great first post! Well done, wombatgal!
It would be considerably too short for me, but it looks cute on you, and especially cute as a top.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: anwhidden on June 26, 2008 09:38:55 AM
I really like the way you tied in with the khaki shorts underneath - I haven't figured that one out yet but I'll definitely try it when I get home!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: alymiller on June 26, 2008 01:11:16 PM
I have been stalking this thread for about a year and I finally got around to making mine!  Pay no attention to the stupid looks on my face and the fact that I am wearing socks!  I also threw the designs together in about 30 seconds!  Thanks Rostitchery and everyone on here!












Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mango_cake on June 30, 2008 08:20:20 PM
Hi everyone,

I just found this thread and read through all 123 pages. Whew! Then I created an account just for this--I'm unbelievably excited right now!

First of all, THANK YOU so much rostitchery for the original tutorial! Also, everyone looks amazing in the dresses they made. I've been wanting a convertible dress for a very long time, but was unwilling to shell out so much cash for one. I originally discovered the "Pamela" dress first, and later on found ones of varying prices by other brands...it shouldn't have taken me this long to find this thread, and I wish I found it earlier, but better late than never! :) Unfortunately, I've never really sewed anything in my life...but I plan to look around for fabric this month and then make it when I go back home either for the long weekend in August or the first week of September before classes start. Then I can use my grandma's sewing machine (and hopefully get some help from her when I need it! :P)

So, since I have pretty much no experience, I've got a few questions you guys can hopefully help me out with: (I did read every single post and a lot of my questions were answered, but I don't think I've come across these three yet--I'm very sorry if I missed it!)

1) I'm thinking of making the skirt and top separate, with the straps attached to a boob tube. This way I can wear the top on its own, and also switch around the dresses easily. Do you guys think this will work well, and if so, am I right in thinking that I won't need a waistband? Also, for the boob tube, do you guys just use a rectangular shape or cut it so that it is wider at the bust/hips and narrower at the waist?

2) I would like to make both a A-line/bias cut skirt and a pencil skirt. I think pencil skirts are usually made with a zipper and a shape that sort of hugs the hips, but since this dress is made using stretchy fabric, is it ok to simply use a rectangle with the sides sewed together to form a cylinder? (with the length being my waist circumference) I'm trying to make this as simple as possible! (Even the circle skirt may be too advanced for me I'm afraid...)

3) for the A-line skirt, again because it will be made of stretchy fabric, can I just sew together two triangles with the tops cut off? (so...that'd make them trapezoids I guess!) I found some tutorials online where you have to draw curves etc. for the hips, but again I'm hoping that isn't necessary in this case.

I'm sorry for all these questions all at once but my excitement and imagination are on overdrive right now! I would really appreciate any help, thanks! :) And keep rocking these infinity dresses, girls--I'm loving all these cool variations and unique ways to tie it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Amandac on July 01, 2008 11:44:18 AM
Someone please help the link for how to make this dress doesnt work for some reason and im in a panic to make this dress for my best friends wedding in 3 weeks. Does anyone have the pattern or instructions they can send me

Thanks

A.

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Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: mango_cake on July 01, 2008 03:46:37 PM
Is this what you were looking for? http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sharpiemarker on July 01, 2008 06:13:48 PM
Wow, everyone's dresses look absolutely stunning! Great job to all!

I just had a quick question about the straps.  When they're overlapped 3"-4", does that affect the boob coverage?  Because I was only going to make mine 9" wide, but if I overlap them 3", there goes a third of the material.  So, do I have to take into account that 3"-4" when cutting my straps?  In other words, should they be 12" wide?  Any help would be much appreciated.   :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jennielily on July 08, 2008 06:03:43 AM
I am so glad I found this forum!! I have had my eye on the beautiful chameleon dress (link below) which is pretty much the same dress, just without any sort of band around the waist, just the skirt that goes up to the bust, and the two long strips of cloth attached.  I was saving up so I could buy it in a couple of different colors...  I don't have much sewing experience, and don't have a sewing machine, but may attempt this as a summer project instead! 

Here is the link for the chameleon dress: http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=8377026
And here is a review of it/different ways to tie it: http://thecupcakediary.blogspot.com/2008/01/playing-with-chameleon.html

If you look at the second picture in the first link, it's a better view of how the dress is made.  If someone has any tips on making it, I would really appreciate it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: tendstowardschaos on July 08, 2008 07:03:36 AM
I am so glad I found this forum!! I have had my eye on the beautiful chameleon dress (link below) which is pretty much the same dress, just without any sort of band around the waist, just the skirt that goes up to the bust, and the two long strips of cloth attached.  I was saving up so I could buy it in a couple of different colors...  I don't have much sewing experience, and don't have a sewing machine, but may attempt this as a summer project instead! 

Here is the link for the chameleon dress: http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=8377026
And here is a review of it/different ways to tie it: http://thecupcakediary.blogspot.com/2008/01/playing-with-chameleon.html

If you look at the second picture in the first link, it's a better view of how the dress is made.  If someone has any tips on making it, I would really appreciate it.
I believe the construction would be almost identical to the infinity dress, except that it looks like the designer made the straps wider and gathered them a bit at the seam. And it looks like she used a circle skirt, or maybe a 3/4-circle.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: anwhidden on July 09, 2008 12:03:12 PM
Wow, everyone's dresses look absolutely stunning! Great job to all!

I just had a quick question about the straps.  When they're overlapped 3"-4", does that affect the boob coverage?  Because I was only going to make mine 9" wide, but if I overlap them 3", there goes a third of the material.  So, do I have to take into account that 3"-4" when cutting my straps?  In other words, should they be 12" wide?  Any help would be much appreciated.   :)

Hi Sharpiemaker! I made my straps 9'' wide and have them overlap 1.5 inches.  I think that all of the strap measurements already take into account the average amount that they are overlapped in the front. I don't really like plunging necklines on myself and I found that my straps could have been one inch wider (10'') and overlap one more inch (2.5'' total) to provide a little more coverage in the centre. I do wear the dress I made, though (with the 9'' straps and 1.5 '' overlap) and although certain styles can be more revealing than I usually dress, I LOVE it and can't wait to post pictures!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: dvrgrl38 on July 20, 2008 04:37:58 PM
The link for the instructions doesn't work for me  :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: monnie_pennie on July 20, 2008 06:52:16 PM
I've been lurking for aaaaaaaages and this thread just got me desperate to dust off my sewing machine and get going again!  For the first dress I found a gorgeous colour but they didn't have 5 yards left, only 3.75 so I couldn't make a circle skirt.  I just measured the waist, halved it and then laid out the length and made a long A-line skirt.  It took me a minute to realise that I had to sew the straps onto the RIGHT side since I had made the skirt differently  :-[ but after that it was plain sailing.  No overlocker, just the zigzag on my old machine.  I loved the fabric and I am LOVING trying new ways of tying it.  Here are two taken late last night after I'd just finished the dress  8)





and the back of that one - bit wonky, sorry!



I made another one today that was black, knee length with a circle skirt.  But it was a cheap nasty fabric and the waist seems a bit big - seems like a common problem when you do the full circle skirt.  Not keen on all the fullness either so I'll use the leftovers to make one with a pencil skirt I think.

Thank you x 1 000 000 for putting this tutorial on here, I can't wait to make a red one too.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Craftin Mama 4J on July 22, 2008 01:03:11 PM
I've looked and read through almost ALL these pages!  Whew!

Sorry if I missed it - but how do you make the skirt not so full (the circle) if you want less bulk at the bottom?

THANKS!  And great job everyone - everybody did such a fine job!  And thanks to rosstitchery (?sp) for the original pattern!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: monnie_pennie on July 23, 2008 09:28:54 AM
Not wanting to get left out my little girl found the scraps and asked if she could have one too.  So now we match  ;D





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: loudxmouse on July 24, 2008 01:13:55 AM
I just sewed this and i am HOOKED
jersey knit was on sale at joann for 3.50 a yard, so i made my new favorite dress for 10 dollars.
I have gotten tons of compliments already (only wore it once) and am excited to wear it AGAIN tomorrow, around the same people, just to show off the convertible factor, since i don't think they got it when i tried to explain it.

picture soon! ros, you are my hero!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Nymphara on July 24, 2008 06:52:26 AM
Hehe,  I'm actually wearing mine today! I never did post a pic, though. I'll try and get one tonight. It's my audition dress, and one of my fav pieces of clothing.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Craftin Mama 4J on July 24, 2008 07:52:02 AM
I just sewed this and i am HOOKED
jersey knit was on sale at joann for 3.50 a yard, so i made my new favorite dress for 10 dollars.
I have gotten tons of compliments already (only wore it once) and am excited to wear it AGAIN tomorrow, around the same people, just to show off the convertible factor, since i don't think they got it when i tried to explain it.

picture soon! ros, you are my hero!!!!

Might I ask - so how many yards did it take?  3?  I was going to buy material, but I couldn't figure out how much and I didn't want to spend any more than I had to.

thanks!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MendhiFae on July 27, 2008 02:14:59 PM
Well, try 1 has failed after 3 days of working on it.  It took that long because my mom insisted that I couldn't make the skirt right without a pattern.  (i did a half circle skirt I think)  I bought a stretchy fabric, but it was only a little stretchy so I can't keep my dress on without it gapping or it slips completely, which is dangerous given what the straps cover up.  I think I'll have to remove the straps and add a zipper so I can just wear the skirt because I really liked the fabric.  I guess  I'll try it again when I can get back to the fabric department.   

One question though...how do you cut an a-line skirt without a pattern?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: AbbyRose on July 29, 2008 02:14:59 PM




Picked up my fabric yesterday and it was so quick to put together, even though I used four panels for the skirt. I bought about 2.5 meters of fabric (so I could make my straps out of a continuous piece of fabric 1.5 times my height) There is some leftover but I may end up using it to make another layer under the skirt because it's a little see-through!

I made my skirt in four panels because I didn't have a big enough piece of fabric to do a circle skirt. Besides, I didn't want the skirt that full. The top of each piece was 1/4 of my waist measurement and the bottom was about 3 times that number. I guess if you're having trouble makin a skirt just take one of your other skirts that fits you well and copy the shape on your fabric.

Thanks for the great idea and tutorial!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: punk rock puppy on July 29, 2008 09:12:35 PM
The link for the instructions doesn't work for me  :(

Same here. I really wanna make the dress, but the link won't work  :( :(

Edit: I got it to work! I re-found the link here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=259357.0


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on July 30, 2008 05:12:34 AM
We seriously need to talk to a mod about getting the link on the first page fixed!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MendhiFae on July 30, 2008 09:56:24 PM
My second try worked and it only took 1 day instead of 3!!!!!!  I'll post pics asap tomorrow!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: punk rock puppy on July 30, 2008 11:13:36 PM
Question for people that have made the dress using this pattern, do you think this would be easy to sew by hand? I suck at hand sewing but my machine is in storage until September, but as I said before I really want to make this dress, particlarly for my first day at a new school. Is this something I should really wait for?
Thanks, Ozzy


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on July 31, 2008 08:22:36 AM
Question for people that have made the dress using this pattern, do you think this would be easy to sew by hand? I suck at hand sewing but my machine is in storage until September, but as I said before I really want to make this dress, particlarly for my first day at a new school. Is this something I should really wait for?
Thanks, Ozzy
Not to burst your dream, but I wouldn't try it by hand.

For one thing, my hand sewing is slow and tedious.
For another, I'm not sure of HOW to make a stretch stitch by hand....it would be just my luck to sew it by hand and then, when wearing it, give it a tug or something and have the thread break and start unraveling, and then the whole thing would fall off, and I would be standing there, Total Mosquito Bait!  ::)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MendhiFae on July 31, 2008 09:48:52 AM
Here it is!  The waist is still too big even after using a much smaller pattern size than my first attempt, but the elastic should take care of that nicely.  I used Simplicity pattern 4236 for the skirt because my mom insisted that I needed a pattern to cut out the skirt.  I wanted a-line not a circle skirt, so it's still not the
skirt I would have cut out by myself, but it's fine. 




The fabric is 100% polyester and so thin that I did a double layer for everything.  The straps are the "tube" concept that has been mentioned for use with one- sided fabrics.




I love this look, but how on earth do you keep it on!  It's always wanting to slip the loop off my shoulder, which would be a very bad thing if I was around anyone when it happened.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Synne on July 31, 2008 02:03:09 PM
Question for people that have made the dress using this pattern, do you think this would be easy to sew by hand? I suck at hand sewing but my machine is in storage until September, but as I said before I really want to make this dress, particlarly for my first day at a new school. Is this something I should really wait for?
Thanks, Ozzy
Not to burst your dream, but I wouldn't try it by hand.

For one thing, my hand sewing is slow and tedious.
For another, I'm not sure of HOW to make a stretch stitch by hand....it would be just my luck to sew it by hand and then, when wearing it, give it a tug or something and have the thread break and start unraveling, and then the whole thing would fall off, and I would be standing there, Total Mosquito Bait!  ::)

Just to share my experience, I actually hand-sewed mine, out of a desperate desire to make the dress and a lack of zig zag sewing machine at the time:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.msg1672400#msg1672400
I used a zig zag hand stitch (I found directions online) and it took quite a long time (I've never done much hand sewing and hate even sewing buttons) as opposed to an hour. The resulting stitch was not as pretty and quick as the machine but you couldn't tell when the dress was on, it got the job done and has held up through numerous try-ons and an entire evening of intense dancing.
So in conclusion, hand-sewing was much more of a pain, but it worked.
MendhiFae, I love the color you chose!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: punk rock puppy on July 31, 2008 03:35:56 PM
Question for people that have made the dress using this pattern, do you think this would be easy to sew by hand? I suck at hand sewing but my machine is in storage until September, but as I said before I really want to make this dress, particlarly for my first day at a new school. Is this something I should really wait for?
Thanks, Ozzy
Not to burst your dream, but I wouldn't try it by hand.

For one thing, my hand sewing is slow and tedious.
For another, I'm not sure of HOW to make a stretch stitch by hand....it would be just my luck to sew it by hand and then, when wearing it, give it a tug or something and have the thread break and start unraveling, and then the whole thing would fall off, and I would be standing there, Total Mosquito Bait!  ::)

Just to share my experience, I actually hand-sewed mine, out of a desperate desire to make the dress and a lack of zig zag sewing machine at the time:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.msg1672400#msg1672400
I used a zig zag hand stitch (I found directions online) and it took quite a long time (I've never done much hand sewing and hate even sewing buttons) as opposed to an hour. The resulting stitch was not as pretty and quick as the machine but you couldn't tell when the dress was on, it got the job done and has held up through numerous try-ons and an entire evening of intense dancing.
So in conclusion, hand-sewing was much more of a pain, but it worked.
MendhiFae, I love the color you chose!

I think I'm going to try making the dress by machine, I suck really bad at hand sewing and I don't need everyone seeing me all out in the open. I don't go to dances/parties so maybe I will just make it for everyday which would not really be everyday cause I usually wear jeans or shorts and a guy's T-Shirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on July 31, 2008 07:56:00 PM
my friend made this dress by hand. We were bored at work (a fabric store) and going out in the city that night, so she cut it all out at work and sewed it on the bus, which is about an hour and a half ride. That was two years ago and its still holding up!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: MendhiFae on July 31, 2008 08:13:14 PM
Thanks Synne!  I can't even imagine the work it would take to hand sew this!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: punk rock puppy on July 31, 2008 11:51:25 PM
my friend made this dress by hand. We were bored at work (a fabric store) and going out in the city that night, so she cut it all out at work and sewed it on the bus, which is about an hour and a half ride. That was two years ago and its still holding up!

Really? What kind of stitch did you use? How long did it take you guys? What kind of thread did you use? I'm so exited now!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on August 03, 2008 05:41:03 AM
the stitch was sort of a zig zag that overcasted the edge of the fabric, but not looped like a blanket stitch. it was basically like this /\/\/\/\/\/\/\ but by hand. I think the thread was either Guterman or Mettler, just a regular all purpose, polyester sewing thread.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: punk rock puppy on August 04, 2008 12:46:49 PM
Thanks so much GrandTheftUno. Now I have another question how much fabric will it take for me to make the dress? I am seriously too dumb to figure it out. Please PM me if you can help me figure it out. I was thinking it was way more than what others are saying. Thanks in advance, Ozzy


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Miss Whitney on August 05, 2008 12:12:31 PM
Ahh! I LOVE this dress! I MUST make one - I may even go right now to get fabric - bu I have one question. Are the straps attached to the front or the back? Or can you wear it either way?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: AbbyRose on August 05, 2008 01:13:36 PM
Are the straps attached to the front or the back? Or can you wear it either way?

They are attached to the "front" but you can wear it either way depending. Yet another reason this dress is so fabulous!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: theEEKinGEEK on August 20, 2008 06:06:37 PM
is the tutorial link broken? :(


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Haylie on August 20, 2008 06:31:23 PM
We really need to talk to a mod about fixing that front page link.

theEEkinGEEK (cute screenname! :) ) the link has been reposted a couple times in the last few pages.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 20, 2008 06:33:02 PM
is the tutorial link broken? :(

It is on the first page but each time the subject is brought up, someone posts a working link:
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html)

Maybe we can ask Sweets4ever if she can mend the original post on page 1... Sweets? Are you there?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sweets4ever on August 20, 2008 06:52:44 PM
is the tutorial link broken? :(

It is on the first page but each time the subject is brought up, someone posts a working link:
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html)

Maybe we can ask Sweets4ever if she can mend the original post on page 1... Sweets? Are you there?

All done! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on August 20, 2008 06:59:06 PM
I just FINALLY printed this tute out to try to make it...finally getting adept at my sewing skillzzzz....  ;D

On a side note, Sweets, I think it's SO cute how your photos keep getting LARGER as your belly grows, you are getting so close now, only a few months to go!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sweets4ever on August 20, 2008 07:09:49 PM
Aww! :D  Yeah, I just can't fit my belly in the same size photos anymore. :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on August 20, 2008 07:23:37 PM
is the tutorial link broken? :(

It is on the first page but each time the subject is brought up, someone posts a working link:
http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html (http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html)

Maybe we can ask Sweets4ever if she can mend the original post on page 1... Sweets? Are you there?

All done! :)


We all thank you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: sweets4ever on August 20, 2008 08:15:55 PM
Glad to help! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Elensule on August 23, 2008 04:55:06 PM
Hello lovelies!

So... I am DYING to try this (but, umm... I have no money, so it will have to wait, at least a while...), but I have a problem. I cannot find a tutorial for a circle skirt that I can actually follow. >< I love circle skirts, and I get the basic IDEA, but... I can't quite figure out how it works. I know it's... folded in quarters, and then... I can't REALLY figure out how to get the radius for the inner circle... It doesn't help that I have a 46" waist and I can't find a pattern/tute that has measurements near mine to get an idea for getting length to the skirt (I'd like it AT LEAST knee length), or how much I need to buy... Can you tell I'm really confused?

ANY help would be appreciated!!

Thanks so much!



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on August 23, 2008 07:54:46 PM
well, the circumfrence of a circle is 2 times pi (or 3.14159...thats all I know of it) times the radius (halfway across the circle), so I just keep guessing what the radius should be until I reach a circumfrence close to that of my waist, and then subtract a little to account for the ease that happens when you cut a circle.

if its too small, you can always shave off a little more fabric from the edge...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Elensule on August 23, 2008 08:45:17 PM
Thank you! I'll get my brother to give me actual math, but I think that sounds... close? I'm sure I can figure it out soon enough... As soon as I figure out how to get some money. xD

How about length? Is that just pretty much the width of the fabric? Or... Like, how do I end up with a longer skirt?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: GrandTheftUno on August 24, 2008 06:33:31 PM
to get a longer skirt you either have to make it a-line, half circle, or two half circles. You can drop the waist a bit by making a tube between the straps and the waistline, it gives it a little more shape, too, so I think its worth the extra two seams.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: Synne on August 25, 2008 06:15:38 PM
Another super-easy option if you don't want to do math is to just do a rectangle skirt. I'm sure there's a tute on craftster for a skirt like this, but briefly:
Take a rectangle of fabric (about twice as long as you want it to hang from your waist, and as wide as your fabric comes).
Fold in half.
Measure your waist.
Cut slit in middle that is as long as (your waist measurement divided in half).
Attach to straps and waist tube as you would for a circle skirt, using the slit as your waist opening.
You end up with cute little points on your skirt.
I did this for one of my three infinity dresses. It gets a little short along the two sides but was SO SO easy.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: imafundork on August 31, 2008 04:11:49 PM
I've had this thread bookmarked for over six months and am constantly telling people about how cool and easy this dress is...but I've never made one!   ::) Until now!  Actually, I've made two in the last 24 hours.  The first was a really obnoxious orange polyester that I got for $1/yd.  It was my trial run and it turned out too big, but still super cute.  So I decided I needed to make another one this afternoon.  It's a pink jersey that I purchased for $2/yd...yay only $8 for a dress that can be worn 8 million ways!  ;D  I'm still experimenting with ways to tie it, but this is my favorite so far:






Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: kateb2637 on September 05, 2008 01:50:38 PM
I made one too! Seems like everyone does...





Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: keris on September 07, 2008 01:35:57 PM
How many years has this taken me?? I finally found fabric that felt right for the dress on a trip to the US (the conference was 5 minutes walk from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago, how ace!!) and found some $2.99 a yard stuff in their pirate sale. I cut the skirt waist a bit on the small side, put it on, and it was too big. Go fig. So I swopped the waist band for some wide elastic. My other-me (one of the duct-tape dummies, I made a cover) is modelling :)







I made the skirt as long as possible and went from demure to not so, and also hitched it up higher so it was shorter. The pattern on the straps helped in some ways and hindered in others!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: RachelKristin on September 07, 2008 02:07:51 PM
you did an awesome job! so many looks for one dress  :) nicely done, ma'am!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: floydh2 on September 15, 2008 08:15:47 AM
So i found this thread and fell in love...i went to walmart and got some cheap fabric and made it and its not great but i love it...im going to get some more fabric today to make another one and plan on making them for my friends for christmas..YAY thanks so much


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: McJulie-O on September 15, 2008 09:19:17 AM
I REALLY like the asymmetric look that your patterned stripe gives... intriguing!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: jellybum on September 18, 2008 09:22:00 AM
hey all, i'm a newbie to sewing here. just wondering if anyone could tell me how many m/yards (60" wide) fabric i would need if i made it with an a-line skirt instead of the circle skirt. I am a size 14 (uk) and would like it to fall roughly knee length (waist to knee measurement 24"). Any help would be greatly appreciated thanks   ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Ashling on September 18, 2008 09:11:19 PM
My estimate for the dress with an A-line skirt would be 3-4 yards.  I'd give 2 for the straps, they need to be long and cut the long ways, and 1 yard if you think 60 inches is a wide enough hem.  Two yards to make it any wider.  Again, this is an estimate.  I like to err on the side of caution, so this is probably more than you'd really need.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: sixtrees on September 29, 2008 07:00:28 AM
Hi, it's taken me an age to read this thread but I'm now taken with the "Infinity Dress Fever" I have a few functions to go to for my husbands work so I'm thinking of making a long one, a shorter one and a few tops!!!
Hmmmm wonder if I should do a red one with a white fluffy trim for Christmas.....


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on September 29, 2008 10:19:30 AM
Hi, it's taken me an age to read this thread but I'm now taken with the "Infinity Dress Fever" I have a few functions to go to for my husbands work so I'm thinking of making a long one, a shorter one and a few tops!!!
Hmmmm wonder if I should do a red one with a white fluffy trim for Christmas.....


Matching book purse :


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: sixtrees on September 29, 2008 01:09:37 PM
Argh what are you doing to me? right off to find out how I go about making that......


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: freestyle on September 29, 2008 01:57:43 PM
Oh my word that purse is too cute.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: LinzSerena on October 01, 2008 07:19:56 AM
So I think I want to try to make an infinity dress (inspired by the infinity bridesmaid dresses), but I'm a total noob when it comes to sewing. Is this a horrible idea? So far I've made very little things with my machine.
I plan on "practicing" on cheap fabric.
Any tips? :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on October 01, 2008 07:34:01 AM
So I think I want to try to make an infinity dress (inspired by the infinity bridesmaid dresses), but I'm a total noob when it comes to sewing. Is this a horrible idea? So far I've made very little things with my machine.
I plan on "practicing" on cheap fabric.
Any tips? :)
Those reversible bridesmaids dresses https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271380.msg3063978;topicseen#msg3063978 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271380.msg3063978;topicseen#msg3063978) are wonderfu,l aren't they!! I can see why you would want to jump in!

Words of advice, though..... you'd do great to start with an inexpensive fabric because this dress uses a fair amount of yardage, particularly if you are not petite and you want a longer skirt...

And don't try to make your first one reversible right off the bat- Try the simpler version first, especially if you don't have much experience with garment sewing. It's not hard, but it may be an unfamiliar skill, so go slow and it really won't take you long if you don't have to undo anything.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: LinzSerena on October 01, 2008 08:05:16 AM
Just bought some cheap fabric off ebay to practice with (jersey knit - is that correct?). Once it comes in, it'll probably take me at least a month to get around to it.. hehehe I'm a full time grad student and a full time nurse (and I want to take up this challenge to fill up all of my free time -- HA!). But everyone's dress has come out SO nice - so I'm inspired! :) Oh, and I'm not trying a reversible thing yet. I'm hoping to do a basic dress.. maybe knee length or so. I'm tall (5'10), so I'm leaning away from the floor length for now. Plus, I have nothing to wear a floor length gown to at this time (graduation is not until May 2010).
I'm sure I'll be back with oodles of questions :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: alexis_lei on October 02, 2008 10:25:35 AM
oh. my. god.

i am in love with this dress! i don't know how i'm only just finding this now.

i'm dying with the flu today and just jumped up to start making my own, and realized the dress fabric i bought years ago that would be perfect for this, is at my parents house two hours away. boo. :(

all of the dresses in this thread are absolutely beautiful, and i love love love the different ways to tie it too. i especially love having them as bridesmaid dresses, i'll definitely have to keep these in mind when my time comes, lol.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: LinzSerena on October 02, 2008 07:47:52 PM
PHEW! I just got through all 129 pages  :o
I took notes throughout and I'll be reviewing those before starting. Fabric is ordered, just awaiting for it to arrive and then for time to drop into my lap :)



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Casual_Sex on October 04, 2008 03:39:26 PM
So, I've been lurking around for a while, and I've finally worked up the courage to make an infinity dress.

But, I have a question before I start.
How much fabric should I use?
I'm about 5'3, and I weigh about 130.
I'm pretty petite, but I have trouble gauging how much fabric I need when I'm making things.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Casual_Sex on October 05, 2008 06:17:59 PM
Also...
Do you have to have a serger for this dress?
I know it's prefered, but could I just use the zig-zag stitch on my machine?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: imafundork on October 05, 2008 07:24:33 PM
So, I've been lurking around for a while, and I've finally worked up the courage to make an infinity dress.

But, I have a question before I start.
How much fabric should I use?
I'm about 5'3, and I weigh about 130.
I'm pretty petite, but I have trouble gauging how much fabric I need when I'm making things.

I'm 5'6 and used four yards. My post is a page or two back, I think. (The dress is pink.)  I would have like the straps to be a little bit longer and the skirt a little bit shorter.  So, I'd imagine that four yards would work great for you, since you are a little bit shorter than I am.

Also...
Do you have to have a serger for this dress?
I know it's prefered, but could I just use the zig-zag stitch on my machine?

I don't have a serger.  I just used the zigzag stitch on my machine and it seemed to work just fine.

Hope you find all of this helpful. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Casual_Sex on October 08, 2008 05:48:29 PM
I did!
Thank you so much!

I can't wait to make mine =] It'll probably be a few weeks before I can get any fabric, but I'll definitely post pictures when it's done.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: danirene on December 17, 2008 08:46:27 AM
It took me four days, but I've finally made it through this thread.

And my dress came out beautifully.

So, though I know you don't frequent this one much any more, thank you Rostichery for the tutorial, I'm making them as Christmas gifts for nearly everyone I know.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on December 17, 2008 10:41:10 AM
It took me four days, but I've finally made it through this thread.

And my dress came out beautifully.

So, though I know you don't frequent this one much any more, thank you Rostichery for the tutorial, I'm making them as Christmas gifts for nearly everyone I know.

Welcome to posting on Craftster, danirene!
Got photos?
It IS a great dress, isn't it!?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: danirene on December 23, 2008 12:39:23 PM
I wish I did... Unfortunately, I don't have a camera, and need to borrow one. When I do, however, I'll put a few up here.




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: puffybees on January 16, 2009 06:19:40 PM
hi! i have read a lot about the infinity dress and i can't wait to make it. the thread  is very helpful. I have a question regarding the dress. script&serif on her blog made a few changes to the dress and i would like someone to explain me how she did it.
she talks about loops but i don't know how she placed them and she didn't sew the straps! help!

you can see her modifications here:

http://saratso.blogspot.com/2008/04/convertible-dress-part-ii.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: ginadaniels on January 30, 2009 06:30:24 PM
Hey guys.
I got a craftster account because of this topic. I made my infinity dress today and wanted to share it with you guys. Thanks Rostitchery for the tutorial!

I added I boob band that I don't really need, but it's there if I want to wear a bra or whatever. I keep it tucked into the skirt when I'm not using it and it seems to smooth out my middle area.

I didn't want to make a circle skirt because I thought it would be too much volume so I made a rectangle skirt. I messed up that first rectangle skirt, it was a little too narrow, so I made a second one for the dress.

Now, if I want more skirt, I can pull on the first one on under the dress so I have even more ways to wear it!

Take a look!
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h111/17Meghan05/P1290161.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h111/17Meghan05/P1290172.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h111/17Meghan05/P1290170.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h111/17Meghan05/P1290164.jpg
http://i62.photobucket.com/albums/h111/17Meghan05/P1290163.jpg

You can probably tell how much I love it. I will probably wear it out for Valentine's Day with the man. He loves it, especially when there's no bra and it's a backless style.

Also, I'm considering showing this off to a friend who doesn't know what style to have for her BM dresses, and as I'm one of the bridesmaids, I think it'll be a hit.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: homebunnyj on January 30, 2009 08:12:36 PM
Looks great. Don't you love this dress? I need to make another one myself. It also makes a great top, cut to tunic length or a bit shorter. :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: ginadaniels on January 31, 2009 03:59:31 AM
Yea, it's a great design, I wish I had found it earlier! I think this will be the reason I get a membership at my local fabric store, to get discounts on the material. There's already 3 or 4 patterns and colours I'd like to try this with, and I'm thinking about a pencil skirt version and tunic version too. It's so versatile it's unbelieveable.

There's a nylon lycra knit blend in this metallic type sage colour that I think is just fabulous. Can't wait!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Elensule on February 01, 2009 08:24:01 PM
Hi all!


SO i Haven't made this yet. BUT... I have a formal coming up. I know I've seen on here that someone made one of these with a non-stretch fabric... I'd like to make one with the Joann's 'stretch satin'. I saw it in person today, and I'd say it's got like... 10% stretch. Seriously, almost none at all... Will this work? It's for a formal, which is why I'm worried. Has anyone used something with only like, a tiny bit of stretch? I'm worried only because I will have to be super good at finishing all my edges, and I want to make sure it all works out, you know (it'd be like, 30.00 which is a significant investment for me...)

I'd appreciate any advice!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: ginadaniels on February 02, 2009 01:20:48 PM
To Elensule: If the stretch satin isn't too heavy I could suggest that you double up the straps, sew three sides RST (leave a short side unsewn), turn RSO and sew all the edges again with a 1/4 inch seam allowance then attach them to the skirt and waistband.

I did a mock up of the dress I made with an old set of sheets, and I found that made a nicely finished edge but the straps are a little heavier when you double the material like that.

Hope that helps! Good luck


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: homebunnyj on February 02, 2009 05:04:52 PM
Also, Elensule, I think the curvier you are the harder time you may have with it. The stretchiness of the straps is one thing that makes it work with nearly any body: the straps stretch over and conform to your shape.

If you're shaped somewhat like a fashion model, it probably will work out nicely. You might want to make one in a less-expensive fabric with similar stretch before you invest in the satin.

If you are very curvy, you might consider making the straps in a matching stretchier fabric, and you could tie the two fabrics together in your accessories. Just a thought, HIH.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Elensule on February 02, 2009 05:44:00 PM
Thanks guys...

Nothing's set in stone yet, a) because I have very little money, and b) because my craft store sort of sucks.. I'm hoping to get to a store with a broader selection sometime soon. We'll see how it works out. :) I'll keep you posted!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: alohamom2three on February 09, 2009 12:20:44 AM
Hi...I've made a couple of infinity dresses and have one posted somewhere back on page 100 or so.
But here's a new twist.
My husband is about to return from 15 months in Iraq and I wanted to make dresses for my three girls for the welcoming ceremony (we did this the last time he was deployed) and they asked for an infinity dress...little mini craftsters that they are   ;D
But I had been eyeing the redondo skirt for a while and trying to find enough time to work on it so I thought I'd combine the two.
So here is my infinity/redondo dress...modeled by my middle daughter.  Of course, it took much longer than the two hour single seam dress but I think it came out pretty cool.  I didn't buy a pattern I just studied the tips from other craftsters on the site to come up with the skirt pattern.
Enjoy!







Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: JennLee on February 09, 2009 05:25:44 AM
alohamom2three - saw your post on "recent with pics", had to pop in to say that the dress looks GREAT with that skirt, awesome idea! 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Synne on February 09, 2009 06:22:16 AM
That dress looks great, alohamom2three! Your daughter is obviously having a blast posing in it :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: monsterrawr on February 09, 2009 07:02:40 AM
that looks great
=D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: twiterpert on February 09, 2009 11:10:50 PM
That dress is fabulous alohamom2three! I'm quite jealous ;)

I've been working my way through this board (around pg. 80 now!), so I figured it was about time I attempted one of these. I veerrrryy carefully cut out the pieces from this gorgeous teal rayon/spandex I paid way too much for, and pinned it all together. Sewed, ripped out a couple of inches when I realized I had the wrong stitch on, sewed some more, inserted some elastic for extra security, tried it on... Somehow I manged to miss one of the straps while sewing. Waited a day before getting out the seam ripper. Take two: pinned the straps on and skipped the waistband and elastic for the time being. Good thing too, because after I sewed the straps on, I realized they were wrong side up. Argh.... Still haven't ripped them off, but have been enjoying wrapping the straps. The versatility of this dress is all that's keeping me going right now. Leave it to me to mess up the only seam.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: regenbogenblume on February 10, 2009 04:25:42 AM
hello from austria!

i really love this dress, i needed a long one for a quite noble ball here in vienna and i just had about 5 hours to get one. so i made this out of fuchsia pannevelvet for the straps and taffeta for the skirt (both fabrics are furnishing fabrics and cost less than 1€/m  ;)). the skirt is third circle, the photo was taken very late (or better early), so it looks a little crumpled...

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/kleid1.JPG (this is my first post on craftster, so you have to follow this link to see the picture)

(i hope i haven't made to many mistakes, my german, spanish and italian would be better i guess...)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on February 10, 2009 05:41:08 AM
hello from austria!

i really love this dress, i needed a long one for a quite noble ball here in vienna and i just had about 5 hours to get one. so i made this out of fuchsia pannevelvet for the straps and taffeta for the skirt (both fabrics are furnishing fabrics and cost less than 1€/m  ;)). the skirt is third circle, the photo was taken very late (or better early), so it looks a little crumpled...

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/kleid1.JPG (this is my first post on craftster, so you have to follow this link to see the picture)

(i hope i haven't made to many mistakes, my german, spanish and italian would be better i guess...)
Welcome to Craftster!
And don't think twice about your English, you're doing great.....
Most of the time, if someone doesn't understand what you posted, they will ask..

Great dress, by the way!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: twiterpert on February 12, 2009 06:18:58 PM
Phew! Well, I haven't add the waistband yet (although i really need to, it slides down a ton from the weight of the skirt!), but I  thought I'd share that i finally had success. Third time's the charm eh? I think I might shorten it a couple inches, until it hits just above my knee, but I haven't decided yet...





The last one is my favorite way to wear it, but I'm pretty sure it would only work for a beach cover-up or a toga party. Ah well. Not many different ties because I'm feeling tired and uncreative. True color in spinning shot. My brother picked out the color for me, I think he did good job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Synne on February 13, 2009 05:55:31 AM
The dress looks great, and the color suits you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: m_scholtz on February 25, 2009 01:27:20 PM
Hi All,

Been lurking around here for a week or so. I have read most of the posts both in this section and the other infinity dress one too.

First of all I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to "rostitchery" for her wonderful pattern & tute I wouldn't have thought to do this without finding this on the net.

I had been looking online for a dress to wear to an upcoming wedding and found the infinity / million way dress, I then saw the price and realised that I couldn't justify the price. NOTE: a friend of mine just bought a Kookai one for $180 AUS very recently and brought it into work the other day.

Looking at it, it looked simple enough, so I jumped online and found "rostitchery's" pattern. Off to the local fabric shop printout in hand I went.

I found the most amazing turquoise blue 100% cotton knit and only $7.95 AUS / metre (not a bad price) not as good as the $1 bargins I am reading about in the states!

Anyhow, 1.5 hours later (and only because I realised I can't cut straight to save my life) and because I broke my last sewing needle (so had to finish it off by hand) I have a beautiful infinity dress. (I have a request from my sister to make her one now too).

I'm off again to the fabric shop today, I know they have a beautiful red, white and black fabric I am just dying to use for this dress.

Will post picts later, need to get someone to take picts of it first.

p.s. Just a note, on the Kookai one - they included 2 small pleats in the front of the straps (to cup the boobs I suppose).

;D  ;D Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Rostitchery for your website and instructions on how to make this wonderful dress. :-*  :-*



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: MESS on March 02, 2009 03:58:14 AM
I don't know if any of the original ladies are still here, but I want to know if you can taper the straps. Obviously I'd like more bust coverage, but taper the straps so that it isn't so bulky iykwim.

Or would I be better off using it wider over the shoulders and changing to a lighter fabric?

THanks. If anyone is still there!  ;) :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: cute_anarchy on March 02, 2009 10:07:06 AM
Re: the straps, I have tapered them, and it works just fine; it does help to reduce the bulk somewhat, especially since I cut them very long.   

I have also used a lighter fabric for the straps, which works well, but then I actually added a tube top portion to the dress, so I was always covered no matter how I wrapped the straps.  (Basically a strapless dress of solid, with chiffon-y straps attached at the empire waist seam.) 

Good luck!  Show us pictures when you are done!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: MESS on March 02, 2009 01:48:44 PM
Thanks cute_anarchy. I think it would help reduce the amount of fabric I need for the straps, lol.

I'm off to get some VERY cheap stuff to play with, as I buggered up some other stuff I had laying around.  I'm hoping I can turn the other into some sort of layered skirt.  Wish me luck with that. hehe.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: cjr1983 on March 10, 2009 02:51:06 PM
..Holy..moly..

I just spent the last 3 (THREE!!) hours reading through the 132 pages of this thread and various other links that other posters have kindly offered...  Thank goodness I'm leaving all of that reading feeling inspired.   :D

I do have one question: will this dress look all right on a... less-than-busty girl?  I'm 5'4" and my measurements are 34A-24-36.  I have an incredibly HARD time finding a dress that looks decent on me because the lack of boobage!  I think the Guy Upstairs gave all the goods to my younger sisters...  :(   I don't want to cut up so much yardage of fabulous fabric if it won't look good in the end. 

Thanks for EVERYTHING you all provided in this thread, and most importantly, much respect for Rostitchery for being the one to start this fashion statement!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: rockyturtle on March 19, 2009 03:24:42 PM
I do have one question: will this dress look all right on a... less-than-busty girl?  I'm 5'4" and my measurements are 34A-24-36.  I have an incredibly HARD time finding a dress that looks decent on me because the lack of boobage!  I think the Guy Upstairs gave all the goods to my younger sisters...  :(   I don't want to cut up so much yardage of fabulous fabric if it won't look good in the end. 

with this dress, it looks good on everybody
i know if i wrap mine too tight, my bust plays the disappearing act   :-\
there are tonnes of ways you could wrap it to flatter your chest that bustier gals can't!


it took me ages (mostly because I am a professional procrastinator) but I finally finished mine, and i LOVE it
you practically have to force me to take it off (too bad I can't wear it outside yet...it's -20 C where I live)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Elensule on March 20, 2009 09:29:22 PM
So I finished mine tonight. It looks FAB. But it's made in stretch SATIN, so it's a) very slippy and b) very heavy. I'll let you all know how my friends and I find to wrap it... may have to resort to a pin or two to keep it up. But I love it!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: SweetKris on March 26, 2009 02:59:44 AM
Wooo! It took me three days to get through this thread!! I'm off to Joann's tomorrow to get the fabric and get to sewing...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: FierFlye on March 28, 2009 07:33:05 PM
I made one!  It was so easy!

I used a 4-way stretch I found in the dancewear/swimwear section of JoAnns.   I had to sew some elastic in the back because otherwise it sagged a lot.

Here's a photo of me wearing it with the waistband up above the bust.


My straps are only 60" long, so I'm a little limited in variations, but I can still get a couple halter versions, the greek goddess vesion, and the sleeved look.  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Synne on March 30, 2009 07:12:47 PM
Looks fab, Fierflye! (Digging your super plush-looking carpet, too!)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: FierFlye on March 31, 2009 03:26:22 PM
Looks fab, Fierflye! (Digging your super plush-looking carpet, too!)
Thanks! 

It's a rug, whole carpet like that would be a bit much.   :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: bnanca on April 05, 2009 05:35:17 PM
Okay, ladies, I made one which seems like ages ago, but it was horrible, lol.

Anyways, I was recently looking to make one for easter, but more on the lines of the american apparel pencil skirt version of the cotton jersey dress, just a couple questions maybe you guys can answer. How are the straps on this done, they are just regular rectangles?? Or maybe I am thinking too much. Anyways, any help or advice you guys can offer??

Here is the link by the way

http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa8342.html (http://store.americanapparel.net/rsa8342.html)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: fromvenuswithlove on April 09, 2009 09:34:29 PM
Has anyone seen this http://player.video.news.com.au/news/#_aQQL6CacvmRYkXr3mNWtSpLMB_fgpz8
(australian news website)
OMG she acts like she invented it - i just wanna punch her in the face! its been around since the 1960s! arrrghhh!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: HappyMadison87 on April 15, 2009 12:43:16 AM
I made an Infinity dress last night!! I'm generally TERRIBLE at making stretchy clothes...I'm somewhat, er, oddly shaped. So far the only thing I've had success with is a few alterations to existing clothes, and a couple of very structured Victorian dresses that I was lucky to have a well-fitting pattern for.

anyway, this dress has got to be one of the easiest and most flattering things I've made. I'm sorry I don't have more or better pictures of it, I'm the only person in the house awake, and I'm terrible at taking pictures of myself.



I'm quite proud of it..the only changes I made from the original tutorial, was that I made the circle skirt fit right under my bust instead of around my waist (so it'd be babydoll style), and I made the waistband VERY wide so it would be like a tube top for extra coverage.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: ScotSkipper402 on April 15, 2009 03:20:02 PM

this dress has got to be one of the easiest and most flattering things I've made.

You look FABULOUS in that dress. Madly flattering!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: merrynest on April 19, 2009 10:59:59 AM
Hello all you crafty-creatives!

Recently, my daughter sent me a link to the idea of the infinity dress as an option to make bridesmaids dresses for her and her twin sister in the upcoming wedding of their sister.
Yesterday, I finished both dresses and my girls are very pleased!
They have the options, of course, of tying it differently to create their own unique look and yet matching.
I have not been sewing very much over the years...used to make my girls' all matching outfits and pretty dresses, so the irony of now sewing matching dresses for their sisters' wedding makes me smile.

Thanks so much for the idea and the pattern!
I altered a few things in order to suit my petite, ample-bosomed girls; eg; widening the waistband into a boob-tube.

Perhaps when I am allowed i will post the pictures... and at the wedding in May will make sure I get some shots.
:)
Edited to add; We searched high and low to find dresses for the wedding... wanted to be very thrifty, though, so the $200.00 typical bridesmaid dresses were not an option.
Eventually;after finding this pattern, I was able to get the fabric on sale for 75% off... AND in the RIGHT colour (deep peacock teal) AND only $4.00 a metre! (that's almost a yard).
Total cost for EACH dress; $13.00. Even if they never wear it again... perfect!
:) :) :) :)
Just used a picture for my profile; great for dancing! :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on April 19, 2009 12:44:23 PM
Welcome to Craftster, Merrynest!
Looks like you've already implemented some great ideas! It won't be long before you can post photos.... We want to see the wedding party when the time comes!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: A2JC4life on April 22, 2009 12:09:28 PM
Oh, my.  After three days and 133 pages, I'm going cross-eyed.  lol 

But I have to make one of these.  I can't sew knits to save my life, though, and apparently it's my machine, so it'll have to wait 'til I can save up for a walking foot. 

Cheebz, that is a truly awesome idea to use it for lingerie.  For a childbearing woman whose shape is constantly changing (pre-, mid-, and post-pregnancy, nursing, and non-nursing), it would be awesome to have a piece of lingerie that that always fits!

Has anyone made this with 100% cotton or nearly 100% (maybe 95-97%) cotton jersey? I like the breathability and comfort factor (I hate poly), but don't know how the stretchability of all-cotton jersey compares to the other jerseys.  I'm also thinking this might work in a really gauzy woven cotton.  The gauziness would allow it to scrunch up enough to drape well, I think, and it would be really airy and feminine.  I imagine the straps would need to be lined up to the shoulders, though, to prevent its being see-through, and the skirt would need to be either lined or multi-layered.  I can picture it, though, and it sounds dreamy.  ;D

Also, the child's dress someone posted in the sparkly fabric made me realize that this would be the world's best addition to a dress-up trunk!  Made nice and long in a sparkly fabric like that, it would be the ultimate "princess" dress.  I think I might do that for my first attempt, since any goofs will be relatively unimportant for a dress-up "toy," and my dd will love it.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: merrynest on April 22, 2009 03:20:02 PM
Yes...I did a lot of reading here, too!
:)
For what it's worth; I don't have a walking foot; don't like to sew knits, only have a regular, basic machine, and was able to sew this without too much trouble.
Use a ball-point needle (is that what they call it?) and a somewhat zig-zag stitch or a 'fake' serger stitch on your machine if it has one.

for the hem; i only did one tiny fold, and did it all by machine... then for the straps, I only sewed a tiny hem for the first 3 feet...enough for where the straps really show on your front or back to keep it looking tidy.

(the dress is shown in my profile picture.)

have fun! I think I'm addicted..>I already made 2 for my girls, one for me and have a friend who wants one. Yesterday, found 5 yards of black satiny-knit at the thrift store for $5.00. OOoooo...
!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: TMLGirl on April 23, 2009 05:26:42 AM
This was my first time wokring with stretchy fabric and I kinda got in a fight with my sewing machine, but we worked it out!  Got the fabric for 9$ (end of a roll)  used 3.5 m.  Took me a bit longer then an hour because I made the straps double sided due to the patterning!  Anyways I LOVE this dress, spent over an hour playing with it and I'm going to wear it ALL summer!  My mom wants me to make her one for a wedding she is going to!  This is such an awesome project! thanks for your inspiration everyone!







Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: SprigofIvy on April 23, 2009 07:22:32 AM
This was my first time wokring with stretchy fabric and I kinda got in a fight with my sewing machine, but we worked it out!  Got the fabric for 9$ (end of a roll)  used 3.5 m.  Took me a bit longer then an hour because I made the straps double sided due to the patterning!  Anyways I LOVE this dress, spent over an hour playing with it and I'm going to wear it ALL summer!  My mom wants me to make her one for a wedding she is going to!  This is such an awesome project! thanks for your inspiration everyone!


Didn't you find that the straps were uber long if you followed the instructions? I have yet to finish mine, but it seems very difficult.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: veritate on April 23, 2009 09:37:58 AM
Oh WOW!

This is the first I'm seeing of this thread and I have to say, THIS ROCKS!

TMLGirl, that fabric is really nice and you've done a fantastic job of it.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: TMLGirl on April 23, 2009 09:43:36 AM


Didn't you find that the straps were uber long if you followed the instructions? I have yet to finish mine, but it seems very difficult.

IF the straps are uber long then you are doing it RIGHT! Mine seemed ridiculous, 95 inches long when I was all said and done, but it makes the dress much more versatile, but making them double sided was a bit hard


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: merrynest on April 23, 2009 10:10:50 AM
Definitely don't skimp on the straps until it is all said and done and you have played with it!
You can ALWAYS cut them shorter.
Good idea for doubling the fabric for a patterned knit.
You look FABULOUS!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: naravyn on April 27, 2009 11:28:24 AM
hey all, i found this thread yesterday, and have been reading it all but a few hours since. (need to sleep) this is my first time posting here too. Anyway, I was thinking of using this pattern for all of the dresses in my wedding. My bridesmaids are all different shapes, so I thought this would be perfect for them since it is so flattering to so many people.

For my own dress, its going to have a hankerchief skirt, and I'm going to use the Grecian style wrap on top I think. I plan on using either silver or blue or a combination of the two colors for my dress, any suggestions? I live in the states and in a large city, so I should be able to find just about any major stores. I have about a year to get it all set up, so i'm willing to wait for the perfect fabric. I was thinking about maybe doing the skirt in two layers. Perhaps the sapphire blue that I want with a sheer silver over layer.

For the top, what kind of material would you suggest? I know it needs to be stretchy to do what its supposed to do right, what have been the best material/s that you have used for yours?

I think I'm just going to go with a plain black dress for my bridesmaids so that it is something that they can wear again, i'm of the mind that any outfit you have should have more than one use.

Any tips on construction, or materials will be greatly appreciated. Also, what type of thread is best do you think?

Thanks all, and can't wait to see more pictures of the different styles so I can show them to my girls as options of what their dress can do.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on April 27, 2009 12:46:30 PM
hey all, i found this thread yesterday, and have been reading it all but a few hours since. (need to sleep) this is my first time posting here too. Anyway, I was thinking of using this pattern for all of the dresses in my wedding. My bridesmaids are all different shapes, so I thought this would be perfect for them since it is so flattering to so many people.

For my own dress, its going to have a hankerchief skirt, and I'm going to use the Grecian style wrap on top I think. I plan on using either silver or blue or a combination of the two colors for my dress, any suggestions? I live in the states and in a large city, so I should be able to find just about any major stores. I have about a year to get it all set up, so i'm willing to wait for the perfect fabric. I was thinking about maybe doing the skirt in two layers. Perhaps the sapphire blue that I want with a sheer silver over layer.

For the top, what kind of material would you suggest? I know it needs to be stretchy to do what its supposed to do right, what have been the best material/s that you have used for yours?

I think I'm just going to go with a plain black dress for my bridesmaids so that it is something that they can wear again, i'm of the mind that any outfit you have should have more than one use.

Any tips on construction, or materials will be greatly appreciated. Also, what type of thread is best do you think?

Thanks all, and can't wait to see more pictures of the different styles so I can show them to my girls as options of what their dress can do.

Welcome to Craftster posting!
As versatile as this dress is, may I suggest that you make it up NOW in a cheaper stretchy fabric so that most everybody can try it on and you can practice with all the variations? The more you play with it, the more vision you have for its possibilities...

Just a suggestion, FWIW.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: naravyn on April 28, 2009 04:34:57 AM
i am planning on doing one early so that i can makes sure everyone is comfortable in it and knows what they want to look like in advance. the only thing really holding me back a.t.m is that i'm on a hugely tight budget this month and i also don't own a sewing machine currently. i'm planning on getting one soon, just have to budget one in.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: merrynest on April 28, 2009 05:17:17 AM
In three weeks when my daughter is married, I will be able to get some photos of my twins wearing their version of the dress.
It is definitely a fabulous choice for bridesmaids of different shapes and sizes and just for a different look.

A 'practice' dress is more than worth it; if you can find fabric that is cheap, cheap.

So far; both girls liked the fact that I made the waistband into a boob-tube...it gives them more coverage and 'security' in the front AND back making the bra-choice easier. (both girls are ample-chested).

I love your idea of layering the skirt! keep it stretchy!


Title: Re: VERY NEW TO SEWING
Post by: aught07wife on April 28, 2009 01:13:15 PM
Hey ladies.  I am very new to sewing, and Have read everything so far.  I think I am sewing challenged.  I for the life of me can not figure out how to sew the pieces together.  Like the band part.  Where does it go? Is it sewn together in a circle first then to the skirt?  How does that work? I am so completely confused I dont even know where to start.  I know rostitchery said she was going to make a more in depth tutorial from the first one, but I could not find anything anywhere.  HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: merrynest on April 28, 2009 01:38:30 PM
Don't feel bad! It took me a bit to figure it out, too.

I can't post photos yet, but I'll try and walk you thru it.

Lay the skirt down RIGHT SIDE OUT  with the waistband at the top (north) and the bottom hem at South.

Lay the 2 straps, slightly overlapped upside down,  with raw edges along raw edge of waistband.(north) and ends of straps trailing away south. (the 'WRONG SIDE' of the fabric will be showing. PIN

Lay the waistband (folded in half "RIGHT SIDE OF FABRIC showing) with raw edge at North and folded edge at south. In otherwords; also upside down. PIN

All the raw edges will be pinned together along the circle of the skirt waistband.

So; your skirt is right side up and straps (wrong side up) and waistband (folded; so doesn;t matter, but it will be RIGHT SIDE SHOWING) laying upside down along the edge of the waist-line.
IF you have pinned it fairly well; pick it up and test to see if everything is looking 'normal'.
The straps should go OVER the waistband..the waistband being against your body.

Starting from the raw edge inside the skirt waistband; sew!
(use a zig-zag or knit-stitch)

It is better not to cut the waistband to size until you have finished sewing it into the skirt waist.

Hope some of that helped!  ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: aught07wife on April 29, 2009 12:17:34 PM
Don't feel bad! It took me a bit to figure it out, too.

I can't post photos yet, but I'll try and walk you thru it.

Lay the skirt down RIGHT SIDE OUT  with the waistband at the top (north) and the bottom hem at South.

Lay the 2 straps, slightly overlapped upside down,  with raw edges along raw edge of waistband.(north) and ends of straps trailing away south. (the 'WRONG SIDE' of the fabric will be showing. PIN

Lay the waistband (folded in half "RIGHT SIDE OF FABRIC showing) with raw edge at North and folded edge at south. In otherwords; also upside down. PIN

All the raw edges will be pinned together along the circle of the skirt waistband.

So; your skirt is right side up and straps (wrong side up) and waistband (folded; so doesn;t matter, but it will be RIGHT SIDE SHOWING) laying upside down along the edge of the waist-line.
IF you have pinned it fairly well; pick it up and test to see if everything is looking 'normal'.
The straps should go OVER the waistband..the waistband being against your body.

Starting from the raw edge inside the skirt waistband; sew!
(use a zig-zag or knit-stitch)

It is better not to cut the waistband to size until you have finished sewing it into the skirt waist.

Hope some of that helped!  ;)

okay, so now i get how to lay them....THANK YOU!  But I still dont understand what the waist band is for?  How can we not cut it to size until after it is sewn?  That is the part confusing me to pieces.  Does it ever show when you are wearing the dress?  What is it for?  Does that make sense?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: rostitchery on April 29, 2009 05:40:13 PM
the waistband creates a finished edge on the part of the skirt that is not covered by the straps and provides a channel into which you can insert elastic if needed.  i don't cut it until i get back to the beginning of the seam because it is simpler than calculating the amount needed based on the stretch of the fabric (because the stretch has to be calculated on percentages).



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Tallyboo on April 30, 2009 12:07:07 AM
Now that I've reached the end of this post I have no idea how I got here, but I am so glad I did! I LOVE this dress and after seeing the long graduation gown I have decided to make this for my wedding for myself, my bridesmaid and my flower girl. I'm having a somewhat casual wedding at my grandparent's house and my fiance is wearing nice jeans a button up shirt and a jacket so this will be the perfect choice to fit the vibe and still look pretty. I think I will make the straps as long as the fabric allows and trim if necessary so I can pin a flower to where they tie and let them hang long. I am so excited for this. My wedding isn't until next year but I am going to start practicing by making some pretty summer dresses for this year. Thank you so much for this dress!

Yay first post! Haha.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: kaishabackwards on April 30, 2009 02:23:22 AM
How many yards does this dress take?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: rostitchery on April 30, 2009 09:32:46 AM
convertible/infinity dress FAQ's:

http://www.rostitchery.com/convertible-dress-faqs.html


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Street Ashes on April 30, 2009 05:35:00 PM
i have read all 135 pages (at work!) i am itching to sew now! anyone got some knit fabric i can have?  :D :D


Title: infinity wedding dress?
Post by: princesskill on May 05, 2009 07:04:51 AM
so i'm thinking about making this dress in an ivory stretch jersey as my wedding dress! i'm having a casual back yard wedding and really hate traditional wedding dresses, plus they are so expensive.  I could make this dress floor legnth and then after my wedding cut it down and dye it a fun colour.

my questions are: i'm plus size, around 20/22 so would need to do an a-line instead of a circle skirt. how much fabric should i buy? i am a total novice sewer beyond hemming pants and what not. how much of this fabric should i buy? http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=75250ab4-38b8-4d06-879d-544b7969b2f7 it's really on sale!



Title: Re: infinity wedding dress?
Post by: McJulie-O on May 09, 2009 04:34:05 PM
so i'm thinking about making this dress in an ivory stretch jersey as my wedding dress! i'm having a casual back yard wedding and really hate traditional wedding dresses, plus they are so expensive.  I could make this dress floor legnth and then after my wedding cut it down and dye it a fun colour.

my questions are: i'm plus size, around 20/22 so would need to do an a-line instead of a circle skirt. how much fabric should i buy? i am a total novice sewer beyond hemming pants and what not. how much of this fabric should i buy? http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=75250ab4-38b8-4d06-879d-544b7969b2f7 it's really on sale!



If you saw this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303004.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=303004.0), you know it's an A-line, and we had a discussion from pg 3 on on how much yardage that was....

You don't want to skimp on the length of the ties, and you want to be comfortable in its fullness... I'd attempt it first in an even cheaper fabric, but I'd probably go ahead and buy 5.5- 6 yards if I were you.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Tallyboo on May 11, 2009 10:25:46 PM
So last Christmas my fiance's mom got us bedsheets, but they were for a king size bed, which we don't have. Tonight I finally set up my sewing machine and after using it for the first time on a cute little giraffe for my new niece I decided that the bedsheets were perfect to try out my idea for my wedding dress. I used the flat sheet to cut out the skirt and the fitted sheet for the band and ties. I actually used the part of the fitted sheet with the elastic for the band and it works pretty well.

Anyway, I threw it together somewhat sloppily since I really just wanted to see how capable I was at handling something with that much fabric as my first handmade clothing item and also to see if I looked okay in the dress at all. It turned out great! I'm really happy about it and can't wait to make my real dress. Here's a link to a picture since I can't post them yet.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a282/Tallyboo/100_1632.jpg (http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a282/Tallyboo/100_1632.jpg)

I'm a tad bit frumpy in it but since my wedding isn't until Sept 2010, I plan on losing some pudgeage.

Anyway, thanks again for this thread, I am even more excited now about my wedding now that I don't have to stress about shelling out a lot of cash for a dress.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Mienna on May 12, 2009 06:34:15 AM
Looks good, Tally! I can't wait to make one of these but I'm waiting to find some fabric that's pretty cheap, 'cause I haven't sewn much by way of clothing.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Tallyboo on May 12, 2009 02:25:25 PM
Looks good, Tally! I can't wait to make one of these but I'm waiting to find some fabric that's pretty cheap, 'cause I haven't sewn much by way of clothing.

Thanks! This is the first clothing I've made on a machine since I made a hoodie in home ec in highschool haha. It was super easy. Good luck when you do make it!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: naravyn on May 15, 2009 05:40:01 AM
I finally got a sewing machine! And it was FREE!! A friend of ours had one that she was never going to use and asked if i wanted it. YAY. I have also found this really cute fabric on sale at walmart that I'm going to try it out on. I'm going to try it out maybe this weekend time permitting. My only question now is since I'm a total newb at any type of making clothing myself is this... How do I measure to get the length of the skirt? I know the measurement is my choice on length, but I have no clue how to do that. Do I just measure from waist to the length i want? I'm using a hankerchief style skirt, so I figure I'll need to make sure it will be long enough for both the high spots and the low spots yes? Sorry that I have so many questions. I've wanted to start making things for myself for years and never had the ability, and this site has sparked my want again, and I'm determined to finally do it since I now have something I want to make.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: princesskill on May 19, 2009 09:03:26 AM
Anyway, thanks again for this thread, I am even more excited now about my wedding now that I don't have to stress about shelling out a lot of cash for a dress.

hey tally, glad to see i'm not the only one crazy enough to rock an infinity dress for my wedding! can't wait to see your finished product.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Jennifer_Darling on May 28, 2009 08:08:43 PM
This thread inspired me to join and post after months of craftster lurking!
I made a dress similar to the one rostitchery's tutorial describes, but I don't have the band on mine.
Sorry for the bad cell phone pictures! This is my favorite way to wear mine:

http://i41.tinypic.com/hvxjck.jpg
Back

http://i39.tinypic.com/5xspiv.jpg
Front... kinda.

I'd post pictures but I'm new, so they won't let me!
The fabric was 1.50 a yard!
And I love it. You can't see, but the dress goes down to my ankles in most styles.

Thanks for looking and thanks for this thread!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: KiLLaKaZ on May 31, 2009 07:47:33 AM
I've had about 5 metres of stretch knit sitting around for almost 3 years - I'd planned on making a 'huggable' type sling, but never got around to it! I guess I have the perfect project now! Although, I am not all that fond of it, it's chocolate brown with a pink design. Although, made into an infinity dress, I'm sure it will look stunning - I haven't seen an ugly one yet!! I aim to sew it tomorrow... hold me to it!! ;)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: casmuffin on May 31, 2009 10:07:55 AM
Hello all! I am going to my HS's prom this year (graduated last year, but going with a friend this year).. and I was just going to wear an old dress. Well, after lurking on this thread for a month.. I decided to give this a shot! I went out to Joann's and found cheap yellow polyester fabric for 2$/yd and made a prototype!






Some of my favorite ways to wear it..


Unfortunately this material is super-seethrough so I can't wear it anywhere other than the house (haha) without this tanktop on. Hopefully my trip to Joann's today will be successful in finding a prettier fabric!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Proud Mimi on June 03, 2009 10:22:15 PM
Be sure to post. We'd all like to see your next one. I like the color of your first one.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: EnginerdLisa on June 14, 2009 05:44:13 PM
I just finished this dress.  It is my first clothing I have made, and the first time I have used a stretchy fabric, so a big win over all.  I took someone's suggestion and doubled the straps and sewed them into tubes and turned them, and I wish I hadn't.  They seem too bulky.  I'll post pics after I figure out a way to put it on, the bulky straps just are not working for me yet.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: scotchy007 on June 15, 2009 09:54:37 AM
This is my first try at the infinity dress and im loving it. So is everyone else that has seen it. Have plans for more, long and short, some with even hems some with asymmetrical hems.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: bnanca on June 17, 2009 09:15:30 AM
Cute ladies.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Musefreak on July 01, 2009 08:41:04 AM
I sewed already 3 of those- 2 dresses& one infinity top- i haven't got a chance to take any pictures, but if i do, i'll sure post them here :)
I hand- sewed them& it was the easiest way to make a dress- i'm still searching for more fabric to make more of it  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: LISAWshesSOcrafty on July 15, 2009 02:22:56 PM
I made two for myself last year and LOVE them! They are so fun and comfy. I liked them so much I made them for all my bridesmaids! I posted about them on my blog, the link is below:

http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/07/our-wedding-the-diy-ultra-versatile-bridesmaids-dresses/ (http://lisawelge.com/blog/2009/07/our-wedding-the-diy-ultra-versatile-bridesmaids-dresses/)

I'm so excited for the wedding! I will post up more pics of the dresses in action!




Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: itsMyDesign87 on July 16, 2009 06:47:20 PM
was a regular sewing needle used, or a ballpoint needle? Several others I have talked to about this said to use a ballpoint needle, but I thought it would work with regular as well.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Mickele on July 16, 2009 08:15:48 PM






This is my second try. It could be better, but I don't feel weird about wearing about wearing it outside, as long as I have a half-slip on underneath.

It was a $2 fabric from Walmart, but they only had two and a half yards, so I made it an a-line skirt.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: peachquilter on July 16, 2009 08:25:50 PM
Great job!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: carmencrafter on July 17, 2009 07:59:59 AM
It's so pretty and refreshing.  I love the fabric.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: capall.muir on July 30, 2009 06:12:08 PM
Recently discovered Crafster.
I found the tutorial and this thread while searching for the Chameleon dress I found on Etsy. I was trying to find ways to wear the dress while I convinced myself it was worth the money.

Thank you Crafster and Rostichery for saving me close to $200!!

I made my first one about 3 weeks ago. I used a teal knit that I inherited from my Grandmother. Turned out OK. However, the circle skirt was too much for me.

I purchased a lovely navy jersey and finally cut into it this week after reading (most) of this thread. I decided to use a dress I already have as a pattern to get the fit just right. I have the skirt/body together and am going to finish the straps this evening. So far, fabulous!

My best friend is having her bachelorette or rather Bitchin' Hitchin' party this weekend. In the same day we will go to a nice dinner, have the "shower" portion of the party and go to karaoke. This dress will transition beautifully. I plan to take both dresses and come back with lots of pictures!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on July 31, 2009 06:45:32 AM
Recently discovered Crafster.
I found the tutorial and this thread while searching for the Chameleon dress I found on Etsy. I was trying to find ways to wear the dress while I convinced myself it was worth the money.

Thank you Crafster and Rostichery for saving me close to $200!!

I made my first one about 3 weeks ago. I used a teal knit that I inherited from my Grandmother. Turned out OK. However, the circle skirt was too much for me.

I purchased a lovely navy jersey and finally cut into it this week after reading (most) of this thread. I decided to use a dress I already have as a pattern to get the fit just right. I have the skirt/body together and am going to finish the straps this evening. So far, fabulous!

My best friend is having her bachelorette or rather Bitchin' Hitchin' party this weekend. In the same day we will go to a nice dinner, have the "shower" portion of the party and go to karaoke. This dress will transition beautifully. I plan to take both dresses and come back with lots of pictures!
We want to see pictures!  :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make
Post by: laniviator on August 04, 2009 11:34:07 AM

so how did you make the skirt? did you use more than one piece?
I'm 5'7" with a 37" waist and a 13" middle-boob to arm pit.  Someone please help me with this...how do i cut the skirt and how much material would i need??? ???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Musefreak on August 04, 2009 12:52:30 PM

so how did you make the skirt? did you use more than one piece?
I'm 5'7" with a 37" waist and a 13" middle-boob to arm pit.  Someone please help me with this...how do i cut the skirt and how much material would i need??? ???

maybe this tutorial will help you how to make the circle skirt
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12439.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12439.0)
( i've didn't measured my waist/hips, i've measured right at the underbust section, where you want your skirt to be later)
the 13" that you've measured from your middle-boot to your armpit is, when you want to do the straps- how "wide" you want your attatched straps you want yours to be( sorry, i'm not a native speaker)

it depends on how long you want your skirt to be- you'll definitly need the double of the "lenght" of your skirt+ how long your straps should/you want to have them, for mine i've bought about 3-4(about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 yard) meters each, a lenght of the skirt from about 70cm (about 27 1/2 inches)


hope that will help you a bit


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Kell78 on September 10, 2009 01:43:10 AM
After finding this post nearly a year ago, I finally made one and it is fab. Thankyou to rostitchery for the easy to follow tutorial and thankyou to everyone who has posted pics and info on how they modified it.

I will post pics as soon as I can get someone to take one. I love this dress and it truely does look good on any body type (thats what took me so long to start didn't want to waste the stretch fabric I had just in case it looked bad).

I made mine with a 3/4 circle skirt and an extra wide waist band to cover my bust (I'm so sick of having my bust fall out of everything) It is a fantastic maternity dress and I have just gotten the material to make it as a swimsuit (I'll use a half circle skirt for this) so I'll add pics of both when they are done.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: spharris on September 14, 2009 08:56:28 PM
hi all,
noob here and am dying to make this. i started reading but have many more pages to go!! haha
there is another dress like this that looks like a giant rectangle with  a curved bottom and two longggggggggggggggggggggggggggg ribbons. it is marketed bu impressions.com.
basically, it looks like a wrap skirt only longer. i the straps here better. off ot read a bit more before i turn in for the night. i am sure there are mods for plus sized girls like me but if not i will figure something out because the dress rocks!!
thanks to all who have put this together and shared. i am looking forward to having fun here.
p.s. i have an old old old machine. will i be able to do this since it is a knit fabric???
too bad those rental stores don't rent sewing machines---
sue


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Solina on September 23, 2009 05:18:29 PM
You have made wonderful job. The black one is my favourite.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Mivzi on November 07, 2009 08:46:08 AM
I'm pretty lost on this, and could use some help. I've seen different posts all saying different amounts of fabric needed. As little as 2 yards, to as much as 11 yards!

I want to make one that's pretty short so I can wear it as a shirt, then try again later if I want a longer one. Would 2 yards work?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Musefreak on November 07, 2009 02:16:18 PM
I'm pretty lost on this, and could use some help. I've seen different posts all saying different amounts of fabric needed. As little as 2 yards, to as much as 11 yards!

I want to make one that's pretty short so I can wear it as a shirt, then try again later if I want a longer one. Would 2 yards work?

It depends on how long you want it to be- beginning to measure under your bust to the bottom "hem"( where your tops end and you can see the pants/skirt)
AND
it depends on how tall you are- as rostichery said, the lenght of your straps should be about 1 and a half of your height and it also depends on the circle "skirt" which is placed under your bust if you want a babydoll-ish infinity top/dress


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: pinkpalace on November 08, 2009 12:42:31 AM
Quickie help.

I have some material which is 2 way stretch.

I am unsure if the straps should be stretching width or length ways??

anyone?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Ashling on November 08, 2009 06:56:22 AM
Width ways.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: pinkpalace on November 08, 2009 12:56:04 PM
thanks hun

i ended up runing out of fabric to make the straps the length i wanted.
as i wanted the first 6-7inch doubled over to make it thicker over the BB's.

i did this first bit length way stretch with the hope i could pull the stretch to keep these BB;s up a little without a bra pmsl!

hopingthis theory works? what do you think?

i am waiting for my overlocker from the shop i ordered b4 i sew. but it is allcut out ready to go woohoo

for those who used an overlocker can you tell me the beststitch to use on the seam and how did you finish off the edges of the straps when it is a single layer? did you fold over and 3/4 stitch or did you do a roll over hem???


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: prawninator on December 06, 2009 05:26:33 PM
I have been lurking in this thread and obsessing over this dress for AGES! I can't stop /wanting/ to make the dress, the only issue I have is that I have no sewing machine and ZERO knowledge on sewing (with a machine).

What are the chances of my success? :D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Synne on December 06, 2009 05:39:54 PM
prawninator, since there's only one seam, it's actually pretty do-able to hand-sew this without a machine. I loathe sewing by hand with a passion (even buttons) but wanted this dress so badly that I made my first one (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.msg1672400#msg1672400) by hand...it took a while but it was worth it!

sooo...I'd say your chances of success are pretty good!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: prawninator on December 07, 2009 08:59:18 AM
OMIGOSH! That is sooooo cute! :D

Gah, I really don't trust my sewing skills period. I tried to sew a test piece of cloth earlier and totally failed. Maybe I'll stick to painting.  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: KiwiDoll on March 07, 2010 02:50:40 PM
I, like a few others on this forum signed up just for this topic (although there is so much I love about Craftster) I live in New Zealand and recently saw an infomercial for a similar dress called "Sarah" and being a competant sewer I knew that I could make one way cheaper than what they were asking (I think about $300 NZD)

I have loads of fabric that I can use, now just have to decide what to use.... decisions decisions!

I will definitely post up photos when I've finished.

Just want to say thanks to Rostitchery for the tute and photos and to everyone who has done this and posted pics, was great to look through!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Alice11D7 on March 18, 2010 03:34:20 PM
I cannot express how happy I am that this post exists. I have just started on 5 copies of this dress for 5 very differently shaped bridesmaids for my wedding. I made a preliminary dress for my very pregnant sister, and she adores it. This dress is a blast to make, and my girls are loving the options they have with the styles. Thank you so much!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: maxsmistress on April 13, 2010 09:29:29 AM
How do you cut the skirt?


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: TallerThanThou on April 23, 2010 09:11:10 PM
This is a great tutorial! A huge thank you to Rostitchery for posting it for everyone to enjoy. I'm new at sewing and I decided to make this my first big project. I stumbled a few times along the way, but I made it and I now have a dress that I love. I just wish the weather here in Vancouver, BC would get warmer faster so that I could actually wear it :P I actually made it for my upcoming trip to East Africa in May. It's the perfect travel dress.Again, a big thank you again to Rowena.

Here's how I made my dress:
http://tallerthanthou.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/convertible-dress/


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Ekioart on June 08, 2010 02:23:16 PM
I remember finding this post a while back and meaning to make this dress, but I just never did. *Smacks forhead* I don't know why! It's so simple and so awesome. ^-^

So I tried it out today. I've got a wedding to attend and then then a 4 hour drive (no changing time) to make it to a class reunion for my hubby. So I needed something that will hold up to a 4 hour drive without becoming a wrinkled mess and without me having to possibly flash a fellow traveler on the road by changing while Hubb drives like a bat outta you know where. ^-~

first thing that came to mind, Infinity dress!!! And I've even got some jersey.
I wanted to test it first though as I sometimes read directions and get an idea in my head that has no way of working like the pattern says to. Plus I've never cut a circle skirt and my math sucks! So I grabbed a sheet that was headed for the camping supplies. (it got some holes in it from a cute little pup who thought it was a chew toy...)
And voila!

Excuse the mess in the back ground and the dusty mirror....I've been in cleaning out mode

It's hard to see but there is a little gold detail on each of the straps from the edge of the sheet which turned out cute. I also made the waistband rather large as my skirt I feared would be too short.

Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! This dress style is my new fav and I've already sent my sis this way as she's looking into what to have her bridesmaids wear!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: kjlutz on June 19, 2010 09:57:27 AM
So I will admit I have not read through the entire thread (at times I have read large chunks, and have tried searching without much luck), and after 2 years of debating I finally made an infinity dress. 

Now here's my problem, being the klutz that I am, I can not tie it so that it stays on, looks decent, and covers essential to be covered body parts.  Can anyone offer (or point to) tips for tying my awesome new dress. 


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Ekioart on June 19, 2010 10:02:29 PM
Best tip I can give is to keep playing with it.
After I finally made it out of the correct material (ie: not a sheet, lol) I realized when puttingit on....I had no idea exactly how to tie it. So I started playing with it.
And realized I should have overlapped more in the front....as it could use a bit more coverage in the front....at least for me.

One of my fav ways to tie it so far was to do this.
1. sling straps over shoulders and cross behind your neck. (sort of like a halter dress)
2. bring straps one at a time under your arm and underneath the first part of the straps.
3. cross in front of cleavage (you can spread the strap out around the ....b....for extra support)
4. wrap around your torso.

It ends up giving you a halter dress with a good bit of support in the front. Plus you get a nice criss-cross in the back.

Other than that I was just wrapping and seeing if it held. If it did....I tried to redo it and hoped I didn't totally mess it up, lol!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: kjlutz on June 23, 2010 10:05:51 AM
Thanks Ekioart that's really helpful.

I think I need to take some time to play when I'm not trying to get out the door.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: JPea on June 30, 2010 09:58:38 AM
I know this hread has been going on forever and there are sooo many infinities on here, but hey, this was how i found Craftster in the first place, so I really should post it... My infinity dress - a whole £7 and so complimented at my cousins wedding.....






 ;D
Jpea



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Avian Flight on June 30, 2010 10:47:35 AM
JPea, that looks amazing! Great fabric choice!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: ruthybaby on July 16, 2010 03:04:21 PM
I absolutely LOVE this dress, and would love to make it, but before I stress myself out in the process I was wondering what bra can be worn with this dress? I have a 30G bust so my bra options are pretty limited... Please someone tell me it is possible  :-\


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: pfirsch on July 17, 2010 09:51:05 AM
I absolutely LOVE this dress, and would love to make it, but before I stress myself out in the process I was wondering what bra can be worn with this dress? I have a 30G bust so my bra options are pretty limited... Please someone tell me it is possible  :-\
MonifC shows you how to wear a similar dress WITH a bra on her site: 
Monif C. Marilyn Convertible Dress How To Video on Youtube (http://is.gd/dvUgW)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Ellyjobell on July 24, 2010 12:20:26 PM
I saw something like this at the store, but didn't want to shell out $75 for it, I'll have to make one someday


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Kell78 on July 26, 2010 03:21:15 AM
Wow not only has this thread been popular enough to have 140 pages it has spanned several years!!

I love this dress so much. I have made 3 over the last 12 months and plan on many more. The first 2 I made I posted about on page 138, I never did take photos although this time I will.

I am making short pixie hem dresses for my bridesmaids for my super relaxed wedding next week. I was meant to make myself a floor length simple a line dress so I looked all bride-like but decided that would be too much as the groom and groomsmen are wearing 3/4 khakis and white shirts with sleeves rolled up ( my hubby to be is definately not the suit and tie type) So now I am making myself the same dress as my bridesmaids in a deep eggplant/aubergine colour and I am so excited.

I have read through all 140pages over the last couple of days (for the second time) and I am still blown away by how fabulous this dress looks on everyone. Big thanks to everyone who has posted their hints and tips, I studied dressmaking when I left school and have still learned heaps from craftster, this site rocks.

Massive thanks to Rostitchery for this awesome tutorial.

Long winded I know but here is what I have learned while making this dress:

-Stretch material is a wonderful and forgiving material, it can conform to so many different body types, don't be afraid of sewing with it just use ALOT of pins and it's all good

-This dress can be made on 100% cotton when you make the straps cut them on the bias (if you aren't too sure google "how to make bias binding) they will stretch and conform nicely. Now for the curvier lady (me) make your straps a couple of inches wider than needed and gather onto your skirt and if you are super curvy in the breast area you can cut the strap a couple of inches wider and curve the end that attaches to your skirt, give it a little gather as you attach then it will fit the girls like a glove.



Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: McJulie-O on July 28, 2010 09:02:35 AM
Wow not only has this thread been popular enough to have 140 pages it has spanned several years!!

I love this dress so much. I have made 3 over the last 12 months and plan on many more. The first 2 I made I posted about on page 138, I never did take photos although this time I will.

I am making short pixie hem dresses for my bridesmaids for my super relaxed wedding next week. I was meant to make myself a floor length simple a line dress so I looked all bride-like but decided that would be too much as the groom and groomsmen are wearing 3/4 khakis and white shirts with sleeves rolled up ( my hubby to be is definately not the suit and tie type) So now I am making myself the same dress as my bridesmaids in a deep eggplant/aubergine colour and I am so excited.

I have read through all 140pages over the last couple of days (for the second time) and I am still blown away by how fabulous this dress looks on everyone. Big thanks to everyone who has posted their hints and tips, I studied dressmaking when I left school and have still learned heaps from craftster, this site rocks.

Massive thanks to Rostitchery for this awesome tutorial.

Long winded I know but here is what I have learned while making this dress:

-Stretch material is a wonderful and forgiving material, it can conform to so many different body types, don't be afraid of sewing with it just use ALOT of pins and it's all good

-This dress can be made on 100% cotton when you make the straps cut them on the bias (if you aren't too sure google "how to make bias binding) they will stretch and conform nicely. Now for the curvier lady (me) make your straps a couple of inches wider than needed and gather onto your skirt and if you are super curvy in the breast area you can cut the strap a couple of inches wider and curve the end that attaches to your skirt, give it a little gather as you attach then it will fit the girls like a glove.



You're a GENIUS! I would never have thought to cut the straps on the bias (I'm too chinchy), or to round the end of the strap to get a bowl like strap... such GREAT IDEAS! Thank you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Charlotte22 on August 18, 2010 07:26:42 AM
the dress looks amazing and simple. I am definetly gonna do that once i get some fabric and a sewing machine. (alhtough, propably doable also by hand...) But i have a question. Most of them are made of stretchy fabric. What kind of fabric does it have to be exactly? And how much fabric is really hard to figure out...


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Charlotte22 on August 24, 2010 09:29:53 AM
Done. I did have to make some adjustment (due to my bad math skills) and some corrections to my mistakes, but i didn't give up and now i am done. Wanna see? :D I bet you do :D
Here it is then :
Front

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_VL_nPt5Gnlk/THPmsh_BB4I/AAAAAAAAARY/878HrGmYXL0/s512/2010-08-24%2016.21.58.jpg (http://lh3.ggpht.com/_VL_nPt5Gnlk/THPmsh_BB4I/AAAAAAAAARY/878HrGmYXL0/s512/2010-08-24%2016.21.58.jpg)
And the back (it was a bit windy :P)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_VL_nPt5Gnlk/THPogcN0_vI/AAAAAAAAARg/rO5JqvAr43w/s512/2010-08-24%2016.20.45.jpg (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_VL_nPt5Gnlk/THPogcN0_vI/AAAAAAAAARg/rO5JqvAr43w/s512/2010-08-24%2016.20.45.jpg)

Yay! So proud of myself! :) Will be wearing it on friday to theater on my birhtday :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Musefreak on August 25, 2010 01:36:12 AM
charlotte22- it looks lovely on you, great job :)


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Stars_Fire_17 on August 25, 2010 11:54:25 AM
Absolutely gorgeous Charlotte22!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: mandycc on September 18, 2010 01:42:14 PM
Hello! I came across this thread and desperately want to make an infinity dress! I've never sewed before, could I make this without a machine?

And what sort of fabric should I look for in the UK? Are there any cheap fabric places??

Thank you!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Musefreak on September 19, 2010 01:19:26 PM
Hello! I came across this thread and desperately want to make an infinity dress! I've never sewed before, could I make this without a machine?

And what sort of fabric should I look for in the UK? Are there any cheap fabric places??

Thank you!

You surely can hand-sew it, all of mine (3 so far) are hand-sewn before I bought my sewing mashine.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: koliver06 on September 20, 2010 08:53:59 PM
Holy crap I have been looking for a way to make this dress for months!!! I saw one similar to this on Who's Wedding Is It Anyways and fell in love but those dresses were like 200 bucks!! I found some pretty knit fabric for a dollar a yard so I have 3 yards of it and I am in DESPERATE need of clothes!! This sounds good to me!!!!


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: Ekioart on September 28, 2010 04:06:34 AM
Got a costume catalog in the other day and on the back was a witchy costume that had me in stitches. Yep, you guessed it, the infinity dress. They just did a tube for the bottom half instead of a circle skirt.

And yeah....I can make it for way less than $60 ^-^

I've been meaning to make a brown one, but haven't had a chance.


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial
Post by: ruthybaby on September 29, 2010 11:50:25 AM
Thankyou sooo much to pfirsch for that website that showed the ways of tying it  :-*, I hadn't realised how wide the straps were, so have options to show as little or as much as I like. Definitely gonna make this dress now  ;D


Title: Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial