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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: One Shoulder Floral Dress (video tutorial included) on: April 13, 2011 07:44:22 PM
Sounds good to me!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: One Shoulder Floral Dress (video tutorial included) on: April 13, 2011 07:33:41 PM
What a gorgeous little dress!
I'd love to make one but how easy do you think it would be to add a little sleeve? Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to stitch lining dress? on: April 12, 2011 07:46:18 PM
I'm by no means an expert, I've just seen my mother do it and have read blogs etc. (just letting you know! lol)

If you use the 'cut pattern pieces the same as dress and sew together' method which I first suggested, I would do the same to the back of the dress as the front.
If you sew the 2 pieces together first, then lay lining over the top, you seams might not match up and it could create a funny lumpy line down the back of your dress, which you don't want.

I'd do it like this:
1. Cut lining and fabric to same pattern
2. Stitch around edges to attach fabric to the lining (If you use a zig zag stitch close to the edge as possible, this will double as control stitching and will ensure the fabric won't fray, you can overlock it if you have an overlocker)
3. Sew darts and check it sorta looks right by laying it on your body (you can pin the side seams if that helps with how the end product will look)
4. Sew side seams (check it on your body to make sure it looks right)
5. Pin zipper and sew so the seam is on the INSIDE of the dress (kinda important lol), sew seam which runs down the back of the dress, below the zipper (try it on again)
6. This is the tough bit to explain. Turn the dress in the right way, pull some fabric towards the zip, but not so it crosses over it. It is the seam which neatens the zipper and hides it a bit (check out one of your other dresses/skirts to see it) run a line of stitching along the side of the zipper, careful not to hit the zipper or you'll break the needle. Do the same to the other side of the zipper.
7. Finish the neck, arms and hem.

You will still see seams on the inside of the dress with this method but it is very easy. Someone else might have an easy way to do 'proper' lining Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to stitch lining dress? on: April 12, 2011 06:22:11 PM
Easy way is to:
-cut the exact same pattern as the dress from the lining,
-put the matching lining pieces over the dress pieces (wrong sides together),
-run a line of zig-zag around all edges to make the pattern pieces have fabric on one side and lining on the other,
-then sew the dress as you would usually.
It isn't the neatest finish but it works.

Is the dress already constructed?
If so, you could make an easy 'bag dress' (like a slip you'd wear under a dress) out of the lining (or a stretchy satin you might make a night gown out of) and then carefully (as invisibly as you can) hand stitch it to the dress around the arm holes, neck and zipper to make it not show in those areas.
The downside to this is that it might bunch up if it isn't fitted like the dress itself.

I hope some of that makes sense... I'm sorry I don't know of a video which might explain it better.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: ViolentJayne is back with a whole new collection ( runway pics ) on: April 11, 2011 06:49:08 PM
Hehe... love the look on the guy's face in the background of the 'leopard wiggle dress' shot. Sums up the show. He's loving it!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wardrobe evolution. on: April 11, 2011 04:12:56 PM
It is easy peasy, take the scissors and SNIP! (Dont forget to put in some control stitching first if you're using a knit  Wink )

I went to Mum's yesterday and she gave me a handful of vintage zippers, all unused and totally WOW colours (yay for the 60s) AND she gave me a bag FULL of patterns, all from the 60s-70s. I just had to go to the shop and buy 4m of fabric! I have no idea what I want to do with it though!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Floral Stripe Dress on: April 11, 2011 03:33:32 PM
Agreed with the CUTE comments... and did someone say blog? Going for a look now!  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tablecloth Apron on: April 10, 2011 10:37:27 PM
Way cool... it fits beautifully.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirts!! (quite a few pics) on: April 10, 2011 01:36:42 AM
Cute! Loving that pencil skirt.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First dress- was a curtain on: April 09, 2011 11:59:52 PM
*Note to self: Iron the dress, clean up the sewing room and actually DRESS the form PROPERLY before taking pics next time!*  Cheesy
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