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1  help on sewing this dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by pixie24 on: February 13, 2012 06:25:25 AM
my friend got me for a bridesmaid for her wedding this may. she was originally going to have a seamstress make us our dresses. but she had an accident over the holidays and had to undergo a minor surgery. unfortunately her insurance doesn't cover it so she had to use the budget for the dresses.

so now we'll have to pay for our own dresses. the seamstress was kind enough to sell her the fabric she was originally going to use at a discounted price. so she was able to give us 3 yards of chiffon and 3 yards of star satin for the lining.

unfortunately, i could not find a seamstress that charges within my budget. so i was thinking of diy-ing it. i have made a diy dress before (a floor length convertible dress which i also wore for a wedding and whose tutorial i got from another thread in here) but that was a very simple pattern. i have never made a dress with lining and the works. so if anyone here is kind enough to help me out with tutorials and stuff, i would very much appreciate it.

the design of the dress is like this:

but the neckline and sleeves will be like this:

hope someone can help!
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2  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial in Clothing Sewalongs by pixie24 on: July 05, 2011 10:19:22 AM
here are some pics of my dress! Cheesy i wore it to a wedding yesterday. no one wanted to believe me when i told them that i made it from scratch. Cheesy

like i said in my last post, i did mine with a detachable strap and waistband. here's how the strap looks like:

the straps aren't really as thin in reality. the edges curled up in this pic, making them look thin.
i used a strip of zipper (like the ones used in jackets) at the ends. i wanted to make the waistband very snug to make sure the skirt/tube does not slip down. so i needed to add the zipper because closing it shut would make it difficult to slip into.

here's the skirt part of the dress, worn as a tube with a gold belt:

here's the detachable straps worn as a top:

i think the detachable straps made it so much more versatile. i'm going to make another waistband with longer straps so i can have more wrapping options next time.

my next project is to attempt a bikini top with the detachable straps concept. but i'll probably have to use a sewing machine for that one instead of hand sewing to make sure it's sturdy enough to endure the added weight when it gets wet.

ps. sorry about the photo orientation. i tried to rotate them but it doesn't seem to work. i also tried to rotate the photos before uploading. they work in my computer when i preview them. but they end up horizontal again when i upload.
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3  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial in Clothing Sewalongs by pixie24 on: July 03, 2011 10:05:12 AM
i finally finished mine. i still couldn't figure out the waistband and the straps so i did mine a little differently. i tried to follow the original instructions but, for the life of me, i just couldn't figure it out. there was a point when it finally became clear in my head. i was so excited to go home and do it but when i was already sewing it, i got all confused again. i had to sew, rip, and restich several times. and i was doing it all by hand! it basically took me 3 weeks to finish. since i stopped when i was tired, frustrated, or just plain confused. but nevertheless, i still finished it. but i did it quite differently.

i made mine using a half circle skirt because it was a floor length dress. i realized later on that i could've made it a 1/4 circle or an a-line pattern to save me more fabric but i realized that too late. though i still love how flowy it turned out with the half circle.
my straps were shorter than perscribed because i used up most of the fabric on the skirt. i'll probably redo these and buy additional fabric so i can play around with the straps more. and the straps tapered in the ends instead of being rectangular. this is mainly because of my fabric shortage problem.
the biggest change i made were the straps and waistband. mine were detachable! i attached the straps to the waistband and put a zipper on the ends of the waistband so i can wear this over the skirt.

here's a diagram i made:

i don't need to wear a boob tube since the top of my skirt is meant to be worn over the boobs and the waistband is worn just under the bustline.

i'm wearing this to a wedding this week so i'll post the actual pictures of the dress after the wedding.

on another note, with the detachable strap idea, it makes the dress more infinite. i tried the straps on without the skirt and it looked like a sexy top. just throw on some jeans and i'm good to go!

i'm also planning to make a swimsuit top using the detachable straps concept.
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