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1  Not quite the Butterick 4790 dress... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by keris on: March 08, 2009 06:45:23 AM
(Apologies if you've seen this twice, I put this on sew_hip on Livejournal too but in a different order!)

I saw the Butterick 4790 on here and LJ, and fell in love with it. Despite not being a standard size (I'm 4'10"ish and scaled to fit) I bought the pattern anyway, thinking I could change the size a little. Hahaha... On the trial run using rubbish fabric the neckline started off my shoulders, the bust was too low and way too big, and the waist, also too large, started somewhere around my hips. And that was just the underneath bit. So I chucked the pattern to the other side of the room and had a think. This was last summer...

As this was my first pattern, I didn't fancy learning how to redraft it. Instead I found a shift dress I liked, and took the shape of that to make this, then chopped the back off and buttoned on some straps,

Then I made a separate outer part in the spiderweb mesh and added some buttons to the shoulder,

And added a pocket and some vintage mis-matched buttons,

And yay! a version that fits and also that can be two separate dresses!

Hope you like Smiley Smiley Smiley
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2  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs 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 Smiley

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!
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3  Skirt from a very large t-shirt... Now with a tutorial :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by keris on: January 02, 2007 08:08:18 AM

I think this may be my first post here? I've been lurking for ages, and around on LJ for a while... So hello Smiley

This skirt was made from a really large t-shirt. Okay maybe being 4'10" helps with getting this much fabric from an xxl shirt.

From the front,

And the back, with the drapes,

I'll hopefully post more soon Smiley (with actual photos instead of links!) Thank you and sorry to the one who put my photos in, I wanted to edit it to add a photo and haven't posted enough yet to be able to keep them in!

Thanks for all the comments Smiley Smiley Smiley. Yes, it's a t-shirt from a charity shop, about size XXXL I think! I'm the size of an 11-12 year old so it was big enough for this. I'm hoping to make it again with better material though as it goes saggy after a few hours...

To make it, you need material that is stretchy so you don't have to have a zip. I cut the t-shirt and laid it flat, and cut out the material. It needs to be as long as you want the skirt to be long (with allowance for hems), and the width - well it needs to be wide enough to go round your hips, and any extra becomes the drape. Mine ended up being about twice my hip measurement. The diagram below (may be a link only?) shows this in part 1...
Then I folded it in half, and marked how big at the top it needed to be for my waist, and where my hips happened, and sewed from the waist to about 3/4 of the way down. The dashed line on the second bit of the picture shows the line I sewed. Then I cut off a bit of the bottom corner, so it didn't drag on the ground (3).

The last part was to add the lace, and I used stretch lace. I sewed it around the waist, and left it loose to hang down the back.

I hope this is understandable!!! Cheesy
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