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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro whirl away dress! on: April 13, 2006 03:11:35 PM
Thank you all for the great compliments! I really appreciate them.  Kiss

alwaysinmyroom - Lucky! I wish I had a closet full of vintage patterns.

rostitchery - You are so knowledgeable about these dresses! Impressive.

tickleaganster - It's a deal!  Wink
geekette - That's so cool! We're like buckle twins.

rumble_pie - Thank you! To answer your questions about the dump, I should clarify. It's kind of a long story, but: So, this September I went on a camping trip to this little island by where I live (Seattle) called Lopez Island. It's pretty remote and not a lot of people live on it. There is no garbage service, and people have to cart all of their trash to the one dump on the island. People take everything to the dump,  including usable goods. It's really organized, and there are racks with clothing and shoes and furniture and such. Everything is free since it's a dump, but it's more like a thrift store. It's kind of like a communal garbage swap or something. It's really cool, and a great way to recycle. That's where I found my lovely pattern. So it's not like I was wading through knee deep refuse and I found a pristine pattern, but I was still excited when I found it! About my grandma, I love her and she's a great seamstress. I don't have any pictures on my computer of her, but I might be able to get one. To answer your last question, the dress isn't convertable, but it is really fun to twirl around in! I guess it's just a catchy name. Thanks for being excited for me!

GraceOblivious - Weighting the hem sounds like a good idea, I might have to try that. Your welcome for the memories, I would've loved to have lived in the 60s!

pintuck - Those are great ideas, too. I guess I'll just experiment and see what works.

Good luck to anyone who is bidding on a pattern on ebay. I'm so surprised that people were able to find the same pattern. Clever craftsters! If anyone actually gets a copy of the pattern, make it and take pictures!!! I also might be able to make a mini tute with the pattern shapes or something. And I will take pictures of the dress open for all you guerilla craftsters!

Sorry for such a long post!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Envy green--cotton dress from vintage pattern on: April 12, 2006 10:02:46 PM
That is gorgeous! It looks so well made and fits perfectly. Gotta love the vintage patterns!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A new dress on: April 12, 2006 03:57:45 PM
That is such a great shape for a dress. I love it! I agree that it would look great in a classic black or scarlett red.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: love this dress I made for my four-year-old on: April 12, 2006 03:40:42 PM
That is beautiful! Nice photography, too.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro whirl away dress! on: April 12, 2006 03:29:09 PM
Wow! Thank you all for the nice comments!

geekette - The buckle was actually my great grandmother's. I inherited her sewing box, which is full of cool vintage ribbons and buttons and such. I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro whirl away dress! on: April 12, 2006 02:53:36 PM
I made this dress with my grandmother yesterday. The fabric is a sheet I found at Goodwill and I got the pattern at the dump. The pattern doesn't have a date, but I'm pretty sure that it's from the 60s. The dress was pretty easy to make, and I love how it turned out!

The pattern I used:

As you can tell from the illustrations, the dress ties behind the back, and then it wraps around the front. It resembles a hospital gown, since it's backless until you wrap the front up. It's pretty risque to wear in breezy weather, as the front kind of flaps open, exposing some areas that are meant to be under cover.

The dress:

The back:

Detail of fabric and buckle:

I'm off to go whirl away!

17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: The Little Prince Swap? on: April 08, 2006 11:26:10 PM
I love that book. What a great idea for a swap!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Oddball question on: April 03, 2006 10:21:15 PM
That is an awesome dress. I don't have any suggestions, but post pictures when you're done!!!!

P.S. What designer made that dress? I really want to see the rest of the collection.
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: jLee weekly: DOLLY BALLET TUNIC on: April 03, 2006 09:41:16 PM
I bow down to you.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Dress!!! on: April 03, 2006 09:38:06 PM
That is so cool!! I can't believe you made that dress. Did you draft a pattern first, or just go for it? It looks so good on you!
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