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Topic: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial  (Read 954881 times)
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naravyn
« Reply #1340 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.
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merrynest
« Reply #1341 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!
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« Reply #1342 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!!!!!!!!!!!!
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merrynest
« Reply #1343 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!  Wink
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« Reply #1344 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!  Wink

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?
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« Reply #1345 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).

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« Reply #1346 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!

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« Reply #1347 on: April 30, 2009 02:23:22 AM »

How many yards does this dress take?
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« Reply #1348 on: April 30, 2009 09:32:46 AM »

convertible/infinity dress FAQ's:

http://www.rostitchery.com/convertible-dress-faqs.html
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« Reply #1349 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?  Cheesy Cheesy
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