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Topic: Circles and dots blue & blue dress !! Now with tutorial  (Read 192593 times)
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« on: August 07, 2006 07:00:19 PM »

Finally, finally, finally!
I'm so exited that i finished my first summer dress! I really needed one and the ones i started, for some reason, i never finished them (didnt like them, weren't what i wanted, blah) lol, but this one i did like, i actually love it so much. When i saw the fabric, i wasnt so sure but i went ahead and bought it because it was the only one i liked that was light and streachy and cheap, it was $1.30 USD/ metter.
I started it this morning and worked on it on and off all day. It's a bit hard to sew when there's a little boy pulling on your leg hehehehe.

Here's the dress:

i'm still not sure if it fits my figure or makes me look weird.

sorry the pictures are so crappy, there's no one to take them and these two are the best of the bunch.

Here's a close up of the fabric (i think this one's the best pic Cheesy):

What do you think?


This is my first tutorial so bear with me  Cheesy

These are the pieces you will need:

-Skirt Length
-Top dress length, to decide where to put the waist band (mine's about 15 in. from shoulder to waist)

To dut the skirt part just fold your fabric in half and measure half of your waist in a corner, and the length as you would a regular circle skirt.

The waist band is about 2.5 in.

1. Once you have your pieces cut, sew the top parts, back and both fronts (marked in red), first neck to shoulder and then attatch the sleeves but dont close them, yet.

2. Sew together the back with the wrap parts (marked in green).    
   Attatch the neckline band:  fold it in half and while you sew it streach it a little.
   Nos sew the waist ban to the top part of the dress.  I found it easier to sew the wrap parts (or pin them) how i wanted them before sewing the waist band.

3. Sew the skirt to the waist band (in pink) and close the waist band and skirt together (orange)

Hem the skirt if the fabric needs it, and sew the sleeve bands to the sleeves gathering the sleeves a little (or a lot) to create puffiness (also streach the bands while sewing).

And ta da! you have a wonderful summer dress! (or all year round dress depending on the color and fabric!)
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2006 07:10:53 PM »

That dress looks amazing on you! it is so cute and I think it fits your figure perfectly, definitely does not look weird! Good job, especially with the little boy pullin on your leg, it's true they can be very distracting and make things difficult Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2006 07:22:09 PM »

that is an awesome dress.
i love the fabric!
did you use a pattern?

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2006 07:29:55 PM »

I really like the fabric, you gotta love retro c'mon! I think it looks great and comfortable too.

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2006 07:37:52 PM »

It's fabulous great!! Where'd you find such great fabric? Could you post a tutorial?
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2006 07:53:50 PM »

Thanks for all the comments! You girls are so great! I really thought it looked a bit weird lol
I didnt use a pattern, i was inspired by a dress a friend has, so i pictured in my head how i would go about making it and i just cut it, the top parts i traced a shirt that fitted me well and the skirt part ... well.... i had to think about it really really hard because i didnt want to waste any fabric  Tongue  Tongue  but it's a half circle skirt, i think that's what it's called.

I got the fabric from a local store that sells scraps and fabric they get from [probably] fabrics in LA or something like that. It's like a family business, but i BET you can get something as cute and maybe even more in joann's or a big store like that. There's one need (san diego) that i've never been but very curious of what they have but i'm way too lazy to sit in my car to cross the border.
Sure i can make a tutorial. It'll make it simple and posted, hopefully, tomorrow.

Thanks again! I'm very happy you all liked it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2006 07:57:15 PM »

it's great! i like how it drapes in the front...and the fabric!  Shocked only $1.30 is an awesome deal. looking forward to the tute. thanks for being generous.

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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2006 08:15:13 PM »


Great dress, it looks so cute on you. That's amazing fabric
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2006 10:44:20 PM »

gorgeous! it looks so flattering too!
the fabric looks great also.
nice job!

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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2006 11:05:26 PM »

Wowwww. You have the body type that looks good in like anything, but that is seriously very stunning. *feels covetious*

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