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Topic: Simplicity 5561- Bedsheet Garden Party Dress  (Read 6118 times)
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« on: June 04, 2007 10:46:50 AM »

So I was helping to plan a wedding this past Saturday and I needed something to wear. I remembered that I started making this dress over a year and a half ago and then never finished it. I had all the fabric for it and even some of the pieces cut out and sewn together. So I pulled it out and finished it finally.
I used a flat sheet I picked up at the thrift store awhile ago because I liked the print so much. The lining and tulle I picked up at Joann for a song.

The zipper was also found at a thrift store. I really liked it because the teeth rolled back to make an invisible zipper but you could sew it on like a regular zipper. This was my first time working with boning too. (Its sewn into the lining.)
When I put it on on Saturday though I realized it was about a size or two too big! I ended up pinning it to a strapless bra to keep it up. I'm not really sure if Simplicity's patterns run big or if I should go a size or two down in pattern size when making something strapless. It was a pattern size 12, and in American sizes that you find in stores I'm usually a 3 to 5. This dress feels more like a 7 or even a 9. Anyway, it worked out for the day and I got lots of compliments on it so she did her job. Plus, its super comfy!

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007 11:07:25 AM »

That looks great!
When I make something, I look at the measurements to get my size, but then I look at the finished item's measurements.  I am making a top right now, and if I had used the size my measurements said to use, it would have been almost 10 inches too big in the bust (I don't need 10 inches of ease....lol), so I went down a size.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2007 11:23:36 AM »

Cute fabric, and I love the tulle on the bottom.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2007 11:24:34 AM »

Wow, your dress is just beautiful!  The fabric is so pretty and it looks good on you!

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2007 02:37:39 PM »

That's a gorgeous bedsheet! Cheesy I love the pattern and it looks great as a dress.

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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007 05:06:12 AM »

I love your dress, now I need to try to find this pattern so I can make one Smiley

« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2007 05:13:50 AM »

WHat a terrific dress...you must've been the belle of the ball!  Well done!

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2007 07:59:16 PM »

First of all, your dress is fabulous! Great job! Second, I so had those sheets when I was little! I was a bit freaked out when I saw them as a dress.... oh the memories!
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2007 08:48:22 PM »

very pretty!
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2007 07:35:11 AM »

I love that dress-- so simple, but so pretty! Nice find on the sheet and zipper. And how in the world did you get tulle and lining for a song? You make me curious.

Also, the too-bigness I think is normal. My friend always jokes to "Make the smallest size available!! Because your actual size will never fit!" Me and her have the same measurements (and are the same height, it's awesome) and we measure out to be a 10/12 ish in pattern sizing- but my friend always makes the size 6 (I never use patterns..) Anyway, there seems to be about a 3 inch give, so I think you'd be safe to consider that with every Simplicity pattern.

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