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« on: August 31, 2007 03:47:17 AM »

This is my first entirely from-scratch piece of clothing, unless you count some decidedly wonky and hastily sewn boxer-type things many years ago. Maybe I should have used a pattern, and saved getting cocky for later, but I'm still quite happy. And very glad that my sewing machine came complete with a zipper foot...

It looks really nice with a belt, but now I'm thinking about getting lots of tulle or some sort of hoop skirt thing to make it stand out more.

I found the fabric on a scrap rack, and some zippers on sale, so this entire dress cost me less than (the equivalent of) 15 USD.
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007 04:51:04 AM »

very nice!! i like the colors and i like it with the belt too!
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007 05:11:32 AM »

It's adorable!  It doesn't look like a first project at all - great job.

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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007 05:38:02 AM »

I loooooove this dress!
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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007 06:04:17 AM »

I love the dress, and I think your "getting cocky" worked out great!

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007 07:22:37 AM »

Great Job! It fits you beautifully, and the colors and fabric are lovely. I never get that lucky with fabric deals.

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« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2007 08:52:09 AM »

Wow, that looks great! Such a flattering style. I hope my sewing skills improve so I can make someting equally as awesome!

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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007 09:10:09 AM »

Thanks - if anyone wants a tutorial of sorts, it's pretty simple.

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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2007 08:31:12 AM »

I love this dress so much!  The fabric is a cool pattern and the dress is very flattering (this is one of those styles that is flattering on just about everyone, which is so amazing).
I've been wanting to make one in this style for a bit, so a vote from me for a tutorial.
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2007 09:36:51 AM »

Patterns from the 50's are so much more flattering than some of the ones today!
I love the fabric!  I would go for a tulle skirt underneath rather than hoops.  And I need to go out and buy one of those belts, it looks great!

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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2007 11:57:45 AM »

Anneadeline, isn't it, though? I'm thinking of making one in every color. Smiley

OK, simple tutorial, of sorts. Just ask if something doesn't make sense, I have a bit of a headcold.

First, I found a simple T-shirt and a basic skirt I like, to get some general measurements and shapes to start from. I laid out the T-shirt on some taped-together newspapers, and drew out the basic shape. Then I did a lot of measuring across the shoulders, bust, and waist - this fabric was 100% cotton and doesn't have any stretch to speak of, unlike the T-shirt in question - and adjusted accordingly.  I made the bottom of the bodice end just at my "true" waist, which is the narrowest part of the torso, so that the skirt could flare freely. (Obviously this means I measured the length from shoulder to waist, too.)

(All the newspaper pattern pieces were measured and cut folded in half, so that they were symmetrical. Makes it easier. I folded the fabric piece in half to cut out the neck, so that it would be too. The front neckline goes down further than the back. I'd probably recommend doing a V neckline if you're not very experienced, as this doesn't have as smooth a hem as I'd like.)

I then measured the bottom of the skirt, and added on several inches to give it some oomph.  This measurement, and the waist measurement, I divided by eight. (I also measured the distance between my waist and my knees, which was the length I wanted.) I made a piece that was waist/8 at the top and bottom/8 at the bottom, and cut out eight of those. (Again, fold it in half, use half the measurement, draw a straight line from each outer edge, and cut, and it'll be symmetrical.)

I sewed the top together at shoulders and one side and hemmed the neck and sleeve holes. (I leave allowance and hem after sewing together, which is tricky sometimes - if you're surer on your hemming, you can do that first.) I did two tucks across the chest, but that depends on your shape, size, and material, so you can figure that part out for yourself. Or google. Smiley I also adjusted the side seam a bit after fitting - I did a lot of running back and forth to the mirror and pinning, which was annoying and time consuming but meant I didn't have to take the dress apart and fix stuff afterwards... I really want a dummy now, though.

I sewed together the eight pieces of the skirt, but left part of the last seam open at the top - I'd measured the zipper - so there would be room in the side of the bodice plus the top of the skirt. I put the bodice upside down inside the skirt, right side to right side, and sewed them together, again leaving the one side open. I then put in a zipper, which has its own tutorials.

Finally I hemmed the bottom.

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