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Topic: Green Pleated Pinafore Dress! (Old Curtains :P ) (Now with small tutorial!)  (Read 57590 times)
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« on: April 28, 2008 02:26:26 PM »

Hey Guys, Took me ages to work out how to actually post topics here! Glad I worked it out!
Well, following the pinafore dress thingy trend, here's my version. The pleats were actually meant to be gathers, but I couldn't be bother to gather it, so just pinned it evenly and when I sewed over it they became pleats!  Shocked How clever! Sorry about the sun in my eyes the whole way through btw!

EDIT: Quick tutorial- especially for dearbarbie!
1. Take two pieces of fabric:
1st piece= (rib cage measurement + 2 inches for zip allowance) x (final length of waistband x 2 + 2 inches for folding over)
2nd piece= (final length of skirty bit + 3 inches for the hem) x (at least twice your rib cage measurement)

2. Pin the long edge of the skirty bit of fabric to rib cage side of the smaller bit ( right sides together). Pin at the ends, then in the middle, then in the middles of the middle and the ends etc etc! Do this until the loopy bits on the big fabric are the size you want them.

3. Sew the pinned edge, pulling the loops flat as you go. This should create rough pleats. Unpin.

4. Sew in a zip, starting from half way down the smaller piece. Sew up the rest of the seam on the larger piece.

5.Fold down the top half of the smaller piece so it covers the seam on the inside. Tuck raw edges under and pin. Sew from the front in the ditch made by the original seam or hand stitch in place.

6. Make some straps by sewing nice long tubes and turning right side out. Sew onto the dress and hem!

Hope that makes sense! The bit about the pleats is rambly, but you can really just pleat it how you want (or gather)! Good luck!
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008 02:38:58 PM »

greeeen! ohh, it turned out lovely! i love it  Kiss
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2008 02:45:22 PM »

you're slowly turning into one of my favorite craftsters. this is super cute.
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2008 02:54:17 PM »

heehee! thanks you guys! such lovely fabric too, all heavy and kinda brocadey!
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008 03:15:03 PM »

very nice Grin   Neat idea, maybe I should say no to gathering.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008 03:19:33 PM »

That is quite cute. You're a clever girl. You're house looks lovely too. Looks like your'e about to go out and do an irish jig then milk the cows Grin

« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2008 03:24:56 PM »

Cheesy haha! my friend said I looked like I was wearing the girl's version of Swiss lederhosen... i took it as a compliment! actually, it's not our real house, it's like a giant wendy house that my dad built as a kinda guest house for visitors, or for when me or my sister have friends round! it's comes in pretty handy, having two houses!
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2008 03:37:07 PM »

very cute, to imagine it came from curtains, you did a great job!

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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2008 09:06:53 PM »

I love that fabric!! It makes the pinafore look more grown up, I love it.
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2008 08:17:18 AM »

I love it and I love where you live too.
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