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« on: May 03, 2008 09:18:37 PM »

OK, so this is the dress that brought me to Craftster, so I've been dying to try it.

I bought this ugly shirt at a thrift store for $2:

And now it looks like this:

Next time I will select my starter shirt more carefully: the seam attaching the yoke to the body of the shirt is puckered, so it was a little hard to shape the bodice and attach the front of the dress to the back without it going all wonky. Also, the shirt turned out to be a lot dingier than it seemed inside the store. Though, since my daughter is sure to stain it with chocolate milk and/or paint the first time she wears it, how much does that matter?

The fabric was surprisingly heavy considering it was obviously a summer shirt. It seems to stick straight out. It is my inclination to rip out the side seams and re-cut it, but my daughter said, "Thank you for making me this beautiful dress, Mommy,"  Smiley and then refused to take it off until bedtime. Chances of me wrestling it away from her to rework it anytime soon are slim-to-none.

I decided to forego the fluttery sleeves and trim on bodice and hem since the pattern was so busy, so I took Cheytown's suggestion of making little arm holes (do you call them that when the dress is sleeveless?). I cheesed out and made them straight instead of curvy, but I think it works.

Thoughts/suggestions on how to improve greatly appreciated, as this is only the second piece of clothing I've ever completed!


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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2008 09:32:12 PM »

You did great! I love it!
For a dress for someone her age the arms eye/hole doesn't really matter. For an adult one would usually use same fabric facing. I like the a-line. For her age you could put some elastic or leave it a little looser for growth along the top back. Maybe cut the back a little lower at top and cross the straps. Or button the straps. Or grip snaps. Even with all the sewing I've done I still dread buttonholes. If I had one of the newer machines it might be easier.
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008 09:38:18 PM »

ooh, i really like what you did with the armholes!  combine how cute it turned out with the fact that i hate (i mean really really hate) bias tape...it's perfect Wink
and i love the look on her face in that picture - what a cutie patootie!

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2008 09:50:42 PM »

that is so cute...so so cute. Man i wish one of my boys were a girl, lol
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2008 10:55:43 PM »

Beautiful dress (and kiddo, too!)  Is my child the only one who will never stand still long enough to get pictures of all the details?  Congrats on a dress well done!

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2008 08:40:32 AM »

Great dress! I love what you've done with the armholes.


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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2008 02:47:22 PM »

Great summer dress!  Good job!  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2008 03:34:41 PM »

You did well! I like that you took the time to topstitch it. Nice touch. And you know you did something right if dd won't take it off! Wink For two bucks, she has a great play dress and you've got that much more experience for the next one.

« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2008 10:17:15 AM »

I have to say, you did a magnificent job for this only being your second!!  It's amazing!  Did you use a twin needle for stitching?  Also, did you use elastic for the straps?  I love the way they look.  And oh, well, if she loves it, who cares, right?  LOL  I adore it!

« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2008 02:06:35 PM »

Did you use a twin needle for stitching?  Also, did you use elastic for the straps? 

I didn't use a twin needle, but I certainly should have. (For some reason I haven't been brave enough to try.) The top stitches look neat and perfectly even in that picture, but they are a little wonky in some other spots!

And, yes, the straps are elastic. I made a the casing just big enough to fit the elastic so it would be gathered. Right now it's so big on her that it's purely decorative. Let's see if she keeps it stain free long enough to grow into it ... unlikley  Smiley

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