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« on: August 05, 2008 10:17:34 PM »

i bought a few gorgeous fabrics with a border print on top and bottom, and while i was looking at the fabric i knew that i would have a hard time actualy utilizing it, but i still bought it anyway.

well, a few days ago i decided to sew a dress using one of the fabrics and it was an absolute nightmare. all the skirts arch at the hem and all the bodices arch on the top. how in the heck do you use fabric with a straight border?

and pattern advices?

i know you can just gather the skirt, but i don't fit well into puffed skirts.
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008 07:57:53 PM »

Border prints were really popular in the 70's. There are quite a few patterns (mostly dresses) designed for border prints floating around out there, if the dress pictured on the envelope has a border print, it'll work. My mom has several of these as well as probably a dozen dresses she made from them back in the day. I don't think she's parting with any of them, sorry. But that era tend to be pretty cheap on eBay & other sites, usually in the $3-5 range.
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008 08:20:11 AM »

I'm working with some of that fabric right now too.  I ended up making skirts, but I imagine you can alter it for dress.  Since the edge has to be flat I just wrapped it around flat like you would a wrap skirt and then, for one, I took in big darts towards the top to make it fit at the top (think like, cutting triangles out towards the top of the skirt and then sewing them together).  The other one (I'm working on it right now) I'm putting pleats all the way around it so it is flat at the top and flares towards the bottom.  Just some ideas.  I imagine if you are making a dress you could make the skirts like that and then do what you like with the top.

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2008 08:39:28 AM »

Most if not all of the Big 4 pattern companies have at least a few border-print dresses and skirts out right now, if you take a look at the pattern books.  Make sure to look at all the pattern views, as some of them are adapted for border prints, but can also be used with regular fabrics.  They'll also say "border print" somewhere in the region of suggested fabrics, too, usually.

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2008 02:16:38 PM »

Also, I've made several pencil skirts with two waistband pleats instead of darts in front and back, and they generally have a straight line hem, since the pleats help shape the curve after the fact. (Also, the pleats help give a nice drape and conceal the ol' child bearing hips a little... always a concern for me.)
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2008 01:41:12 PM »

In addition to dresses and skirts, I've used border prints on trousers. Use a really simple pattern with one pattern piece for the legs to get the best effect.

I also recently used a border print to make my husband a sport shirt. What can I say, it had palm trees, girls in canoes, the ocean... it just screamed Hawaiian shirt.

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