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Topic: Dress? Skirt? Need some advice on how to finish this!  (Read 3844 times)
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« on: July 25, 2009 12:41:26 PM »

Hi all! My very first topic on Craftster!! I've been reading here for ages, but only recently started sewing myself. This is my first completely new (no recon) project! Well, except for that disaster of a corset top I tried, which was waaaay above my league, but that's another story.  Roll Eyes
So I used this tutorial for a pinafore thingie: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107286.0.
Only I used more fabric, so that if I would make some mistakes it wouldn't be too bad. This is what I got:

But then, I figured out that I could also wear it like this!

Now, my question to you: how to finish this? Should I go for one of both styles, or is it possible to keep it like this, multifunctional? Should I add straps (probably, because I might have a nipple accident otherwise Shocked), and how should I put them? Should I keep the lenght as it is now?
I really hope you can help me! As I'm still a novice in this, I'm open for all advice!
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009 12:57:22 PM »

Ooh, I love it! I like it best as a skirt since I'm crazy about high-waist skirts, but it looks great either way. Perhaps you can add adjustable straps? Perhaps two-part straps (or ribbons or pieces of fabric) that tie at the shoulders?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2009 01:08:33 PM »

i like it as a dress, but that could be because i'm partial to dresses, however it looks cute both ways. in terms of adding straps... what cam to mind if you still want it multi functional would be to put buttons on the inside and then you have detachable straps... if that makes sense. there would probably be an easier way, i just like to do things the hard way.
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2009 02:11:42 PM »

Going on what travelgirl said, I would do this:

You don't even have to attach it in the back, and make it like a halter top that goes around your neck and attaches on the bodice.

However, if you don't want a bow, I would get clips (click here) and attach accordingly so the straps are entirely removable.
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2009 03:21:22 PM »

I'm partial to the first pic. Brings in your waist and looks great! Second pic is good as well, Length is good, I understand the strap question, I worry about that too. Smiley
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2009 10:51:34 PM »

Your dress looks great! I have a store-bought one that is exactly like this but is navy with thin white stripes. Mine has removable straps so it can be worn as either a dress or a skirt (and I do wear it both ways). It has little hooks similar to what you find on a convertible bra, but the idea of using buttons on the inside that was mentioned earlier would work great as well. If you use buttons and make the straps longer than they need to be, that will give you the option to tie them as a halter, criss cross or use them as normal straight straps. Best of luck in whatever you decide!
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2009 10:42:42 AM »

I think you should add halter type straps that tie behind your head that way you can wear it as a dress or you could wear it as a high waisted skirt and tie the straps around your waist in a pretty little bow  Cheesy

« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2009 05:05:54 AM »

Thanks so much for all of your advice!! It really helps a lot!
I'm not sure yet as to what to do exactly (I'm worried that I'll ruin it  Shocked) but I think I'm going to try something with buttons and removable straps. I also very much like the idea of the bow, I hadn't thought of that! I will definitely wear it with a bow some time!
Thanks again for the help!
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2009 09:19:00 AM »

i like the "classic" look of the first one, like a skirt
and the more "outgoing" look of the dress like.

just wear it like these two
do nothing about it (:

But thats just my opinion (:
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2009 11:45:16 AM »

I like it more as a skirt!! 

You can wear it with a white tube top or "wife-beater" or with a frilly dressy top to make it more dressy. 

My vote is SKIRT!
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