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Topic: Two cute dresses from thrift store finds <33 (Also, need HELP!! advice pls)  (Read 3085 times)
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« on: August 09, 2009 08:14:09 PM »

Hello all! I post here.. rarely. I finally found time this summer to go to my local savers and found some really cute things (well more like two cute things) and here is what I did with them! (P.S. Sorry for crappy webcam pics, I'm in my dorm and i just moved in and forgot my camera).

Here's the first dress I made. I don't have any before pics but this was a basic gray knit dress that I resized, made shorter, and added some elastic for the babydoll look. This one was easy.

The next one i'm having more trouble with. Before: An XXL Cowl neck purple knit top. I LOVED the cowl neck, but it'd feel too dressed up for me, so I had to get rid of it.

After: A cute little purple dress! (belt is not made by me, lawl.)

And here's where I need help: I'm struggling with the neckline. I attempted a "bias-tape" thing but realized that doesn't work with a knit fabric.. so any ideas/suggestions on how I can fix this?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009 08:57:11 PM »

I think to fix the neck on the second dress all you would have to do is take off the piece you currently have sewn on and cut maybe two inches off of it then when you're sewing it onto the neckline stretch it out, while keeping the neckline of the dress unstreched.

Both dress fit you great! They really suit your shape Smiley
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009 09:05:08 PM »

cute dresses! for the neckline, i would cut a strip of jersey, the stretchy direction, and fold it in half and sew it to the neckline while stretching the strip. it will look something like a thinner version of the normal necklines on tshirts.
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009 10:04:07 PM »

The dresses look lovely. I second omgmarissa about the neckline. You can do a "bias strip" edge with knit fabric, just don't cut the strip on the bias. Cut the strip straight so it stretches in the long direction and sew it on as you would bias binding, except stretch it somewhat as you sew (but don't stretch the neckline, as mentioned already).
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009 10:09:32 PM »

Cute, I love the first dress Smiley

« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2009 05:41:44 PM »

i used to have this exact same problem when making tee shirts! eventually I learned, fixing it in the same way as these loverly people already suggested. Cute dresses!

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