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« on: January 31, 2011 06:31:48 AM »

Hi all...Very newbie sewer here, hoping for some advice and/constructive criticism  Smiley I decided to make myself a shirred dress [or top]. I used plain black cotton and some black gingham. I thought the gingham at the back, with a laced tie, would make it a little less boring. I am planning to add some ruffled gingham pockets to the front, maybe a black gingham or white ruffle to the hem. I'm thinking straps that are about 1/2 inches thick. Here's what I've done so far...

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011 07:14:56 AM »

Very cool.  Love it so far!  I think the pockets would be neat and the straps, if it were me, would do those in the gingham.  But white sounds cool, as well. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011 07:45:37 AM »

Excellent start! I think that gingham pockets would be lovely on the front, add some interest there. I personally wouldn't add a ruffle to the bottom, but if it's too short on that might be a good solution!

Have you thought about having tied straps? Like a strap that is 2 parts, one at the front and one at the back and then tying at the shoulder?

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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011 08:25:28 AM »

Looking great so far, although I really like the gingham contrast in the front, it will draw peoples eyes upwards to your face which is nice . You could also try making some pockets that tie up, here's a link. If it doesn't work let me know.


I love this cute style of sewing so vintage inspired, my fave, keep up the good work.

« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011 12:55:06 PM »

Thankyou for all your ideas guys! Smiley Will Post when finished. [gingham straps...hmmmmmm]
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011 08:22:21 PM »

I like the idea for the tie straps!!!  That would be cool. 
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011 10:34:43 PM »

Hey guys...Your ideas have been great Smiley The Dress is actually for my sister (a curvy girl like me). I planning a fitting for her this week and will run all your ideas by her (I personally like the tie straps and LOVE those tie pockets Smiley. Hopefully she will be sweet enough to let me take some photos of her wearing it.... Shocked. More to come...and again Thankyou all....
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