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« on: August 18, 2005 07:05:44 AM »

Stretch knits make life soooo easy.  Here's a dress I made with some stretch lace from the $2.97/yard pile.  At $3.50/yd, the ribbon was more expensive than the dress!

Front view.  I don't know why I look like that.

Back View

Mini tutorial

Start by making a tube big enough to fit around your biggest part.  Then, preferably with help or a duct tape dummy (though I did mine by a million takings on and off), with the seam at center back fit it to the rest of you simply by adjusting the seam. Finally, trim away under the arms and around the back so it will have a nice halter look and zig zag the edges.  My finished tube is below.  As you can see, I am big with the booty and not so much with the boobies.

Turn under the straight line across the front and stitch.  Then cut a piece of ribbon about three inches long.  Anchor on the inside at the center front about three inches from the top.  Bring over the top, fold under the edge of the ribbon, and sew it down over the original spot where you anchored it.  This creates the sweetheart neckline shape in the front.

Next, sew a length of ribbon long enough to go under your ribcage and tie in a bow from side to side along the back, remembering to stretch as you sew.  Do NOT sew this lower ribbon in the front of the dress, or you won't be able to get the dress on because the stretch will be compromised too much.

Finally, pin the upper ribbon along the top edge, folding in half to create a nice finish.  S-T-R-E-T-C-H the fabric as you pin and sew.


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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2005 08:08:04 AM »

That looks awesome!  Thanks also for the tutorial!  They are always appreciated! Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2005 10:59:55 AM »

That dress is very pretty! Thanks for the tute! If I ever look good in a dress again, I may try it out  Cheesy
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2005 05:05:13 PM »

Cute dress, thanks for the tutorial!  What stitch did you use to sew it?
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2005 05:12:06 PM »

I looove the dress. You look great in it! ^^
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2005 05:47:27 PM »

the dress looks great! I don't think i'll ever get the chance to wear one like that though... sigh
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2005 08:36:32 PM »

that's very cute. I was excited cause i thought you made a dress that said "I <3 stretch knits" on it though Sad

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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2005 06:38:01 AM »

Cute dress, thanks for the tutorial!  What stitch did you use to sew it?

Well I sewed this one on my old New Home, which had it's problems but is a tough machine and I just used the straight stitch.  I got myself a Bernina a month ago, and had a b*tch of a time trying to sew on a slippery soft knit, even with the super stretch stitch.  So I think it depends on your machine.  Very little sewing occurs on with the stretch directly on the fabric on this one, so you can use the straight stitch on most of it with any machine I would think.  The tube is sewn against the stretch, and the ribbon provides an anchor for sewing with the stretch on the top.  The only place you might need super stretch is turning under the top front before sewing the ribbon loop on.

Thanks for the compliments, everyone!  I really like this one, it is so cute for brunch or a date.

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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2005 07:22:31 AM »

Thanks nicegirl512.  I've been wanting to try and sew with knits, but I couldn't find any information on what stitch to use.
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2005 07:42:18 AM »

Thanks nicegirl512.  I've been wanting to try and sew with knits, but I couldn't find any information on what stitch to use.

Hmm, well I don't know how useful the info I gave was.  Not a lot of great hits on a google search but here are a few links that might help you out:


Ballpoint needles are definitely worth it!  The most important point to remember is that you are sewing with non-stretchy thread, meaning that your stretch will be limited by the length of thread you use.  If you have a piece of fabric 12 inches long that will stretch to 16 inches long, and then you put in a straight stitch without stretching (i.e., 12 inches worth of thread in a straight stich), you won't be able to stretch your fabric at all because you have no give in your seam.  But if you stretch the 12 inches to 16 while you are sewing, you will put in 16 inches of thread and therefore be able to take full advantage of the stretch.  Does this make any sense?

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