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Topic: cool tree sheet made into dress - TUTORIAL added 22.mar.05  (Read 64928 times)
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« Reply #60 on: March 12, 2005 11:04:22 AM »

What a find! that fabric is sweet. neat idea to use a sheet for a dress.

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« Reply #61 on: March 12, 2005 03:16:33 PM »

i'm a craftster newbie and your knock 'em dead dress is the first item i've viewed.  it's simply gorgeous!!  i'm totally inspired and can't wait to see more of your creations. 
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« Reply #62 on: March 13, 2005 03:26:01 PM »


It is FABOLOUS!! I reallly like the cut of that dress.  It is very cute!

« Reply #63 on: March 15, 2005 06:50:08 AM »

That dress is amazing. It makes me think that I need to go sheet shopping this weekend.  Wink

« Reply #64 on: March 18, 2005 10:55:54 AM »

holy sheep poop is that a hot dress.  do you have an illustration for how it's sewed?

« Reply #65 on: March 19, 2005 09:20:31 AM »

your dress is fabulous! i love the old sheet, and the details are great (the pin and neckline). could you post a pic of the back? thanks~!
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« Reply #66 on: March 19, 2005 11:01:07 PM »

okay, here is the deal...  i guess i am attempting to make something of a tutorial...  and once i remember where i put the dress, i will take a picture of the back of it.  in the mean time, if you want to see the pattern that i used, the picture is at http://aluminiumtree.com/dresspattern.jpg.  ughh i want to just write with html here, and i used to know how to do it.  now i'm using these dumb buttons and its weird. 

alright anyway, some more pictures will be here soon.

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« Reply #67 on: March 20, 2005 12:30:21 AM »


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« Reply #68 on: March 21, 2005 09:19:05 PM »

dress tutorial

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a note about the pattern:
when i made this dress, i altered an existing pattern: http://aluminiumtree.com/pattern.jpg - New Look 6726.  any basic dress pattern can be used here as long as it is plain and simple.  my pattern in a nutshell is a knee-length sleeveless dress with two long darts in the front and a zipper up the back.  so yours should probably be similar to that.
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1.  cut out plain dress pattern for proper sizing.

2.  make modifications to convert to halter style top:  (see illustration #s)
front: -- trim to taste around arms and across neckline (1);
         -- sew on extra strips of fabric at the top of each arm.  (2)  these will later attach (via hook and eye) to each other at the back of the neck.
back: -- cut straight across at armhole bottom.  (3)  this removes the top part of the back of the dress.

3.  follow pattern instructions for assembly.  this should basically be:
-- sew darts in front.
-- sew together back pieces and insert zipper.
-- sew together front and back.
-- hem and finish edges.

4.  to add ribbon to the neckline the way i did:
-- measure the total length of the dress neckline.  add two inches to this.  then cut the same length in ribbons.
-- layer pieces of ribbon creatively (preferably wider ribbon underneath and narrower ribbon on top) and use a long stitch to sew them together (sewing machine # 4 or 5)
-- cut the now single ribbon exactly in half lengthwise.
-- sew each ribbon half onto the dress, beginning at the bottommost point and going up to the back of the neck.

5.  at this point, you must try the dress on.  for the best experience here, have an assistant.  it's very frustrating to do this alone (i did).  you will need to trim the halter straps so that the dress will fit properly.  so ideally, you should be standing still while your assistant does what you tell them to do with the straps.  they will need to meet each other without overlapping at all.

6.  cut the straps to the correct length and and sew the ends shut.  you may want to consider doing this sewing by hand, so that you can incorporate the next step...

7.  sew on two sets of hooks and eyes to the halter straps, and one set at the back of the dress above the zipper (your pattern may include this).

8.  when you tried on the dress, you may have noticed that it wasn't tight enough around your chest and the back was sagging down.  to fix this, you can either sew down the side seams to make the dress fit tighter, or add some good elastic to the top back of the dress.

9.  tie a pretty ribbon around the waist and pin a pretty brooch on, and you are all set.

and here is the illustration:  (if you can't read it, or if it doesn't show at all, go to http://aluminiumtree.com/pattern-ill.jpg)

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« Reply #69 on: March 22, 2005 03:55:07 AM »

Your illustrations are very professional looking. Thanks for the tute, I'll have to raid Spotlight soon.

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