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« on: April 27, 2006 11:05:19 AM »

Alright, ladies...  I'm dying to make this incredibly adorable Betsey Johnson dress:

I've never made anything from scratch before, so I'm thinking of starting from a pattern and altering it from there.  Any ideas on how to make it?  I'm also a bit of a novice, but totally up to the challenge, so please excuse me if I ask really dumb questions.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2006 11:25:47 AM »

prayer!!!   sorry I am  not a  clothing  sewer but it is  gorgous and please  do  post  pics  one  you get it  made...

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006 11:52:27 AM »

Maybe some of these patterns would help?

from Vogue Patterns:


and Simplicity's online catalog at


a Simplicity pattern you might try:  4116
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2006 11:53:58 AM »

How novice is novice?  I would say if you don't know how to draft a pattern, don't even go there.  This is not a super simple dress (is there smocking under the bust?).  But I shouldn't say anything.  My first sewing venture when I was a teenager was a drafted pattern and had tons of pin tucks all across the bodice, buttons and button holes, blah blah blah..  Grin  I survived and am still sewing like mad.

1)  Start with a pattern and alter
2)  Don't buy nice fabric the first go round--make a "mock-up" out of inexpensive fabric
3)  Don't use silk or any slinky fabric if you aren't already accustomed to sewing with it, because it will drive you nutty  Grin  No stripes, diagonals, one-way patterns.  All over pattern or solid in cotton would be safest
4)  I would sew on the buttons and not worry about sewing fabric loops and all that jazz. (I can't tell from the picture if they're sewn on or not--I'm thinking no?)
5)  And make sure to get the right measurements when you go pattern searching--pattern sizes are very different from ready to wear
6)  If you are really really novice at sewing, I might even suggest starting out with a simpler dress pattern to get accustomed to things.  This could be a second or third project.  Having something under your belt to look back on--something easy and quick that looks fab--makes tackling the tougher projects sooo much easier!

Good Luck--it's huber cute!
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2006 03:50:06 PM »

I like the Simplicity pattern.  That could be a good start.

I've drafted very simple patterns - absolutely nothing like this.  But, I'm in need of a good challenge, so I'm ready to take it on!  Grin  Thanks for the help so far... great ideas ladies!

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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2006 05:25:49 AM »

this looks quite similar and it would be fairly easy to put buttons down the front. i have this pattern but i havent used it yet so do let us know how it goes Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2006 08:00:11 AM »

none of the pattern links are good for this dress, it is really much easier to do the pattern changes on your own:

find a pattern with a bodice that has darts on the waist and the bust.  the neckline is meaningless, you change that to suit you.  likewise, the buttons on this dress are decorative only, since we can see there is no closure in the back i'm guessing the zipper is in the left side seam.

rotate the bust dart to the shoulder.

when you sew the bodice, instead of sewing the darts, you pleat the ones on the shoulder, and you shirr the ones at the waist.

to make the puff sleeve, slash the sleeve pattern from the cap to the hem, in at least three places, spread the cap BUT NOT THE HEM (you will be making little wedge-shaped openings).  pleat the cap instead of easing it.

pleat the skirt in line with the bodice shirring.

re-read everything no aloha wrote, print it out and put it above your sewing machine.  esp. follow advice #2--if you are serious about making this dress right, you need to make a trial run before cutting into good fabric.


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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2006 02:24:13 PM »

I'm very curious to see how this turns out - good luck!

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