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I want to make this dress, number 1 model.


I am new/intermediate sewer and am not too familiar with the different types of fabric. What type of fabric should I use? I want it to look exactly like or as close to the picture as possible, except for the color. What type of fabric would be stiff enough for the sleeves and shirt, and yet flowy enough for the skirt?

Here is a picture of someone else´s dress made after this pattern. This is what I DON´T want my dress to look like. The fabric looks to thin, and sleeves don´t look the same and skirt isn´t puffy enough.


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    Sep 7, 2013, 07.46 AMby katexxxxxx

    What a pretty pattern!

    For that dress, for just wearing, I’d choose a nice crisp cotton poplin in a heavy shirt weight. For something like a wedding, a nice crisp silk dupion or taffeta would work.

    The reason the one you show doesn’t work has little to do with the fabric, which looks pretty much like a decent weight of shirting to me. The big problems with that samples are that:

    It doesn’t fit! The person has made it too large! Dresses like this need to fit neatly, but without straining.

    It’s in dire need of a good going over with a steam iron! The whole thing is rumpled…

    The skirt is certainly WIDE enough, but is unsupported. It needs a stiff FULL net petticoat under it to make it stick out.

    Something else to note: this is a 1950’s pattern To keep those dresses looking crisp, they were starched! You wash the frock, THEN dip it in a solution of starch, and hang to dry… When ‘ironing dry’ (ALMOST damp, but not quite!), you iron the hell out of it with a hefty steam iron on a fairly hot setting! Spray starch won’t hack it. I remember my mother doing this to my frocks back in the day…

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    Sep 7, 2013, 07.53 PMby sugartween

    Thanks you so much. I absolutely love sewing, so maybe I could make a petticoat to go underneath too!

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