Added Oct 26, 2008
I wanted to enter Nikkishell’s Recycle Mini-Challenge so I pawed through my fabric stash and found this amazing 100% cotton king-size duvet cover with a kind of shiny, flowery pattern on it that I had gotten at a garage sale. And it was this awesome purple-grape color. I decided it would make a really cool dress, at least to start (I had YARDS of fabric!) so I drafted a simple princess seam dress pattern from a dress I already have. Drafting the pattern and cutting out the pieces took by far the longest, while the sewing went really fast. I found an old 20" invisible zipper in some stuff my aunt gave me, but it was white, so I worked really hard to make it not show. Didn’t help that I had never done and invisible zip before, but I’m proud of the results. I also used mock french seams because I wanted to be able to take in the pattern a little bit if I needed to, which is way easier to do if the seam is on the inside, at least I think so. I just turned down the edges of the neckline and armholes twice to finish them and hemmed the bottom.
I really wanted to make a short puffed sleeve blazer since the duvet cover had buttons on it, but I ran out of time. So that will be my next project. And maybe a skirt or a bag. And then I’ll still have to find a way to use the rest of the fabric! I love garage sales.
Yes, it’s very wrinkled. This I know. I shall have to use the iron.
pic 1+2: dress
pic 3: zipper
pic 4: duvet before
pic 5: fabric pattern
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