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Twinkle Twinkle Little Disaster

Added Jan 14, 2010

by jam and ivy

St. Paul, Minnes...






I got for my birthday the Twinkle Sews book by Wenlan Chia. I loved the dress on the front cover…Next Big Thing…it is labeled as an “ADVANCED” but I figured how hard can it be right? First of all I picked entirely the wrong fabric for it. I had these two sheer woven fabrics that when I layered them together they were no longer sheer. With a lining and the two layers of fabric the dress is entirely to think and has no movement. I had no idea what the instructions were talking about with the front and back side panels or how to do the sleeves so I fudged it and winged it. I winged it wrong and my boobs hardly fit in the dress. I will have to re-try this one again with some linen and some research…

Material Notes

cheep woven sparkly fabric i got on sale at Wal*Mart…might be my first problem there! :)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic



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    Jan 24, 2010, 05.33 AMby shela

    You go girl. I love the neck line of the dress and the color. I can see how it would be difficult, but, I am a wal mart addict. Still aren’t you glad you didn’t spend the bank on the material? You did well, I’ll look forward to the next one.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 09.51 PMby lilybart

    The dress is a lovely design, I can totally see why you wanted to make it. The knots at the neckline is a terrific idea (I think I might steal it, if you don’t mind!!). Yeah advanced patterns are actually really hard. I doubt I’d be able to make one either and I’ve been sewing for years and years (I don’t even know how to put a zip in properly!) Anyway, you can use this dress as a trial run for your real dress which will be magnificent. Since it’s such a difficult dress to make, definitely use a fabric that is easier to work with. I’ve just done a post on "my blog:http://mirth-thehouseof.blogspot.com on how to make things you actually like, if you’re interested!

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      Jan 14, 2010, 11.38 PMby jam and ivy

      read your entire blog. Very cute…and I love those shorts you made and had nothing to go with them! LOVE them.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 09.29 PMby clothesmaker

    Yes the color is very nice. Using the fabric you use in the future you should cut it out on the bias. The drape will be more relaxed . It will take more prep time but in the end you will be happy with the results

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      Jan 14, 2010, 11.33 PMby jam and ivy

      thanks for the tip! I have no real training…just years of self teaching! I am going to try again but with a lighter material like a linen or something airy for the summer time.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 08.47 PMby oscarthegrouch108

    well you live and learn! the color is very pretty, and since it’s fairly popular right now, i’m sure that you can find a different type of fabric (one better for the pattern) in a similar shade.

    it looks pretty good, even if it doesn’t fit!

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      Jan 14, 2010, 11.32 PMby jam and ivy

      it fits…but much like a sausage in it’s casing. Ah well. I am not afraid to tackle it again!

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