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My first Dress!!!!!!

Added Jul 1, 2010

by xena-worrier...

London, United K...






This is my first attempt to make a dress from a pattern… It’s by no means perfect, but I’m still quite chuffed with it!! – At least it’s dress-shaped!!
The zipper was supposed to be invisible, but despite several attempts, I’ve decided Zippers are my enemy and I ended up just top-stitching it, hmmm….

I had to adjust the pattern a bit, making the top longer, but it went reasonably well, considering I had no idea what I was doing.
The material was super-cheap, but was quite a headache, as it started going wildly wavy when I tried to Zigzag stitch it, and it frays like mad!! (If anyone has any ideas on how to avoid the wavy-ness, I’d be most grateful to hear – I can’t adjust the foot pressure on my machine…)

Material Notes

Super cheap mystery fabric, £6 for 3 Meters!!




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Other, Punk, Steampunk

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    Jul 2, 2010, 05.24 PMby merrybe

    Looks great, especially for a first dress! Yes, you should always wash your fabric at the highest possible temperature for the individual fabric, because it might shrink or change its drape (many fabrics still have chemicals on them that are needed in the spinning/knitting/weaving process and make them stiff, they become softer after washing). For getting it straight and neat again, this might be a first help: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4557/video-straightening-the-grain-on-fluid-fabrics And for the zipper: the tutorial is great; if you only have an ordinary zipper foot that’ll do just fine. To make things easier for you, start with easy fabrics that are not so slippery. I’m an impatient beginner myself but I came to learn that there is no way around proper preparations if you want something nice to wear. I rather keep my pattern super simple, most times I simply draft directly on the fabric, which works especially well for light summer clothes. Anyway, great job, keep it coming!

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    Jul 2, 2010, 09.03 AMby xena-worrier-princess

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!! :D And thank you also for the tips about the Zipper! I shall practice hard – maybe I SHALL conquer it some day! :) The Pattern is a Simplicity 2498! – Does everyone really always wash the fabric before sewing?? – It seems a daunting prospect, what with all the ironing and never getting it quite straight again… And yes! – Copious amounts of alcohol were indeed consumed, but always AFTER the sewing! ;D

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    Jul 2, 2010, 03.49 AMby nessys

    Darl – this is lovely. As a fellow “worrier” I feel for you!! Zips have the uncanny knack to be able to send you running over a cliff or drinking large amounts of alcohol (NEVER drink and sew . . .).

    I love the neck line! Good on you for your first attempt and for persevering!!!

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.53 PMby ink

    Congrats the dress looks fabulous! Keep sewing!

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.41 PMby kemwilliamsusa

    You did a great job!!!

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.38 PMby nessu

    Very nice,I like the fabric a LOT ! There’s something very nostalgic about that dress :)

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    Jul 1, 2010, 02.09 PMby Brumby Ramsay

    You have done a great job for your first dress! Have a look at this tutorial on zip insertion, its pretty handy! http://craftzine.com/101/sewing101_zippers/

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    Jul 1, 2010, 12.53 PMby nadinebennett

    I really like it – what’s the pattern number? great work!

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    Jul 1, 2010, 12.09 PMby aggelicat .)

    nice job!!
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