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Oh my stripes!

Added Apr 16, 2017

by Beccki

Barcelona, Spain






This would have been a fairly quick project, had I known the techniques but it was a learning process to say the least. First mistake cutting stripes on the fold, no matter how aligned you think they are, think again, fortunately the first thing I cut was the sleeves. So I unfolded the fabric and cut each piece on a single layer of fabric.
Secondly I gathered the fabric as instructed it looked beautiful then my machine couldn’t handle all the excess material, fabric chewed equaled hole..oops, gathered again, machine managed it this time then took out the basting stitches and the gathers disappeared… how did that happen! So I found a tutorial on YouTube (professor pincushion) and gathered with elastic. Voila.
Next the trim on the neckline sags a little at the back but it’s hidden by my hair, need to stretch it more next time, then I thought the gathers were a little too high near my bust line so I unpicked 2cm.
The arm cycle looked a little to big so I removed 2cm front and back.. lovely.. I’m getting there. Finally I had to cut a significant amount off of the bottom initially I thought the ruching would raise the dress more than it did so when I shortened it I had a triangle dress…. bahhhh. Final fase taper the dress in at the bottom.
What an adventure but at least my stripes match and this beautiful fabric was so forgiving for the amount of torture I put it through and finally I have a dress I’m happy to wear.

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    Jun 10, 2017, 05.05 PMby iron-on

    I’m getting ready to make this dress. Glad I read your post first! You did a great job despite the hiccups and it looks great on you :)

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      Jun 11, 2017, 03.06 PMby Beccki

      Thank you very much, maybe if the jersey I used was a bit thinner the gathers would work as done in the instructions. I look forward to seeing your version :-)

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    Apr 21, 2017, 06.09 AMby TeenyUK

    Ooh Beccki, this sounds like one of my projects! But like me, you got there in the end and it was all worth it to get a unique dress for yourself. Love the look of that room you’re in, by the way! :)

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      Apr 21, 2017, 10.48 AMby Beccki

      Thanks Teeny, these experiences are sent to test our sewing skills ha ha, and thanks about the room it’s my apartment in Barcelona.

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    Apr 19, 2017, 12.24 PMby chula123

    this is defo on my “to do list”, so glad to see it here and thanks for all the info. I’ll be sure to stay away from stripes:-) looks great on you!

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      Apr 19, 2017, 05.00 PMby Beccki

      Thanks Chula, Ive always wanted to try stripes and i thought this was the perfect pattern for it. It was a learning experience to say the least.

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    Apr 18, 2017, 04.49 AMby jenss-1

    The dress looks great! I’ve got this one on my list too. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Apr 18, 2017, 10.06 AMby Beccki

      Thank you very much. i look forward to seeing your version.

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    Apr 17, 2017, 06.53 AMby Mary Athey

    Love this dress. I have traced this pattern out and I’m so glad to see it made up. You did a cracking job in the stripes. I use elastic for the gathering as I find it’s more even and easier. You look great in this xx

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      Apr 17, 2017, 07.49 AMby Beccki

      Thank you Mary, the stripes went a bit off line when I took in the upper sides but at least they are matching on my bum ;-). The elastic trick for gathering is fantastic I’m happy I discovered it.

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    Apr 16, 2017, 07.33 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is so smart and cool! Love it :)

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      Apr 16, 2017, 07.50 PMby Beccki

      Thanks so much Ellen it was a labour of love.

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