Thursday, July 15, 2010

Coral Dress

Tired of shirt dresses?  Me neither.  Here is a dress I created with a $3 top from Forever 21 and some coral jersey fabric.




So I have good news and bad news.  The bad news is that I didn't take step by step pictures when I made this dress, but the good news is that I used the exact same method that I did on my lavender dress.  

I did make a few slight changes though.  

#1.  I used elastic thread on the top and bottom of the waistband.  Boy did that make a world of difference!  I used elastic thread on my swimsuit cover-up,  but for this one, I treated the elastic thread on the bobbin the same way I would treat normal bobbin thread, and didn't use the shirring technique.   The elastic makes getting the dress on and off a piece of cake.  

#2.  I added pockets using this tutorial.

#3.  The dress was a little short for my liking at first, so I added 2 rows of ruffles at the bottom for an extra inch or so. 

*Word to the wise:  It was very tough working with such stretchy material.  I love how it hangs and the end result, but trying to get it to lay flat to cut was a constant battle.  I also pinned it like crazy to keep the fabric from stretching too much.  Just something to keep in mind.

26 comments:

  1. Adorable! I love it! Thanks for the tutorial. I love the idea of making shirts into desses, but never really followed through on a lot of the tutorials I've seen because I didn't really like the way they looked. I love yours because you've added a fabric belt to the top of the dress to meet the shirt, and that makes a world of difference! Genius!

    I am so glad I found your blog!

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  2. yeap I am in love with this dress... awesome job!

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  3. I heart this dress way too much...too bad I don't even know how to thread a bobbin...sucks for me!

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  4. I love it, and I think your so talented.

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  5. Love this! I've been making t-shirt dresses alot lately but never using knit for the bottom...can't wait to try this and to find some striped knit for the nautical dress you also did. So cute!

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  6. Just as cute as the others you've made!

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  7. I totally love this dress!!! The coral is so pretty.

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  8. When you say you used elastic thread but not the shirring technique are you saying that you loaded the bobbin like normal thread?

    I've never used elastic thread... completely intimidated by it (code: not willing to pay the price if I make a mistake) but this dress absolutely inspires me. I'd try it if it came out like that!

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  9. I love your blog! I'm a new follower.

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  10. You are so talented!! The dresses are amazing!!! I blogged about you, hope it's ok. Really if someone doesn't know about you and your blog they really should!!! :)

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  11. This idea is just fantastic. Being a plus size girl, it's almost impossible to find a nice dress, now that I have seen your tutorial I think this may be the answer to my problem. I hope to try this sometime over the weekend. I'll let you know how it comes out. Thanks again for this tutorial, it's a life saver for the summer and for the upcoming fall. Thanks again.

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  12. I am in love with this dress. You are amazing!

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  13. How do you think this would work with a top of a "sweater" type knit. I have an old twin set that has just gotten too short with many washings. sleeveless top is striped and sweater is White with striping around edges. Also trying to figure out something to "jazz up" sweater top. Any ideas?

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  14. I know this is going to sound crazy but PACKING TAPE!!! I used it to tape down my patter to stretchy material because I lost my pins. I didn't take it off until after the cutting/sewing was done and it made it a million times easier.

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  15. am I missing something? where is the tutorial

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  16. Where did you buy your coral jersey fabric?

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  17. Did you use your serger or just your sewing machine? It's really cool! I want to make one...

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  18. I didn't have my serger yet when I made this, so I just used my sewing machine. The jersey doesn't fray, so you don't have to worry about the unfinished edges.

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  19. One trick I have learned in working with knit fabrics, or any slinky fabric that is almost impossible to lay flay (and still) to cut and then sew. Make your own liquid starch using this method. In a large bowl or pot, stir 1/2 cup cornstarch into cup of cold water. In a seperate pot, boil water and then into the cold water/starch mixture - you will add boiling water (2 quarts for heavy solution; 4 quarts for medium and 6 quarts for light solution). I like a medium solution best. Dip the cloth into starch solution and hang to dry. Once it is dry you have some nice stiff fabric. Iron the fabric, cut our your pattern pieces and sew it all together. It is stiffer and easier to work with. When you are finished sewing the garment - throw it in the washer and voila the starch is gone and now the fabric is nice and soft and lovely again.

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Pure genius. Now I can work on three projects that I've put off because of the difficulty working with the slinky, knit fabric.

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  20. One of the easiest ways I have found to cut and sew with slinkie fabric is to lay it on unprinted newspaper. You cut through your pattern, fabric and newpaper all together. Then when you need to move the fabric you move the paper and the fabric will move with it. I also use weights instead of pinning. If you don't have weights you can use you flatware and it works just as well. You can go to your nearest newspaper office and purchase these rolls from them . They are usually about 2.50 a roll. Then when I take it to the sewing machine to sew I use a terry towel to lay over the area I am placing my fabric on. That will keep you fabric from slipping. I really tape a used towel over my sewing table area so that it stays there permanently. Hope this helps you.

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  21. just the prettiest ever--what a talent you are

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  22. I'm inspired :) thank you! Now I'm heading to Joann's Store.

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  23. In the past when the fabric has been difficult I have also ironed on (wool setting) some freezer paper (shiny side down on fabric). I found out the hard way not to do this on a fabric that ravels too much, you wind up with a mess of threads. After you peel the freezer paper off you have a re-usable template.

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  24. The dress is even more beautiful in person! It is a bit big as expected but my seamstress said no problem on taking it in to fit me exact and she couldn't believe the price either.
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