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Pamlyn
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Date: 6/10/12 6:30 PM

I have next to no experience sewing garments, but I would like to make a simple sundress out of this gauze fabric if possible ~ JoAnn Fabrics. It was really cheap so I figured I'm not out a lot of money if it doesn't turn out.

So I have 2 questions, 1) does anyone have a dress pattern suggestion for this fabric? and 2) I thought the fabric would soften up a bit after washing but it really didn't, plus it is really kind of sheer. Can I use something to underline it?

Thank you for any suggestions!
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Date: 6/10/12 8:49 PM

I don't have any suggestions about a pattern, but I did want to mention that the last gauze I bought at JoAnn had progressive shrinkage. I washed it once on regular, dried it hot, then sewed it up, and the garment still shrank by about 20%! So buyer beware.
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Date: 6/10/12 9:10 PM

Line it only with a fabric of same fiber content as the gauze, and pre wash and dry both a few times prior to cutting and sewing.

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Date: 6/10/12 10:43 PM

Debbie & Twizard,

Thank you for the heads up on the shrinkage and lining suggestion. I will be sure to wash my fabric and lining a few times!
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Date: 6/11/12 10:40 AM

I sewed a gauze maxi dress last summer. The one thing that surprised me was how such a thin fabric could end up being so bulky. I would sugest keeping the pattern you select simple.

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Date: 6/11/12 12:05 PM

Maybe this one, Burda 7913?

They even have it photographed in cotton gauze, with a double layer skirt already even on it, so you could even see in advance, what it might look like in that fabric.

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Date: 6/11/12 12:07 PM

Oooops, try here:

http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/13910
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Date: 6/12/12 3:16 AM

I made a tierred dress with gauze.
I made it off a Japanese sewing book so I don't have a link to it, but it's a yoke with round neck, first tier around the bust and another around the mid-thigh.
It was really cute, but it does get see through toward the bottom.
The top isn't too bad, so I normally have to wear leggings with it... Which defeats the purpose of breezy summer dress. :(
So I do recommend a dress with lining.
I really like the Burda pattern suggested by Beauturbo!
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Date: 6/12/12 6:36 PM

Ada, thanks for sharing your exp. with the dress you made. I do think this fabric weighs quite a bit more than I would have expected for a gauzy, sheerish material.

beauturbo, that pattern is perfect! Summery, lightweight and not too complicated (or at least it doesn't look like it, lol). Thanks so much!

Mikgirl, the dress you made sounds wonderful - I love tiers and layers. But yep, I def want a cool, light dress.

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Date: 6/15/12 9:40 AM

I would suggest a simple peasant style dress. You can find them with just a loose flowing look, or add an empire or waist elastic depending on what flatters you. You might need a cami under it but it would be perfect for the summer. I've seen them everywhere this year. It's a good choice for a beginning project.

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