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Date: 7/13/13 9:28 AM

My first dress was the self drafted midi one I already posted about. It was so comfortable to wear and cool. I looked through my pattern stash and pulled out some really simple summer type patterns. Then pulled some knit fabric out of the stash and went to town.
I made a muslin of McCalls 9172 using the darted front. It only went to size 18 so I added to the side seams and did an FBA using Shams method (cut the skirt portion of the dress off at the waist, do the FBA then attach the skirt part back on)

I had to take the side seams in a lot and the dart is almost to low (that's never happened to me before). It is still a little bit big but I have already put the hems in so it will do for an around the house dress. There is a CB seam and I have a rudder thing going on at the bottom of the back but that is an easy fix. It feels as if I am wearing nothing.

I have another version of this dress sewn and waiting for the hems. It goes together really fast.
Oh, I should mention that it is for a woven and I am using a knit so that could account for the sizing. I usually cut an 18 at the neck/shoulders then swoop out to a 22 at the bust then back to a 20 at the hips. A straight 18 with an FBA is what I ended up using on the second dress. I'll post pictures as soon as I get it finished. Need to get some matching thread as I intend to use the CS machine to do the hems.

What I like about this dress is that is does not hug my body but just skims over the bumps.

Not sure how I managed to do this but I have 3 patterns of this dress?

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Date: 7/13/13 9:40 AM

What a great dress! And the color is great on you. You're a great example to those beginners starting out, on how to alter to different sizes. An 18 out to a 22 then back to a 20 takes some engineering. I have a KwikSew pattern similar to this,
KwikSew 2627 and have been wanting to cut it out (I made one dress from it before and love it, but it's a little too short). So you've inspired me. As soon as my wrist heals, I'm back to my sewing room.

Post a review, would you, so others can comment? You're bound to get a lot of favorable ones.
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Date: 7/13/13 11:11 AM

way to go Ada. It looks nice and comfy too. Can't beat that combination. I have also rediscovered dresses. They are so much cooler than pants or shorts. And, bonus, we look nice as we do our errands

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Date: 7/13/13 12:04 PM

That looks fabulous!

I started making and wearing simple knit dresses in the summer a few years ago. They look good and have the added bonus of being much cooler than shorts since there's no waist band.

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Date: 7/13/13 5:18 PM

love the dress-think I have the pattern in the stash . I don't know know what it is this year but the usual uniform of cotton tops and capris isn't what I'm wanting to live in. I really like the uncluttered lines of your dress. I'm fixing to go pattern digging and see if I can find that pattern. Every thing you said about getting it fitted will be something I will have to do. I want mine loose and airy.-for sure.

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Date: 7/14/13 11:25 AM

You look so cool and comfortable! Lovely color for you.

I love summer dresses, too. I just have to remember to sit like a lady instead of sprawling, LOL!

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Date: 7/14/13 12:21 PM

oh yeah, and getting in/out of a car

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Date: 7/14/13 3:57 PM

Super cute!

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Date: 7/14/13 4:06 PM

Love your new dress, looks cool for summer and you look great in it. I will use my Sure Fit Designs pattern kit to make one for myself.

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Date: 7/14/13 9:52 PM

I've been wearing casual dresses more in summer heat too. I like your dress a lot, and the color is perfect for it.

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