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Date: 7/22/13 5:36 PM

Right now I am on grandchild duty so no sewing for me, but I am still thinking about sewing.

I pulled out some more of my knits and want to make the dress I posted about again. This will be the 3rd time. In fact I pulled out three more knit fabrics from the stash to make up this dress.
Think it might be overkill?
I did give some thought to the See & Sew Dress Sherril posted about last year or anyway I think it was last year. However that dress is an unknown and I will need to do alterations, which seems like work at the moment.

Maybe once the grandchildren go home I will have more energy and it won't seem like work? Right now I am really tired and I still have to get thru dinner and bedtime.

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Date: 7/22/13 9:38 PM

I am intrigued by your knit dress as I am always hunting comfy at home wear which in our summers is a challenge. I have loads of rtw clothes that I will wear to some special event. It's the ones I want to live in at home that led me back to sewing for me. If I were you until I got bored or had enough of them so I wasn't pulling the same dress out of the dryer I'd follow my dream. You'll know when you get sick of them. If I fit a pattern it requires effort and test sews. Sometimes I get distracted and don't get to the wearable one. If I sew one that I have worked on I have something actually to wear and that is hard to get past.

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Date: 7/23/13 0:24 AM

You know you'll get your money's worth if you make this dress 3 times. I don't think it's overkill. I've made the same top pattern 6 times. What's the difference?

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Date: 7/23/13 0:48 AM

I have a wear at home knit dress pattern that I've made 8 or 9 times. A sundress pattern that I've made at least 7 times. A knit top probably 15 times. Once I have the fit out of the way I wear patterns out!

Besides, who else but another sewer is going to really realize it's the same pattern? Even then with minor changes and different fabrics most people would not even realize it especially when it's a basic style.

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Date: 7/23/13 7:46 AM

Simply, would love to know your 2 favorite patterns or are they OOPs?
I like some of the new Retro patterns for sundresses and around-the-house, they're often for cottons. Anyone successfully convert favorite patterns to knits by going down a size or such? I just threw out a wadder linen blend try because I couldn't get used to not having that
ease of a stretch fabric.

Isn't it nice to send grandchildren home to bed?
3 under 5 here is tiring, that third one really makes a difference
when we need that third hand!

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Date: 7/23/13 4:17 PM

My dress and top patterns were both self drafted off a basic sleeved knit top pattern and are actually one and the same pattern. I have just done many, many, many variations on the one pattern. I figure if it's not broke, don't fix it!

My sun dress is a modified version of M5893. My modifications were to bring the shoulder straps in (they're set at the outer edge of the shoulder, not bra friendly) and eliminate the underbust dart which I turned into gathers.

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Date: 7/24/13 10:51 AM

I think using a T&T pattern makes sewing enjoyable. No surprises or fitting issues.

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