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Novice sewer looking for help with dress
Novice sewer looking for help with dress
Member since 8/12/13
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Date: 8/12/13 12:09 PM

Hello! I am a novice sewer, but I am feeling ambitious would like to try to re-create this dress:, worn by Kim Sears at the Wimbledon game this year.

I feel like a shift dress wouldnít be too hard for me, but Iíve never worked with lace before (cotton lace) or tried to do a lined garment (I would like to just make a slip separate from the lace overlay). Anyway, Iíve found a pattern that looks perfect: (in the ď1Ē style) but Iím worried Iíll have trouble because it doesnít come with instructions for a slip.

I found a Colette pattern for a shift dress that could work, because it comes with instructions for a sheer fabric with slip, but no button placket in the front which is what I really want.

Can anyone offer any advice on this? Any help is much appreciated!

Thank you!
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Date: 8/12/13 12:32 PM

The Laurel is a simple pattern so that would be a good pattern to use. Those patterns have good instructions for beginners. Use a cotton eyelet fabric but don't spend too much money or you will be frustrated if it ends up not working. Read the reviews here on PatternReview to see how other people made their garment and what kinds of modifications they made. HERE is a link to the reviews of the Laurel.
Good Luck!

Connie Bontje
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