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Date: 10/16/06 2:54 PM

I would love to make this dress, do you know of a simular pattern, and what's the name of the pockets?

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Date: 10/16/06 3:44 PM

Those appear to be welt pockets. Sorry can't help with the pattern, but it looks like a pretty basic dress--I think that there would be similar styles available through Simplicity, McCalls, or Butterick

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Date: 10/17/06 9:09 AM

Welt Pockets, the maker of the dress sublimally said it was difficult to make those pockets. Are these the same pockets found on mens clothing?

And is there a difference in Cotton blend and Mens shirt material? Is mens shirt fabric a speciality item?

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Date: 10/17/06 9:24 AM

I fyou can get a copy of the THreads article that was written by our own Gorgeous Things, there is a great tutorial on welt pockets. I tried them for the first time using her technique and mine turned out beautiful! Preview of the article

I have found that the instructions in a pattern can make or break the sewing process. Some are better than others, it all depends on who was writing the guide sheets. So, if you have a basic sewing book on hand (Reader's Digest or Vogue both have good ones) then you have access to instructions when the pattern does not provide them. I often suspect that the difficulty in some techniques lies in poor instructions and diagrams ...

With regard to men's shirting. From what I understand it is a finer fabric, usually cotton that may be blended with other fabrics. You don't have to use shirting fabric, you can use others. Depends on how much you want to spend!

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Date: 10/17/06 9:35 AM

Yes, they are the same kind of pockets as found on men's back trouser pockets. Welt pockets are not terribly difficult, but they are the type of thing that you would want to practice a few times before cutting holes into your good stuff.

The dress looks like a simple sheath, you should be able to find a similar pattern in and of the Big 4. Look for something that has the armholes and neckline you want in a dress that is straight up and down.

The shirring part looks like it was done with elastic thread. I just found out while trying to shir a piece of quilting cotton last night that elastic thread only works well with lighter weight fabric. As in lighter than quilt store quality cotton (it was a piece of Northcott).

Irene or Liana would know about men's shirting, as I believe they have both made many men's shirts. As far as I understand, men's shirting is a particular weight of cotton or cotton blend, often with man-type stripes woven in. It would probably work well with the elastic thread for shirring, but I'd test before I cut out the pattern.

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Date: 10/17/06 9:36 AM

Ah, Lorna beat me to it. I was going to reference that article, too!

Melissa

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Date: 10/17/06 12:29 PM

Also, the Clotilde website sells a welt pocket maker for under $15 that makes the process easier. There's also a bargain priced 50 cent VHS videotape on the same website that shows how to make welt pockets using the device. I received mine a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to use them yet. But the process looks fairly easy.

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Date: 10/17/06 1:52 PM

thanks for all the information, I've learned so much on this thread alone. You sewist are a wealth of wisdom. The dress is simple and cute but might be a bit more complicated than it appears. I have someways to go before I can make such a garment.

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