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Date: 8/17/11 0:42 AM

Hello there, I'm new to PR and a beginner. I have a project in mind and it's kind of a long story, so here goes:

Last year I received a skirt as a gift, which you can see here:
click here. It is a good looking skirt and the fabric has some nice weight to it, however it is too long, I am 5'3" and the hem goes down to my ankles. Not to mention all the gathered fabric at the hips which makes me look wider than I am tall. So here's the deal: I like the skirt's fabric and I think I could make a nice party dress out of it. All that gathered fabric comes to 3 1/2 to 4 yards (didn't measure exactly) and from hip to hem is 32 inches.

I also think the hip beaded panel click here could be used as part of the dress, possibly around the waist or something like that.

I need some advice regarding what dress pattern would be nice, I've considered Simplicity 2884 but I'm open to suggestions. I could even try other garment if the fabric is not really appropriate for this pattern. I looked for a label but there's no description of the type of fabric used, it is a silky synthetic fabric, smooth and slightly heavy. Washing instructions recommend to wash separate, do not bleach and use warm iron.

As I mentioned earlier, I'm a beginner but I recently made a couple of aprons and a cotton skirt with elastic waist using the patterns on "Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe", which I thought was pretty easy and I was pleased with the result.

Any advice you could give me will be greatly appreciated
-- Edited on 8/17/11 0:44 AM --

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Date: 8/17/11 1:38 AM

I actually thought your skirt was a tube dress when I opened the picture. Any chance it fits over your bust? A couple of straps from a matching trim and your best high heels and you are ready for a night on the town. I just love the skirt and can see why you would want to save it. I don't have a pattern suggestion for you but I can offer the advice of KISS. The less you cut and manipulate the higher your success rate :>)
-- Edited on 8/17/11 1:39 AM --

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Date: 8/17/11 1:11 PM

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The less you cut and manipulate the higher your success rate


That makes perfect sense and I'll keep it in mind, thanks.

I've tried it on as a tube dress and I think it'll stay on if I add straps, but there's the issue of all that fabric and I'd like the "dress" to be more shapely.

I also considered cutting it to make a shorter skirt, but the same problem: 3 to 4 yards of fabric gathered around my hips is not flattering. If anything, I'd like that part of my body to look narrower, not even wider than it already is

Anyway, this is not something I want to start right away. I want to do some research before taking the scissors and doing something I might regret. I will look into more options for the time being.
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Date: 8/17/11 4:03 PM

I am interested to see how this thread/project progresses! When you said you'd like to make a dress out of it, I immediately thought of this dress from Pyramid Collection:


So when you tried it on as a dress as a previous poster suggested, did you try belting it? Experiment with wide or narrow belts and also the location/height (empire, natural waist, etc) to see what's most flattering. Even if you don't end up being able to wear the skirt as a dress without altering it significantly, it will help you start to see what kind of shapes it responds to, and what will help it best flatter your shape.

Good luck!

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Date: 8/18/11 3:59 PM

I dunno about the tube dress thing, unless you can keep it from poking out weirdly under the bust! Unless I'm visualizing this wrong... I think your biggest challenge with making a dress is going to be the 32 in height. You're going to want those kinda gatheredie things to run vertically, as they are now. So unless you're going to buy more fabric for the bodice (which you totally could do!) you might be restricted to doing a top, even if it has allllll that width! Unless of course the texture irons out, but the texture is so neat!

Maybe you could do a peasant type blouse like Butterick 5527 or 5357 just being careful about your fullness factor!

I like that simplicity dress, and the length will defiantly be more flattering, but if you used the current hip part as your belt or something along those lines you'd still have the issue of all the fullness! Even if you reduce the amount around yourself that fabric still has a lot of body. But it could work! Try standing in front of a mirror and raising and lowering the "waist" on the skirt and see if it looks better somewhere else. I love full skirts, but as a pear I know well the "this makes me look double wide" problem! I avoid waist/hip gathers like the plague.

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Date: 8/18/11 5:03 PM

So I did try it on as a tube dress as some of you suggested and, well, keep reading on:

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I dunno about the tube dress thing, unless you can keep it from poking out weirdly under the bust!


Indeed. I did try it last night as a tube dress and tried a belt on, which wasn't so bad but the beaded panel kept bulging under my bust...So the tube dress idea doesn't really convince me.

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I think your biggest challenge with making a dress is going to be the 32 in height. You're going to want those kinda gatheredie things to run vertically, as they are now.


I was planning to iron them out. To be honest, I'm not a big fan of that texture.

Quote:
Maybe you could do a peasant type blouse like Butterick 5527 or 5357 just being careful about your fullness factor!

That might work out so I guess I'll keep it as an option.


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I love full skirts, but as a pear I know well the "this makes me look double wide" problem! I avoid waist/hip gathers like the plague.

Yeah, I am a pear too so when I first received this skirt I thought it was stunning but then I tried it on and man, I felt big like an ostrich

BTW, going through my patterns I found that Simplicity 2692 might also work, if I can iron out all those wrinkles and try C (shortened) or D... I don't know

also @ stirwatersblue: I like that dress! Is there a pattern for something like that?
-- Edited on 8/18/11 5:06 PM --
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Date: 8/18/11 7:43 PM

Clutch and outstanding top, both made from your fabric/skirt , and worn with a bottom that you find to be flattering and comfortable?

Can the beaded detail be used upside down? For a top with the beaded area falling wherever it would flatter you best, waist, slightly below waist (A blouson style can be very flattering), high hip, or hip? Something that would end up with the beaded area being the bottom band like the bottom band on this:
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/62010-tunic-top-with-bat-sleeves

I have a top similar to this burda top and it has a slimming effect on my plus size hips. I get loads of compliments when I wear it.

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