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I want to knock off this dress
it was my most favoritest summer dress EVER
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Date: 4/2/12 8:33 PM

nearly 10 years after making this purchase, I'm afraid my time with my favorite denim dress is over. It was comfy, cool, flattering and cute! I saved it from the zipper ripping, I saved it from the dog chewing on it, but nothing could save it from the extra baby fat that just won't seem to melt away! So it's time to give in and replace it but I don't think Old Navy carries them anymore... so I'm on a hunt for a pattern, or possibly combo of patterns, that might fit this bill:

It's a halter neck dress, empire style bodice with ties up behind the neck. But instead of flaring out from just below the bust, it's actually fitted (via princess-like seams) down through the torso and then flaring out from the hips. Here are some photos:

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I love everything about this dress, the halter top with the narrow midriff band, the fitting through the waist down to the hips, the length (just above knee), the denim, the seamlines. LOVE IT. If only it still fit. But if anyone has any ideas, please share!

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Date: 4/2/12 10:00 PM

Why not take it apart and use it as a pattern, sizing up as required?

Some people cut the garment in half lengthwise so that they can use half as a pattern and half as a guide to show how the finished garment should look.

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Date: 4/2/12 10:06 PM

Good idea to rub off a pattern or take it apart. New Look has a huge library of dress patterns with empire seams that you could combine. Here's one that has the gored skirt, but you'd need a different bodice.

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Date: 4/3/12 3:17 PM

Kenneth King has a great PR class called "clone your favorite garment" -- check under Online Classes. You could use his techniques and upsize a bit. I found the class very helpful.

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Date: 4/3/12 3:44 PM

You would need to change the halter straps to regular spaghetti straps (which should be quite easy), but the McCall 4444 Laura Ashley sundress might be perfect. It's a popular pattern; I've made it and wore it to death.

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Date: 4/3/12 5:03 PM

How about Simplicity 4127? Lengthen the shirt hem to skirt length. Make shoulder straps long to tie like a halter. Instead of the gathers below the bust, sew up the excess like the seaming that's going down the front.

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Date: 4/4/12 6:05 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I would cut it up but there's a part of me that's just too sentimental about it to take scissors to it, and I keep telling myself I'll fit into it again someday...

Redhead, what's the pattern # for that pic you posted? The bottom of that looks most similar to what I'm trying to do. I also found a formal dress pattern that has similar princess seaming and a halter neck but without the empire bodice. In a way I think I might actually like that better, McCalls 3883 - it's out of print but I found a copy for cheap on ebay so I'll keep you guys posted.

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Date: 4/5/12 3:22 PM

very cute dress!!

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