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Posted on:1/7/07 3:27 PM
Last Updated:1/7/07 3:43 PM
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Soliel said... (4/4/07 10:12 AM) Reply
This is sooo cute! So Easter! Lovely!
clare said... (1/23/07 3:19 PM) Reply
Thanks for this review and the useful comments about the bodice sizing. This pattern is on my wish list so this review has been very helpful to me!
SimsSews said... (1/20/07 3:46 PM) Reply
Wow, what wonderful comments! Many appologies for abandoning my review, part guilt for spending so much time on the internet and part sheer terror of not measuring up. I've resolved no more running and hiding. And for anyone who might can overlook my rudeness, I love, love Helen's raunchy comment. Also Lhan, I like the idea of using a stabilizer, although I've never used stabilizer it's now on my to buy list. Bias means stretch, and in my last battle of the zipper war, I applied a long 1" strip of light weight interfacing to the back seam to control the end of zipper pucker. It did drastically reduce the zipper pucker, but now the seam waves in and out because the bias cut skirt material stretches and the seam cannot. The futher down the seam the worse the wave, so my solution was to hem the dress as short as I comfortably could. Perhaps stabalizer would allow the seam to stretch a little more than my interfacing does.
Lhan said... (1/10/07 1:33 AM) Reply
Very pretty! I love that fabric. I think you needed to stabilise the fabric edges where the zip goes almost as soon as you cut it out, so it hasn't stretched out of shape by the time you come to sew it. Iron-on interfacing can do it, basting tape, or even stay-stitching on a fairly small stitch, being very careful not to stretch the fabric as you sew. Another possibility is to use tear-away stabiliser, such as is used in embroidery. There is no way I would even try to sew a long zip on a bias edge without one or other of these. You might also have more success sewing the zip into a closed seam. I notice my Simplicity Sewing book says "zippers have the reputation for being difficult" - and I think you chose the most difficult situation of all. Any chance of a back view, and a close-up of the flowers you mention? Love to see the next version!
tweedcurtain said... (1/9/07 10:59 PM) Reply
Thanks for the Threads article corrections!
nicegirl said... (1/8/07 9:49 AM) Reply
I like the way that came out! The violet is very pretty.
AnneM said... (1/8/07 8:59 AM) Reply
Pretty; love the fabric. You could definitely waer that to work, I think. on re-buying the pattern: This is why I trace my patterns instead of cutting them; I hate having to go back out to the store.
Helen near Sydney said... (1/8/07 1:50 AM) Reply
I think it looks a little raunchy (that's a good thing). If you can't face doing the zipper in the slippery bias fabric thing again consider taking it to the dry cleaners or dressmaker in the mall, I sometimes get them to do tricky things like that. Thanks for a great (1st) review!
Tany said... (1/7/07 5:27 PM) Reply
Beautiful dress and a great review on this pattern. Thank you :)
JanineM said... (1/7/07 5:16 PM) Reply
you have done an excellent job - your dress does look very pretty.
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