Sunday, 6 October 2013

Another attempt at the minidress

First of all, I had an idea about making a loose tunic, and found out how to cut a point-hem tunic.  I drafted a pattern and cut out some pieces, then pinned the front to the doll, and it looked promising.  


However... after that I sat and though about what I had really wanted for this outfit - so I decided to try another figure hugging minidress/tunic like yesterday's.  I re-drafted the pattern yet AGAIN, and decided to add a lining in the hope of losing the VPL from the clingier dress.

Now then kids.   For adding a lining to a garmnet, you can do no better than to watch this fantastic technique by Magalie Dawson of MHD Designs.   This is nothing to do with my work - she's an awesomely talented designer and seamstress, and I highly recommend her patterns.

With the video on my computer, I set about cutting and sewing the next version of the dress.
Pattern pieces of the dress and lining. 

The dress fabric is my precious piece of hand dyed purple cotton lycra, the lining is a very thin stretch fabric I keep in my stash for lining stretchy things.

Attaching the sleeves to the lining and dress pieces.

Where to sew is indicated by the zigzag edges. 

Going by Magalie's video, I managed to get the "loop" she describes. From there, sewing the side seams and sleeve seams is very easy.
"Loop" as shown in the video.

Once you've tucked the backs of the dress into the front, it's easy to sew up the sleeves and side seams.  Don't forget to leave a gap for turning!

Almost-finished dress/tunic.

With this technique, it's all sewing at odd angles for a while, and then suddenly you turn it right side out and it's almost complete!  I like the result.  I have actually made the pattern too tight, still. The bulge of the leggings waistline can still be seen. Bah.  I was going to add a belt anyway, so hopefully that will detract from the bump. If not - it looks like I'll be making a floaty tunic after all.

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  1. I was going to say add a belt to hide it!! Looks great - but then it's purple..... !!

    1. Haha, yeah, I hope the belt idea works, we'll see. I used up my fabric now though, argh.

  2. I know it's not the look you wanted, but I really like the pointy hem tunic! I have a Magalie Dawson pattern, it is really clever, the way she works things out!

    1. I love it too :) The fabric I wanted to use wasn't drape-y enough though. But I will be making one of those in the drapier fabric.

      Magalie is amazing. I have several of her patterns (I'm a pattern hoarder too!) I think she's a professional top level designer from some of the info on her site, and the way she describes things.

  3. Well I was going to suggest stockings to go with the tighter tunic dress but perhaps it`s a little short for respectable gals! I like the pointy one too :)

    1. Yes, in hindsight, I shouldn’t have shortened the dress into a tunic. I'm having more failures than I'm used to lately! But I like the stockings idea. I don't think my Ell is too worried about being respectable. She thinks there's a difference between VPL (fashion faux pas) and deliberate raunchiness, lol.

    2. Lol, what a gal! :D


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