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A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:03 pm
by beachlion
Recently I bought a serger, a Singer Finishing Touch. I was preparing for summer so I thought I try to make a dress in denim. I combined the standard patterns of a T-shirt and a miniskirt. I did this before in jersey, without a zipper. That dress was quite shapeless because I had to pull it on over my head so I needed a belt. This time I put in a long zipper in front so I could make darts.

This was more or less a trial. The next one will have a lower neckline, a longer hem for flare and maybe slightly longer.

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I bought medium weight light denim and khaki so that will be my next dresses.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:32 am
by pepsie1
This is outstanding. I agree with your next time enhancements and would also suggest adding in-seam pockets. Can't wait to see the results.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:13 pm
by beachlion
I went a little further with my test object. I added a collar to simulate a shirt collar, breast pockets and shoulder straps. Just to make it a little less lady like.

The collar is slightly too wide near the shoulder seam. The breast pockets are a tad too big and need a different form like a pointed bottom. I don't know about the shoulder straps. I like them on my pilot shirts.

I'm already preparing patterns for the next generation of dresses. It is a learning process but I like it.

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Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:43 pm
by Fred in Skirts
From where I sit It looks very nice and I would wear it out if the hem was a little longer, say at the knees.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:23 pm
by beachlion
Fred in Skirts wrote:From where I sit It looks very nice and I would wear it out if the hem was a little longer, say at the knees.


The next version will be 6 cm (about 2.5") longer and a little wider at the hem. It is like fine tuning a pattern to see what each change is doing to the whole concept.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:18 am
by Freedomforall
That is a very nice dress you created! It looks amazing.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:56 pm
by SkirtsDad
beachlion wrote:I went a little further with my test object. I added a collar to simulate a shirt collar, breast pockets and shoulder straps. Just to make it a little less lady like.

The collar is slightly too wide near the shoulder seam. The breast pockets are a tad too big and need a different form like a pointed bottom. I don't know about the shoulder straps. I like them on my pilot shirts.

I'm already preparing patterns for the next generation of dresses. It is a learning process but I like it.


I definitely like the look. I'm fine with the length you already have, but I agree that the collar is too wide Being a big pocket fan, I also wonder if two further pockets might work for you. Something like the attacked would for me:

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Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:11 pm
by beachlion
Besides face blurring, this is the first time I'm photo shopped. ;) Thanks for the effort.

I agree on the smaller collar but the extra pockets are a reminder of aprons. I have an apron for my woodworking with pockets like that. I hope you don't mind skipping the extra pockets.

I have dissected an old T-shirt and a short sleeve shirt to reverse engineer a pattern. I think I have to buy old fashioned starch to stiffen the fabric. Then I can take measurements more accurately. Stay tuned.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:06 pm
by crfriend
Whatever you do, don't lose the epaulettes. They add all sorts of class to the thing, and if they're actually functional have purpose.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:42 am
by beachlion
I still have some left overs from my military service with the Royal Dutch Air Force. It is the right color as far as I can see. ;)

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Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:46 pm
by beachlion
Another dress from the production line. I made it slightly longer and widened and lowered the neck area. The fit around the waist is a tad tighter and the hem a little wider.
To get a dress fitting right is much more difficult than a skirt. The fabric should hang right without folds in a normal posture. You should be able to move with ease. To order a pattern for a dress is quite useless because the female body has some attributes a male misses. And modifying such a pattern is a journey in the unknown for me. I have to find a dress pattern for a shirt dress or similar. But then I will be back at square one because that was my first attempt.
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Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:06 pm
by Grok
Well done, beach lion. :D

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:38 pm
by Fred in Skirts
Looks great from where I am sitting. I wish I had the talent you have at sewing. I can do the usual buttons and minor mends but that is the limit.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:21 pm
by beachlion
Thanks for the good words. It looks better than it is. I'm far from even reasonable but I'm learning. It will be more of an effort to step outside in a dress. And the lady of the house still has no idea that I'm making dresses. I have to find a way to introduce it to her.

Re: A dress from the sweatshop

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:59 am
by Freedomforall
A job well done! You have talent.