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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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