New surf dress.

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New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:33 am

Madness reigns.
I've decided to construct a couple of surf dresses out of junk.
It must be a quirk of mine, but not that uncommen I believe, that wet, or dress swimming is a whole lot of fun.
However, surfing in dresses is a bit potentially hard on them as you for instance come right in and grind the chest on the sand.
The Silkbody dress with it's big long skirt was definitely the best in those videos on the Coromandel, but that is basically a $400.00 dress!
So I have taken an old surf t-shirt, and also a $40,00 long sleeved top and am amalgamating them with skirts made from old silk nightshirts. Great recycling. And will probably, once redyed, look far too good for the job.
Look on this thread for photos/videos to come.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqpaBeRBtUs&feature=plcp
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Grok » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:01 pm

Perhaps we could call the end result an amalgamated garment? I don't know if there is already a term for such.
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Tor » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:48 pm

Patchwork dress might be close... though it implies a few more pieces than you seem to bu using.

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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Mon Nov 12, 2012 10:52 am

I suppose patchwork sort of, in that the skirt will be a number of triangular pieces, probably six methinks, which will make it really wide and swingy, as the quite heavy silk is extremely flexible.
The Silkbody dresses are already an "amalgamated" garment, as they are a skirt of theirs which I have added to one of their mens short sleeve tops.
This is a good example, the crepe-de-chine skirt from one of their dresses, which had the skirt really high under the bust, amalgmaated with the mens short sleeve crew to create a really long light silk skirted dress which is great for out on windy days, when that skirt really flies!
No surfing in this one!
The surf one will look somewhat similar though I think, but not quite as long.
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby MoonDrake » Sun Mar 03, 2013 5:05 pm

Very cool, I'm ordering swimsuit material and making the misses and myself swim dresses for the summer.
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:03 am

Great idea. I'll be looking forward to seeing those.
Have't got the ones I mentioned together yet, but I have an old cotton one or two that are good though. The one I'm planing wood in on "Jack Track" is one.
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby MoonDrake » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:05 pm

I saw that looked good
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Re: New surf dress.

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Re: New surf dress.

Postby pleated » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:43 pm

Very good Jack.
and very revealing :shock: :)
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:30 pm

Not over the top but!
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:53 am

OK, I have I think the ideal components for the perfect all polyester surfing dress, seen here as still separate skirt (of which I actually have two), and a long sleeved top. :wink:

A lot less work than the one mentioned above, and also I find the bamboo material is not as rugged as that polyester top from the "Kathmandu" outdoor clothing company.
Save wear on this great dress, which has since been redyed and certainly ain't going in again:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqpaBeRBtUs
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:11 am

Looking at that, methinks sewing them together just at the stitch line of the top garment, and then removing the stuff above would be the thing.
Giving a nice smooth finished look.
"Watch this space" !

There is of course nothing against it being a great dress for up the street, no pockets notwithstanding!
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:56 pm

Right, I think I've got them at the right level as pinned here.
Be great for walking in the rain too, which is great fun.

Went out and got drenched the other morning in this great shirt-dress though, which was really successful!
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby Jack Williams » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:09 pm

Got this all polyester wet-dress together today. So far the skirt is attached to the top with one round of backstitching of 1/4" foward and 1/8" back.
The top actually has a second round of stitching about 3/16" lower, and I shall also do that around for extra strength.

I have to say it is supremely comfortable and destined for a lot of other wearing!
Snug on the bod.
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Re: New surf dress.

Postby crfriend » Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:36 pm

Normally I detest the drop-waist look, but have to admit that it works quite well in that shot. Well done; that looks like a keeper.
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