Frock by Friday: Friday

September 3, 2010

Finally done. I wanted to post this early but I've been so busy working on this and the photos. I can't wait to see what you've done with this dress.

As you can see I used a buttercream yellow material for the skirt. For the top I used a simple white poplin fabric and embellished it with navy bias tape and a blue and white rope twine.
I also used tiny brown and tan hued buttons.

I REALLY like this dress. It's interesting. And it's comfortable. But if I had to make it over again I would have used a floppy but sturdy fabric like garbadine. The poplin and cotton is very stiff and wrinkles easily.
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1. Pin the wrong side of the bodice to the right side of the skirt matching the center of the bodice to the center of the skirt. Sew it to the skirt by "stitching in the ditch" of the peplum and bodice seam. Be sure that you pin the skirt above the peplum seam.

2.  Ok, now here's a very sticky wicket. With my pieces, the skirt is wider than the blouse. Whatever you do, DON'T cut the skirt to make it even with the blouse. You will end up with a mess. This can happen when you are piecing together two separate patterns. Here's what I did. First I marked on the back of the dress where it started to get too tight, which was about the middle.

3.  Then I added a piece of fabric the width of the extra skirt piece and as long as from the bottom of the bodice to where I made the mark on the blouse in step 2. Iron well. The flatter it looks the better.

4. Then I cut that piece from where it met the skirt to the mark I made in step 2 so that it was one long line without any corners.

5. Then I sewed the new piece to the skirt at the seam, right sides together.

Now if you do this dress again, you'll know to add that tiny piece to the back of the bodice pattern BEFORE you cut out the pattern to avoid steps 2-5. If you redo the dress in a different style, I'd also lengthen the peplum by an inch on both sides.

6. I also sewed the pleats in the back of the skirt into darts because they looked really weird as pleats. To do this just sew starting from the end of the pleat line and taper down to the fold.

7. I sewed in the invisible zipper to the dress. If you would like an invisible zipper tutorial try this one. If you think the zipper won't be long enough what you can do is start sewing the zipper further down and use a hook and eye for the top of the back of the dress.

8.  Then sew up the bottom of the back of the skirt from the hem to the last stitch of the zipper.

DONE! Give yourself a pat on the back because this wasn't an easy one.

As you can probably see I embellished a little by adding bias tape trim accents as well as a little twisty rope detail. 

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will try to address them.

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14 {comments}:

Tanya-Yanata said... Best Blogger Tips

I like how your top turned out.Especially the top- charming! and fits good, too.
but for the bottom I think I'd preffer to see something light blue? anyway, great job!congrats.

jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

where did you get the boue and white twine that is on the top...your dress looks outstanding i was so annoyed that i could not get started but maybe that was a good thing as i think i will do something in a similar style thanks!!!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

There is a fabric outlet store down the street from my house that sells all sorts of neat trims, buttons and weird stuff. It was only 30 cents a yard. Can't beat that!

Mama K said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! Love it! Love the colors...It definitely works!

Christie // lemon squeezy home said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the combination of colors! The top detail is amazing! I love it.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this!!

Lavender and Twill said... Best Blogger Tips

What an amazing dress ~ the top's details are simply goregous.

I always like seeing the ideas you come up with.

bonita of Depict This!

magdamagda said... Best Blogger Tips

great top details, so crisp and effective, love the colours you picked also!

Rhonda @ home.made. said... Best Blogger Tips

That turned out incredible - great job!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Kathleen,

Just wanted to thank you for doing this (I will post my pics later this weekend cause it's not completely done).
Your explanations were clearer than all the instructions I have read so far. This was for me the first time I was sewing a blouse with buttons and all, and you made it almost easy...:) with minimum mistakes and such applicable techniques!

Marybeth said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress i GORGEOUS!!!! There are so many variations of it that you could make... Thank you so much!

Sabr said... Best Blogger Tips

Really adore your fabric combination and all the extra added bit! I am still struggling with some fitting issues but hope to finish this weekend.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

wow thats gorge x

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Loved it!! The top's details are simply goregous.:D

Can you make a tutorial were you line a jacket??

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