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Dana's Adventures in Knitting

Thursday, June 29, 2006

fun in the sun

I finished my sun dress yesturday. It turned out pretty well. I learned how to make slash pockets and shirring with elastic. I also edged something with double fold bias tape for the first time.

Next time I will reverse the angle of the pockets (it was a WTF moment). I did have to do a bit of last minute fitting including shortening the neckline and putting in darts from the armholes to the bust.

Anyway, he's a strangely unflattering picture. I had to use the timer and photography is not my strength.

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Monday, June 26, 2006


Erin of Dress a day and I seem to have similar taste. She found these ultra cute shirred dresses made from men's shirting. They're kind of expensive and they don't come in my size, but they look really easy to make.
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I've drafted a pattern for it. It's 2 pieces plus pockets. There's a tutorial out there on how to make shirring out of skinny elastic. I'm going to use that instead of using elastic thread. The instructions for the pockets I found in an old BH&G sewing book. The only big change I made was making the skirt an A-line.

I want to buy some nice shirting for it, but for now I'm making it out of some nice fabric my grandma gave me. At least if it isn't right I'm not out alot of money.
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sew fun

Long time, no see. I haven't been knitting much, but I did sew a dress. It's Mc Call's 5137 with a few small mods. I made it in a an 8 instead of the reccamended 16. I don't need 12 inches of ease! It's supposed to be a dress, not a tent. Since I did make it so much smaller, I had to install a zipper in the side. Finally, I made the bottom band of the dress skinnier. It fits like a dream and took 3 days to make. I even bit the bullet and handstitched the facings and hem. On to the pics...
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