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Has anyone made this??

maddog3 | Posted in General Discussion on

Has anyone made the dress on the cover of No. 71 (July 1997)? I was on earlier and stated that I am getting back into sewing and I have always wanted to try this dress – I would say I was an “intermediate” sewer. Just so happens that in the same issue is the “Perfect Bra” would also like to try that – would love to hear from you if you have attempted either of the above – thanks
Chris G


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    I haven't tried the dress (though it looks nice and comfy for spring-summer), but I'd encourage you to try sewing bras. It's not difficult, and it's fun to play around with fabrics and colors--not to mention that you can get a good fit.


  2. FitnessNut | | #2

    I haven't tried the dress, although I recall reading in a subsequent issue that someone had problems with the pleating/pocket. You might want to check that out before you make an attempt. As for the bras, I have made several. They are easy and fun to do - and terrific to personalize! The best part is that once you have your pattern fit perfected, you can put one together in no time!


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      maddog3 | | #3

      Thanks for the reply, I am going to "go for it" with the bra this week-end for sure after your comments - will have to let you know how it turns out.

      Chris G.

      1. FitnessNut | | #5

        Good for you....have fun with it!

    2. Hansi | | #4

      So where do you get a pattern to make a bra?

      1. FitnessNut | | #6

        I bought my patterns from Elan Patterns (www.elanpatterns.com). They also sell all the fabrics and findings you will need to make bras. Cynthia Elam is the author of the Threads article referred to, and I suggest you read the article before attempting to make a bra. She really demystifies the whole process, so you don't need to feel intimidated by the fitting or construction at all. You can also by bra patterns through Sew Sassy (I haven't dealt with them) or Bra Maker's Supply in Canada (they have fabulous service....check out their web site for loads of info on this topic).


        1. Hansi | | #7

          That's really interesting--I think I'll try it.  Thank you for the info.


  3. suesew | | #8

    Hi I made that dress several years ago and it remains one of my all time most comfortable things to wear. It is, however so loose and casual that I think I only wore it in public once and I wear it around the house. The pockets are tricky but very doable once you figure it out. I always wanted to do it again in a diffedrent fabric. The first was a wonderfully soft green cotton that ended up a little too much like scrubs. I've often thought of tryhing some discharge dying on it to see if I could mke it even more interesting. Go for it. Sue

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      maddog3 | | #9

      Thanks for your reply Sue. Funny you should mention about wearing in in public - I too had the same thought - kind a loose fitting but it does look soooo comfy for home, especially around the yard. Thanks for the tips and I am looking forward to giving it a whirl .

      Chris G.

  4. MegVT | | #10

    My mom made that dress several years ago.  We drew out the pattern on gridded Pellon, she purchased the ruffler attachment for her Pfaff, and did a nice job with the dress.  The big problem is the dress looked HORRIBLE on her, so I tried it on.  It looked no better on me (I'm 4 inches taller, and 5'8" tall).  Neither of us is model-thin, but it seemed as though there was just too much fabric, too much detail (with the pocket detail) and not enough interest at the neckline.  Sigh. 

    Oh well.  Not every sewing project is going to be a smashing success!


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