Designing the perfect tiered dress

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Last time I wrote about my newly made knitted cardigan and I opened up about my fears, that the weather will be soon too warm to wear it: guess what happened…

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Yes, this is no mistake, our temperature went up from freezing in the night to 20 degrees. Kind of instant summer which lets me lust after a dress, again :-DDD I still want this easy to sew and easy to wear wide tiered dress. Somehow I see this kind of dress popping up a million times on my Instagram feed and everybody besides me seems to be able to sew a beautiful variation of this dress. While browsing through these colorful images I remembered that I also already made a similar dress many month ago, the Mira dress from Fibremood. This dress worked out lovely, but not 100 percent the way I envisioned the dress. A month ago I bought a tiered dress from H&M and this fits much better (in my eyes), so I started to copy it (I wrote about the process here), but never finished because there was no chance to buy fabric (because of Covid lockdown).

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Still with me after this confusing intro? Yes, then read more on my second try to sew the perfect but uncomplicated dress :-D

The fabric
On the fabric buying front not much changed, the shops were open for short, but you only could buy with a beforehand made appointment and I never managed to do this. So, no new fabric for me. But luckily, I found some old bed sheets with holes in my wardrobe which I spontaneously converted from bed sheet into a dress-fabric instead of mending them. This also took away my fear that I would destroy some lovely new fabric with my unskilled pattern-making improvisation.

The idea (to cheat)
While ironing the sheets, I pondered which details I disliked on the Mira and which details are so lovely on the H&M dress and if it would be possible to change the Mira pattern I already had cut out.
So, this is what I came up with:
The Mira dress is a bit too short or too long on me… not sure what it is, but something with the hemline feels wrong while wearing.
The waist of the Mira dress is high up and, in my eyes, this gives the impression of a pregnancy dress.
The shoulders are too wide.
The tires of the skirt part are very full, too much fabric for summer in my eyes.
The dress has no collar (the huge collar is a detail I looooove on the H&M dress).

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The designing
With these criteria in mind I took out the Mira patten and changed it… I elongated the body, so that the waist would sit under my natural waist, I draw the shoulder part smaller and the dress less full. The sleeves of the Mira dress have a nice width and are very similar to the H&M dress, so I simply copied them. And tada: now I have a dress pattern.

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Only the collar…. The Mira dress and the H&M both close at the back with a single button and all collar patterns I could use (from blouses or dresses) open at the front. Besides the collar should have the same width of my new dresses neckline and so there is no way around to design it myself. What I did not do… :-D Instead I sewed up a reversible collar with a ruffle and some straps to tie it together (I will write about this another time).

I would have loved it so much to show you some photos of me wearing a finished dress, but no… I am only half-way through the body’s dress. Hopefully I can show you more next time .

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Thank you @crosheille for initiating and @muscara and @marblely for hosting the #needleworkmonday. If you want to see more beautiful projects with yarn, fabric and most of all needles, follow @needleworkmonday. Or even better grab your needles and keyboard and join the #needleworkmonday community.

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I love how you rearrange things in order to achieve the goals you set out for. From what you have showed us I can already see how cute this dress will be. Love the fabric btw!! Looking forward for the model shoot! 🤩

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I also love the fabric, it is a very old and loved bedsheet my parents bought for their first bedroom (which my mother still owns) and all the wardrobes and the beds are red, which I think is kind of unusual :-DDD Very seventies like. And I got these sheets many years ago and used them so much that they have some holes and I feared mending will not help and the fabric is too thin at these areas. But also I did not want to throw the sheets away... so I tried to use it for a dress :-DDD I will finish it after the Easter days (Happy Easter to you 🤗)

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Well, this half dress looks great by now. 😅💕

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THank youuuu and hopefully the whole dress will fit (as always I am not too sure about this :-D) I will work on the dress after the Easter days (Happy Easter to you)

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After 50 years of sewing, I still get the fit wrong sometimes. But there is always a creative solution. !BEER

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Great work @neumannsalva :) can't wait until it going to be a cute dress

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Thanks you so much ☺️ And I am also hoping this dress will fit. Will work on it after the Easter days (Happy Easter to you)

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you're welcome, dear. i'm sure it will :). Great, Happy Easter to you too

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I hope soon you can show us your finished version of that dress, you can see that it is looking very beautiful. Making patterns is quite an adventure, I have already tried and they don't go wrong, the problem is to transfer them to the fabric and then face the unpleasant machine.

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"the unpleasant machine" so true and I had to smile. I will work on this dress after the Easter days and I still have high hopes it will fit. But first I have to cut out the tires for the skirt part windchill is not easy as the fabric (old bed sheet) is no longer straight and this is visible because of the pattern.
Happy Easter to you

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As always you are guiding us towards your results, which I enjoy and appreciate...I look forward to seeing the completed dress. Regards

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I also look forward to the finished dress and hope it will fit :-DD Somehow I really find it complicated to get my garments fit good on me... so much to learn :-D
Happy Easter to you

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I really like what you sew! And I love the fabric: color and pattern. I am waiting for your dress and I am sure that everything will turn out great for you !!! 😀🌼 Yes, I understand you about the shops. I somehow needed an elastic band for my pants and I had to stand on the street near the store and through the closed door (glass) show the seller what I needed. It is sad 😥

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I so hope it will be better soon for you. Israel seems to be very good in managing the vaccination and this gives hope that you soon will be back to normal (here it is a bureaucratic chaos 😱) I am glad you could buy the elastic band, as it is so annoying if you cannot finish something because a small detail is missing.
I will try to finish the dress after the Easter days and hope it will fit ... you remember I have minuscule fitting skills :-DDD Somehow half of my garments turn out too big.
Happy Pessach to you <3

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I always like that you are not afraid to try to do something. On the contrary, I am always afraid to try something new to me and because of this I hesitate. Looking forward to your dress !! Yes, the number of patients in our country has decreased significantly. But now it's Easter holidays and people are throwing parties. Let's see what will happen after this holiday with the coronavirus. Take care of yourself!!! 🌺

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I love the checked fabric! Looking forward to seeing the dress when it is done.

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Thank you so much. I also love this fabric (its real vintage :-DDD It was my parents first bed sheets when they bought their sleeping room furniture, and then they gifted it too me <3)
I will try to finish the dress after the Ester days and hope it will fit.
Happy Easter to you

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It looks good already. Love the sleeve.

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THank youuuuu... but you know... me and fitting :-DDD It is still possible that it will not fit at all. I am so bad at fitting. I hope I will get the dress finished after the Easter days.
happy Easter to you

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Einfach wunderbar. Ich liebe es wenn man so kreativ ist und es selber herstellen kann.

Liebe Grüße Michael

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Danke schön four dieses super Lob und die Unterstützung. Ich hoffe sehr das Kleid nach den Ostertagen fertig zu stellen und hoffentlich past es dann auch (was meine selbstgehenähten Kleider nicht immer tun :-DDD)
Frohe Ostern vor dich

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Keep up the good work!

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Thank you so much for the support, this means a lot to me.

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Nähen müsste ich auch mal wieder. Nach der Madness ;)

Have a !BEER

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Hmmm... Socken nähen, war da nicht was. Ich erinnere ein ganz tollen Stoff den du ergattert hast :-D

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