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Simplicity 8181 ( 1969)

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Retro / Vintage
RaeADay on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Quilt cotton from Dallas fabric warehouse.

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What are you most proud of? Right now, I'm proud that I figured out how to add a back dart, which I really needed for this to fit properly. I love A-line patterns, but I need a little more curve on the bodice. (I started this dress in August, but I am just getting back to it.)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Watch lots of YouTube videos and do an invisible zipper. Don't try to get all fancy on the interfacing! My original dress, which I actually could've worn, was put back into my scrap box. I tried to use a contrasting fabric for the interfacings like I'd done with my mom's dress. Well, I chose a Batik wax-dyed quilt cotton that was much too stiff and heavy. By the time I realized this, I'd already done lots of understitching, etc., and I just couldn't save it.

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Very nice dress. Is the pattern still in stock? I like simple and easy. Did you line the whole dress?

12/08/2012 Flag

I had to wait to find a copy of the pattern on Ebay. I had set up an auto search for the pattern number, so I got an email when another became available. I am mad at the sleeve and neck facings right now, so I think I'm going to rip them out and try to do a one-piece facing. A plain lining would be nice, though.

12/10/2012 Flag