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rostitchery 2:17pm, 1 September 2007
greetings all! if you're new to the world of the convertible dress, you are in for a treat! visit the website to see how it works, how to put it together, and ideas for how to wear it.

rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/06/one_seam_conver.html

then jump right in and make your own! post pictures of your dresses, ask questions, make suggestions--this is YOUR group, i'm just here to admire. :)

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red_hot_domino 10 years ago
Rowena:
My name's Dominique and I stumbled across your web site because I have three bridesmaids who have very different body types, and I was looking for this dress. WOW I don't have three hundred bucks per girl to spend! This was awesome and I can't wait to try and make one of these dresses for myself. But most of all I want my bridesmaids to wear dresses like these because they're so pretty and all the girls can wear them in a way that suits their unique figures while still looking uniform.
Here's the catch: I'm lousy with a sewing machine and my wedding is in the first week of June. That's only two months to learn to sew and do all the wedding stuff on top of that!
So I was wondering if anyone on this site had enough free time to help me by putting the dresses together. I would provide total compensation for materials, shipping, and of course time. I know how this must sound but I am totally desperate! Can anyone please help me?
Dominique
BornTooEarlyKnits 10 years ago
Hello Dominique, I've only just found this site too, I just hope you managed to find someone to help you??
Sue
mollyvaughan Posted 10 years ago. Edited by mollyvaughan (member) 10 years ago
To Rostitchery - thank you SO much for this gorgeous dress! I jumped right in last night and made it in a few hours (complete with break for eating dinner and washing up in the middle) - it's the first item of clothing I've ever sewn, and I'm so proud of it. Your tutorial has made my month :D
kelly.a.baldock PRO 10 years ago
Rostitchery i love this dress its lovely i was just wondering hoe you got the size for the circle to make the skirt beinging a large lady i dont wish to be cutting a huge hole in the middle and ending up with a short dress. yours looks fab
ennalss 10 years ago
I've sent in a couple of pictures to illustrate my experiments with skirt length and shape on the basic design. Thanks for the original posting, I'm really enjoying this dress non-pattern!
sondermae Posted 10 years ago. Edited by sondermae (member) 10 years ago
For Rowena - THANK YOU!! I LOVE the dress I made this afternoon! My youngest is now off to the Army and I need things to keep my hands (and mind) busy. The black dress I made is elegant, flattering, and perfect for New Year's Eve. My only quandry now is how to wear it!

For Kelly - Waist hole - here's what I did. I cut my skirt circle first by folding my skirt fabric in half, then in half again so I had a square. I measured my skirt length from the "center point," marked it with chalk in an arc, and carefully cut through all 4 layers at once. Before moving it, I measured my waist, then subtracted about an inch (because you're going to sew on the waistband and it will make it a little larger). That number I divided by 4 because you have 4 layers. Here's the tricky part: You need HALF that, so divide by 2, then measure, again from the center point in an arc, then cut that out. It worked great!

For example: My waist is now, unfortunately, 29 inches around. Take off an inch for the seam allowance: 28 inches. Divide by 4 = 7. Divide by 2 = 3.5. I measured 3-1/2 inches in an arc from the center point and it was perfect.

Now I'm off to make a navy dress for my sister!

Love it - thanks again!
claireth72uk 10 years ago
Hi

I am very new to sewing, (did it at school a long time ago) and i am a bit confused. If the waist band is measured to fit how do you get it on? Would I have to sew in a zip or something?

I am looking forward to making my own dress.
Thanks for any advice it would be greatly appriciated.
lor662 10 years ago
claireth72uk - I think they use stretchy fabric
cdnterra 10 years ago
Hello all you talented ladies. Ok i am also eyeing up this dress style for my bridemaids. Is there anyone out there that is willing to make these dresses for me? I would need 4 of them. Please let me know if there is anyone interested and how much you would charge and where you are located. Thanks for your time, Sarah
mommydrapeau 10 years ago
like cdmterra, i am looking at this dress for my bridesmaids. I have already purchased six of these dresses (but i only have 4 bridesmaids) from victoria's secret for a pretty penny. The problem is that the color is all off. I found the color I like Hot Tamale, but they only had 2 left in the size of my bridesmaids. So I purchased 4 dresses in Fiesta Red hoping it would work. It doesn't. Is there anyone out there who can make either two more dresses or all four dresses adding up to less than the cost at Victoria's. PLEASE HELP!
ebaldwi2 9 years ago
I think something is wrong with the following link:
rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2006/06/one_seam_conver.html

If this is a tutorial site I would really like to view it! anyone know why this link isn't working?
ebaldwi2 9 years ago
I googled and found this link
rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html
that worked. I am assuming it is the same as the origional post
Mickey is a gyrl 9 years ago
Hi, I just joined this group because I'm considering making this dress. I want to do a couple of mods, and I'm hoping someone else in this group has done at least one of them.

Anyway, if I do make this dress, I'll be sure to post pictures. I want to wear it for my wedding rehearsal (and rehearsal dinner) and bring it on my honeymoon, if I do make it!
Mash Wench Posted 9 years ago. Edited by Mash Wench (member) 9 years ago
I tried making this once, and the waist hole was WAY too big...so I scrapped it, and tried again...still too big. I even contacted a few ladies who made them and said my math was correct. Another problem I have it I am short waisted, plus sized, with a small chest. Also on all skirts I have to make the back of the skirt 2 to 3 inches longer than the front. I have a huge difference from waist to hip...18 inches. So I had to make the circle skirt in 2 parts. After I tried to get this together...it made me look huge. I wish there was a video, step by step on how to make this. It would be so much simplier. I also don't get...don't you have to sew the edges on the skirt and straps?
Swellanor 9 years ago
Hi Mash Wench,

I find that in any stretchy fabric, it's best to make the waist measurement smaller than you want it because it will stretch to fit. Another thing you can do is to pin the skirt to the band carefully, pulling the skirt fabric smooth the skirt fabric so that it's not stretching.

For the skirt you could try offsetting the waist hole within the circle skirt, so that the backside is longer. That would be a really cool drapey effect if you exaggerated it, too!

As for sewing edges, the bottom edge of the skirt will not fray or roll if you're using a knit fabric, so finishing is up to you. I've found that on my cotton jersey dress the straps roll up into little tubes if I'm not careful, and so some edge-finishing would probably help them lay flat as straps.

This pattern just doesn't have much structure on its own, and so tends to drape off one's highest points. You might like how a more robust fabric works, or a woven fabric for the skirt, or a different fit: I have similar fit issues to yours (short waist, plus-sized, small chest), And I've found that I prefer making and wearing this dress as an empire-waist.

Finally, If you don't like these effects, it just may not be the pattern for you- there may be "infinite" options to wear it but that doesn't mean it will be the perfect dress for you, or achieve the look that you want.

Good Luck!
fumbling cars [deleted] 9 years ago
Although I've had the instructions for this dress for a couple of months, I just made it yesterday...in fact, I made two! With the added help from Sondermae's instructions (thanks soo much) for the waist hole and using a one-way stretch material and only 3 measurements, I was able to cut and complete the dress in 1 hour. Only one seam and a rolled hem...what a breeze!

Now I'm itching to make more...maybe a beach coverup? I think it would also make a beautiful wedding dress for a tropical wedding.

Thanks again & happy sewing.
irog12 9 years ago
Um...can anyone help me on making the waist hole?
kimnkirk 9 years ago
Irog: These instructions were posted above .... I can't take credit for them! But every time I make one of these dresses I refer to this paragraph:

Waist hole - here's what I did. I cut my skirt circle first by folding my skirt fabric in half, then in half again so I had a square. I measured my skirt length from the "center point," marked it with chalk in an arc, and carefully cut through all 4 layers at once. Before moving it, I measured my waist, then subtracted about an inch (because you're going to sew on the waistband and it will make it a little larger). That number I divided by 4 because you have 4 layers. Here's the tricky part: You need HALF that, so divide by 2, then measure, again from the center point in an arc, then cut that out. It worked great!

These directions never make sense in my head .... it seems like we divide it in half one too many times! But they always work. So just do the math and follow this whether it makes sense to you or not! Good luck!
fumbling cars [deleted] 9 years ago
Hi irog12,

Yes...kimnkirk is correct...I think we both used sondermae's idea posted above.

Perhaps the part you're having a problem with is the same one I did.

When you make the first fold in your material, make sure the raw edges are on the right.

When you make the second fold, completing your square, again make sure that the raw edges are on the right.

Lay your material out flat this way and use the top left corner point to measure from. Just hold your tape measure snug against this corner and then measure your length in an arc and cut carefully through all four layers.

Do the same thing for the waist. I find that working with one way knit,(stretching left and right) sometimes does make the waist hole a little large. I subtract about two inches before doing my waist calculations and that will usually alleviate the stretching upon completion.

Hope this helps.
irog12 9 years ago
Thsnks kimnkirk and Duckydoo2! These both helped a lot!
dtyler1 9 years ago
Help, have had no problem making hole for waist band, but as soon as I sew the waist band on it looses any stretch because the thread is not stretchy, what am i doing wrong. If I make it too big to allow it to go over my head then do i have to use the straps to hold it on??
VirtKitty PRO 9 years ago
Do I need a serger to sew this pattern so that the one seam can remain stretchy??
deadromances 9 years ago
lalouque This is late, but no, you don't need a serger to maintain stretch in fabrics. Using a zig-zag stitch will maintain the stretch, each fabric will require a different size zig-zag and it's best to test a few on a piece of scrap before you devout to a size!
MicaelaMaking 7 years ago
Sondermae's advise on the waist hole is good. With 4 way stretch you need to reduce the waist even more. Micaela
sarahmorgan37 7 years ago
" That number I divided by 4 because you have 4 layers. Here's the tricky part: You need HALF that, so divide by 2, then measure, again from the center point in an arc, then cut that out. It worked great!"

Here's why that works:

When you figure out the waist size and divide by 4 (for the 4 layers), what you get is the length of the arc that you want. So you could take a flexible measuring tape and measure out an arc in that length, but it's easier to cut when you figure out how far from the tip you want to go and draw the arc in.

So you have this circle and you have to convert from the circumference to the radius. Long story short, you divide the number by 1.57. Dividing by 2 is probably better because of the stretchy material.

(just in case that was driving anyone nuts :)
QuicksilverQueen 7 years ago
I want to make a long one...how would I do that? If it's long, it probably wouldn't need to be a full circle, either...
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