Friday, May 21, 2010

New projects (Dress #2 The yellow rose)

I've been working on four dresses recently, I reviewed the first one and now I'm going to update you on the rest!

 Next in line is a "Retro Butterick", number 4513. This is another pattern that hopped right in my basket and refused to leave during the .99 cent sale at Joann's! I particularly love the dramatic fluffy looking full skirt and the darling ribbon-y bows on the shoulders. I'm not crazy about the fabric and color choices for view B, but I decided to try and recreate view A with yellow roses. I used another sheet... Lol... But it actually worked this time! I really like the delicate yellow rose print. The flowers aren't real big, and they aren't real close together and chaotic, they're nicely

Using sheets is wonderful in that you have a huge amount of fabric. (Most sheets have the inches of the mattress on the tag.) Incase it doesn't, here is a chart to help you figure out how much fabric you actually have.

Fitted Sheet Sizes
  • Twin--39 x 75 inches (or 99 x 190 cm)
  • X-Long Twin--39 x 80 inches (99 x 203 cm)
  • Full--54 x 75 inches (137 x 190 cm)
  • Queen--60 x 80 inches (or 153 x 203 cm)
  • King--76 x 80 inches (or 198 x 203 cm)
  • California King--72 x 84 inches (or 182 x 213 cm)
 Remember that fitted sheets are elasticized on the edges and are measured by the mattress it fits. So it won't take into account the extra fabric that would go on the sides of the mattress. (My guess would be that the inches including the sides of the mattress would be somewhere inbetween a fitted sheet and flat sheet measurement.)

Flat Sheet Sizes
  • Twin--66 x 96 inches (or 167 x 243 cm)
  • X-Long Twin--66 x 102 inches (or 167 x 259 cm)
  • Full--81 x 96 inches (or 205 x 243 cm)
  • Queen--90 x 102 inches (or 228 x 259 cm)
  • King/California King--108 x 102 inches (or 274 x 259 cm)

When using sheets you will usually have to line the garment because (fitted sheets in particular) are fairly see through.

             This is the yellow rose dress so far. I basically have it all done except for the yellow bows and edging. Meaning I need to go out and buy some double fold yellow bias tape lol.

I promise to stay updated this time!



Twill Jill said...

Saw you on Sew Retro. I have this pattern and I LOVE how yours turned out. You have a figure similar to mine so it's reassuring to see how flattering it is. My only reluctance to use it is...what do you do for a bra? Did you build one into the dress or do you just use a strapless bra. I'm busty and those bras feel like they slip off....hence my reluctance to make a dress like this that pretty much requires them. Great job!

Ana said...

Lol I know how you feel, I'm a D and a good bra is a must! Since its still chilly in San Fran I've been wearing a cardigan. It covers the dress straps and bra straps, but the bows are so big they peek out on their own. I've been looking into merrywidows and longline bras for when it's warmer, they give you support and are strapless. I haven't tried one with that dress yet though. Hope this helps! Let me know if you use that pattern, I'd love to see your version!

Jana@Weekend Vintage said...

Love the design of the dress witht this Vintage sheet fabric-so clever!