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    Kirsten @kerichards

    Hi,

    I’m making a building block dress. My skirt has a border print and all the skirts I can find in the book have a curved bottom edge. Any advice on how to sew it so there is a straight bottom edge without creating problems :-).

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    rebecca @rebecca

    Hi! I would suggest doing a dirndl skirt, and just combine it with the rest of the building block parts! The dirndl skirt simply uses a rectangle piece of fabric, so you can keep the hem on the straight of grain. Here’s a tutorial: http://blog.megannielsen.com/2009/04/how-to-make-a-dirndl-skirt/

    Or, even better, Leisl’s Lazy days skirt pattern is also a dirndl: https://oliverands.com/free-patterns/lazy-days-skirt/

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    Liesl Gibson
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    @liesl

    The instructions to convert to a gathered skirt with a straight hem begin on page 74 of the book.

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    Josephine Ward @Biscuit8

    I am starting with the building block siluete dress on page 41 but i am having difficulty in understanding how i do the placket on the skirt.Jo

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    Liesl Gibson
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    @liesl

    Hi Jo, Can you be more specific about what’s giving you trouble? The placket starts on page 47. Is there a particular step that’s confusing you?

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    Josephine Ward @Biscuit8

    I have read the instruction several times and looked at your diagrams . For the placate I have ironed 1/2 inch to the wrong side then an inch to the right side but it doesn’t look right .The facing is showing. So far I have done really well as this is my first dress on my own just following your book.. Many thanks jo

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    Josephine Ward @Biscuit8

    sorry the above query is the placate for the bodice jo

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    Liesl Gibson
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    @liesl

    I’m still not clear where you’re getting stuck. Are you on page 43, step 8? If so, the inside of the placket will show for now, just like it does on the coordinating illustration. Once you’ve sewn the neckline with the neck facing you’ll turn the placket right side out again so it doesn’t show anymore. If this isn’t where you’re getting stuck, can you be more specific so I know how to help?

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    Josephine Ward @Biscuit8

    I have now completed the dress. I am please with it as I have read from page 46 to completion. I used bias binding for the hem and cuffs. thanks to your help I sorted the plackets out. the only on i had a problem with is the skirt still does not look right but I will keep practicing until i get it right.
    Pleased that i follow the instruction from coping the pattern out to cutting and completing. learnt a lot . Has given me the confidence to move forward. Thank you. Really love your book Building Block . I plan to do the same dress again I have plenty of scraps.
    Thank You Jo Ward

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    Nancy @nancys

    I am trying my first Building Block Dress!
    I am using an African print fabric which was given to me. I try to avoid polyester but I’m doing it for a friend who would like it. The fabric feels ok after washing but is on the lightly woven side. We decided it needed a plain colored collar and I got a quilting fat quarter which feels a bit heavier than the main fabric. Would you advise using the main (lighter) fabric for the neck facing or making a neck facing out of the fat quarter matching the collar?
    I know the facing will not show but I’m wondering about the weight difference.
    Or maybe I’m overthinking this?

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Hi Nancy, the African Wax Prints that I’ve sewn with have been Vlisco which is 100% cotton base. I’ve thought of them as having the weight and thickness of a quilting cotton but the weave and quality of a Liberty lawn! Perfect party Frock fabric.
    I would think that a quilting cotton collar would work fine and I doubt it will matter which fabric you use for the facing.
    Having said that, I’d choose the lighter weight fabric for the facing as it will be easier to shape into the curve that it needs to follow.
    Sounds like a pretty dress, be sure to share it when you’re done!

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    Nancy @nancys

    Thank you for responding! I will use the lighter weight as your reason makes sense. I appreciate your feedback!

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    Paula @SydneyPaula

    I was looking at your Building Block Dress book today on Amazon and I was thinking, I wish there was a Building Block Dress book for Women’s dresses. Do you have any plans in the future to do a grown up Building Block Dress book? Also, and I’m sorry if i’m asking this on the wrong blog, or in the wrong discussion but why doesn’t simplicity sell 2209 anymore? I want that pattern so badly 🙁

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