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Building block dress

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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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