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2 years ago
Thank you. I ended up making the view b and it came out well despite some missteps along the way. I erred on the side of caution since it was my first time making it but next time I want to try some of the contrasting fabric options for a more creative approach.2 years ago
I ended up flat felling them. But I am inspired by you and another person who said she French seamed them so maybe next time.
I did French seam all the other seams. Zig zag just never makes me happy. Maybe I’m not doing it right? It always ends up fraying some and looking messy. (I don’t have a serger.)
Thanks for your input!2 years ago
Thank you for your input!!!
I just ordered some Swiss dot chambray which is described as below from PurlSoho. I hope it works out for the bodysuit and pants. I’m having a hard time because I always buy fabric from my local fabric store where I can feel and see it! But we’re on shelter in place here in San Francisco. Wish me luck please!
Description…Who can resist a Swiss Dot? And on beautiful cotton chambray, these Swiss Dots are particularly irresistible! Robert Kaufman’s Swiss Dots Chambray collection is begging to be made into adorable clothing, timeless quilts and anything else totally sweet!2 years ago
Thanks for your feedback! I think I agree…unless I could get
A very lightweight flannel, I guess. I’m looking at other fabrics now.3 years ago
I am going to try again to post my picture of the dress using the smallest setting.3 years ago
Thanks. I love your philosophy!3 years ago
I’m back and almost done with my second BBdress. I posted it on Facebook because I can’t post pictures on this discussion for whatever reason.
It was quite a challenge but I’m happy that I lined the bodice, made a new neckline, color blocked it, added flair to the skirt, French seamed the skirt…learning new things and improving my skills.
However, I am disappointed that I wasn’t able to pull off the fold over detail pocket. Maybe next time.
I ended up going with a patch pocket. It is basted on because I’m not sure whether I should use it. The solid fabric is stiffer than the self and somewhat disrupts the drape, I felt compelled to put a pocket with a little lace trim to delight the two year old I’m making it for.
I asked on the Facebook post for feedback and got some good suggestions. Just thought I would ask here, too.
If you see my Facebook post, please consider chiming in.3 years ago
I am attempting to put a photo here. My husband and I have both tried in the past to no avail so here goes another attempt.
This time I am taking the photo at the time rather than choosing from my photo library and it looks like it might work.
Anyway, here is my bodice with the altered neckline about which I wrote to you a week or so ago.3 years ago
Ok, thanks! I’ll proceed on my adventure here.3 years ago
Thanks for responding. Ok. I’ll try to describe my situation better. I am combining a lot of new to me techniques after making one basic dress. Maybe not advisable!
I am making a dress similar the one on 117 with the squared neckline using the basic bodice design. I am thinking I will treat it as a color blocking situation creating two pieces for the front (and back) bodice…one the polka dots and one the rest of the bodice down to the waist then sew the two together. I am planning to line the whole bodice but I see on step one page 118 that it says you will want to use a neck facing instead of a bias facing because of the sharp corners. I wasn’t planning on a neck facing or a bias facing but that comment made me wonder if the sharp corners of the neckline will present a problem for me in my plan to line the whole bodice.
I guess the question boils down to whether it’s especially difficult to line (as opposed to face or bias bind) corner areas?
I hope this is a better explanation.
If not, I’ll just do my best here. I don’t want to bother you anymore. It’s difficult to explain these questions, isn’t it. I love your book and I’ll hang in there!3 years ago
Sorry, I made a mistake in the above post. I see that one of the dress variations has a shaped neckline on the bodice only. (I was rushing!)
I still have the question.
Or do I just split the bodice into two pieces…add seam allowances and cut the top one out of the polka dot fabric and the lower one out of the main fabric?3 years ago
I’m attempting my second Building Block dress. Maybe I’m in a little over my head here! But I was planning to make the neck line like the dress on page 117. But now I see that the pictures of a shaped neckline in the first part of the book only show the skirt extending from the neckline down to knee length instead of just going to the waist…being part of the bodice only. If you are planning a skirt from the waist down, you need to treat that polka dotted part as an external neck facing, right?
I was planning to line the entire bodice so I don’t have to make an internal facing, right?
But I see on page 117 step 3 you recommend a facing when the neckline has corners. Is a complete lining a suitable substitute even when there are corners on the neckline?
Thank you for considering this.3 years ago
Trying again and again.3 years ago
Here is the dress.3 years ago
I’ve just completed my first Building Blocks dress! I was quite challenged but I am happy about completing it (even with the imperfections.) The Tanzanian fabric was given to me by the mother of the child. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the placement of the design. It’s pretty busy…perhaps inevitable with this fabric. The mom is very pleased with it so that makes me happy, too!
Now I am asking my daughter to design one for her daughter choosing her preferred design elements from the book. I am encouraging her to use fabrics from my stash for these first learning experiences for me.
Looking forward to the next dress!
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