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Pre-smocked fabric

I just bought a smocked fabric dress for $60. And I don't love it because it's like 2" too short for my tastes.

So i stopped into Joann to take a look at their pre-smocked fabrics and I like a couple of the prints. I'm tempted to just sew up my own smocked dress.

Is this as simple as it seems?? Just buy the stuff and run a seam up it and finish the bottoms??

How do I measure for how much I need? I feel a bit weird wrapping it around me in the store. Do I measure for my hips or bust or which ever's bigger?



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May. 28th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
measure for your bust, then add a few inches for shoulder straps if you prefer. i've made two dresses with joanns pre-smocked fabrics and i love them. i didnt even finish the bottoms because the bottoms on the material i happened to buy was the selvage edge without any holes or flaws in it, so i left it as is. i cut a two-three inch strip off starting at the bottom and folded its edges over and hemmed it. i put on my bra that i have the most of and had a friend pin the straps to line up with my bra straps on the back side, then i pulled them over my shoulder and pinned them in place inside the top of the front seam, and sewed them in place. it made such an awesome dress i went back this year and got more fabric and made a second one.
May. 28th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
have them cut the fabric measuring the smocked edge without stretching it, as opposed to measuring by the unsmocked edge.
May. 28th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)

My other concern....I'm plus size with a big booty. I'm worried that way the dress falls will give me even more of a bubble butt. Any idea how POOFY it gets??
May. 28th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
The one I made (from Walmart's smocked fabric) fit my booty alright - I actually didn't like how it wasn't... "wide" enough at the bottom for me. I'm saying "wide" because I would just have preferred that it was more a summer dress shape than it turned out to be. (I don't know how else to word it, the dress is just more narrow at the bottom than I had really wanted.) This could have been crappy cutting at Walmart, too.
May. 28th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
i too wished for more extra material around the bottom hem, but i'm the kind of person who always seems to strain or rip the bottom hems of my skirts and dresses if they dont have a *very* generous cut. i left the bottom 4-6 inches open along the joining seam of the back side. i hemmed the edges in, and reinforced the end of the seam. leaving that little 'slit' gave me enough extra room that i havent ripped it open yet, and the material was long enough that a 4-6 inch slit up the back isnt too revealing.
May. 28th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC)
i'm also a plus size, though i carry most of my extra weight in my belly which often makes me look pregnant. the way the dress kind of poofs/flares out a bit actually helped camouflage my big belly rather than accentuate it.
May. 28th, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
The poofiness really depends on the fabric. A knit won't be as poofy as a stiffer cotton.

You can also smock(well actually the fabric at Joanns is shirred... which is like a faux smoking) your own fabric. It's a whole lot cheaper than the presmocked stuff and you can choose your fabric. It's really easy. http://portabellopixie.typepad.com/portabellopixie/files/full_shir_madness_tutorial.pdf or http://pretty-ditty.blogspot.com/2009/04/smockingshirring-tutorial.html can show you how:)
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