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SusanneT

Simple Skirts and Dresses Paterns
« on: March 10, 2017, 08:21:am »
As someone who struggles both to fine modest and feminine clothes for my daughter (and I)  but who is not great at sewing, can anyone suggest patterns for simple skirts and dresses for a novice seamstress ?

Sacred Heart lover

Re: Simple Skirts and Dresses Paterns
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 09:07:pm »
When my girls were young I would use a tie shoulder dress pattern.  It was much easier than figuring out how to make the shoulder seam strong but not bulky. :P

You can even use ribbon for the shoulder ties.  We made them in heavier fabric for winter and wore long sleeves underneath or lightweight in summer with short sleeves under.

Here are some examples:

http://www.sewcraftyonline.co.uk/product/simple-tie-shoulder-dress-pattern-b6205/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/444449056947958335/

Reversible
http://whatsherrymadetoday.blogspot.com/2012/08/reversible-shoulder-tie-dress-tutorial.html

https://www.google.com/search?q=simplicity+childs+dress+knot+at+shoulders&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxgZ2wq83SAhUL42MKHYyFCPkQ_AUICSgC&biw=1536&bih=760#tbm=isch&q=tie+shoulder+dress+pattern&*

"Even if I had all the crimes possible on my conscience, I am sure I should lose none of my confidence. Heartbroken with repentance, I would simply throw myself into my Saviour's arms... I know that in the twinkling of an eye all those thousands of sins would be consumed as a drop of water cast into a blazing fire."  St. Therese of Lisieux

“a Church which is poorer in doctrine is not more pastoral, but only more ignorant.” ---Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

"What the world needs is intolerance...
Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to truth. Intolerance applies only to truth, but never to persons. Tolerance applies to the erring; intolerance to the error."  --Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

"The great god “Progress” is then enthroned on the altars of fashion, and as the hectic worshippers are asked, “Progress toward what?” the tolerant comes back with “More progress.”  Ven Fulton Sheen

Morality is not chronological

SusanneT

Re: Simple Skirts and Dresses Paterns
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2017, 04:34:am »
Thank you.  I'm not quite up to 'tops' yet so that's a good idea layered with a t-shirt. My daughter is 9 and it's very difficult to find, casual everyday skirts / dresses for her that aren't either too short or covered with slogans.   I do make some very simple gathered waist skirts for both of us but that's about my level of expertise.

Sacred Heart lover

Re: Simple Skirts and Dresses Paterns
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 03:24:am »
Sure.  Also I would line them so they weren't see-through and so that I could avoid having to finish the seams with a zig-zag or serger. ;)

Just double the fabric with an inexpensive white muslin and turn it right side out before hemming.

This also made them super durable so they would last the whole season.

The girls enjoyed picking out fabric (within a certain appropriate section) and fabric stores don't have the sexy posters and music bombarding you.
"Even if I had all the crimes possible on my conscience, I am sure I should lose none of my confidence. Heartbroken with repentance, I would simply throw myself into my Saviour's arms... I know that in the twinkling of an eye all those thousands of sins would be consumed as a drop of water cast into a blazing fire."  St. Therese of Lisieux

“a Church which is poorer in doctrine is not more pastoral, but only more ignorant.” ---Cardinal Carlo Caffarra

"What the world needs is intolerance...
Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to truth. Intolerance applies only to truth, but never to persons. Tolerance applies to the erring; intolerance to the error."  --Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

"The great god “Progress” is then enthroned on the altars of fashion, and as the hectic worshippers are asked, “Progress toward what?” the tolerant comes back with “More progress.”  Ven Fulton Sheen

Morality is not chronological

SusanneT

Re: Simple Skirts and Dresses Paterns
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 01:42:pm »
Thank you, that's a good point - although we do most of our clothes shopping online !

It seems pretty well impossible to buy everyday skirts and dresses for girls which are at least knee length !!



mpk1987

Re: Simple Skirts and Dresses Paterns
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2017, 04:56:pm »
Check out "one-seam" or "two-seam" dresses, if you are working with knit fabrics.

http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2014/05/19/easy-diy-maxi-dress-just-one-seam-sewing-tutorial.html

http://blog.megannielsen.com/2014/01/the-two-seam-maternity-dress/

Here's a two-seam top: http://blog.megannielsen.com/2015/09/tutorial-how-to-make-a-two-seam-top/

Here's a 3-seam caftan dress/top:  http://www.simplesimonandco.com/2012/06/a-3-seam-caftan-tutorial.html/

If you can make a gathered skirt, you can also make a light slip that can go under all of those too-short skirts and dresses and sew some wide lace trim or multiple layered lace trim at the bottom.  Here's a link to what I'm talking about:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/234501444/cream-long-lace-skirtdress-extender-slip?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=slip%20extender&ref=sr_gallery_25

Slips act as a lining too; I assume they came into being because clothes manufacturers wanted to save money on all of that extra lining fabric (even though it's cheap as dirt muslin).

You could even make one out of a lace-trimmed pillowcase!  I have bought cheap "fabric" (usually sheets) from thrift stores in the bedding section.  No need to even spend a lot of money at a fabric store.

I have basically given up on trying to find ready-to-wear items that abide by all of my expectations.  A dress will have a decent neckline and hemline, but no sleeves: so I wear a cardigan or shrug over it.  A top will have sleeves but I need to wear a tank because of the plunging neckline.  And so on and so on.  But there's no need to spend a lot of money if you don't want to and if you can sew, you can save even more by altering unsatisfactory pieces.


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