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Simplicity 2497 Daytime Version

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Here is my version of Simplicity 2497, but as a daytime version. It is much more relaxed.

Living in a humid climate there is often days when you just don't want the feel of a tight fitting dress. So I decided to redesign this dress in a much more relaxed manor. By eliminating the waistband the dress now falls gracefully and doesn't cling to every little bump on the body. Though in saying that, it does still have shape.

This isn't the most ideal photo of the dress as the wind was playing havic with the draping.
This photo shows a close up of the ruffle on the back of the neckline. I decided to line the ruffle to give it a little more body. Then there was the need to join these two fabrics together, so I used a rolled hem. The effect is quite good. Probably a lot better than just hemming the two fabrics together.
This view is another of the back, with a belt worn around the waistline. You can see that even with a belt the dress still has some room in it for ease.
View of the fron…

'Biased' Skirt

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How brilliant is this technique????? I was filling in time prowling through creative images when I came across a tutorial at "a big dill". The finished garment on this site is a very biased skirt for a lucky little girl...

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-very-biased-skirt/2010/09/02/

This technique intrigued me, so I hunted out a simple skirt pattern, grabbed some khaki drill fabric and sorted out a matching group of left-over thin fabric that I had that would be suitable.

And the end result....

Where are the biased strips???? Well, instead of completing the entire skirt in the technique, I only used them as a feature panel down each side....
Really has a slimming effect when worn. Making the bias strips was a little on the 'time consuming' side, but the end result was well worth it. I ended up only using 4 feature fabrics. Any more and I think the effect would have been lost. So one pattern and three plains that suited the khaki skirt fabric did the job. And with …