Buffi's Dress Design: Sew 30 Fun Styles: Make It, Own It, Rock It
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Show off your style with eye-catching homemade dresses. In this fun, easy-to-follow guide, Project Runway contestant Buffi Jashanmal shows you how to create your own custom-fitted dresses or revamp a piece that’s already hanging in your closet. Learn to design personalized patterns for three basic dress shapes — the shift, the sheath, and the princess seam — and make them rock by exploring variations with measurements and fabric types. Your dresses will fit your body, suit your taste, and express your individuality.
slopers will work with any of the dress silhouettes of the same size. Most set-in and raglan sleeve adjustments involve the length and width of the sleeve, although some set-in sleeves might need some adjustment to the sleeve cap. We do all come in different shapes and sizes, so there is nothing wrong with you if you need to change something that isn’t fitting right. Our arms, like our bodies, are unique, with different lengths and widths. Comparing your arm measurements (see page 37) to the
hem allowance to the new design line (1” for a 1⁄2” double-fold hem) and then cut off the bottom of the sleeve sloper at the new bottom edge. Adjust Sleeve Circumference It is easy to make any sleeve narrower or wider. Trace the sloper onto pattern paper and make the adjustments to the paper pattern. Once you are sure they are correct, trace them back onto cardstock. 1. compare your O and P measurements from page 37 to the sleeve slope. Decide how much you want to increase or decrease the
of the back dress, and the neckline of the sleeves. Add 1" to the bottom of the back dress, front skirt, and sleeves for hem allowance. The center back of the dress is cut on the fabric fold. 10. Measure, cut, and label: Measure all matching seams to be sure your pattern pieces line up correctly and make adjustments as needed (see page 56). When you’re satisfied that everything is in order, cut out the pieces and label them accordingly. Refer to the cutting ticket below for numbering the
Piping Hot! dress (see page 70). Princess Perfect Who doesn’t want to feel like a princess at least every now and then? This classic design is perfect for that modern-day princess in you — yeah, the one who still has to go to work, put the kids to bed, and feed her family. In dreamy sea foam green and gold glitter heels, I’m feeling Princess Perfect! Fabric choice, like this border print, also makes it easy to design so many variations of this simple dress. Need It Sewing
is sturdy enough to hold up without a facing, you can skip it altogether and make a 1" double-fold hem on the top edge of the dress. For this option, add 1⁄2" to the top edge before cutting out the dress pieces. 3. Cut out the fabric on the tracings. Cut interfacing for the facings, 1⁄4" smaller than the facing patterns. 4. Sew together the dress, following instructions on page 162. Option: If you want to be bold, go with a colorful, exposed back zipper. We don’t cover instructions for that