Saturday, October 20, 2012

boooooooooooo ucle


It is, after all, the scariest month of the year. Accordingly, I have chosen a fabric that is scaring me to death. And what's more, I'll tell ya, this sewing with a plan is killing me like Michael Myers. Already?! YES.  

That there's some exquisite boucle I picked up for my next mood make. It's thick and soft and wonderful and I hugged it like a box of kittens all throughout the store. I got every last bit of it, there were about three yards left on the bolt, it was absolutely too bratty to pass up. As I tromped through the aisles, everyone stopped to fondle it, saying: Ah! How beautiful! You're going to make a jacket?

No, I replied, I'm going to make a wiggle dress.

(insert looks of confusion and trepidation here.) 



Since then I've been carting a small swatch of it everywhere, pulling it out every fifteen minutes to ask a fellow sewist, a Mood employee, the mailman, DO YOU THINK THIS WILL MAKE A GOOD WIGGLE DRESS I WANNA MAKE A WIGGLE DRESS IT'LL TOTALLY WORK RIGHT

Honestly, my friends and family are going break into a run when they see me coming.  

May I present the contestants vying for first place...



First up: an entry from Daughter Fish, who not only did not run when I informed her of my desire (although she might have scrunched her face a little), she actually took me to her pad so's I could borrow a vintage pattern or two. Holla for sewists in the 'hood!

We both thought this number would be stunning, with leather bias edges on the pockets and lapels... I'd make the buttons fakearoo, as buttonholes on this boucle are so not happening.  But, too much bulk on the fancy bits? I'm also wondering if it'll come off too mature... I love the details but I want this to be edgy. For some reason I think this pattern in a "print" could evoke ladies who lunch. Mais, only days ago I was completely sold...




I like the look of this jammie, middle view, no collar, no pockets, lengthen the sleeves. Though i'm a little meh about it now.  You know what forget this one. 




Okay please ignore that crazyface tulip. Hard to do, as that crazyface tulip is actually PRINTED ON THE PATTERN PIECE. This is actually not the dress i want to make. But it does give the boucle and myself room to breathe. I'd draft three quarter length sleeves (she said blithely). And this could save me from Carolyn's prediction upon seeing my wiggle dress swatch: Ooooh, you're gonna look like Winnie The Pooh.

That Carolyn is a hoot.

Though as i'm spellchecking this post, this one is starting to look like the winner. It could be swingy and fun. Seriously? This was dead last fifteen minutes ago. You see my flip flopping dilemma. 


Alright hell's bells, here's what I REALLY want to do. Gertie's wiggle dress. But the teeny seam allowance on those underarm gussets will most certainly be the death of this material. 

What say you?  Which strikes your fancy? The tulip dress is really on my brain now.  And while you're at it, if you haven't already, throw an opine in there about my recent discovery of the Shift Key.  Ruggy and I have a bet going.

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  1. You are braver than me. Can't wait to see the dress!
    ~Teri

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  2. No idea whether it's a good idea... But I have a feeling it will be entertaining ;)

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  3. I'm thinking you'll go for Gertie's frock, but I must say I'm intrigued by the Tulip Dress (although that damn graphic is now burned on my retinas!). Either way, I am looking forward to seeing your finished confection.

    Shift key, shmift key. Type the way you wanna type. I can (and will) greedily read either.

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  4. I vote for the swingy tulip dress, sans tulip. I think you're going to want something simple with that boucle and I really love the shape of that shift dress. But I would shorten it quite a bit. In fact, if you don't make that one up I know someone you can send that pattern to.....

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  5. Ooooh... what beautiful fabric! I think the tulip dress would counteract any aging properties of the boucles. The Gertie dress is great, too, and definitely more wiggley.

    I made a coat from boucles a few years ago - fusible interfacing either at the seams or all over will help with stabilizing the seams and preventing raveling.

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  6. I like either the first or the third pattern offered. I lean towards the third, because with a fabric that fantastic, you don't want design lines distracting everything. Also, if the looseness of the weave does odd things, fewer seams will be a win.

    Pretty stuff!!!

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  7. hi lady! I'd absolutely vote for the crazy tulip pattern, sans tulip of course. but I think that shape will let the fabric shine! miss you in the 'hood!

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  8. Oooo eeee! I LOVE that boucle! I love all the fabulous colours all mish-mashey together. :) Happy making! My number #2 pick is the tulip dress and my #1 is Gertie's wiggle dress - wowza! Can you increase the seam allowances for the gussets? Or can you bind the edges of the boucle to prevent fraying?

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    1. i don't think so... you have to clip right up to the stitch line to get a point. EEEEK.

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  9. Ok. I'll say it. I'm so glad you're using the shift key. The journalism major in me can't help herself. Now, for the dress -- may be I missed this. But, are you going to underline? This might be a great all over fusing project from that place Meg recommended. Fusing makes every fabric act right :)

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    1. I KNEW IT! 90% sure i'm switching. however, you'll always know if i'm typing on my laptop, as it won't do the incredibly hard work of finding the shift key for me.

      i think i'm skipping underlining (bulk)... but i've got some weft interfacing for the seams...

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  10. Oh, I'm all about the swing dress- less detail to detract from the strokeable nature of that fabric. I'd like to see you as Winnie the Pooh, tho, too.

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  11. I forgot I made that Winnie the Pooh comment...I'm going to have to be careful over hamburgers and fries! *LOL* I vote for the tulip dress because of the versatility...wear it alone...wear it with a turtleneck or tee...boots or heels...with or without a cardigan. Look at all those wearing options! It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

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  12. shift keys are for sissies...rock on with your lower case self!

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  13. Why the hell not?? Boucle wiggle dress - you don't scare me! The whole thing will probably have to be underlined, no? So that sounds like the ideal foundations for a structured, form fitting dress! I'm partial to Gertie's wiggle dress as its the most... classic? But I see the problem of the underarm gusset - perhaps a contrasting fabric (or leather?) could be used to give some armpit pizazz? Nothing says "classy" like drawing unnecessary attention to your pits! Okay - that may be a crap idea. I see that now.
    Aaaand - as a recent converter to the shift key myself - I have to admit it makes me feel all grown up.

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    1. oh my god, you're killing me with the armpits.

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  14. Oona my love! that fabric is GORGEOUS, and here are my thoughts re: wiggle dress: I think it will be HOT. As in both meanings. As in, you may only be able to wear it to outdoor events in January, but you will look damn good doing it. Second, it looks very thick to me- is it? If the answer is yes, and if it looks as wiggly as I think it is, I would ALSO pick a pattern with minimal darts and whatnot, that will add bulk, and will be unwilling to lay flat.
    Re: shift key- I honestly did not notice the difference.
    Good Luck!

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    1. hallooo bee! yeah, darts will drive me crazy on this!

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  15. I'm going to be in the minority and vote for that first pattern. I think the buttonholes could be totally doable if you did them as bound buttonholes and used a contrast fabric less prone to fraying to do them. Whichever pattern you pick, it will turn out awesome. I love your fabric choice.

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  16. i have two words: under. lining.

    and hand basting. no wait. that's four words. um. well, five really.

    (and i dont believe in no stinkin' shift key. clearly.)

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  17. Peronally, I had never noticed your aversion to caps until you mentioned it last post :). And I love the idea of this fabric as a dress, but I'm not really in love with any of those patterns for it. Something with not a lot of seams or other details would be great, cause holy, that fabric can speak for itself!

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  18. I think dress #3 with the silhouette of of dress #2. Not sure if that's possible, but I am having trouble picturing you in an A-line dress, you have the shape for the wiggle dress, so go for it!!! I love the fabric....and your color sense!!

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  19. TULIP DRESS!!!! Without the tulip, though. I feel like that fabric with sleeves will be a thick-thick seam under the arm and such. But my experiential knowledge of such things is quite slim.

    Is a wiggle dress one that will show off all your wiggles?

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    1. yep, it's so tight you have to wiggle when you walk :)

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  20. i vote for the first one, that's what i would make.. and damn, that's one crazy-beautiful boucle!

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  21. I find both boucle as a fabric & the wiggle dress as a design to be inherently classic. Love all of your choices, but only you can know if they will pair into something that you love(!), and that has some edge (not to mention the weight of the fabric, which of course only someone who has touched it knows, and how it could translate to a fitted and still flattering dress). I could definitely see you in a fabulous boucle mini — like a 60s mod dress — with some leather involved. Something with a bit of structure, but nothing that adds bulk. Whatever you decide, cannot wait to see it! Love everything you do!

    As for your shift question: It's a personal blog. Write as you like!

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    1. oh, mini. such a love hate with mini...

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  22. I can't wait to see the finished dress! That boucle is to die for.

    I'm frankly relieved that you've stared using the shift key. Maybe I'm a boring Betty but I find it so much easier to read! Course, the pictures are amazing enough that I follow your blog regardless of your grammar.

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    1. thankya dana! i do think i'm going with caps. but obviously not in replies :)

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  23. Fabric so pretty! It is too predictable to make it a jacket - I LOVE the idea of making a dress with it. I am going to go with the other comments... Under lining is probably going to help. A lot. Or, well, enough to make it worth it. In any case, I am SO excited, I can't wait to see it!

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  24. Leather and boucle....YES! Can't wait to see it.

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  25. You could take one of the wiggle dresses and carry the darts up to the shoulder seams, to turn it into a princess-seam style dress. Then only use magic-fabric for the front panel, and use something easily seam-able for where the arm holes are.

    But the tulip dress is also very pretty!

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    1. magic fabric panel, i love it... but then the rest of the yardage will cry...

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  26. Sans-tulip and with the skirt straightened a bit, I reckon you have a boucle widdle dress... although you'll need to do some fancy sleeve-drafting.

    In my opinion, it's your blog and you can express yourself in whatever font or punctuation style you care to use. Personally, I find it easier to read when you use the shift key. Sentences make more sense to me that way, but I'm prone to prolific punctuation (to the extent where it's almost impossible to read for the exclamation marks, parentheses and .....s'), so feel free to completely ignore any input from me on the subject.

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  27. Ummm... that was "wiggle"... not "widdle" (although widdle dress sounds a bit cute, in a Tweety bird sort of way).

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  28. I give my voice to tulip dress (without tulip%))

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  29. swingy dress for sure! gorgeous fabric

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  30. Yessss! I can't wait to see this one when it's finished!! Awesome, awesome fabric.

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  31. try a raglan sleeve, there is a vogue (vintage vogue i think) pattern i have somewhere that would do well.. pegged skirt, straigh across neckline, angled in to the neck raglan sleeves...
    /_\ neckline

    all straight lines, no set in sleeves. uses about 3 yards.. probably closer t0 2 at your size and using a plain fabric for facings...

    very sexy. very wiggle dress...

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    1. i was thinking raglan, and i think i know just the pattern you're talking about. but it may end up too bulky under arm...

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  32. Yes, the tulip dress!!! I cannot wait to see it. I might be brave enough to try one of my vintage patterns after reading this. BTW....love that fabric!!!

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    1. ....and of course , I meant without the tulip ;)

      I will read your blog whether you use the shift key or not!

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    2. DO IT! (try vintage patterns, that is, i am not commanding you to read my blog. although i wouldn't put it past me.)

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  33. That fabric almost makes me want to have some cool weather just to feel all snuggly in some wool fabric (or is it silk?). It's going to make the scrummiest dress in New York. May I throw another option in to the mix? As soon as I saw it it made me think of this: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/cowl-dress-102012, even before I read that people were giving you crazy-face when you mentioned making it in to a dress.

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    1. ooooh, i love that, but honestly i'm rageful around BS patterns lately!

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  34. Love the fabric, not sold on any of the possible patterns. Gertie's wiggle dress is the best of the four, but none of them seem quite fabulala (that's fabulous + ooh la la)for the boucle. What about http://butterick.mccall.com/b5707-products-15268.php?page_id=371 version A shortened a bit, no bow? Or try something like http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Butterick_3181, grown up from the front, turn around and hello backless!
    Whatever you choose to make with it, that boucle needs to be worn!

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    1. i looked at that first butterick! that seam across the upper bust drove me away. like the secind one, but ruggy likes it tight in the waist.

      that doesn't sound right.

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  35. I love Gertie's dress, but I don't think you'll be able to breathe/move in that boucle. I think it would be perfect for the tulip-dress-sans-tulip.

    However, I rarely sew dresses (can't wear them during the week), so feel free to ignore my suggestions ;-)

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    1. never! i do think the tulip is ahead...

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  36. Capitalisation and punctuation are awesome things, good on you. I'm not loving any of the patterns up there for the fabric you've picked, sorry, but I'll go with Simplicity 2576 only because I've been waiting to see what you do with it ever since I sent it to you all those months ago. That's right, peer pressure f*ckyea! XD

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    1. HAAA!!!! i totally forgot where that one came from (whch reminds me, i gots some roundup posting to do). but, your challenge has inspired me, methinks i haz the perfect tribal ish fabric in my closet...

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  37. Here's one that'd look cool made up in that fabric.. and you could use an awesome print contrast for the lapels..

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  38. I refuse to speak to you due to fabric envy....

    but, since you're here and I do love talking...I love the last two dresses! I love the idea of quarter length sleeves. I have seen a lot of boucle dresses lately.

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  39. Tulip dress with leather trims. Fo sho.

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  40. Oona - wasn't your last dress a wiggle dress with an all over pattern and contrast trim? You sure you feel like making another one right away? Of the patterns presented, I vote for the tulip dress, and I agree with Carolyn. Keep it sleeveless and make it shorter so that you'll have more options. But honestly, I'm not really feeling any of these. I like the idea of colorblocking. Or, how about if you use the looseness of the fabric and make something with fringe? That boucle would look awesome fringed!

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    1. good eye, that was actually in my mind going to be a muslin for the boucle! but as i was sewing, i decided it was it's own woman.

      fringe, ooh that would be cool, and very terrifying.

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  41. Ooh, I'm interested to see how this turns out! I love the fabric! I like the idea of princess seams like the tulip dress, although I feel like maybe a slimmer skirt would be sassy!

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  42. Middle pattern, red view, no pockets, with sleeves - love the neckline!

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  43. So, what about this: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/60098_472303490578_5501736_n.jpg I have a picture of my finished project but I'm making crazy eyes but I'll provide it if you want.

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    1. Ok but it also involves some dorky dancing....
      https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/59460_475445665578_1319659_n.jpg

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  44. Ahhh... the Wiggle Dress. You asked the mailman and you asked me. This truly is on your mind.

    I can see your hesitation with handling boucle in underarm gussets - I'd feel the same way. I haven't taken a look at Gertie's new book but it seems like the Wiggle Dress is meant for a fabric with more stretch. Even if you added a back vent, it would still be hard to walk it and would probably ride up over the course of the day. For those reasons, I'm leaning towards the tulip dress. It's basically the Wiggle Dress minus the sleeves and plus a bigger bottom opening.

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    1. i lika the bigger bottom opening, for real.

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  45. I second beangirl: underline that fabulous boucle with a cotton batiste or a high-quality, lightweight fusible interfacing. A fusible will cut down on a lot of the fraying and disintegration you might otherwise get, and if you pick a lightweight, lofty one, it won't add any bulk. Like this one: https://www.fashionsewingsupply.com/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=29

    or this one:
    http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=190910221131311909&Store_id=516&page_id=23&Item_ID=1132

    I think any of your dress ideas are fabulous, however, generally speaking, boucle and narrow seam allowances are not friends. Not even frenemies.

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    1. frenmies, i love it. thanks for those links!!

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  46. I won't even pretend to know what it would be like to work with that ridiculous boucle, I would botch it up just looking at it. BUT if I'd have to pick a pattern that I would make with it, I'd go with Gertie all the way. Don't know why. Just something about it.

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  47. I was less into the boucle until I saw it zoomed out.Holy mary mother of god is that a beautiful fabric. Personally I love the first option, but I would be muy nervous around those fancy pants pockets. However, with such a fabulous fabric I think you can afford to go simple silhouette-wise.... can't wait to see it!

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  48. What amazing fabric! I am voting for the tulip dress, I think it will suit the fabric well and look fab on you! What's this about a shift key, you are saying you didn't bother to capitalize before?... tell Ruggy I never noticed.

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    1. yeah, his brain hurts with my lowercase :)

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  49. I saw you in Death Proof! :-) I didn't know you were an actress, so I was confused. "Is that... Oonaballoona?" IMDb and Google confirmed it was indeed you. Anyway, you did a great job in the movie, and I look forward to seeing you in more. (FWIW, I vote for using caps. :-)

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  50. Gertie's wiggle dress in BOOOOOuCLE!!! I would love that.

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  51. if anyone can do it, it's you!! I can't believe the tulip is included... lol.

    I vote for lowercase - I type like that too & if it weren't for autocorrect even I'd be an i ^_^

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    1. the autocorrect is actually swaying me to Uppercase! i have to turn off so many setting to type as i like...

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  52. I like Gertie's pattern but I think it might be a bit much for the boucle... I like the not-a-tulip dress the best.

    And it will totally work! I can visualise it way better as a wiggle dress rather than a jacket.

    I need to get me some boucle. Then I'd know what it's like to cuddle a box of kittens and continue breathing. Turns out breathing is relatively vital to life.

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    1. good point on the breathing. and also, le wiggle dress would not leave much room for that activity.

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  53. Maybe the tulip dress, but with a redrafted skirt to make it wiggle instead of swish? I like the idea of abandoning sleeves altogether. I think 3/4 sleeves would be hella hot (vs. hott) if they were close fitting.

    I like the no caps, it reminds me of my carefree days before I used email for work. Clearly I've been well indoctrinated since then, as I'm using caps now. :)

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  54. I love that boucle, and I love a wiggle dress, but never the twain shall meet. Go with the not-a-tulip dress.
    -Sandra

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  55. As much as I love that first pattern (ahem:)), I do think the simplicity of the tulip dress would be easier to work with for this dress....what I'm wondering though, is if you could modify the A-line of that pattern to more of a pencil skirt, so you're keeping the lines of the dress super simple, but you get the wiggle effect. I agree that you'd look better with the wiggle skirt than the A-line (you gots the curves! show 'em!).

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  56. WIGGLE WIGGLE WIGGLE. And then post pictures of wiggling with those epic blue heels of yours.

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  57. a frien bought a siimilar fabric and used it for a flowing cape/jacket - didn't work. This fabric has to CLING to work the way you see it in your head. I vote gertie's wiggle but maybe without sleeve and edge to prevent fraying? love your style and designs

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  58. You know, I wonder if the ease of caps has partly to do with those who took typing classes? (Do they still even have those?) I don't even think about having to hit the shift key, it's just a part of my typing speed.

    This fabric is hilariously you! I like Gertie's dress the best... the tulip dress even without the tulip looks too twee to me for the fabric. Still, a wiggle dress is supposed to be "wiggle" not "running" dress, right? You could bind the seam edges with organza or nylon tricot before sewing the smaller allowances. I did that for a fur coat, which btw shredded like a mother so in some parts I fused strips down the edges of the seam allowances. Then again, now that I'm thinking about it I get that there would be bulk under the arms. Hmmmm...

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  59. I love love love this fabric! (And I love the thought of hugging it like kittens--eeee!). Imagine when you make the dress and it hugs back--that will be the best thing EVER.
    You have my blessing on the dressmaking--not that you needed it! ;)

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  60. *gah* I just made a bouclé skirt for a friend of mine, and the whole seam allowance just unravelled, which made the skirt too small, so no I feel so bad I have to buy new fabric and start all over again, I'm dreading having to make the dart markings on it again which was a real pain. But she's worth it. :)
    /A.

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