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  • Hey Steven, LOVE that you're interested in doing this as a first dress for your wife! If you can sew pants, then I reckon you'll have no problems. Take it slow, maybe look at some tips online for sewing jersey if you've not tried it before (jersey / knit needle is essential). To make this project more simple, you can omit the hitches (although they are fairly straightforward to do) and you could remove some of the other detail like the seam on the straps, and I'd recommend using something like a 'wonder web' fusible hemming tape to hem up the skirt to make life a little easier. If you get stuck, feel free to drop me a message, and there are also plenty of tutorials on doing things like waistbands online. On your question about JoAnnes, I'm not sure as I assume this is a US brand, however …

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    Hey Steven, LOVE that you're interested in doing this as a first dress for your wife! If you can sew pants, then I reckon you'll have no problems. Take it slow, maybe look at some tips online for sewing jersey if you've not tried it before (jersey / knit needle is essential). To make this project more simple, you can omit the hitches (although they are fairly straightforward to do) and you could remove some of the other detail like the seam on the straps, and I'd recommend using something like a 'wonder web' fusible hemming tape to hem up the skirt to make life a little easier. If you get stuck, feel free to drop me a message, and there are also plenty of tutorials on doing things like waistbands online. On your question about JoAnnes, I'm not sure as I assume this is a US brand, however if you are in the US, I'm incredibly jealous as you have tons of fantastic online shops for fabrics. I think this would work really well in bamboo jersey as it has such a lovely drape. Good luck!

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  • Thanks! I'm a jersey addict - can't beat the comfort of a soft cotton or bamboo knit.

    Heya, thanks for your comment and very important question! These are based on my bridesmaid dresses - the well known TwoBirds 'infinity' dresses (although there are many other brands out there that do this style) and you can see detailed instructions for tying on their website: http://twobirdsbridesmaid.com/collection/classic/... As I mention, some of these styles are not possible as the straps are taped in my version for a more flattering fit (less bulk) across the stomach, but most of them are possible! Personally, my fave is the one pictured, with the cross cross straps at the back. Enjoy! :)

    Sure! It's a technique that I've noticed All Saints use on some of their dress and skirt designs to give body / fullness, drape and a stylistic feature - I absolutely love it and it's easy to do (here's an example from All Saints that I quickly found on Google: http://coolspotters.com/clothing/allsaints-ditzy-ezra-dress). It's essentially a tuck done from the underneath of the skirt. To do this, you sew two short pieces of ribbon on the underneath of the skirt about 10cm apart. The idea is that when you tie them together, it pulls the skirt into a tuck from the underneath. From the front, you just see a few tiny stitches. The beauty is you can tie the ribbons more closely together for a more pronounced look, or simply untie them for a longer 'un-hitched' conventional skirt! You can place …

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    Sure! It's a technique that I've noticed All Saints use on some of their dress and skirt designs to give body / fullness, drape and a stylistic feature - I absolutely love it and it's easy to do (here's an example from All Saints that I quickly found on Google: http://coolspotters.com/clothing/allsaints-ditzy-ezra-dress). It's essentially a tuck done from the underneath of the skirt. To do this, you sew two short pieces of ribbon on the underneath of the skirt about 10cm apart. The idea is that when you tie them together, it pulls the skirt into a tuck from the underneath. From the front, you just see a few tiny stitches. The beauty is you can tie the ribbons more closely together for a more pronounced look, or simply untie them for a longer 'un-hitched' conventional skirt! You can place your hitches anywhere you like - and they look totally fine a bit uneven for a fluid, organic look - but I've included a diagram in the Instructable for where I placed mine. Hope that helps! I'm sure I'll do another hitch skirt later this year, so will be sure to include more photos.

    Hey, no probs at all! Always helps to see examples. I'll include more in my next one! :)

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  • Thank you! I made them as gifts for my sisters.

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