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“Pimped”Firefly -Horris & Deedle

This is the final of our “Pimped”Firefly series, we’re wrapping things up with Marnie from Horris & Deedle’s version of the firefly.  You can visit the previous posts in this series here, here & here 

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Now it’s over to Marnie to find out how she did it!

I kept the pimping really simple.

1. Replaced ruffles with piping. The piping needs to be sewn all the way down to the bottom of the bodice, not like the ruffles which end a little above the bodice.

2. I added a square shaped shoulder ruffle which I sewed on the main piece before I joined the bodice and the lining together. It is basically just a long rectangle, folded in half with the short ends and one long side sewn together, leaving an opening for turning. The non sewn side was then gathered to the desired size before I sewed it onto the bodice.

3. I wanted the bodice to be a little more firm fitting than the previous dress I made, so I took it in at the side seams on both the outside and lining pieces to make it a firmer fit.

4. I added a ruffled border to the bottom of the dress, and whilst I wish I had some sort of formula for calculating the exact length you need, I don’t because I just made it up as I went along. I used a ruffler foot to make neat pleats for the border.

And that is it.

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To see more about the other Firefly dresses Marnie has made please visit her blog and check out her review of the Firefly dress here.


Picture If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns  HERE 
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“Pimped”Firefly Sutures & Sandpaper

I’m really enjoying checking out the fabulous ways people have infused their own style into their Firefly Dresses.

So far we’ve been visited by Tina from Damsels & Dragons (you can find that blog post HERE) and Steph from Owl&I (you can find that blog post HERE) and today we’re off on a blog visit to check out Kerry from Sutures & Sandpaper’s “Pimped”Firefly and her blog posts talking you through making those fabulous buttons from her first Firefly!

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Here’s a brief rundown on the changes Kerry made to the Firefly pattern to make this sweet number!

For my “pimped” firefly I made the bodice as per the pattern and then changed the skirt from the gathered skirt in the pattern to a circle style skirt using the Boo! Skater Skirt as a starting point. I then hemmed it using the hidden bias method which gave a bit of structure to the hemline and helped it sit nicely when worn.

For the full blog post (including lots more pictures!) visit HERE.

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Kerry’s first Firefly (see <-) was as per the pattern, but not having the hot pink buttons she was searching for sent her off on an adventure to learn how make her own!

To read Kerry’s Blog about making this dress visit HERE.


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If you’re keen to have a go at making your own Polymer Clay Buttons be sure to visit HERE.

Next time Marnie from Horris & Deedle will talk us through her “Pimped”Firefly!


Picture If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns or buy some of this awesome fabric HERE 
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“Pimped”Firefly – Owl & I

If you enjoyed hearing about Tina from Damsels and Dragons “pimped”Firefly then stay tuned because Steph from Owl & I is going to step us through creating a Zip Back and Pleats on your Firefly.  If you missed the first of our “Pimped”Firefly Blog Posts you can find it HERE.One of the very cool things about this “Pimped”Firefly that Steph made is that she used BOO!Designs fabrics to make it! How cool is that!

So lets hand things over to Steph:To create a zip back and pleats:

PLEATS
– Measure the longest edge of your front and back bodice. Add them together and times by two and that is the minimum length required for pleats.
– The width I used for pleats is 3″
– I used a Ultimate Ruffler foot at a scale of 6, depth of 8 and stitch length 2.5 to create a ruffle factor of 2
– Tuck the raw ends in on each end and sew closed
– Attach as per ruffle instructions in Firefly pattern

ZIP BACK
– From the centre back line on the back bodice, measure 3/4″ (1.9cm) for zip allowance. Mark a line and cut this as your new centre back.
– Before doing mitred binding measure 0.5″ from the top and mark this as zip stop placement.
– Align the top of your zip stop to this mark and mark on the skirt where the bottom zip stop is.
– Sew a 3/4″ seam from the edge finishing at the bottom mark position and turn the fabric to create an L shape (as per Boo! Zip IT page 23-28 instructions). Repeat on other side.
– Place the back edges together with right sides facing and sew skirt together with a 1/2″ seam starting from the bottom of the seam allowance to the hem.
– Starting at around 2.2cm above the bottom edge of zip allowance, make a 45 degree cut in to the corner and fold down.
– Press open the skirt seam allowance on the wrong side.
– Press open the zip seam allowance on the right side using the stitch line as a guide for the fold.
– Position the zip and sew down ensuring the that ends of the zip has been folded under.
– Trim off the excess zip allowance and I also cut the top corner of the zip (about 5mm down and 1.5cm across) so that the back won’t be too bulky when I sew on the mitred binding
– Sew on the mitred binding

Next time we’ll have Kerry from Sutures & Sandpaper talking us through her version of the Firefly.
If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns or buy some of this awesome fabric HERE
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“Pimped”Firefly – Damsels n Dragons

During her testing for the Firefly dress for Issue 4 Kristie from BOO! Designs asked her testers to make a “pimped”version to show the versatility of this pattern.  Some of her testers have agreed to share their “How to’s” for their Pimped Firefly’s with us!

First up we have Tina from Damsels and Dragons.
Her Firefly – Firefly was a real standout for me! Check out the Firefly embroidery on the bodice – so so so cool!

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So how’d she do it?
* Instead of ruffles Tina used ric rac trim along the front panel.
* She used the bodice front lining panel for the outer and lining so she would have enough room for the embroidered firefly jar.
* She also closed the back skirt panel in instead of having buttons all the way down.
* Instead of having a square neckline with bias she reshaped it to a curve and used a thinner bias tape.

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Picture Next time we’ll have Steph from Owl & I talking us through her version of the Firefly.If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Firefly dress
* as a Single PDF HERE
* or as part of Issue 4 HERE
and check out more BOO! Designs patterns HERE
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A Bow Peep Variation

I do love making the Bow Peep dress as per the pattern but every now and then a customers fabric choices mean a variation is called for.

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For this dress my friend wanted to use a stripey fabric for the sash.  One of the main features of the Bow Peep dress is the loops at the front that the sash threads through, but for this dress it wasn’t really necessary as the fabric choice gave that effect anyway.
We decided to sew the sash into the side-seams so that it was no longer removable as well.


Steps to make the sash of your Bow Peep dress internal.

To make a dress like this you’ll need to make a couple of small changes to your Bow Peep pattern/tutorial:
1. You won’t need the loops for the front or to cut the front sash panel pieces.
2. Skip step 2, 3, 4
3.  After step 7.  Do step 49-52.
4. Then gather the sashes to match the width of the bottom of the front bodice panel (it’ll be about 1-2″ or 3-5cm wide depending on the size you’re making).
5.  Baste the sashes to the side seam.
6.  Continue with step 8-48
7. Skip step 49-59
8.  Complete step 60 – 63


Picture You can purchase my pattern for the Bow Peep Dress as a single pattern HERE
Purchase Issue 1 which contains this pattern
HERE
or visit my website to find out more about my other patterns.
HERE

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