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  1. I love your dyeing process. Just clicked on the link and can’t believe the deep shades that Maria Elena Pombo gets from Avocados. The pockets are great too, nice simple design. I would worry about how that tear came about – is it the result of some stress on the fabric when you move, or is it a one-off accident?

    February 4, 2020
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    • Rebecca said:

      Thanks so much! Her colors are amazing! It’s really inspiring me to try for those richer shades. I think the tear is from not enough room for movement/ease so I’m thinking I may need to recut the sleeve. Luckily I have extra fabric.

      February 4, 2020
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      • Yes, I feared that might be the case. Perhaps it’ll need to be sleeveless, that would probably work to eliminate the tear and stop it happening again. Or perhaps (more work though) some separate sleeves rather than the “grown-on” ones it has.

        February 4, 2020
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  2. Rhonda said:

    Happy Birthday!
    I would open the area under the sleeve up a bit, and add a gusset of sorts. I’m thinking of something rather artful, maybe with a little decorative hand stitching.
    You’ve inspired me to give the dying process a try.

    February 4, 2020
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    • Rebecca said:

      Awesome! Thanks for the tip, that’s a great idea! Dyeing is so much fun…there is so much experimentation with natural dyes. Thanks again Rhonda!

      February 4, 2020
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    • Judy said:

      Yes, a gusset is my first thought, too. It wouldn’t matter if the gusset raised the armhold a bit higher, since it would improve range of arm motion anyway.

      What’s the harm in trying? Such a pretty dye job, cool pockets, it will only fall apart if nothing is done.

      If I may be so presumptuous, I agree about aging: you look sensational, and your life sounds like things are really firing on all fronts. More miniskirts and cool haircuts!

      February 4, 2020
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      • Rebecca said:

        Thanks so much Judy! I think I will go with the gusset. And I agree- more mini skirts and cool haircuts are the way to go. I just dyed my hair a dark cherry and am feeling so much cooler!

        February 4, 2020
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  3. Faye said:

    Place some appliques over the rip.

    February 4, 2020
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    • Rebecca said:

      That’s a good one too! Thanks Faye!

      February 4, 2020
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  4. Chloe said:

    Sounds like you have lots of useful suggestions for dealing with the rip. I wanted to comment on those POCKETS! They are really cool, and they suit the simplicity of the dress so well. Nicely done!

    February 5, 2020
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    • Rebecca said:

      Thanks Chloe! I was really excited about the pockets too, they’re my favorite part!

      February 5, 2020
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  5. Masha said:

    It’s beautiful! You have to salvage it. I would probably patch it from the back with interfacing and then zig zag in matching thread all over it. It won’t be noticeable when worn.

    February 11, 2020
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    • Rebecca said:

      Thanks so much Masha! Great idea- I usually do that for pants, but you’re right it wouldn’t show much in that area.

      February 12, 2020
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