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Can't believe I can't find this basic shape
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Date: 8/9/08 10:51 AM

DD is getting married! And I am delighted to be making her gown. She likes the basic shape of Monique Lhuillier's "Scarlet".



I thought I would take the easy way out and use a purchased pattern for the torso area, a basic angled empire seam sheath with princess seams that become bust darts in the top. Haven't there been oodles of this style in the dress and special occasion sections for years? I thought it would be easy to find but I didn't see a single one while flipping through the big four's books yesterday. Am I going blind or crazy? Where are those patterns? Has anyone seen any lately?

There are some really good close up photos that show the seaming of the Scarlet gown at thisebay listing.

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Date: 8/9/08 11:34 AM

First, congratulations on your DD's wedding! She has chosen a lovely gown.

Like you, I was sure the Scarlett's bodice design was all over the place in patterns, but nope, that sure isn't the case now. From going through the recent catalogues and peering into Joann's pattern drawers for older patterns, I have the strong impression that the pattern companies are pulling designs out of circulation faster lately.

It could be worth a shot to haunt ebay for Vogue or McCall evening or wedding gown patterns. I just know I have seen that bodice in several patterns not too long ago!

Edited to add (I hope) a link to Marfy's pricey catalogue of bridal patterns.
-- Edited on 8/9/08 12:08 PM --

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Date: 8/9/08 11:50 AM

KS 3473 has the general shape. So does Vogue 1032. Vogue 2964 has the low back, too.

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Date: 8/9/08 11:52 AM

Maybe thisone for a starting point. Serch through the evening wear section there may be others there too.
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Date: 8/9/08 12:13 PM

I don't think this is quite right, but it has a lovely back.

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Date: 8/9/08 12:41 PM

I think you're not finding patterns for the style you're describing because they were plentiful back in the 90s or earlier. I haven't seen patterns like that for a while. You could check ebay for gown patterns.

Good luck,
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Date: 8/9/08 1:27 PM

Congratulations! I think that the Tom and Linda Platt dress would make a great base for the lace. It appears that the lace is is overlaid on a very similar base.

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Date: 8/9/08 2:00 PM

Congratulations! I agree with Nancy that 2964 is a good base. The drafting of that low back would be a real PITA. Have fun! I am in the midst of starting daughter #2's wedding dress as well as the bridesmaid dresses for her 4 sisters. We have until May though. When is your daughters wedding?
Another suggestion if you are not happy with any of the other suggestions is to look at a top pattern that may have the same styling. Can't think of any off hand however.
Good luck and have fun with what is certain to be a labour of love.

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Date: 8/9/08 3:01 PM

Oh good, I'm glad I'm not losing my mind! But I am apparently stuck in the past about patterns. I have seen (and brazenly inspected) this gown at Saks and, yes, the overdress and underdress are pretty much the same pattern. The lace hides the lines and that creates that wonderful poured seamless look. DD wants a lighter type lace for her gown and I doubt we will do the super low back so the look will end up being her own.

I think I won't spend time searching for just such a pattern now that I know for sure it isn't readily available for little money. Actually the Tom and Linda Platt 2964 one might have a better bust structure anyway since DD is just above a B cup and empire single darts tend not to work that well. I can choose how many seams to use in the torso/skirt. The bottom flare of the Scarlet gown looks like godets but is just an attached half circle, that's easy. I'll have to hurry to the store to buy that pattern before it goes out of print!

My DD's wedding is in may too. May will be here soon with so many girls for you to dress, Connie! Congratulations to you too! I'm slow in my sewing, and DD understands and has a wonderful dressmaker lined up to do the bridesmaid gowns.

I love that Decades of Style dress. Maybe that can be the mother of the bride dress, yum. That Vogue bridal dress is beautiful, I was surprised that DD just paged past it when she looked in the vogue book. And Marfy, that is uncharted territory for me, I think I'll play it safe for this dress.

Thanks for the ideas and for letting me know that I am not losing my mind with the pattern books!
-- Edited on 8/9/08 3:04 PM --

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Date: 8/9/08 5:47 PM

Vogue OOP 7571? Same general impression even though it doesn't have the same bust area seaming.

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