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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Pattern recomendation? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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formal dress, found one I like but not quite what I want D:
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Date: 4/11/10 4:44 PM

My friend is getting married in July this year, and while I'm off galavanting around Turkey for a semester abroad, what I'm *not* doing is earning money. Since she's marrying a military officer, this promises to be a pretty swanky kind of deal, so I need to have a dress...which I can't afford after running around Turkish countryside, so making one has come down to it since that will ultimately be cheaper.

I've had trouble choosing something, but I think I have an idea of what I want, I just need some help finding just the right pattern for it.

Right now I'm SUPER attracted to the blue-green one here. But I don't really like all the scrunching on the front, OR the price tag. XD I want to find one like that with a smooth front, or that is ruched to one side or the other. I would like that actually. But I don't want it down the middle like that, it doesn't look right on me. Most important is the skirt: I really want that fish tail look but I haven't been able to find something through browsing.

Anyone have an idea or recommendation? :D

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Date: 4/11/10 10:17 PM

Could you take another dress pattern you like (with a pencil skirt of course) and put the two patterns together to get the dress style of your choice and the fishtail That's the beauty of sewing!

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Date: 4/11/10 10:52 PM

What about Marfy 9945?

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Date: 4/12/10 10:29 AM

Thank you for the suggestions! I really like that Marfy pattern, so I will tuck that away as well.

Since I'm still relatively a beginner and haven't sewn anything quite like what I'm looking at, I wasn't sure how difficult it would be to try to cross things like that. I think I'll talk it over with my mother a bit and see what she thinks. =)

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I'll try anything once :)

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Date: 4/12/10 10:47 AM

My personally favorite dream formal dress is Butterick 6533 - it has a slight fishtail hem (not as pronounced as the Vogue, admittedly, but still present) and is sleeveless, like the Vogue, but no fussy details. It'd be easy to whip up a test version in a nice cotton to get the fit right and then dive into the formal itself.

And lucky you getting to see Turkey! That's on the top of my list of countries I want to visit. :)

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Date: 4/12/10 10:56 AM

Also if you like the overall look of the butterick but really want the pronounced fishtail hem then you can merge it with Simplicity 4401 pretty easily. It pretty much just requires turning the bodice darts on the butterick into seams and extending them down to the hem then adding flare at the bottom using the simplicity skirt as the template. It's far easier than it sounds, I promise. :)

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Date: 4/19/10 9:05 AM

I bet you can use the original pattern that you posted the photo from. Sewingpatterns.com have it for $9.99 rather than the $25 or $33 suggested. You might luck out and find a Joanne's coupon for 40% off and be able to save yourself some money but do the math because I'm not sure what your Joanne's location may have the patterns marked at prior to discount.

I'd fathom that there is a lining pattern piece that is not gathered, and the gathering is only the outer fabric and lace.

With that said, you could just ignore the pattern pieces with the gather allowance and use the lining pattern to cut the shell fabric.

Fishtail dress patterns only turn up maybe 3 hits unfortunately. It's a great evening look but I guess more complicated than the pattern companies want to draft.

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Date: 4/19/10 11:24 AM

Great suggestion about SewingPatterns.com. It's a bit tricky to put the pattern pieces together once you print everything out, but its definitely cheaper than buying a pattern a full price! You can try ebay too.

What about Vogue 2931? The obnoxious bow on front is an add-on and could be easily removed. Plus, you could probably convert this gown to a strapless pretty easily as well. It doesn't have a foundation pattern so IF you were going to convert it to a strapless gown, I'd trace the existing bodice section and make a separate foundation piece. Remove pretty much all the ease and make a mockup so you could add boning channels and a waste stay. That way you won't be pulling the strapless dress up all night.

I'm currently making a modified version of this gown (I totally removed the bow/halter section and turned it into a V neckline of sorts). The pattern is pretty straightforward and the fishtail is definitely pronounced. The gown has a train that you can pretty easily redraft if you want to remove it and can be scaled down if its TOO pronounced. You'll definitely need horsehair for the hem if you want it to stand out too, but you can get that pretty cheaply.

Hope that helps! There have been a few very positive reviews of the Vouge pattern on here, if you want to check those out too. :)

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Date: 4/19/10 11:55 AM

That V2931 dress is great! If you wait for the next Vogue sale, you could get the pattern for either 5.99 or 3.99.

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Date: 3/28/13 5:15 PM

IM SEARCHING FOR VOGUE V8448 12 14 16 ANYONE?

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