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Date: 7/16/11 9:27 PM

So I bought the McCalls M6102 and am hoping that with a few adjustments I can make it looks something like this, which is similar to the navy trapeze dress that Victoria Beckham wore to the royal wedding. It is a little longer in the back than in the front. It also looks like the sleeves are cut from the same fabric as the dress.

The concept is so simple,but i am a beginner and am not comfortable making it without a pattern. So I looked and looked and this McCalls is the only one i could find.

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Victoria Beckham's Dress




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Date: 7/16/11 9:49 PM

I think Victoria's dress is cut on the bias, and it has a much wider hemline that the McCalls pattern, and the neckline is more of a bateau than scoop.

Your biggest adjustment will be the fullness around the hemline.


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Date: 7/16/11 10:49 PM

And the sleeves are cut on, not set in. It is essentially two pieces of fabric cut on the bias, with the back piece cut like a modified swing coat (that is, a big pie-shaped piece). You would have to experiment with how much fullness there is in the back. It could be as little as a quarter-circle or as much as a half-circle. You will need a really soft, drapey fabric (that also has weight to it) to pull it off.
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Date: 7/17/11 4:13 AM

burda had some dresses where the sleeve and shoulder line goes into the direction of Victoria's dress, e.g. this one here.

You may want to check out more burda dress patterns (there are more than 20 pages of dress patterns and there may be ones where the sleeve/shoulder line comes even closer).

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Date: 7/17/11 11:10 AM

Thanks for the advice!

I will check out the burda patterns and maybe toy a bit with the idea of adjusting the McCalls!

I have taken two sewing classes so far and still can't figure out how to cut on the bias. I know it has to do with a 45 degree angle with the way the grain is.. I will search around this site or youtube for an example..

I also googled the term set-in sleeves (complete novice) and found a photo of this vintage McCalls pattern that may help in adjusting/making my own version of Beckham's dress.





Thanks again!
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Date: 7/17/11 1:29 PM

Like that you found a vintage pattern for reference to get closer to the styling of the dress you like. You might like to also look at the line drawings of Vogue V1180 to help with an idea on layout. The coat hem looks closer to what you are going for. Do you suppose you could seek out pictures of the back of the original dress? Bias cut would be the normal approach. But, doesn't it appear that there is more swing and fullness in the back of the dress than in the front?

Could it be that the front of the dress is cut on the bias with less fullness than the back of the dress?

or........

Could it be that the front of the dress is cut on the straight grain of the fabric so that the angle that is cut at the lower side seams is almost on the bias of the fabric, and, that the back of the dress is cut on the bias? But, also with the bottom front hem being a smaller circumference than the bottom back hem.

I'm also looking at the consistency of the ridges of excess vertical fabric that go across her upper chest. Checked around to find that this dress is part of Victoria Beckham's own line and is identified as this on her website:
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Trapeze Dress
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Deep magenta double crepe draped trapeze dress.

It would be worth watching her runway videos to see if you can locate the dress and find out more about the back and the relation of the back hemline circumference versus the front hemline circumference.
Hope that you are planning to make a muslin or two. It will be fun to check on your decisions as you are going to have a spectacular dress.

By the way, I haven't done an on the bias dress in a while, but remember that I allowed the pieces to rest in between stages and let the constructed dress rest on a padded hanger before hemming.

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Date: 7/17/11 2:52 PM

There is clearly less fullness on the front of the pink dress than in the back. The blue dress that VB wore to the royal wedding looks fuller in front. It may be that it was custom made for her to accommodate her baby tummy.

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Date: 7/17/11 5:26 PM

How about this Burda dress?

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Date: 7/17/11 6:24 PM

If you use View A of Butterick 5652, cut the front neckline straight across like the back neck, and adjust the hem length, you'll be pretty close to Ms. Beckhem's look.

Of course, the garment could be cut on the bias, too.

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Date: 7/17/11 6:44 PM

That burda pattern is a really good starting point.

Much closer than the other two patterns I have found.

So I took a look at the video of a model wearing the dress at Net-a-Porter (actually 5 times) and there appears to be something underneath the arm that creates a small fold to keep the front looking fitted, and to give a cape like appearance to the back.

I had to play it a few times to catch it. You pros will see it instantly!

I bought a $2 a yard cotton blend that will be my first "muslin".I don't have enough to do it on the bias, this time, but i will keep you updated.

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