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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Fitting an unfitted dress ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 3/10/12 4:49 PM

I'm planning on making Vogue 8645, it's from their 'very easy' line so shouldn't be too hard- no zips or closures! It will be my first lining though!

I am just under an 8 (their smallest size) for the bust, and size 12 for waist and hips. Knowing that pattern companies like to put too much ease in I made a size 8 in bust and size 10 in waist and hips.

I know it's supposed to be a loose fit, but I just want to make sure it's not ballooning too much, since I spent good money on the nice linen I want to make it in, and I don't want to screw it up!

Okay, here are some pics (I didn't cut the full skirt obviously):




When I compare it to Vogue's website, mine does look more voluminous.... I also feel like the effect would be accentuated with my slightly heavier linen.

Well at least I see one thing that needs a tweak, my waistline is higher than the one marked on my muslin.

So what do you think? Any feedback welcome!
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Date: 3/10/12 8:09 PM

The fit looks good! I would use a softer fabric, though. The recommendations include georgette or crepe, and I think either of those would give you a better result. Maybe even rayon challis, although that can be a stinker to work with if you're a beginner.

On this particular pattern, you could always fit it a bit closer at the side seams without altering the overall design much.

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Date: 3/10/12 8:48 PM

I think linen calls for more structure, and this dress will look better in lighter fabric with softer drape.

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Date: 3/10/12 9:19 PM

Did you purchase handkerchief linen for your project? It should be fine, especially since the pattern calls for that and a true hankerchief linen is pretty soft and drapey.

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Date: 3/11/12 4:35 AM

Hi, I have posted two pictures of the linen in an attempt to show how it drapes. Do you think it looks lightweight enough?

The girl at the shop told me she thought it would work for the dress, but since then I've discovered that not all shop people know their stuff.. lol. Sigh!


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Date: 3/11/12 8:42 AM

The size looks a bit larger to me, but that could be because today's fashions as so fitted. As to the fabric you purchased, I LOVE that color! Have you laundered it? That will soften it considerably, but it appears to be a bit too heavy for the pattern you've chosen, in my opinion. Keep in mind I'm no expert. I would think handkerchief linen would be perfect, though!

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Date: 3/11/12 9:59 AM

This linen looks a bit too heavy. I think your muslin looks great. I'm not one for tight fit and this looks nice as a drapey garment. Also, the lighter and drapier the fabric, the closer it will lay to your body.

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Date: 3/11/12 5:08 PM

Hmm, yes this is prewashed. And if it looks too heavy, I guess I better not ruin it by using it on this dress! Grr, stupid lady that told me it would work! Now I have to buy new fabric and I don't know what to use this linen for, any suggestions?

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Date: 3/11/12 5:15 PM

This pretty red linen would make a nice jacket, vest, a dress that can handle a heavier material, a skirt, slacks....

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Date: 3/11/12 8:57 PM

Hi, for this linen I was looking at patterns:
Do you think these would be suitable for the red linen?

Vogue 8743
(for some reason I don't love this one though)

Vogue 8649 (this one I think is actually really cute! and its fashion drawing is red too... a sign?)

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