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Date: 3/13/12 8:55 PM

I've read quite a few reviews of Vogue 1224. Lots of people say they didn't use the waist casing, but instead used the seam allowance.

Can anyone explain to me what this means? I'd rather not use the casing, as I don't need bulk at the waist!

If I understand correctly- you sew the skirt to the bodice, as normal, then sew the additional seam allowance to the bodice, and in the space between the two lines, you add in the elastic?

So, if I'm using a serger to construct the dress, I need to make sure not to serge the waist to the bodice. So should I use a zig-zag? I have a "lightening" stitch on my machine, but I've never found it to be very stretchy... Or should I just use a slightly longer straight stitch?

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Date: 3/13/12 10:03 PM

Yes...sew the bodice to the skirt with a narrow zig zag stitch. Then I usually serge together the edges of the SA so they are one, then fold over and stitch to the bodice to create a casing...easy peasy

I made two of those dresses that way.

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Date: 3/14/12 0:07 AM

I just serged the elastic into the seam allowance as I serged the top and bottom together.

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Date: 3/14/12 8:03 AM

Amazing, I just got out this pattern last night to cut out, read the reviews, and saw this suggested change. I have done this before as part of a pattern instruction, but thanks for the refresher. I couldn't remember whether to sew it up to the bodice or down to the skirt.

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Date: 3/14/12 8:38 AM

Thanks for the help! I sew tonight, so we'll see how it goes. Especially appreciate the comment to serge all the seam allowances together- I wouldn't have thought to do that.

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Date: 3/14/12 8:38 AM

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I just serged the elastic into the seam allowance as I serged the top and bottom together.

ooh- that's very clever.

I think serging elastic is beyond my skill right now though.
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Date: 3/14/12 11:19 AM

Personally, I like to leave it loose so you can get just the right fit. It's hard to change it once you serge the elastic onto the fabric...ask me how I know???

And I think whether you sew it up the bodice or down the skirt is personal preference. I sew up because I am short waisted.

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Date: 3/15/12 8:51 AM

Well "for dummies" is right. I misinterpreted a step (after reading it 15 times and calling my husband down to help) and cut the fabric. I should have come onto the board before I cut, as I shouldn't have cut...

It is just in the underarm, so I'm hoping I can patch the fabric together.

I put the top on (no elastic in the neckline yet) and have my doubts any amount of elastic will be able to gather this into a neckline! Right now I have a cowl front worthy of J-Lo and a back that droops to the butt...

I did get the skirt assembled, bubble skirted the hem (love that idea) and basted the top. SO glad I added extra inches at the waist, as I think it will likely be form fitted as is.

Here's hoping I can fix the arms...

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Date: 3/16/12 8:50 AM

I got the dress sewn together- and it looks like it is supposed to! The cut I took out of the underarm accidentally was pretty easy to fix, since the sleeves are so loose.

The only problem is it doesn't look good on me at all. I need to cut even more elastic out of the neckline (I have it 4 inches shorter than called for already) and I don't know what to do about the waist. There is just a lot of bulk there, and I do not need bulk in the waist.

I folded the hem allowance down to do the casing, and I think if I fold it up that will reduce some of the bulk- as there will be fewer layers, but I don't really want to raise the waist line, as the torso of this dress is absurdly short. It looks okay belted, but horrible without one.

I was going to pick out the waist at lunch, but maybe I'll wait until I can get some pictures and opinions.

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Date: 3/16/12 7:50 PM

I decided not to change the waist. A belt works great.

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