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VOGUE 1181
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Date: 4/10/12 1:17 PM

I am looking for a dress just like this pattern EXCEPT "I would like it fitted and to stop right below the knee". I need to make it this weekend. I am not VERY experienced but I'm somewhat of a intermediate sewer. Does anyone have any suggestions/advice before I attempt this. I can't afford to waste material.

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Date: 4/10/12 1:31 PM

Theresa's review

Theresa's review gave some recommendations for saving fabric on this pattern but made no other changes.

Once you make it fitted, it will be a completely different dress. What do you like about this pattern exactly and maybe we can find another that will match what you are looking for.

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Date: 4/11/12 2:53 PM

I'm looking for the sort of batwing dress style with the wide sleeves. The sleeves are the same length of the dress and cut rounded (like a half moonhalf circle). Make sense? I might have to find a pict

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Date: 4/11/12 3:35 PM

Search 'cocoon dress' and 'cocoon batwing' dress. You'll pull up some pictures to get you started in the right direction.

Then narrow your searches down to 'cocoon dress pattern' and 'cocoon batwing dress pattern'. I did see a vintage pattern pull up under the 'cocoon batwing dress pattern'. search that should a sheath dress with a jacket. It was the jacket that fit the bill, McCall's vintage 3562, in illustrating that you may want folds across the shoulder and upper arm area to achieve the sleeve effect and still be able to fit the dress close to the body.

Do you have the confidence to morph new V8763 into your desired design. Added sleeves and a slight reduction of fullness from the hipline or from just above the hipline?

Or, add sleeves to V1238 and sculpt a bit of the lowest butteryfly inset. You could leave the lower straight part alone, start at the bottom edge of the section above, radius in to the next seam and then radius back out to the original cutting point of the seam above to retain the fullness their to tie in with your added on sleeve.

V1284 is a very crude version of what you are going for. But, you may find it easier to add in instead of taking out. Or you could use something like this as a guide for your sleeves.

If none of the morphing is comfortable for you, consider a slip dress with a longer cocoon overlay. Or, a body shaping slip from the lingerie department, a simple sewn unlined skirt that mimics and skims the lines of the shaping slip and then your cocoon tunic on top.

Wish I knew more about your fabric.

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Date: 4/11/12 3:46 PM

Try Burda, it seems like they had some patterns like this (the printed pattern are viewable on Simplicity's site).

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Date: 4/11/12 4:24 PM

Can you lengthen V1261?

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Date: 4/11/12 5:38 PM

I looked in my copy of Adele Margolis' wonderful "Make Your Own Dress Patterns" and pp 382-385 show you how to make kimono/batwing sleeves with a regular bodice front, back and sleeve pieces.

I can't access my camera right now but it says:

- Place the bodice patterns so the shoulder seams touch at the neckline but are 1/2 in apart at the armhole
- Fold back the sleeve cap and place the pattern so the underarm is equal distances to the bodice armholes at the side seams (so you are making a sideways T shape)
- Trace all the pieces, making the curve you want at the intersection of the armholes.

You have to watch out for the underarm curve you are going to create. If it's very close to the original pattern shapes, you might need a gusset just to be able to raise your arms.

Will try to get photos up tomorrow but see if you can't find this page on the Amazon Look Inside feature. It's p 385. Good luck!
-- Edited on 4/11/12 5:42 PM --

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Date: 4/11/12 6:34 PM

I don't think that you can successfully make this fitted. Certainly and not sew it this weekend! I don't know exactly what you are looking for but you'd be better off to keep looking for a different pattern.

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