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Date: 5/29/12 8:19 PM

I recently found some navy and white fabric on Ebay and then stumbled upon this striped dress when looking for pattern ideas...

I don't necessarily want to make a dress... perhaps just a top.

One thought I had was to use my Stylearc Creative Cate pattern... draw a line across the bodice about midway down the armscye, cut it apart and add seam allowances. To assemble, I would sew one side of the upper bodice onto the lower bodice, twist a couple of times, then sew the other side of the upper bodice to the lower bodice.

Would that work? Or does anybody know of a similar pattern? I did a quick scan of my Burda tech drawings, and the Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity and New Looks sites. Lekala, too.
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Date: 5/29/12 9:37 PM

I think your idea would work; maybe need to extend the twist section further, but a few minutes with some cheapie jersey would tell you.
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Date: 5/29/12 9:44 PM

When I saw the dress I immediately thought of this pattern. The twist is a bit more centered than the dress but playing with the center seam should be easy enough to move it to the side a bit.

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Date: 5/30/12 1:32 PM

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Date: 5/30/12 4:22 PM

what about Jalie 2788? I've done this pattern several times and it is a good fit. You would have to play with the centre front to make it off centre though.
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Date: 5/31/12 12:44 PM

I think your idea is great! I also have the Stylearc & will perhaps make myself a dress. Thanks for the idea!
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Date: 6/11/12 7:07 PM

I made a test garment, using the StyleArc pattern, as planned above. It worked pretty well, but I'm going to try again, cutting the front apart a little higher and doing a horizontal fold on the new upper bodice piece to remove a little bit of the drape.

In my test, I drew the line across just above the armpit level (the way it looks in the inspiration photo). With the drape from the cowl, the neckline was a little bit too low. Still wearable, it just caused me to constantly check myself to make sure I wasn't exposing lingerie. In the cloth, I ended up taking the horizonal seam in about 5/8" because it was too drapey and looked a little sad (I'm an A cup, though, others might want that room).

So, round two, I'm going to move the cutting line up about an inch and am going to fold 5/8 out of that upper piece.
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Date: 6/11/12 7:43 PM



Butterick 5283 looks close. I've made the asymmetric version several times and really love it.

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Date: 6/22/12 5:29 PM

Oh... gosh... that really does look like it! I made a second version with the modifications I mentioned above, and while it was definitely an improvement, it's not quite what I envisioned. But I just pounced on a different piece of striped knit on the Hotpatterns Etsy site, so I think I'll try this pattern for version 3. Thanks!
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