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Date: 10/11/12 3:26 PM

I have been wanting to knock off this Nanette Lepore jumper/dress for a couple of years.

I just think it is fabulous. I am planning to use V8410-View A


However, the skirt in the Nanette Lepore dress looks fuller and swishier than the Vogue pattern skirt. How would I make that skirt fuller? Would I slash and spread from the waistline in several places on the front and back?
OR, if anyone has a better pattern I can start with I would be most appreciative. Here is a
link to where you can go look at it closeup. Thanks.
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Date: 10/11/12 4:15 PM

Strikes me that the skirt of the jumper is perhaps a three-quarter circle so you could slash and spread with that as a guide. The center front appears to be on the straight of grain...

I think your ogue pattern is a pretty good point of beginning. It'll be easy enough to elimnate the buttoned shoulder strap detail and it gives you a very similar neckline. Nice!

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Date: 10/11/12 4:36 PM

At first I agreed w/ Eleanor - it looks like a 3/4 circle skirt, and you can do it that way. But then I used your link to view the seams.

It appears to be a 6 gore skirt - with the front gore split to add the buttons. There are quite a few tutorials out there for drafting gored skirts. This one puts a zipper in the back - you could just reverse that to put the buttons in the front. Using the skirt on the pattern as the "basic skirt draft" she talks about.

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Date: 10/11/12 9:39 PM

I have used this Vogue pattern, both views A and B. I think it's only superficially similar to the style you want. A major obstacle to modifying this pattern is the empire waist -- it's really high. I can't see how you could eliminate this seam between the bodice and skirt parts. View A has bust darts from this seam upward that are essential to the fit. The neckline of view A is quite low, but the one you are wanting to make is even lower. It would extend into the skirt part of the pattern, crossing that horizontal seam. I'd look for a different pattern to start from.

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Date: 10/11/12 10:02 PM

I think that I would look for a princess seam gored skirt jumper pattern where can you can rework the neckline.

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Date: 10/12/12 9:07 AM

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I think that I would look for a princess seam gored skirt jumper pattern where can you can rework the neckline.

Do you know of any patterns like that? It had also crossed my mind to just find a u-neck vest pattern (lower it if necessary) and attach a gored skirt to it at the waist like maybe
S4079-view E and S4188-View B
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Date: 10/12/12 10:42 AM

I don't see anything wrong with slashing the pattern from the hem to about your waist. Start off with two inches at the hem and taper it to nothing near the waist; in several places. Although the Nordy's jumper has gores, if what you are after is a "look" rather than the exact design, I think my method might work. I took a Pattern Making class here on PR and someone asked how to make a skirt fuller, and the answer was to slash. The empire waist is pretty high on the pattern, but if what you are looking for is a look, then to me it looks similar to the Nordy's jumper and to me would qualify for a knock-off. You can also sew buttons down CF without an opening.

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