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Fitted, no-stretch and room to breathe?
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Date: 11/24/12 10:27 AM

I have this great flocked fabric and a general idea of a50's inspired shape but definitely nervous about the need to fit this thing properly and still have room to breathe on the dance floor. I am considering making it with an extra inch or so of ease and putting in a wide elastic waistband inside?

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Date: 11/24/12 11:46 AM

I can't tell for sure from the images, but perhaps the laced section in the back provides some give?

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Date: 11/24/12 1:18 PM

I,personally, would make it mounted (is that correct english) on a bustier or a leotard

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Date: 11/24/12 2:05 PM

Quickie - yes, it will be mounted on (constructed over?) a leotard, or at least semi-attached. For ballroom competition, it really has to be that way.

Gwen - I am not planning this exact pattern, but that is the flavour. Good thinking on the laces, though. That has given me a couple of ideas.

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Date: 11/24/12 2:33 PM

Well, if There is a leotard and if you attach the whole neckline of the dress to the neckline of the leotard and if the leotard is stretch material and the dress is not stretchtching then the dress can give you room enough, in my views. Your waist and bust can have all the extra room you want to create there yourself.

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Date: 11/25/12 0:53 AM

Does the flocked fabric have any stretch to it? If not is cutting on the bias an option to provide a little give?

What about the use of a zipper to make it easier to get on and off while still getting a good fit -- 1" of ease is not a lot when you are taking deep breaths. Double check your measurements when you are standing still "at rest" and then take a deep breath and double check the measurements.

Look forward to seeing how you proceed -- will be following your journey.

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Date: 11/25/12 8:18 AM

I can't wait to see the finished product. I love this type of "swish" dress. Will look lovely on the dance floor

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