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Date: 3/13/13 8:59 PM

(Sorry if this is in the wrong board - I looked around and this seemed to be the most appropriate place to post this!)

I have successfully made a couple dresses for myself following a pattern and have been able to re-create simple things without one. But I've seen this dress here by Monique Lhuillier a couple times now and can't get it out of my head. Fabric woes aside (chiffon - eep!) from the waste down, I know how to tackle it. But I can't really get a good idea of how to do the bodice part of this dress. If anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them! I know this is an ambitious project, but it's something I'd like to work on once I get a little bit more practice under my belt.
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Date: 3/13/13 9:58 PM

While you are waiting for help with the bodice, try this,

Go to the Search Board function to the upper right.

Type in these two words as one word with no space between the two words:

chiffon thread (remember, make this into one long word)

Click on Messages

Name of poster - leave this blank.

This will lead you to some fantastic information on working with chiffon.

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Date: 3/13/13 11:44 PM

Thank you so much for this. Lots of awesome tips there. I think some of these methods will work even better than just sewing on top of tissue paper. My growing chiffon collection is thankful!

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Date: 3/14/13 0:04 AM

b &j fabrics has ombre chiffon.Looks like the bodice is made from sections of the different colors

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Date: 3/14/13 10:09 AM

Lovely gown! I find though, that these long dresses are all shown on ridiculously tall models wearing ridiculously high platform shes and often also standing on a stool or step that makes the bottom of the dress impossibly long. Not even going to consider the additional digital touching up they do. I feel like my eyes are somewhat trained to "see" how a garment will look on a person of more typical horizontal measurements, but harder to imagine it without all that extra length.

Hope you get it figured out and review it so we can all see it in the "real" world!

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Date: 3/16/13 0:27 AM

It is a beautiful gown. I expect that the lovely ruched panels on the bodice are tacked to a fitted plain bodice that would be over a corselette. (a corset that stops at the waist. so the dress hangs from the corselette which is tight at the waist. Very secure)

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