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Date: 4/23/13 9:51 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm playing around with the idea of copying a dress I've seen advertized online, for a clothing store located in Buenos Aires. I would much rather buy from them, but they do not do custom work or international delivery, so I don't have much of a choice.

This is the dress I am referring to:
http://www.tango-imagen.com/mujer/vestidos/6

Seems to me that the dress has three main pieces: the keyhole bodice piece that ties around the neck and laced up in the back, the collar, and the asymmetrical skirt piece, that attaches to the bodice and is closed up in the back.

So, how would I go about copying the pieces? Just pull out some 4 way stretch fabric I have lying around and try it out? I don't have a dress form so it'll should rather challenging...

Also, from looking closer at the side pic, I notice that some areas of the dress don't lie flat on the model's body. Would it be useful to add some clear elastic to all the exterior seams?

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 4/24/13 2:58 AM

Bumping for you. That's a gorgeous dress with a lot of features.

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Date: 4/24/13 3:40 AM

That is really nice. I think you can base it off some existing leotard /Unitard patterns, just even sort of combined all together. Just because I think it really is just sort of a leotard, with a skirt on top, and the way the back is, looks like a built in leotard bottom part of it, is what is holding it on to her butt there.

Kwik Sew 3273 already has the front top of it, if you want to keyhole out the neck front, and cut a shape out of the center back of it for the lacing.

So I think you should buy Kwik Sew 3273, lay it out, and then set another leotard pattern over it, (one with elastisized upper leg holes, on top of that first one, to get the torso length and the panty part of it. And just the general shape of it. Then you can split that at the waist, and attach your skirt in there. So I don't know what you call that, but I would consider it, sort of just a monokini swim suit maybe, with the open sides like that, with a skirt sewn into it, I guess. I think they lined the whole thing, as no elastic shows as sewn onto the edges, with stitching showing on the outer part of it, but it might be in there and probably is some, in the seams when they flipped the lining edges down. Also if you wanted to get that real slight blousing of the bodice front, probably something in there at the back side of the front waist (lke maybe a larger in width piece of elastic right there maybe, to kind of stabilize it right there too.

Too bad they don't show it turned inside out, I would like to see the inside of it.

I don't think a dress form would do much of any good, I think it needs to go on you instead, just since the whole thing that is sort of even holding that dress together, is her torso and the pull and the tension of the lycra fabric against her body at the neck to the waist and the tension between the front waist and what I think is a built in panty underneath- most dress forms would not have a butt built into them or legs and a crotch or upper legs to even create that kind of tension on the lycra- so real person would be better I think.


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Date: 4/24/13 4:09 AM

For the bodice part, you could try starting with something like Jalie 2916.

A couple of ideas for the skirt portion, Jalie 3025 or Kwik Sew 3672.

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