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Adding a train to a dress pattern
FireproofinTN
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Date: 5/13/13 4:36 AM

After searching everywhere I couldn't find a wedding dress that I was really looking for and figured if I did I couldn't afford it so I started looking at patterns. I found 1 but it's not really a wedding dress. It is Simplicity 2573. I've found the information about how to add a train with 1 detail left out. How much additional material do I need? The instructions I found said to add 2.5" to the side seam of the front. Then in the back add 2.5" at the side seam and gently slope down to the train. I was thinking an 18" train? So what another yard of fabric should do it or am I missing something? Sorry I'm new to sewing

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Date: 5/13/13 5:57 PM

Hi,
I would prepare the pattern, adding the required amount for the train, then lay out the pattern on the floor and measure the length needed. This way, you're not guessing and either buying too much or not quite enough

Janine

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Date: 5/13/13 5:57 PM

Hi,
I would prepare the pattern, adding the required amount for the train, then lay out the pattern on the floor and measure the length needed. This way, you're not guessing and either buying too much or not quite enough

Janine

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Janine (in Sydney)

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Date: 5/14/13 11:33 PM

I've just looked up the reviews for this pattern. It's an ace one for a wedding dress. I would cut it out of op-shop sheeting first or something of equivalent weight and cheapness! (You need only cut the back front, side extention pieces). It looks to me like the dress may have a small train as is. If you we're wanting to increase the length at the back you could then just pin scraps of fabric
or paper on to the desired length. [and you may want to raise the front hem a little- as one reviewer says - not much use in tripping over it]!
All the best

FireproofinTN
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Date: 5/21/13 1:14 AM

Thanks for the help. My mom is going to help me so wish us luck.

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