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Muldini
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Subject: Modifying a pattern to suit a border print Date: 5/30/13 5:22 PM

I'd like to use This fabric to make the December 2012 Burdastyle metallic dress.

Ideally I'd like to keep the diamonds at the neckline/shoulder and at the hem of the skirt, with the stripes creating a neat effect with the drape. But a quick look at the pattern pieces online shows that those edges are curved.

Is there a way to alter the pattern to produce straight edges where they're needed? Or would it be easier to curve the fabric using darts/steam etc?
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Date: 5/30/13 6:37 PM

If you open the PDF of the instructions, you can see how they lay out the pieces. The hem has a bit of a curve, but it's probably close enough to straight. the upper back looks about the same. The real problem is the upper front.

It's cut more on the bias (the grainline goes almost parallel to the diagonal seam). I think (unless you are willing to have the pattern go diagonally on top), this dress may not be a good choice. My guess is that shifting the direction of the grain 90 degrees might be OK, but 30-45 degrees will mess up the drape.

One option might be to try to color block, and use a solid fabric for the upper front.

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Date: 5/31/13 5:04 PM

That's a good point, totally didn't look at the grain line (though the skirt seam should have given it away...hmmm....

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