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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > French Curve and skirt stabalizing underlining? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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French Curve and skirt stabalizing underlining?
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Date: 5/31/13 2:00 PM

I'll be making McCall's 6754 view D, and my hip measurement is one size above my bust and waist. I'm wondering if this is as simple as it seems or if my beginner brain isn't comprehending. It's my first piece of clothing.

Do I just mark the waist at L, the hip at XL then take the french curve to make a nice curve between the point where the bodice will attach at the L pattern bit down to the XL skirt outside bit to make the skirt large enough? I don't have a dress form but I thought I could always try making it in muslin first to see how it comes out.

Second part, this calls for a medium weight 2 way stretch knit which I have ordered. I'm wondering if there's anyway to make the skirt "pop" out a bit more with a knit like on the example on the packet, instead of laying flat like a noodle. Maybe some kind of underlining? I know B calls for it cuz it's the lace knit version but I'm not sure if the tricot adds any stability.

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Date: 6/1/13 10:30 AM

With a skirt like that, I'd just make a straight L as a muslin and see how it fits.



To get more poof, you'll want to use a firmer knit - you're right that jersey will just lie flat. Ponte might work better. Tricot underlining won't help.

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Date: 6/1/13 1:45 PM

It looks to me as if the sample dress has some kind of stiffening in the hem. For a woven I'd use something like horsehair braid, but I'm not sure what would be best for a knit. Maybe fishing line?

Also, did you see that the McCall website has a video tutorial for this pattern? I have no idea what's on it, but it might be worth a look!

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