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Date: 7/28/13 3:26 AM

I have had this dress/tunic pattern in my stash forever (simplicity 9013 OOP circa 1070) but unfortunately, I have never had the instructions.

It is pretty straightforward (sew darts, baste pockets, sew side fronts to front; sew back darts, sew center seam and zipper; side seams, set in sleeves). Right? And more importantly -- advice on those big curved seams in the front? Stabilize with fusible stay tape and clip? I don't want to accidentally stretch them! If anything jumps out at you about those curved seams or anything else please let me know.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
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Date: 7/28/13 3:30 AM

Cute pattern! Oh I so remember those styles! I'd look at this as an upside down armhole princess seam, and yes to all of the above.

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Date: 7/28/13 1:20 PM

Really cute pattern and still attractive.

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Date: 8/1/13 2:55 PM

This was such a puzzler, that, late last night, I wrote a long, rambling reply involving a pressing template and Elmer's Washable School Glue, and raising the question of top-stitching. My internet connection failed, and I lost the post.

In the more sober light of day, I discovered that right now there are 3 of this pattern for sale on Etsy, none of them terribly expensive. If it was me, I'd bite the bullet and buy another pattern, with the instructions. In my personal cost-benefit analysis, the saved aggravation is worth the money I would spend. YMMV, of course.

If you do acquire a copy of the instructions, please do enlighten us on how Simplicity expects (expected?) that curved seam to be constructed. Now I'm curious to know how they did it (or wanted you to do it).

CMC
-- Edited on 8/1/13 3:50 PM --

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Date: 8/1/13 4:10 PM

I think if you stay stitched around the curves in the lower front pieces at about the 5/8 inch seam line but a bit under and also stay stitched that pocket and the curve it sits on in the side front piece, then when you go to sew together for real those two pieces because you got an inner curve on one and a outer curve on the other, you will when only just pinning it together, or basting it together, have to make clips almost to the stay stitching on the lower front piece on the curve and also have to cut inward clips (as in triangular wedges) in the seam allowance but not into the stay stitching on the curve of the side piece that has the pocket on it, with the outer curve on it. Then with enough pins in there, and sewing slow right there and using your hands and fingertips to smooth the fabric on top needle side and also just fingertips checking it underneath at the same time, can probably just straight stitch that seam without getting puckers or sewing over any folds by mistake. All that kind of stuff though might depend on how flexible your fabric is and how to clip and wedge out the seam allowances there. So if wanting to be even more careful, maybe just hand baste that place first. Or worst thing that happens, is you sew over a pucker or fold, and have to pick out and maybe re-do a few stitches. Only you know the properties of your fabric though.

Or you could just cheat. By stay stitching both sides of the center bodice piece, clipping and notching just on that, pressing under that just perfect and including the whole inner curve of it there, and then just laying it on top of the side pieces with the pockets in them, and just top stitching down flat on there instead. From the good top side of the garment even. Not what you want if you want no top stitching,but if you were going to top stitch everything anyways, it would work too.
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