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Date: 8/25/13 4:46 PM

hi all,

I've been putting together my first dress all on my own (i.e. with no input from sewing class), and working on Vogue 8630. Tt's the pattern that Joann's is featuring this fall, and I thought it was so cute worked up that I went and did exactly what Joann's marketing planned and bought the pattern and fabric.

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v8630-products-10772.php?page_id=856

I'm making the version with the sleeves. So, I have found different parts challenging... my collar is kind of a mess because the interfacing I used is way too stiff, but that's ok, I am happy to have a learning project. I am pretty pleased with the sleevs, so it's kind of a wash :). I didn't line it either, as it's a bit rough.

I made a 14, sort of taking in at the top and making it a little larger on the bottom (just on my own without a real method to it). Maybe this is the source of my trouble... So the dress is done (except sleeve hems) and it fits pretty well. The thing is, though, that the back doesn't quite sit flat on me. It sort of bulges a little is a few places. The front is as it should be. It looks ok just on a hanger, and I've been trying to get pictures in the mirror while wearing it to no luck... Can the zipper be too stiff and maybe caused some stretching?

Any thoughts to my (admittedly vaguely laid out) problem?

thanks!

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Date: 8/25/13 5:10 PM

Congratulations on doing this without help. It does not look like an easy pattern. My guess is that the bulges are a fit problem but without a picture it is going to be hard to diagnose. A lining might actually fix some of this as it might be the material is a bit stiff too and a lining would help it hang better? My camera has a time delay so I can set it on something (usually my ironing board and some books) and take a picture that way (I have an empty wall space). Can you maybe take a picture. I know there are alot of experts who would like to help but without a picture we can only guess.

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Date: 8/25/13 6:53 PM

Too much length in the back bodice would be my guess.

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Date: 8/26/13 0:52 AM

Yep, need a photo. The problem could be like LauraTS said, too much bodice length, or maybe too tight in the back, which can cause bulges or wrinkles.

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Date: 8/26/13 6:19 AM

Here is what some of us try that works. Use a wall or full mirror long enough to capture your height or the problem area.
Turn your back to the mirror and with outstretched hand use the camera to capture what is in the mirror.
It may be hit or miss at first but gets better with practice. Sometimes it doesn't work well because your raised hand can throw off the what is going on. But its a start.
Wonderful job on your first project! Just doing it is an accomplishment. Now you have a starting point and will be able to improve your fit. Your PR friends are rooting for you!

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Date: 8/26/13 2:45 PM

thanks for the words of encouragement, but yes i see how this is just stabbing in the dark without a photo, so i enlisted my mother.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23991778@N08/9602441250/

there's other things i know; i tried to match plaids, and although it worked across the skirt and across the bodice, it didn't work top to bottom.

the main thing though is how it doesn't lie flat, and mostly thats in the top half. i guess the bodice length might be a place to start looking.

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Date: 8/26/13 6:32 PM

Oh my your first dress and a plaid? YOU DID A GREAT JOB! Wow! What a great job matching those plaids. I agree with whoever guessed that it is a length issue-that is what it looks like. You zipper may also be part of the problem-what kind of zipper is that? You might be able to fix that if you rip out the zipper and take in the back at the waist. Then put the zipper back in. It wouldn't be an easy job but you could do it. I don't think it is so bad as it is that you couldn't wear it especially if the front is ok. I think you did a good job!

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Date: 8/28/13 10:54 AM

It may be a length problem, but maybe you could try to interface the zipper area too. Undo the zipper, fuse strips of fusible interfacing on the zipper seamlines (wrong side) and reinsert the zipper making extra-sure not to stretch anything.

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Date: 8/28/13 1:50 PM

It looks like too much length in cb. Not sure if it's just the pic angle but your plaid seems to be traveling upwards where it meets at cb for the zip.

Remove the zip and rip apart the waist seam in the back. You'll need a rough idea of how deep the bulge is and remove that at cb tapering to nothing at the ss. Resew the waist seam and interface the zip sa before you reinsert the zip.

Debbie

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Date: 8/28/13 6:07 PM

gosh, i appreciate all the answers! now with school starting (i'm a teacher) it may be a little while, but at least i've got good places to start to fix it.

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