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Message Board > Bridal and Formalwear Sewing > Bias cut? Need help! ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Bias cut? Need help!
Busty girl wants THIS dress.
Mary Themom
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Date: 10/15/13 5:10 PM


My daughter wears a 32DD bra, about a size 8, and is 6 foot tall!

She tried this dress on and LOVES the way it fits in the ribs, loves the ombre coloring, loves the floaty quality (that still hugs the ribs), and is OK with the top (although I'd prefer something that shows a little less cleavage.

Not only do I WANT to make a dress for her instead of purchasing one, there are some major issues (including price) that prevent us from buying this off the rack. For one thing it's waaaayyyy too short.

So suggestions on a pattern that matches this bias cut? dress? or suggestions on layout? Where to purchase or how to make the ombre colored fabric?

I'm an intermediate/advanced self-taught seamstress. I can sew without a pattern if needed. If it doesn't fit her snuggly in the ribs like this one, then she'll toss it like she did this dress I made her last year - this is my daughter. She said this dress made her look fat. :(
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-- Edited on 10/15/13 7:10 PM --

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Date: 10/15/13 5:40 PM

looks like the photos don't appear like they should.
the dress you want to make is beautiful.

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Date: 10/15/13 5:54 PM

Is this the dress? (La Femme_18049)

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Date: 10/15/13 6:05 PM

Sorry, the image of the ombré dress doesn't show up.

It is VERY hard at pr to find instructions for posting a link to a photo or the pic itself in a message, but if you can manage it, it's a lot faster for the viewers to see what you're talking about.

When you get to the point in your message where you want to insert a picture--say, on the word 'dress' in this phrase: "then she'll toss it like she did the ....", stop typing and on another screen highlight and copy the URL of the photo you want to insert. Going back to your message, look up at the button with the blue letters http://

Click on that, and there will be a space for you to insert your highlighted URL.

Do that, and another box will appear with the confusing words 'My Webpage.' This is where you give a name to the image you want to show. In this case, you delete the words 'My Webpage,' and type in instead the word dress, and continue your sentence with 'I made her last year.'

The finished product should look like this in your message box:

...then she'll toss it like she did the dress I made her last year.

The word 'dress' will appear in red, and when anyone clicks on it, what should show up is a picture of your girl.


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Date: 10/15/13 7:12 PM

I think I fixed it. Thanks for the tips.

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Date: 10/15/13 10:18 PM

Beautiful dress! I think the last one you made was pretty fabulous, too.

I don't have a pattern suggestion, but here's the fabric.

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Date: 10/15/13 10:37 PM

Oooh! Thank you Mary!

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Date: 10/16/13 3:44 AM

The design reminds me a bit of Vogue 2847 but I think you're looking for something more fitted. Your daughter sounds like a difficult customer to sew for.

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Date: 10/17/13 2:09 PM

She sounds so difficult to sew for, (as in expectations- and fussiness if she is even going to wear it or not, as you say if it's not fitting her just tight and right enough, she really won't wear it and toss it instead) that I think that I would just try to make that dress, by overlaying the slip/lining fabric and the chiffon fabric, on top of, an already existing foundation of a store bought power net or firm lycra kind of shapewear garment, the kind that has a padded or lined strapless and underwired bra built into it, and has a snap crotch.

Doing it that way, would probably do a bunch of good things. Save you tons of time and money in designing and making something if perhaps, she was never going to wear it anyways. (I think if you buy something like that foundation garment, in major department stores, could cost $50 to $100, but same thing and brands, at discount chains like Ross, Marshalls or Loehmans you can find for more like $14 to $30 most times) Give the dress a firm foundation built into it, that would really keep it on, and prevent it from slipping down and falling off. give you, the top of something to atttach the dress onto. Give her, the tightness and feeling of tightness on the ribs, as that foundation really would be tight, up against her, and have all the built in stuff, already made in it, to keep the dress top up and on her, including probably silicon/rubbery banding and stuff, and give you a place to attach the dress and all the chiffon to the top of it, and it would already be pre- shaped and reinforced there. Also no issues of what to wear under it later at all either, and nothing else needed to buy for that.

I think you could just drape the fabric over one of those, pin and fit, take it off, do some seams, maybe roll hem it, and then even hand tack it all to the top of one of those strapless bodyshapers. Since chiffon fabric won't stretch the same as the body shaper, you will have to do something about that though.

Sometimes it's really a loosing battle if a child wants a certain store bought dress, and it costs too much for what you think it is, and you think you will just make one less expensively though. In that case, if it's something like that, sometimes much better to just buy the real thing. Or if that is out of the question, make them pay for the difference even. By working for and earning the money somehow. That way you know how much they really want it, and also they are invested it, and not just you at all either.

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Date: 10/17/13 3:17 PM

A way to use the existing dress, if it's way too short for her as she is so tall, might even be to make a few extra longer layers of chiffon, and add them in, hand tacked under the top layers, and you could probably get that dress even six inches or way more longer in just the center font of it. The fabric might not match exactly, but if the right stuff and not just one layer but maybe two or more, it could blend in and look like it was original and always supposed to be there I think.

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