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Sewinglady1947
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Date: 11/5/13 7:59 AM

I have sewn for years but never much on formal wear. I am making Simplicity2253. I have already made a sample dress and it was easy and beautiful. The directions says to use lightweight fusible, but if anyone can give me better ideal of which to use I would appreciate it. I hate for it to not iron on good. Also do you find pattern sizing is different from ready to wear? My granddaughter who I am making this for buys size 4-6. I made this by a 8 but it is tight. ! Any suggestions about sewing tips will be appreciated I was making this for spring 2014 but now she needs it by Dec 7.

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Date: 11/5/13 8:23 AM

You need to use the measurements on the envelope to determine the size; RTW garments are sized smaller than sewing garments. I wear a 1-2 in RTW and usually cut a 10 in most patterns. Your GD might be a 12, but you should measure her and compare it to the sizing chart on the pattern envelope.

I usually buy interfacing from JA...not known for its quality but they are labeled by weight. I know a lot of PR members recommend Fashion Sewing Supply both for their customer service and their product. NAYY, but https://www.fashionsewingsupply.com

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Date: 11/5/13 9:33 AM

What a cute look as a short dress! What view are you making? I just glanced through the reviews and noticed that a few people said the bodice was tight. Is that the area where you saw a problem?

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Date: 11/5/13 5:25 PM

Thanks! I knew they were different but didn't realize how much. I am going to measure her and hope it works out.

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Date: 11/5/13 5:31 PM

I am going to have to watch out for double posting
-- Edited on 11/5/13 5:35 PM --

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Date: 11/5/13 5:33 PM

Yes this is the pattern. And yes that is where it is tight. I decided not to make garments anymore but for grandchildren I will do anything I can. This pattern was easy to sew and looks great on my dress form but small at top. After measuring her I am going to do another sample in short version. The formal will be in long style. I might even purchase new pattern since I have cut this for a 8.

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Date: 11/6/13 4:53 AM

In order to determine what interfacing will fuse to your fabric, you need to know the fibre content of the fashion fabric. Will it take the heat and/or steam necessary to fuse properly? It would also be best to do a test fuse.

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Date: 11/9/13 12:10 PM

Thanks for your help. I went to Hancock's and they helped me pick the fusing. I made another sample by 14 and it is the size I will use and take it up a little if necessary. The sample looked great on her but I think it was a little roomy. I figured with the Satin it might look different and it will be easy to take in where needed. This dress is easy to sew but I do dread cutting it out. She is 5'9" tall so I am looking forward to seeing her in it. I am not sure if I like the shoulder trim or if I will do something else. It will be up to GD.

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