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Date: 1/10/14 11:34 AM

Since my last (and only) attempt to enter a sewing contest didn't go so well, i really want to be prepared this time. I don't want to run out of time this round. I already got some great advise here om PR on topstitching color. I got a great matching thread!

The fabric is a light weight viscose/polyester mix with slight stretch one way, and less stretch the other. Does that make sense?

Q1: Now, i have some doubts concerning this pattern. I want to line with self fabric i think you call it. Step 9,5 says to sew in the same manner, pressing seems open, but disregarding topstitching. Dos this mean i should also disregard edge stitching? Or should i edge stitch both sides of the pressed open seem?

Q2: Should i trim the seem allowances of the bodice, midrif and skirt section? I got some very fancy pinking sheers for Christmas. Would this be a good time to use them?

Q3: I did a bold FBA on this pattern and got all my pieces cut out already. I didn't chance anything on the midrif section. Should i?

Thanks in advance.



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Date: 1/10/14 4:44 PM

Only answering to #3. On your muslin, did the midriff look alright and match up well with the altered upper bodice ?

I always liked that dress myself, just don't have the body to go with it. ; )
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Date: 1/12/14 4:27 PM

I stand to be corrected by others as it is a while since I made this dress - which I love despite the irritation I describe below. I am doing this from memory as the pattern itself is somewhere deep in my sewing room across a rain swept yard but I think I can remember pretty clearly how it went together.
Q1 - Yes, you construct the self lining in the same way as the outer bodice but you don't need to topstitch. Once you have sewn the lining together and pressed the seams open you sew it to the bodice, press seams towards the lining and then grade the seams. You then understitch towards the facing. Flip back to right side and finger press, then press. Then where appropriate top stitch through all four layers.
Q2 - I never trim anything until positive it all fits - I lined the skirt too so the garment was fully lined which meant that there are no raw edges showing anyway. However if your fabric frays madly you could pink the edges at the end or serge.
Q3 - I have completely the opposite shape - flat as a pancake so can't advise here except that whatever you do to the bodice circumference you should mirror where it is to join the skirt.
My tip on this pattern is not one you have asked for but here goes anyway.
If I make this pattern again - and I may as it is a lovely dress that went together without any fiddlefaddling - I would apply a lightweight interfacing to the self fabric bodice lining to prevent the neck/front edge rolling out. Once the dress on and rolling it becomes SO obvious this is what would happen you kick yourself for following instructions and not thinking for yourself.

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Date: 1/12/14 5:14 PM

q3: I'm assuming you mean you've cut out the muslin. (The actual cutting of the fabric is not allowed until the beginning of the contest.) I would sew the back and front together with the midriff to see how if fits. If you've made a big FBA, usually that means adding length to the bottom. And if you've added length to the bottom of the front, you may need to added to the back, base on how the FBA was done.

I really like this pattern. I originally chose this pattern for my LWD but I hesitated because of the need for a FBA. Instead, I chose a pattern with the multiple cup sizes included. Best of luck!

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Date: 1/13/14 1:02 PM

Just adding the line drawing for the more visual members:

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Date: 1/14/14 4:04 PM

Thanks a lot for that extra piece of advice also. i read about the interfacing before in some reviews but was still doubt. But i'll be sure to include it for sure now :-) Should i do the whole bodice lining (back and front), or just the upper part (and perhaps just the front)? Probably a silly question, but since you said it is to prevent the neckline rolling out...

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Date: 1/14/14 4:13 PM

Thanks for pointing this out. the pattern pieces are cut. the FBA is a long shot, i'm not making a muslin. Or maybe this dress will turn out to be muslin anyway since it seems a shame to go through all this trouble and then have it not fit. we'll see. i'll just do my best!

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Date: 2/13/14 6:47 PM

Hey helpers. Just wanted to let you know that i persevered and this is how it turned out. Thanks again!

LWD

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Date: 2/13/14 7:28 PM

Wow, that is a beautiful dress

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Date: 2/13/14 8:41 PM

Love this! You "might" want to slip stitch a lining to match upper bodice in skirt, just as an option. You did such a great "bold" FBA! I need to get bold too! This dress is beautiful!

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