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Date: 4/6/14 4:48 PM

Hi I am an complete beginner and could do with some advice. I have made a muslim of Simplicity 2146. I have already made some adjustments - petite adjustments so waist and hips are in the right place. Graded the pattern on the waistline between sizes 4 and 6 to ensure waist not too tight. Overall I am happy with the fit with one exception. There is excess fabric over the tummy area that bubbles. I suspect that I need to take the side seams in from below the waist right down over the hips and through to the hem. As it's a princess seam though I just wanted to check that it's not the two middle seams i need to adjust. It's taken me 2 muslins and several weeks to get to this point and I'm feeling a little dispirited. Here are some photos:
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Date: 4/6/14 5:29 PM

It's hard for me to see the photos, they are very dark. How does the bust fit? Could the "bubble" be from bust issues?

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Date: 4/6/14 5:33 PM

I know it's really hard to see from the photos as the fabric is so dark and shiny. The top of the dress fits perfectly so don't believe there are any issues there. It's waist down that the problems start. There is definitely excess fabric that I can grab from the waist down through the hips (probably a good half inch each side.

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Date: 4/6/14 6:53 PM

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There is definitely excess fabric that I can grab from the waist down through the hips (probably a good half inch each side


You might be able to take the seams in a smidge but don't forget this is a woven dress and you have to have some ease to be able to sit without straining or ripping seams out. If you haven't already I'd suggest that you sit in the dress (wear the undergarments that you'd wear w/the dress) before you try to take anything in.

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Date: 4/6/14 7:49 PM

I think the issue is the difference between the two fabrics. Is the center fabric a knit by any chance?

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Date: 4/7/14 3:43 AM

Ease is defintely not a problem as there is a lot of extra fabric I can grab and pull at the sides. I've used a crepe backed satin - the satin for the back and front sides and then the crepe side for the front middle section.

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Date: 4/7/14 5:22 AM

I think that I would undo the two front seams thill about the waist and see what to want to hang like when you put on the dress. It looks as ig the two frondseams are kind of rounded

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Date: 4/7/14 6:12 AM

It's funny you say that Quickie - I was just looking at the pattern and the front seams definitely go outwards towards the sides of the body they are not designed to frop vertically towards the floor. Could this be the problem?

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Date: 4/7/14 6:23 AM

I think Quickie hit on a good idea. The fabric in the panel looks very different from the side fabric. They may behave quite differently. I would unseam the vertical panel up to where it gets bulky. Then let it hang on a hanger for a day or so. After that put it on and let the fabric tell you where to resew it. If it still doesn't have a nice flat drape then I would unseam the sides and see if that helps.

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Date: 4/7/14 7:37 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. It's interesting to note that I have used for same piece of fabric for both the panels (I just used the reverse for the middle section).

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