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Eilidh
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Date: 7/4/14 3:48 PM

I've been asked to remake a dress for a customer from one she already has and loves. It has a kind of yoke (not exactly as its in two parts, front and back) and is made from wool crepe - I'm making one replica in crepe, andanother simpler version in a light silk, lined with the same fabric.

She asked that the silk one not have the yoke, but be one piece per front and back. When I took the pattern from the original dress it paid completely flat. so I don't THINK the yoke added any shaping, it looks more like a decorative feature but I'm scared incase it does. There are no other darts or anything, she is fairly petite and has a small bust anyway but I'm worried about the possible change in fit. Should I make a muslin first just to double check? Or do you think I 'd get away with just basting the fashion fabric, testing the fit, and sewing it up...

Also its 3/4 sleeves with a curved sleeve hem, should I just line the body or maybe do a short sleeved lining?

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Pamela R
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Date: 7/5/14 9:31 AM

I would definitely make a muslin.
As for the lining, it might be easier to line the sleeves as the shaped hem would be easier, in my opinion, to finish nicely.

Eilidh
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Date: 7/10/14 3:10 AM

Thanks Pamela. I have cut out the muslin (1 layer of) and will sew it up next week - some more urgent work came in.

the original sleeve hems were finished with bais tape which I'm happy to so... but a fully lined sleeve would be lovely too. think I'll do a practice of that too....

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