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Date: 11/2/06 2:38 PM

When doing an FBA on a knit dress do I cut from the hem up to the apex? I would think so, but won't this make the skirt fuller than intended, or would it go unnoticed?

This should be obvious to me, but 1.) I have never done an FBA on a garment without a dart, (but I have read how to do so), and 2.) I haven't done an FBA on a dress. Thanks so much.
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Subject: Topic moved Date: 11/2/06 4:08 PM

This topic has been moved from Beginner's Forum to Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting
Lori, I thought it would be more helpful to others as well if I moved this. Mary
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Date: 11/3/06 6:55 AM

Lori,

You could cut from the hem up to the apex if you need any tummy/hip room. Or what I've also done is cut the pattern in half at the waist line and do the FBA on the upper half. Then I piece it back together and true the side seams to blend. I did this on my Madison Avenue Dress--the one that is still on my dress form and hasn't been touched for 4 or 5 months and is begging to be finished.!

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Date: 11/3/06 10:24 AM

Thanks Mary.

Thanks Ryan's mom for your answer. That helps me a lot. I am making the Madison Ave. dress in the next week or so, and I need to do an FBA. Thanks again!
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