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Date: 6/3/07 3:21 PM

I got a catalog from Garnethill, and in it I saw this dress I really love, but know I can make for less than $100+ (by the time you add shipping). It has an empire waist with one large button, what looks like little gathers (they say it's "smocked") at the waist and shoulders, and cap sleeves. It is made in linen. Here it is on the website:

Garnethill Linen Wrap Dress

I would really appreciate pattern suggestions for this great dress!

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Date: 6/3/07 4:06 PM

It kinda looks like this Butterick dress. You'd have to do a little tweaking but nothing major.

ETA: I made this dress and I thought the skirt needed work anyhow so maybe turning it into a wrap is just what it needs, it seemed too full when I made it. I don't like the way it hangs.
-- Edited on 6/3/07 4:15 PM --

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Date: 6/3/07 4:51 PM

I think Butterick 5046 would be very easy to modify to get the look of that dress. It's an actual wrap with the bust gathers. It doesn't have the smocking at the shoulder seam, but that would be easy to add.

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Date: 6/3/07 10:46 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! Wow, 5046 is VERY close! I knew I'd seen something similar, but couldn't remember which co. it was. I've gotta pick that up. I wonder how to add the gathers on the shoulders and the cap sleeves?

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Date: 6/4/07 1:29 AM

Crystal, I've seen vintage patterns with that kind of gathering at the shoulders. But I don't know if I know of a current pattern with that feature off the top of my head.

I bought 5046 to make easy dresses for this summer, but I haven't made it up yet.

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Date: 6/4/07 2:57 PM

Try moving the shoulder seam forward an inch or so and then slash in a couple of places at the front shoulder while pinching out the gathers at the bustline. This should rotate that fulless to the shoulder so you will have the gathers there instead. I really like this dress. I wonder if I have anything in my stash that would work.

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Date: 6/4/07 4:04 PM

Hmm, would this take the gathers out of the bust? I'd hoped to be able to keep the bust gathers and add gathers to the shoulders as well, if that is possible...

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Date: 6/4/07 10:59 PM

Ok, so I found a current pattern with that gathering at the shoulder - McCall's 4384 (which makes me think that other shirt patterns might be a good place to look if you can't find this one).

If you have to do an FBA, you could rotate the extra up to the shoulder and just leave what's already there at the bust.

But I think the easiest way would be to try it out on a scrap, figure out how much fullness you want, and then measure how much extra that is. Then just add that amount to the width of the front pattern piece at the shoulder seam.

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Date: 6/5/07 10:26 AM

Yeah, that would work too.

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