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V1016 dress--batting??

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Date: 12/30/07 11:35 AM

I just purchased the pattern V1016, "Close-fitting, halter dress with lined gathered draped bodice and topstitched trim princess seam midriff, gathered skirt forming drape around hipline. Hooks and eyes, invisible zipper closing and floor length."
I'm going to make it out of silk dupioni, which I've washed so it's quite floppy and should hold the gathers well.

I have a question about the pattern design. You attach batting to the midriff sections, then topstitch lines of stiching across it. I would rather omit the batting and the topstiching-- I don't think it looks all that good, and the dupioni has enough texture as is. But does the batting serve some structural function that I need to make up in some other way, e.g., boning or lining the midriff with organza?

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Date: 12/30/07 8:25 PM

I would think that the batting and topstitching would add a certain amount of sturdiness/thickness - you could try some layers of interfacing or underlining to get the same effect.

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Date: 12/31/07 5:13 AM

The batting in the midriff is there to make the topstitching lines show more. The stitches sink into the thickness of the batting, like a 'whole cloth quilt', and give it design lines that are visually strong. In other words, the ditches of the stitching make shadows that really show those lines.

Also, just like a quilt, the batting thickness would make it so the midriff is less likely to wrinkle. Lining would help the wrinkling too.

So if you don't care about those design lines, or wrinkling, you could skip the batting and it wouldn't affect anything else.

-- Edited on 12/31/07 5:15 AM --


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In reply to Uhoh

Date: 4/6/12 11:41 AM

Have you not had a problem with getting the bodice piece (9) to fit the stay (10)- step 26? I am also using silk and found that piece 9 was too small for the stay.

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