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Date: 4/6/09 1:10 PM

this dress is so cool! I love the seaming or maybe it's just stitching and I love the pullover style. I thought for sure I had seen a pattern like that in Vogue or somewhere, does anyone have any ideas? THANKS for any help!

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Date: 4/6/09 1:28 PM

Oh, I adore that. I have no suggestions. I'll be watching this thread for ideas!

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Date: 4/12/09 0:46 AM

What a fantastic dress!

If you are feeling really adventurous, the Vogue 7828 blouse has similar lines, so it might provide a jumping off point, but it would require some major pattern drafting to morph it into the dress style.

But I am tempted to pull it out of my stash & play. I love a challenge!

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Date: 4/12/09 3:28 AM

Could you give us the website where you found the pic? I'd like to try to zoom in on the construction. From what I can see, it looks as though those might be ruched panels that were cut on the straight grain and then inserted in a bias orientation.

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Date: 4/12/09 4:29 AM

If you look at the "properties" of the photo, its address is:
http://img.sierratradingpost.com/erez4/erez?src=ProductImages/1343N%5F52.tif&tmp=FullSize&redirect=0

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Date: 4/12/09 11:18 AM

Have you tried making a pattern yourself with this. I looked at the place where you got the picture from. It is made out of lenien fabric. Couldn't you use a simple pull over dress pattern simmiler to the cut style of the neck and the fullness of the dress. Lay the pattern flat and make your curves where you want and trace and add seam allowances.
Then try it out on some fabric. see how it looks.
I think it would be fun just to try.

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Date: 4/12/09 11:23 AM

It takes more poking around, but you could also look at vintage 1960s patterns. I have a quite a few patterns from that era where a plain A-line dress is spiced up with interesting seaming. I'll see if I can find a few and post the pics...

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Date: 4/12/09 12:34 PM

If you go to this page, you can zoom in and check out the details quite closely, especially if you choose the preview in a color other than white. I do think the curvy panels are sewn in separately, and are not merely topstitching, because while cruising around on the zoom, I can often see the ridges of seam allowances.
-- Edited on 4/12/09 3:28 PM --

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Date: 4/13/09 9:52 AM

If those panels are "ruched", it doesn't appear to be deliberate and could explain why it's discounted on Sierra Trading :). I agree with another poster in that you could find a similar body and break up those pieces yourself. I'd do it differently tho (not saying you should), I'd make those seams actual fitting lines, closing up darts and what not to mold to the figure.

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Date: 4/13/09 8:27 PM

Yeah, I can't be sure if that ruching was purposeful or not. It does look as though they might have intended it as a design element, and it does add a certain something; I mean, without that and the highly visible seaming, I'm not sure the dress would have caught my eye. But the gathers are indeed irregular, and in the central panel running over the left breast, the central rows of stitching on closeup are in fact purely decorative, not part of a seam.

It seems to me that in the last perhaps five years, Vogue had a rash of dresses with unusual seaming of this type, all now OOP, of course, but places like northbreeze are good sources to check out.

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