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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Big-boob alterations to Colette Rooibos dress ( Moderated by JEF)

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Date: 11/1/11 6:03 AM

I have had the Colette Rooibos pattern for a while but haven't cut into it yet. My main reason for delaying is that I don't have enough space at my waist to allow for that wide shaped waistband, because my boobs are so big and the bottom of them is almost at waist level anyway.

It's now coming into summer here and has been very hot this week, making me aware of a need for more summer dresses. I'm thinking of using this pattern but making some alterations to allow for my shape.

I already have a TNT princess bodice pattern which I could apply to the top part of this dress, if I just ditched the waistband altogether and made the bodice longer. I'd keep the pretty neckline, of course. Do you think the change in seams and the lack of waistband would ruin the dress's style, or could I get away with it?

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Date: 11/1/11 10:07 AM

When I'm faced with those issues, I generally have to make the bodice a lot longer. Being that this dress has a high waistband and you'll need to lengthen the bodice, the waistband will end up lower which may be fine. Just make sure you get that seam under your boobs. I'd leave in the waistband because it's cute and you can make it work. And then you can work it.

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hmmmm...

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Date: 11/1/11 1:05 PM

Quote: Melody
When I'm faced with those issues, I generally have to make the bodice a lot longer. Being that this dress has a high waistband and you'll need to lengthen the bodice, the waistband will end up lower which may be fine. Just make sure you get that seam under your boobs. I'd leave in the waistband because it's cute and you can make it work. And then you can work it.

I agree with Melody. Lareine, you have small waist compared to your bust--the waistband will emphasize that. If you the length over your bust that you need from your FBA, the waistband will end up in the right place.

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Date: 11/1/11 4:19 PM

I'm still trying to visualise this. If I have the top seam of the waistband under my boobs, the bottom seam of it will be at least at my actual waist if not lower, and those poofy gathers will be almost at my waist. Will that not spoil the look of the whole thing?

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Date: 11/1/11 4:54 PM

From the line drawing, the gathers are at the top of the waistband, so they'll be just under the boobs and the bottom of the waistband is completely flat, no gathers at all. This should be perfect for you.

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hmmmm...

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Date: 11/1/11 8:11 PM

I have big boobies (36 DDD), so I'm just going to say this:

I see so many women that aren't wearing bras supportive enough for their boobies. I know the supportive bras aren't pretty and aren't really very comfortable, but unless you get those babies hoisted up where they belong, your clothes look bad and you appear to be heavier.

I have some comfy bras for wearing around the house, but I put on a good supportive bra when getting dressed to go out, and also when fitting clothing that I sew. When I put a good bra on, I look 20 lbs lighter. Believe it or not, this also effects the way a pants waist band fits.

If you put on a good bra and fit the dress to that, you won't have boobs down around your waist. You have to pick one - comfort or looking good.

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Date: 11/1/11 8:29 PM

Debby, that is excellent advice and something I have been preaching myself for years. The easiest way to look heavier than we are is to let those dugs swing low. And there is no reason that any woman needs to trade comfort for good fit. If a bra is not comfortable then it's almost certainly not a good fit anyway, or it's the wrong style for the body being forced into it.

For the record, I *do* have a good supportive bra in the right size. Support is not an issue. The girls are just big and low as that is how I am built.

Anyway, back to the dress issue. I'm still wary of the whole gathers and waistband issue but I'll make a muslin as the pattern dictates and see how it works out. I need to learn to trust you gals and that's why I posted the question, so I should take your advice
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Date: 11/1/11 9:23 PM

Have you checked Lazy Stitching's blog post at this dress?
http://lazystitching.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/colette-rooibos-the-wilma-dress/

She has a bustier figure than any of the other Rooibos dress makers I've seen posting at Colette. Many she could be an inspiration to you?

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Date: 11/1/11 9:29 PM

Actually it was her photos that make me think the dress would not work for me. I am a bit bustier and I just don't think the gathers will look good, nor the waistband. I think she can carry it off but the pattern has been pushed to its limits. I'm really wary of pushing it any further.

But as I said, I'll try a muslin and see how it works out! Happy to post the photos here for the record once I figure out the FBA on that style of bodice and get it sewn together.

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Date: 11/2/11 10:28 AM

I'm going to be blunt here so if you're thin-skinned, read no further...

I don't think this dress will be flattering to someone with a large chest. Aside from the chest/waist difference, which will emphasize the largeness of the chest, the square neckline will make a horizontal line across your widest point. That will draw the eye to the very part you probably want to de-emphasize.

Just trying to save you some heartache.

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